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Retail Tales
by Alana Sprague

It is that time of year again ladies, time for the dreaded swimsuit shopping. No one likes to think about it, let alone go out there and actually do it. If we all loved the little flaws about our bodies then it wouldn’t be so bad, but alas not all of us do—myself included. However, there are ways to make this difficult task more bearable. Knowing what type of suit will work best for your body type will make the process a little easier and allow you to feel better about your body. Here are a few suggestions for finding the perfect swimsuit for enjoying our beautiful PEI beaches

If you have a large bust, you want to ensure you find a suit that will support you properly. It can be difficult to find a bikini top that will keep you covered and supported but try finding a suit that has underwire and larger straps. You may also want to try going for a darker color on top with a lighter color on the bottom, this trick will help to camouflage your bust. If you are going for a one piece, find a suit that is higher cut in the underarm; this should prevent any “spillage” from the sides of your suit.

Smaller busted woman—you are in luck! There are more options than ever before to help enhance your bust line. We must, we must, we must increase our bust. A top with underwire or one that ties around your neck will work for you by lifting the “girls” and making them look fuller. Avoid foam inserts or falsies, trust me on this one, because they can stay wet long after the rest of your suit has dried and that’s one of those things you don’t want happening on a beach full of hotties.

If you have a tummy, like I do, you can try working out vigorously until the beach weather hits or you can hide it. I’m more apt to go for the latter so here are some tips for slimming it down without actually slimming it down. Try buying a suit with a high Lycra content; of course this will only work for a one piece. The Lycra will help to suck the tummy in and make it look flatter. If you want to go for a two piece, try a tankini with a looser fit or some texture over the tummy, this will be both flattering and gives you the comfort of a bikini.

Tankinis also work well for women who have short or long torsos. There are so many choices in tankinis these days so you should have no problem finding one that suits your style and comfort level. For women with a long torso that want to go for a one piece—try finding a suit that is high cut in the leg, this will make your legs look longer and not put so much emphasis on your torso.

I have two suggestions for where to shop for that perfect swimsuit. Island Beach Company, with many locations across the Island, always has a great selection in the latest styles, with prices ranging from $34.50 to $49.50. Also, for those of us that don’t want to spend too much on a suit this summer, try Wal-Mart. They always offer mix and match suits, that way you don’t have stick with the bottoms they suggest and vice versa. Their prices range from $15.00 to $35.00.

It can be a painful process ladies but I hope this will help you to make this swimsuit season the best one yet.

Tip of the Month: Don’t swimsuit shop after a big meal or when you are suffering from PMS. Try shopping early in the day when you are normally at your slimmest—you’ll be less sensitive while finding the right suit for you.

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