It’s warming up out there, which only means one thing. Okay, three things: One, sweat. Two, bugs. Three, dreaming of being by a body of water. Whether you prefer to head over to the beach, hang out poolside, or frequent a lake every summer, you’ll need the right outfit for the occasion. That means breaking out the faithful bathing suit or buying a new one.I did the latter last year for the first time in eons, and while it was weird to feel half naked in public for the first time in ages, I’m so glad I did.
Oddly enough, no matter how many times you’ve worn a bathing suit in your life, breaking in a new one has a bit of a learning curve, like figuring out how well the top fits, or how much of a wedgie magnet it might be. And even if you practically live in your bathing suit all summer long, you might be past due for a bit of a refresher on what to look for in a good bathing suit and how to take care of it. So, whether you’re in the market for a new suit, or just want to make sure the one you have is right for you, check out these eight bathing suit mistakes you didn’t know you’re making.
Not Doing A Jump Test Before Buying A SwimsuitWhether you're rocking a bikini or a one-piece, please, do a jump test before committing. You might end up with your boobies spilling out all over the place. Better to know in the privacy of a dressing room than a crowded beach. YouTube/Beyonce Vevo
Blindly Getting A Bikini Top And Bottom That Are The Same SizeJust because you manage to find a bikini top and bottom that match, don't assume that they'll both fit equally. The bottom can fit perfectly, while the top might get you cited for indecent exposure. Always, if you can, try before you buy. You usually can't return bathing suits after purchase! UNIF
Forgoing Swimwear All Together Because You Can't Find Anything That FitsYes, the struggle is real when it comes to finding a swimsuit that fits large busts or plus size bodies. But there are so many more options for larger bathing suits these days, and they're actually cute, too. If you want to make an investment in a really awesome one-piece that's on the larger side, check out Gabi Fresh's swimwear collection at SwimsuitsForAll.com. Gabi Fresh
Forgetting That One Piece Suits Can Be Really DopeSomehow we're taught that one-pieces are for little kids or moms, while bikinis are a sign of growing up. Don't get it twisted: there are lots of great bikinis, but don't underestimate the power of a killer one-piece. Whether you go for something simple or one that stands out, or a modest one-piece or a one-piece that says VA-VA-VOOOOOM, you're bound to find one that is perfect for you. Dolls Kill
Not Doing A Walk TestTry on your bathing suit bottoms (over your undies, of course), and walk around. See if your bottoms of choice are prone to wedgies and decide whether or not they're right for you. Better that than digging your suit out of your butt all summer. My Mad Fat Diary
Keeping Your Bathing Suit On Beyond Swim TimeIt's one thing to lounge around in the sun after a dip for an hour or two. It's another to wear your wet bathing suit for the rest of the day. Don't do this! Your bathing suit isn't made of breathable material, which makes it a breathing ground for bacteria down there. If you have a vagina, this screams yeast infection or just plain ol' vaginal irritation. Resist the urge to chill in your suit and change out of it ASAP. American Apparel
Putting Your Swimsuit In The Washing MachineThe best thing you can do for your suit is to hand wash it and let it air dry. If you must put it in the washing machine, only do it at the end of the swim season and make sure it goes in a protective laundry bag of sorts. Otherwise, between every wash, just rinse it with tap water. After a few washes, throw in some detergent in the mix in a sink or bathtub. Don't abuse your suit, dude! iStock.com
Buying A White Bathing Suit Without Checking Out The Material FirstThis could be especially dicey if you're buying your swimsuit online and don't check out the reviews (or if there aren't any reviews at all!). We all know that light colored clothing can be see through, especially white. Your bathing suit isn't an exception. Since you can rarely return swimsuits after purchase, either realize you're making a gamble or just buy the suit IRL. If you do the latter, you can get a good idea of how thick the fabric is and even hold it up to the light and see if you can see right through it like tissue paper. You don't want to find out that your suit is see through the hard way. Nasty Gal
Have you ever had a bathing suit wardrobe malfunction? Tell us in the comments!