By Sydney Yeager

There really is no season more body-conscious than summer, and more than that, there isn’t really an industry that puts its spotlight on one’s physical appearance more than the fashion industry. These two simple facts can then culminate into a large amount of stress for women when it comes to shopping for the perfect summer swimsuit. And perhaps you’ve shrugged your shoulders and considered it’s too late in the game as the calendar flips to July, but your body should be the last thing holding you back from finding a swimsuit in which you feel your best! 

Swimsuit shopping is, quite literally, the equivalent of going to the dentist for many. But over the years, I’ve pulled many successful teeth in finding the perfect suit for me. The tricks might vary depending on the season and the styles that are popular. But overall? The tips on finding the best swimsuit for you will always be the same! Therefore, if you need a bit of help, I recommend scrolling down. 

Be realistic 

It’s always fun to pick out a swimsuit for your dream vacation, but whether you’re  heading to Santorini or just planning on swimming laps in your local pool, choose a suit that suits the activity. So, when you dive in to  swimsuit shopping for the summer months, make sure to actually consider what you will be doing and what you want to be doing, selecting a suit that will make you feel your best. 

Find Separates 

Part of the problem with swimsuit shopping is simply that the sizes don’t necessarily align with all the measurements of your body. I mean, how many times have you found the cutest swimsuit set only to realize that the bottom fits you perfectly but the top puts much more on display than you prefer? This is an issue that continuously plagues the suit selection process and thankfully the industry has clued in, making separate sizes available for tops & bottoms. As I always say, confidence in a good suit is priceless! 

Size up 

While grabbing a swimsuit in your own size is probably you’re immediate go to, it doesn’t hurt to bring an extra suit that’s a size up to the dressing room with you. Considering that swimsuit sizes can vary greatly between brands, having the neighboring sizes with you can certainly be helpful, so that when one is a bit too tight you don’t start to body shame yourself. Along with this, sizing up &  having the elastic sit a bit looser can often times be  much more flattering. Just be wary that when wet, the elastic may  expand and result in an even looser fit. 

One Stop Shop

Hopping from brand to brand might be one thing, but taking the time to visit one swim website after another is just time-consuming and frankly doesn’t make any sense. Thankfully, California-based company SwimOutlet exists! This is one of the most popular sites to shop for swimwear online, and in fact has the largest selection of swim products sold outside of Amazon. With two limited edition collaborations from Sporti being debuted last month, there’s no time to waste in picking out your soon-to-be favorite summer swimsuit. 

The first collaboration to get excited about is the Sporti X Stef Corgel collection. Focusing on drawing inspiration from warm summers on Southern California beaches, this collection is both feminine and athletic. Designed for the woman who doesn’t mind switching up her bikinis until they’re all gloriously mixed up, this swim collection focuses on the free spirit of the influencer, particularly Stef Corgel, who helped in the design of this line. So whether you want strappy or sporty, you’ll be sure to find a new set to enamor you among the rashguards and bikinis throughout the collection. 

If you’re in the mood for something flashy and exciting, a swim collection with bright colors and a bit of pizazz, jump straight into the Sporti x Tyler Wallach’s Collection. Unapologetically bold & filled with the bright colors from your childhood summers, the rainbow-splashed designs and fiery details hold special meaning for Wallach. While his work is about “love, light, and positivity,” he incorporated the bright pops of colors and rainbow options to symbolize ongoing support & awareness for LGBTQ+ teens. With a portion of the proceeds going to the It Gets Better Project to help create hope and help those struggling with their sexuality that feel alone, purchasing a swimsuit from this collection won’t only make you feel great in your body, but also good about yourself.