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The Summer Swim Guide

May 20, 2016

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Let’s be honest, no one really enjoys shopping for a swimsuit. But with sunny days at the beach just right around the corner, the time has come. To make things a little bit less painful, we asked Emily Ford and Samantha August, the two women behind cult swim line Basta Surf, to give us their guide to swimsuit season. Read on for all of their tips and then get out there and soak up the sun!

What is the biggest mistake people make when shopping for swimsuits?

Assuming that a larger size will fit better. Most of the time, when people opt for a larger size, there ends up being too much fabric causing sag in the butt area (especially after getting out of the water).

How can you figure out your size if you’re shopping online?

All bikini sizes for different companies tend to run differently. Check the size chart that is specific to their brand. If you are unsure, buy both sizes and try them on in the comfort of your home.
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The most flattering styles for your body type…


Curvy: High-rise bottoms and color blocked suits that help to highlight your shape.
Small Bust: Suits with embellishments and ruffles help to create the illusion of curves. Suits that tie around the neck help to give an extra lift.
Large Bust: A suit with adjustable and thick straps to provide extra support. Bikini tops with cups and underwires.
Petite: Suits that have adjustable features to fit perfectly to your body. Plunging necklines and low-rise bottoms help create the illusion of an elongated torso.

Fitting room light is always the worst. What are your tips for trying on swimsuits so we don’t get discouraged?

Exfoliate, apply self-tanner and lotion really well before going to try on swim. It will make the experience much easier when you were not pale and ashy. Know your body and go with a shape in mind, don’t let trying on bikinis ruin your day.

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