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Tips & Tricks // Swimwear Shopping with Veronica Beard & Basta Surf

Summer is finally here!

Sam & Emily, the designers at Basta Surf, teamed up with the ladies at Veronica Beard to give them their tips and tricks on finding the perfect swimsuit. The Veronica's asked, and the Basta ladies answered below:

What is the biggest mistake people make when shopping for swimsuits? • Assume that a larger size will fit better. Most of the time, when people opt for a larger size, there ends up being too much fabric causing sag in the butt area (especially after getting out of the water).

What’s the best way to figure out your size if you’re shopping online? Is it based off your clothing size? Should you measure yourself? • All bikini sizes for different companies tend to run differently. Check their size chart that is specific to their brand. Once you find the perfect size, you will always know what size to purchase. If you are unsure, buy both sizes and try them on in the comfort of your home and see which fits better.

How does sizing change if you’re shopping for a bikini versus a one piece? What are your guidelines? • Shopping for a one piece can be difficult if you are tall. Finding the perfect swimsuit that also fits your torso can be challenging. We usually recommend a size up if you are concerned about how our one pieces will fit your torso.

What styles are the most flattering for:

Curvy: • High-rise bottoms, color blocked suits that help to highlight your shape.

Small Bust: • Suits with embellishments and ruffles help to create the illusion of curves. Suits that tie around the neck help to give an extra lift.

Large Bust: • A suit with adjustable and thick straps to provide extra support. Bikini tops with cups and under wires.

Petite: • Suits that have adjustable features to fit perfectly to your body. Plunging necklines and low-rise bottoms help create the illusion of an elongated torso.

For some reason, fitting room light is always the worst. What are your tips for trying on swimsuits so we don’t get discouraged? • Exfoliate, apply self tanner, and lotion really well before going to try on swim. It will make the experience much easier when you were not pale and ashy. Just always remember your body and it’s at its worst in a dressing room. Know your body and go with a shape in mind, don’t let trying on bikinis ruin your day.

What are your care tips for swimsuits? How often should you wash them and how? • Hand wash in cold water and hang in the shade after every use.

What can you do to prevent color fading from chlorine or salt water? • Rinse as soon as you can.

When do you know it’s time to get a new swimsuit (what are the main signs of wear)? • The spaghetti straps will start to give, and the butt and bust will start to loose support.

Your 3 summer beach essentials: Tan towel La Roche posey tinted sunscreen Arrowhead farms Jaipur Margarita mix!

Check out Veronica Beard's Summer uniform here!