How to Buy a Bathing Suit that Fits and Flatters

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How to Buy a Bathing Suit that Fits and Flatters

Congratulations! You are finally taking a relaxing vacation to a sunny tropical spot, or you’re hanging out the local pool or heading to the beach this summer. Now all you need now is a bathing suit.

Cue the music played when the young woman is swimming in the ocean in Jaws. The thought of finding and wearing a bathing suit may cause an equal amount of dread and fear, as well as some blood-curdling screams.

Relax a while and let me give you a few tips to get you back in the water, or at least on a lounge chair. I want you to enjoy your time in the sun.

  • Do not try on suits that are the same size as your clothes. Don’t ask me why, but swimwear sizes do not correspond with clothing sizes. Women need to try one or two sizes up for a flattering and comfortable fit.
  • Choose a suit in a color that compliments you. And FYI: avoid white, especially if you plan on getting wet. White suits will always become see-through. If that doesn’t bother you, you are reading the wrong book.
  • Highlight your smaller parts with lighter colors and camouflage your somewhat larger parts with darker colors. I use this trick to minimize what I consume at the all-you-can-eat buffet tables or a few too many Pina Coladas.
  • Watch your back. No, really, take look and see if the shape of your back is pushing over the edge of your bathing suit. If it is, go for a style with a higher back so more of you is held in.
  • Of course you wish you had a smaller waistline, so look for suits that have shirring at the middle. The fabric gathering is a great way to disguise muffin tops and tummy poufs.
  • Tuck, lift, and suck. Tuck, lift, and suck. Repeat this mantra each time you put on your suit. Tuck in your breasts, lift up your rear so it is in the bathing suit versus hanging out around the edges, and suck in your stomach when you walk to or get up from your lounge chair.
  • Never underestimate or abuse the power of the cover-up. A simple lightweight tank dress or oversized shirt is far more flattering than shorts and a T-shirt and fits so well with pool or beach surroundings.

An afterthought: If the mere idea of wearing a bathing suit still causes you flashes of terror, I have heard Alaska is a lovely place to visit.

Note: This is a chapter from Scarlett’s book Stop Stressing About Dressing.

By following the tips in Stop Stressing About Dressing, you will immediately see and feel a difference. You will discover how to make your tummy and rear end look smaller, bust line larger (or smaller), and hips as curvy as you desire. The time has arrived to say goodbye to feeling frumpy and not feeling confident in your appearance. Stop Stressing About Dressing!


  • Scarlett De Bease

    Scarlett De Bease is a personal wardrobe stylist who shows women women how to stop stressing about dressing and feel more confident when they walk into a room. She guides her clients virtually and in-person to create their own unique signature style, feel fearless and confident to be seen and heard, and excited to put themselves out to the world in a way that is game-changing. From creating outfits with what you already own, to taking you shopping in person or virtually, Scarlett uses her creativity and compassion to help women of all shapes, sizes, and ages go from feeling insecure and frumpy to confident, successful, and stylish. She takes boring outfits and turns them into “oh hell yeah, look at me outfits” while making her clients feel great about themselves. As the founder of Scarlett Image Consulting and author of Stop Stressing About Dressing, her one-of-a-kind in-person and worldwide online workshops reveal how a more powerful presence leads to more opportunities and more profit. You can find out more about Scarlett at

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