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Swim Savvy

A friend of mine is heading off on vacation soon and sent me an e-mail asking if I knew of any great online swimsuit shopping sites and I e-mailed back a list of some of the best swimsuit shops on the web. I thought I would share that list with you because swim weather is really just around the corner and you can never start too early looking for the perfect suit. Each website is a hyper-link, just click on it and it will take you to the website. Happy Shopping!

1. www.jcrew.com, a great collection of sophisticated yet simple suits in a wide variety of styles and colors as well as cute cover ups

2. www.athleta.com, this website tends to focus on more athletic, action type swimsuits, but they have a great collection worth browsing, this website allows you to purchase your tops and bottoms separately so you can put together the most flattering swimsuit

3. www.shop.nordstrom.com, they carry a nice range of popular brands like Juicy Couture, Milly, Shoshanna, Trina Turk and Vix to name a few, you can also shop by body type which can help steer you in the right direction

4. www.shopbop.com, one of my favorite online shops they carry the best of everything and have a decent swim section full of trendy suits

5. www.southmoonunder.com, a fun website full or bright, colorful flirty swimsuits, they have a large selection of cute bikinis and a pretty decent selection of tankinis and one piece suits, the Find The Perfect Suit section has some great swimsuit shopping tips

6. www.everythingbutwater.com, a website devoted entirely to swimwear, you can shop by designer, shop by category, shop by fit solutions, shop by occasion (honeymoon, spring break etc…) and shop by trend, they also have a great Fit and Style Guide

7. www.neimanmarcus.com, your one stop shop for high end swimwear, I love the suits by Burberry, Ella Moss, Milly and Diane von Furstenberg

8. www.couturecandy.com, they have a large selection of Vix swimsuits as well as lesser known, but still great, designers, you will have a better chance of looking original if you shop one of these brands

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Swimsuit Fit Guide-Pear Shape

You can find the perfect swimsuit to flatter your figure if you understand your body type and how best to accentuate it. Remember, your goal is a balanced silhouette. Find your problem area and read on for tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

If you are pear shaped look for swimsuits that accentuate the positives and conceal the negatives. Bikinis or one-pieces with eyecatching tops and darker bottoms draw attention away from the hips and bottom. High-cut bottoms lengthen the leg and have a slimming effect. Boy shorts provide a bit more coverage. Avoid string-ties or bright bold prints on bottom.

If you feel you have a bit of a tummy look for suits that flatter and firm. One-pieces with ruching and built-in control panels help hide any bulges. Prints that have diagonal lines, chevron patterns and dark side panels that curve in at the waist create a slimming effect. Check out swimsuits by Cass & Co and Miraclesuit.

Check back for my swimsuit guide for what to buy if you have a long torso or a short torso and the best swimsuits for a small bust and a large bust. Get out there and enjoy summer!

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Swimsuit Guide-General Fit Tips

Every summer there is one event that turns the most confident women into blubbering pools of jelly; the dreaded task of trying on swimsuits. There is nothing worse that peeling off your winter layers to reveal pasty white skin and more insulation than you had last summer – all under bad fluorescent lighting. Instead of obsessing, follow these simple tips and let my fit guide lead you in the right direction.

First things first, only go shopping for swimsuits on a day you are feeling good. If you are feeling a little pasty apply some sunless tanner before going shopping. Don’t be afraid to try on swimsuits in a size larger than your dress size (swimsuits are cut differently). Try on a variety of sizes to find the one that fits best. Make sure the swimsuit isn’t baggy, riding up or digging into your skin. Move around, bending, twisting and turning to make sure it’s comfortable and will stay put. For tied straps, dance around to be sure the straps stay tied.

Check back to keep reading my swimsuit guide and happy summer!

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