Swimwear is essentially just thick undergarments that we’ve collectively decided is socially acceptable to wear outside. Which…fine! Great! But also, our modesty and natural body insecurities have made finding one that you feel comfortable in one of the more difficult elements of summer dressing.
To further complicate these feelings, there are so many factors that go into finding the right fit—do you have small boobs or really big boobs?—and the right coverage—do you dress modestly or is summer your time to show a little more skin? Even though we know every body is a beach body, that doesn’t mean the list of what you need to think about doesn’t exist.
Now that it is officially warm outside, we’re fully on the hunt for the perfect bathing suit. To find such, we’ve enlisted some expert advice direct from the source: swimwear designers.
Alexandra Alverez, CEO and Founder, ALIX NYC
“Go for styles that accentuate the parts of your body you like best and make you feel good! Whether it’s a high-cut to show off your legs or a slimming one-piece that highlights your natural curves, the perfect swimsuit is whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable. Look for brands that offer styles with adjustability so you can adjust them to your body. Swim is a perfect opportunity to have some fun with color, so don’t be scared to go bold with color, sparkle, and prints!”
Robin Piccone, Founder, Robin Piccone
“The key to finding the perfect swimsuit is proportion—find a style that nicely frames what remains bare. I love bold color, a clean silhouette, and soft fabric without a lot of fussy bits. A high-rise bottom that defines the waist, paired with a simple bra, is one of my favorite silhouettes because it works for so many shapes.
“Make your life easier by choosing a thoughtfully designed suit with a lot of adjustable elements. So much support is lost if you can’t adjust straps and ties to fit you perfectly. Elastic should lay flat and never dig in uncomfortably. If you’re a C-cup or up, look for a well-made bra with adjustability on the shoulders and back. I love designing lace-up backs that add pretty detail while allowing for a custom, supportive fit!”
Sophia Argyropoulos, Designer and Founder, RAQ
Blakely Wickstrom, Designer, Galamaar
“My best advice would be to select a suit that helps you feel your most comfortable and confident. For some, that might mean coverage here or extra support there; for others, the more revealing, the better. It’s such a personal and intimate item that it’s different for everyone. But, you should immediately be able to tell how the suit makes you feel once it’s on your body and if you are supported in the right places without having to tug or adjust too much.
“Additionally, I would say pick a suit that is not overly complicated with too many straps or buckles or ties. Not only will you likely be constantly adjusting but these detail heavy pieces are overly trendy and will only be relevant for a season or two.”