It’s not what you think.
You carefully comb the racks of your favorite store looking for a pretty print, a flattering silhouette, and a few back-up sizes just in case a particular brand doesn’t fit the way you expect. Once in the dressing room, you pull on that promising suit, and—voila!—not only does it fit, it looks even better than you expected. All done, right? Wrong.
Just because your suit looks sweet while you’re standing still in front of the mirror doesn’t mean it’s going to fit flawlessly while you’re in motion—and, let’s face it, when there’s nothing but that swimsuit between you and the world, you definitely want it to stay put. So, go ahead and move around a little bit.
These tips (you can do them all in the privacy of your dressing room) will help the next time you’re in try-on mode:
For Strapless Styles
Reach down to touch your toes, then stand back up and raise your arms over your head. If everything stayed in place and you didn’t feel the need to tug or readjust the bust or neckline, you’ve got a winner. If not, you may need to try a different size or a style with a little more security, like stay-put silicon-lined trim.
For Styles With Thin Straps
You don’t have to reenact gym class for this one. First, double check that the straps aren't too tight or digging into your skin. Then, try a few everyday movements—bend down as though you're tying your shoe, reach each arm up as if you're getting something off of a high shelf, and slip your bag on and off each shoulder. The straps should stay in place, just like a bra.