Buying swimwear is a bitch.
I love shopping, but I find buying swimwear to be such a hassle and it’s just sooo annoying!
For me, it’s hard to find a style that I like, in my size, at a good price.
When I go shopping for swimwear, I have to strip down to my undies in the change room… so I only want to do the “stripping down bit” JUST ONCE THANKS. But it never happens that way. I always find myself changing in and out of my clothes, getting in and out of the change rooms, calling for the store person to help with sizing, waiting, standing there getting cold, looking funny in the change room lights. I always find there are none of the styles in my size. None in the colour I want. None on sale. And I always end up with my third preference swimsuit, the one I didn’t *actually* like as much, but it was the only one available :P
It takes up soooooo much time. One shopping trip took 3 HOURS of trying on swimwear and I came away with NOTHING.
So I guess, I was keen to try buying swimwear online. I buy almost all my clothes online, why should swimwear be any different?
I decided to test out Zodee, a huge online store that sells swimwear, bras, underwear and more. They have big name brands like Elle Macpherson, Pleasure State, Triumph, Bonds, Berlei. They have lots of styles, stock, and sizes.
They are based in Australia, but they offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on orders over $50. That’s pretty damn cool.
Plus they have a free returns policy, so you can buy LOTS of items in different sizes, try them all in the comfort of your home, and then send back the ones you don’t want, you get a refund no questions asked. Omg how good is that? I’m totally converted now.
So there’s my big secret…
1) Buy Swimwear Online.
My second secret is more of a tip…
2) Buy a larger size up!
Ok I’m being a bit presumptuous, so this may not apply to everyone – as everyone has a different body shape and proportions.
I’m a standard size 6. And by that, I mean, I can buy Size 6 (XS or Size 0) regular clothes from lots of big name brands, and the items will fit 95% of the time.
But with swimwear? I buy size 10. Crazy huh?
If I try on Size 6 swimwear, it’s as if I’m trying on a child’s swimsuit. It’s so tight, so small and so wrong for me.
If you look above at the navy blue swimsuit, I’m trying on a Size 8. It looks ok, but it still feels a bit tight on me.
It’s a lovely and flattering swimsuit (by Moontide), with high quality materials and gorgeous rouching, but it’s just the wrong size. It is pinching me at my shoulders and my thighs. The length of it is squeezing like an accordion… so it feels like my boobs might pop out at any minute :P
It’s NOT just THIS swimsuit. Every single Size 8 swimsuit I’ve tried on is too tight for me, digs into my skin and gives me fleshy lumps!
Now this is another Moontide swimsuit, called the Moontide Contours Overlay, featuring a nice criss-cross detail at the front. (The brand does some nice one-piece designs, see here).
I’m wearing a Size 10 and I’m MUCH happier in this one. It’s not tight or squeezey. It doesn’t dig into my skin. The material feels gorgeous, strong and it’s so comfortable to wear.
I feel reeeeally relaxed and confident in this one. I feel like I could sit around in this all day, dipping in and out of the pool and lounge around comfortably by the pool side.
Great colour too!
This is the Heaven Botanical One Piece swimsuit, also a Size 10 and is much more affordable.
Don’t know if you can tell by the smile on my face, but I really, really adore this one!! I feel super relaxed, confident, young and flirty in this one haha!
Again, it is super comfortable and a great fit for me. It doesn’t feel suffocating nor is it squeezing me too tight under my arms or thighs.
I just love the bright colours and the print. This is the winner for me.
See more One Piece Swimsuits here.
Yup I also tried a two piece! And here’s me showing off my one-pack all in the name of fashion reviewing.
This one is by Baku, the bikini top is a Size 10, but the bottom is a Size 8.
The bikini top is the Amalfi Moulded Bra Top with a bit of padding and an underwire for support. I prefer this kind of bikini top, because it gives me a bit more “shape”. Whereas halter swimsuit tops have a very “flattening” effect on me.
I also thought the polka-dot pattern was super cute, and that I could wear it under a regular tank top.
Lastly, as I mentioned before, my next secret to buying swimwear, is to…
3) Buy several sizes at once.
Find a website that does free shipping and free returns. Find a style that you like, buy a few pieces, in several sizes up. And then return the ones you don’t need. The initial cost may look scary (like 3 times scary!), but it will save you time in the end, AND you get that extra cost back in the end.
Anyway, I hope that helped and has inspired you to get out there and try on a new swimsuit for the new season!
Happy shopping and have a great weekend!!
( See all my Daily Outfits here )
Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.