For some, buying your first bikini is like a rite of passage. However, it can be an intimidating experience or straight up discouraging if you’re unsure about what to look for in the perfect bikini for you. Every body is different, and every body has different needs when it comes to the right bikini. So to ease the confusion we’ve compiled a list of the 10 things we wish we knew before buying our first bikini.
No matter if you’re part of the teeny weenie titty committee or you’re plus size and worried about how you’ll look in a two piece, we’ve got a few tips that will help make your bikini shopping a breeze. Forget what the magazines say. We have your ultimate guide to bikinis right here.
Make Sure You're Comfortable Enough To Wear A BikiniBikinis show a lot of skin, so if you aren't prepared to show off your assets, you might end up feeling incredibly self conscious. You want your day by the pool to be fun, not miserable. Source: ShutterStock
Buy A Well Made BikiniIt's easy to go for a cheap and trendy suit, but you're throwing money away if it isn't constructed well. Splurge a little if you have to to make sure that you don't buy a bikini that falls apart after its second wear. Source: ShutterStock
Try It OnThe bikini of your dreams might fit like a nightmare. You want to feel comfortable, not tortured. Don't just eyeball a bikini, look at the size and assume it will fit. It might be a pain in the butt but make sure you try on your bikini before you buy it. Source: ShutterStock
Make Sure The Material Is Thick EnoughYou might find bikinis without padding to be too revealing. If you don't want everyone to know about the state of your nipples, make sure that the lining is thick enough and that the material isn't see through. Source: ShutterStock
Big Boobs BewareUnfortunately, if you have large breasts you might be a little stuck as to what to look for in an ideal bikini top. This is especially true if your most readily available options are string and triangle tops. Try to stay away from bikinis that are only sized small to large and make an effort to find a bikini top in your bra size. It's a little more work but it'll be worth it. Support is too important to take for granted. Source: ShutterStock
You Won't Look Great In Every Bikini...And That's OkayJust because you don't look great wearing a halter top bikini doesn't mean you should give up on bikinis forever. Find out what shapes, sizes and styles you think are most flattering for your figure. Source: ShutterStock
Double Knot EverythingGetting hit by a big wave sucks. Losing your bikini top after getting hit by a big wave is even worse. Double knot everything, top and bottom. Source: ShutterStock
Buy Your Tops And Bottoms SeparatelyThe top might fit, but the bottoms might make you feel like you're in the "Thong Song" music video. Some people need a larger bikini top and smaller bottoms or vice versa. Buying your pieces separately will assure the most comfortable fit and help you make sure you aren't fined for indecent exposure. Source: ShutterStock
No Bikini Is Worth Starving Yourself OverEvery summer magazines love to tell you how to get the perfect bikini body. You don't need to run 3 miles a day, do 200 crunches and eat nothing but carrot sticks for weeks on end to look good in a bikini. Do you want to know the real secret to getting a bikini ready body? Wear a bikini. That's it. That's all you have to do. Source: ShutterStock
You Don't HAVE To Wear A BikiniAt the end of the day your bathing suit is all about your taste and your comfort zone, nobody else's. Don't feel obligated to wear a bikini. Tankinis and one-pieces are really great alternatives and come in just as many different styles. Source: ShutterStock
Do you have any bikini tips to share? Do you like bikinis or prefer other swim suits? Tell us in the comments!