How To Bathing Suit Shop (Without Crying)


Spring Break is right around the corner. And, I know a lot of you all are thinking about packing up and heading south to enjoy a week in the sunshine.  Hello, Florida!


While the thought of sun on the skin and toes in the sand is awesome, Spring Break also brings with it one thing that strikes fear in every woman…..bathing suit shopping.


First of all, let’s get one thing straight: No one likes bathing suit shopping.  Seriously, the thought of standing in a dressing room trying on tiny pieces of spandex isn’t appealing to anyone – regardless of what size you are.  But there are a few things that you can do to help make the experience a little more enjoyable.


Go Prepared: The best advice I can give you is to take the time to get prepared before you head to the store.  Do your makeup. Get your hair did (no, Mom, that’s not a typo, it’s gangsta.) Get a spray tan.  Guys, take this from experience, tan cellulite looks better than pasty white cellulite.  If you’re going to have to stand in front of a mirror in a bathing suit, you should go looking the best you can.


hair did


Take a Friend:  Women are so hard on themselves and their bodies.  We tend to be much more critical on our physique.  So, take a good friend. One that will be honest with you. You look at yourself with a critical eye.  A good friend will be able to be objective and tell you from an outside perspective which ones look best and which ones you should put in the “no pile.”  (My husband had no idea that women had a “yes”, “no” and “maybe” pile in the dressing room.)


Recognize That You Are Where You Are:  Standing there wishing you were 20 pounds lighter doesn’t change the fact that you still need a bathing suit. Pick out a suit that looks good on your body how it is now.


Online Shopping:  If the thought of going to the store bathing suit shopping is just too much for you, try online shopping.  My recommendation is to order serveral styles and several sizes.  Try them all on in the comfort of your own home where the lighting is a ton better than the horrible flourescent lights of the dressing room.  Just make sure that the store you’re ordering from allows returns on bathing suits.  And, if you want to have a few cocktails before you try them on, I certainly won’t judge….




So, before you head out to the dressing room,  do your hair, makeup and grab a girlfriend.  It’ll make the trip to Target a lot more enjoyable.


Happy Shopping!

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