It's safe to say that trying on swimsuits in a cramped, badly lit dressing room is up there with going to the dentist or spending a day at the DMV. Anyone who's done it (probably all of us) knows that it's not the most pleasurable experience, as far as shopping goes. Which is why we often opt to shop for swimwear online. But as you likely know, shopping for swimwear online comes with its own set of challenges—number one being that you have to throw caution to the wind in the hope that your chosen swimsuit will fit you flawlessly. As dangerous as that may sound, when armed with the knowledge of what to look for when shopping for a swimsuit online, it's entirely possible to land on the perfect one for your body.
In order to share said knowledge with you, we consulted two experts in the swimwear arena: Michelle Copelman, the design director of celeb-favorite swimwear brand Solid & Striped, and Sabra Krock, the creative director and co-owner of the go-to retailer for on-trend swimwear for the past 30 years, Everything But Water. They gave us tips on what to look for when it comes to three key swimwear styles: bikinis, one-pieces, and high-waisted two-pieces. But first and foremost, as Solid & Striped's Copelman told us, "When shopping for any swimsuit, you have to know your body and what works for it. Don't just go for what the trends dictate. No matter what the style, feeling comfortable is essential."
With that, keep scrolling to see their tips and shop a plethora of swimsuits with the features they recommend.
"When choosing a one-piece, don't be afraid to opt for something colorful. If you want to elongate your figure, go with a style that has vertical stripes." — Michelle Copelman, Solid & Striped
"One-pieces come in many different silhouettes, from more conservative to sexy. Consider what parts of your body you most want to shine—you can opt for lower cuts in the back or higher, lower cuts at the bust or higher, and cuts that are high at the leg or low at the underarm, which elongate, flatter or cover. Details like lace-up fronts or intricate back details are pervasive this season and offer extra interest." — Sabra Krock, Everything But Water
"If you're looking for a string bikini, don't be afraid to mix and match styles to get the perfect set. If you have a bigger bust, support is key, and choosing a two-piece with adjustable ties is great for flexibility." — Michelle Copelman
"Consider your support needs and modesty (or lack thereof) requirements. Halter tops are great for adding support for fuller busts, and classic sliding triangle tops can be adjusted for fuller or smaller coverage as desired." — Sabra Krock
High-Waisted Two-Piece Swimsuits
"For a high-waisted bikini, think feminine, like Solid & Striped's Brigitte, which will give you the illusion of a waist." — Michelle Copelman
"High-waisted bikinis are a chic option for more coverage in the midsection while preserving the look of a bikini. These bottoms may be very modern, sleek, and clean, or shirred, which helps hide any little bumps we'd like to." — Sabra
Next up, find out where we find swimsuits that no one else will have.