Nothing ruins sugary sand and a sunrise cocktail quite like a swimsuit that "just feels off." That bandeau bikini you love for its crisp poolside tan lines? It probably won’t do your beach volleyball game much good. Different situations call for very different (but still cute!) wardrobe choices.
While navigating awkward and potentially embarrassing fit problems can seem more turbulent than paddle boarding in the Pacific, we’ve got you covered. Literally. These easy solves for common swimsuit problems will have you feeling your summertime best in no time!
Problem: Weird tan lines
Solution: Suits with surprising cutouts, crazy straps, and wild patterns have been all the rage in recent years—your Instagram feed can attest to it! While bold suits make a statement, they can also leave you with unattractive tan lines. Whether you’re trying to even out the effects of these suits or avoid them in the first place, try a strapless one piece suit or bandeau top with removable straps to keep an even tan all summer long. And don't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen!
Problem: Straps digging into your skin
Solution: If your bikini top straps are digging into your shoulders, it's time to go up a size. The top is probably too small. You can also opt for a bikini top style with thicker straps or a stylish halter top that ties around your neck.
Problem: A bikini that shows more skin than you'd like
Solution: Bikinis are known for being the bathing suit that lets you bare all. The problem is, sometimes you feel like baring less, and that's okay, too. Swap your triangle bikini top for a midkini, tankini, or off the shoulder crop top in a solid color that coordinates with your current bikini bottom. Or, keep the bikini top and swap the bottom out for a high waisted bottom, swim shorts, or a swim skirt.
Problem: Fitting room fatigue
Solution: Not a fan of trying on swimsuits in the store? You’re not alone. For a more comfortable shopping experience, look online. You can peruse this season’s hottest looks from the comfort of your couch and have them shipped directly to you without ever having to step foot in a crowded mall or dressing room. And no need to worry about finding the right fit online. Just break out a tape measure, check the charts, and you’ll be good to go! Follow our women’s swimsuit size guide for extra tips on finding the perfect bathing suit size.
Problem: Not enough support
Solution: We all need a little extra support sometimes, from our husbands to our friends, our high-heeled shoes to our swimsuit tops! Look for swimsuit tops with underwire and wide, adjustable straps to help keep your girls exactly where you want them.
Problem: Feeling flat
Solution: For small busted women, finding a bikini top that keeps its shape and stays in place can be tricky. The easiest fix is a classic for a reason: padding. Tops like the gorgeous In The Moment Bra Top are made to flatter and offer a little extra oomph.
Problem: Belly bloat
Solution: We all get a little bloated sometimes. Whether it’s from PMS, dehydration, or that once-in-a-lifetime conch burger at lunch, bloat happens. For a flattering fit from any angle, choose a suit with ruching or draping around the middle. Our favorite? The Island Goddess Bandeau One Piece. A darker shade is even more forgiving.
Problem: Athletic wardrobe malfunction
Solution: Summertime sports are fun! Wardrobe malfunctions aren’t. Play worry-free as you surf, dive, snorkel, and swim this summer with a full coverage swimsuit. High-neck swimsuits, as well as those with a racerback or crisscross design, offer the best support. Steer clear of suits that rely on string ties or offer narrow coverage if you plan on being particularly active.
At La Blanca, our goal is to help you find the best swimsuit for your body. We're here to solve your most awkward swim fit problems, one stitch at a time. Shop our latest arrivals in bathing suits for women and enjoy free shipping and returns on orders over $75.