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Yes, everyone! And with the huge choice of swimwear available online, with free and easy return policies, plus great tools for fit, including online chat specialists, you’re sure to find something great. We’ve got a few online tips from online shopping experts STELLAService.com, on some of the things to look for online. And we’ve got a few picks of suits we’re loving, and a few cover ups too. Get the swimsuit scoop today.
Online shopping for swimsuits is becoming easier, cheaper, and better than shopping in stores thanks to free shipping offers, lenient return policies, wider selections, and new customer-friendly technologies, according to the online shopping experts at STELLAService.com, dubbed “the Zagats of customer service” by CNBC. Here are a few of their tips:
Look for free shipping and lenient return policies–Many retailers are offering free shipping and returns, in some cases it may make sense to order several suits and return the ones you don’t want for free. J. Crew is offering free shipping and free returns on all swim styles, all summer long. Nordstrom and ShopBop offer free standard shipping and free returns using the return label included with your order.
Easy to read size charts – Retailers are doing a better job of providing detailed size charts these days. For example, Nordstrom provides specific measurement instructions: “Bend to one side to find the natural crease of your waist. Measure across at this point.” These measurements can then be applied to size charts sourced from specific designers.
Ask questions – Customer service representatives are well-trained in the product. And, if they don’t know the answer to the question, they’re often willing to reach out to the manufacturer to find the information you need. STELLAService ELITE rated Saks Fifth Avenue has received particularly high marks in providing friendly support staff with expert product advice, while Nordstrom and Shopbop have also been singled out by STELLAService’s mystery shoppers for knowledgeable support.
Use the technology – Look for filters that allow you to sort by style, color, size and price to find the perfect product, such as Bloomingdales. Many retailers are also offering video so you can get a better sense of style and fit, such as Asos.
Take advantage of wide selection – Your choices are endless on the Web. Whether you’re looking for a modest swim dress or a skull and crossbones thong, you can Google your way to your ideal suit. .
Our Online Swimsuit Picks
We love the Miracle Suit and actually own this one. Look ten pounds lighter in ten seconds! Miraclesuit® 'Camila' One Piece.
Lands End has huge assortment of bathing suits in every size, with all kinds of choices for every taste, and body type. Love this Women's Plus Size Paisley Print Slender Suit Draped Sweetheart Swimdress. Lands End. $155.
The Daphne One-Piece Swimsuit has a seductive zip front and bold colorblocking give this design a sleek and sophisticated look. $495. Saks Fifth Avenue
SwimSuitsforall.com has sizes 8 to 26 in all cup sizes, and for all body types. Featured above is the Maxine® Waikiki Waterfall Plus Size. $61.60 SwimSuitsforall.com.
A Tomato's Best Summer Friend: A Great Cover Up!
Tory Burch Print Silk Caftan Cover-Up. Skinny beaded drawstrings pull in the swirling, voluminous fit of a color-infused silk caftan with drapey kimono sleeves. $350 Nordstrom
The caftan: The sexy staple of the season this chic caftan in light-as-air cotton voile. The flowy shape is effortlessly versatile, going from sand to sidewalk as a chic beach cover-up or flirty little dress. $49.50 Victoria's Secret.