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How should a swimsuit fit? - A guide to finding the perfect bathing suit-

Have you ever measured yourself to find your size for a swimsuit? Picking your correct size can be hard. We all have different body shapes and sizes.

Some of us have smaller or larger busts, some have shorter or longer torsos. Others want swimsuits that give them a push up bra feeling or need tummy control to look smoother.

Recently one of our customers, Mary, reached out after she purchased a swimsuit.

Mary tried the swimsuit on to show her friend Katherine.

Katherine pointed out that the swimsuit was much too large in the body.

Mary reached out to me for help. I asked her a few questions to learn more about her experience and how we could've helped better. Mary explains what she learned in the process and gives great advice.

Opal: What made you decide to buy a new swimsuit?

Mary: All my swimsuits are old and stretched out. I was looking for a new one to replace my old ones.

Opal: Why did you choose a designer swimsuit over a cheap one?

Mary: Cheap ones never offer the support I need. Having a larger bust makes it hard for me to find the support I need in a swimsuit.

Opal: What made you choose Sun Vixen Swimwear to buy your designer swimsuit from?

A beautiful woman from Atlantic city wearing a swimsuit she purchased online at sun vixen swimwear a designer swimwear boutique based in Vancouver

Mary: My friend Katherine had nothing but good things to say about your swimsuits so I decided to give them a try.

Opal: How did you decide what size to buy?

Mary: I ordered the size I thought I was from my last purchase. Looking back this was a mistake as it would have saved me the hassle of having to return it.

Opal: Did you reference the size chart for the swimsuit you chose to buy? Why or why not?

Mary: I did look at the size chart but didn't measure myself and compare. I should have. I am embarrassed that I was so wrong in picking the size to order.

Opal: Did you buy according to the clothing size you usually buy?

Mary: I placed the order with the previous sized one piece I had purchased during the holidays.

Opal: What other factors did you consider when choosing what size to buy?

Mary: I was picking to fit my bust size and coverage I wanted. I have a larger bust and a smaller size body. My swimsuit was very baggy around the bottom area.

A beautiful woman from Quebec wearing a swimsuit she purchased online at sun vixen swimwear a luxury swimwear boutique based in Vancouver Canada

Opal: When you received your swimsuit, what did you think?

Mary: I loved the look and the attention to detail and how it felt. The quality was

amazing and had the structural support I was looking for.

Opal: When you tried it on, how did you think it fit?

Mary: I thought it fit but I was wrong. I don’t have a full-length mirror so I could not see how it looked at the back.

Two women from Seattle are wearing a tummy control swimsuit they purchased online at sun vixen swimwear a luxurious swimwear boutique based in Canada

Opal: When/How did you realize it did not fit?

Mary: When I tried it on again and showed my friend Katherine. She said it was way too big as it didn’t hug my body like it needed to. It was baggy but I couldn’t see what she was seeing due to not having the correct mirror.

Opal: What would you recommend to other women when deciding what size swimsuit to buy?

Mary: I would of course recommend measuring yourself and going by the size chart for sure. Look for bathing suits that you like and think would look good on your body.

Pay close attention to what you want to draw attention to or away from. Please take your own measurements and follow the size chart. If I'm unsure again, I'll call Sun Vixen for help.

Opal: When you finally got the right size, how did it fit?

Mary: It feels wonderful to have a suit that actually fits and I feel beautiful in it.

Opal: What was the main difference in how the right size felt on your body?

Mary: The main difference to me is that I actually like how I look in a suit that fit properly. It's not embarrassing to walk around the pool and have people look at me.

Opal: Is there anything women need to know about how a good fitting swimsuit fits or feels when it’s wet?

Mary: When wet it actually stayed in a place like it should, no playing around with the suit as you come out of the water.

Opal: What would you say to others about how to know if the swimsuit fits properly or not?

Mary: A well-fitting swimsuit should stay put when wet and these ones do. It fits perfect wet or dry and isn't uncomfortable at all.

A gorgeous woman from manitoba wearing a swimsuit she purchased online at sun vixen swimwear a luxurious swimwear boutique based in Canada

Opal: Any last words of advice?

Mary: I know now that a perfect fit is one that holds you in and supports your body and moves with you.

My current suits are old and stretched out and I had become used to them being that way and thought they fit good.

My new suits feel wonderful on and I will buy them from Sun Vixen Swimwear again.

I have a large bust and am short so suit shopping is not my favorite thing. Paying more for a good quality bathing suit is worth it.

Mary’s issue lied with having a large chest and an average size body. In her case, she decided to purchase a high waisted bikini set with different size top and bottoms.

For Mary's situation mixing and matching bikini and top and bottoms was a good solution. Checking the size guide for the one piece swimsuit helped her understand her true measurements.

You can save valuable time by avoiding returns and exchanges. Simply take 5 minutes to measure yourself and check the size guide before ordering a swimsuit. Getting a second opinion can also help.

Looking for tailored style advice? Get in touch with our in-house stylist for a free consultation. You can also give us a call at 1.800.898.4831 to get clarification or help with sizing.

We are happy to help and answer your questions.

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