How to Choose a String Bikini

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Before summer arrives and you head to the beach, it's a great idea to pick out your swimsuit early. Many stores have great inventory and options as springtime arrives and warm weather creeps in. If you love wearing two-piece bathing suits, a great choice is the string bikini. Not only are they sexy and sassy, there are a ton of flattering choices out there for the ladies. Learn how to pick and choose the best swimsuits in order to accentuate your curves while staying modest.

Know where to go. If you love string bikinis catering to the latest style trends, you'll want to head to a fashion-forward department store, such as Macy's or Neiman Marcus. These department stores have wonderful merchandise selections and you'll be sure to find some beautiful bathing suits. Or head to a bathing suit-only store such as Everything But Water or California Sunshine.

Go to an actual swimsuit store, if possible. Yes, you can find some cute suits online. Yes, you may even know your size. But, when picking out a skimpy string bikini, it's best to try it on in person. You never know how flattering or unflattering a suit will be until you actually put it on.

Measure yourself. Measure your waist, hips, and bust. Then, request a store clerk's help. Let the clerk know your measurements and get some advice on which suits best fit your size. The great thing about bikinis is that the bottom piece and top piece can be swapped for larger or smaller sizes. Mix and match suits until you find the perfect fit.

If you have a large bust size, it's vital you go up a size in your bikini top. String bikinis are much more fragile and can come untied much easier than on other swimsuits. Practice tying up the bikini both behind your back and around your neck. Tie snugly, but not so the strings are digging into your skin.

When you try on the bottom piece of a string bikini, make sure you tie both sides adequately. Sit down in the fitting room. Jump up and down and wriggle around a little bit. You may feel like a fool, but you want to make sure the $100 you're throwing down on a new bikini will be well worth it. If the string bikini falls right off when you're testing it out, go down a size or tie the strings tighter.

Try on an assortment of string bikinis. Some have great coverage and some leave you feeling like you're practically nude. It all depends on what you're willing to spend, who the designer is and how much fabric is included in the bikini. Don't be afraid to splurge on a comfortable suit that truly fits your style and shape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep those undergarments on when testing out bikinis and practice proper hygiene. You never know who tried on the suit beforehand.
  • Never go for a bikini that rides up your rear. No matter what you think you look like, exposing your rear too much is never cute.

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