5 Expert Tips for Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit

Let’s face it: Shopping for a swimsuit can be a daunting endeavor. Aside from trying to track down the perfect slimming style, the dressing room’s fluorescent lights and skinny mirrors can trigger all new body complexes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Real Simple tapped the fit mavens at Everything But Water to uncover their little-known tips and tricks for getting you from the changing room to the beach with little drama in between.

Bathing Suits for 2015 You'll Actually Want to Wear

Real Simple helped nine real women with nine real bodies find an on-trend swimsuit they love. The one-size-does-not-fit-all advice here will help you do the same.

A Brief History of the Bathing Suit

From head-to-toe Victorian bathing costumes to the iconic two-piece, here’s how women’s swimwear has evolved over the years. (Good news: Those teeny-weeny bikinis actually aren’t getting teenier!)

Smart Ways to Extend the Life of Your Swimsuit

With beach season nearly upon us, Real Simple tapped in-the-know pros for their expert insight to ensure you get the most wear and performance from your swimsuit this season—and hopefully for many more summers to come.

The Prettiest Swimsuits Under $100

Beat the rush and spring for an affordable swimsuit that you’ll love from spring break to Labor Day.

11 Sunny, Beachy Fashion Picks

Brighten your fun in the sun with cute, no-fuss clothes and accessories.

11 Flattering Plus-Size Bathing Suits

Celebrate curves with fashionable, flattering designs for full-figured women.

7 Stylish Beach Cover-ups

Fun styles that work equally well on the beach and on the boardwalk.

The Best Swimsuits for All Body Types

Swimsuits in flattering fabrics and clever cuts that are suited for real bodies.

Could It Be? Yes: Bathing Suits That Actually Flatter

Expert advice on how to find the best bathing suits for large chests, straight figures, and other body types.



Swimsuit Myths and Shopping Tips

What’s fact, what’s fiction, and what’s good to know when you’re on the hunt for a suit.