4 Steps for Buying a Flattering Swimsuit


For many women, swimsuit shopping ranks right up there on the fun meter with going to the dentist or doing our taxes, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare if you know a few tricks of the trade. If you know what to look for and how to alter your suit, you can feel confident and fabulous at that  pool party and or day at the beach.

1. Don't settle for the manufacturer’s fit! You may need to adjust the straps for the correct lift and support for your chest. There are several things you can do to achieve better support.

  • If it’s a halter strap top, you can knot a tie behind your neck.
  • For lingerie straps, you can criss-cross the straps in the back of your suit for a better lift.
  • My recommendation would be to just take it to your tailor and have it professionally altered. This will give you an overall fit and you will avoid any mishaps. Just like your bra, good fit will help your overall shape! Droopy just doesn’t sit right -- even when it’s swimwear!

 2. Consider the swimsuit with a skirt. If you're more comfortable in a modest suit that doesn't show your upper thighs, opt for a skirted swimsuit. It doesn’t have to be grandma length. There are plenty of cute and flirty ones out there.

3. Beware of some tankinis. Everyone loves a tankini, but most tankinis have a straight skirt that hugs the hips. This is not flattering at all! Look for a tankini that offers an a-line skirt. If you do not need the skirted bottom, you can choose a tankini with a high-waisted brief with tummy control. Look for a company that offers a mix and match.

This season for Lee Lee’s Valise, I found a great Tankini by Coco Reef. I love this suit. The Lingerie Twist Tankini not only has a skirt with an a-line but the tank on top has a floating bra (in cup sizes up to 46DD) with an underwire and the lingerie straps adjust for a customized fit.

4. Accessorize with the universally flattering sarong. Sarongs are easy to find, come in all types of colors and fabrics. They're easy and they're sexy. Watch my video to find out the best way to tie one.

What's your favorite swimsuit style?

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