Most people end up spending at least some time at the beach when they travel. It is arguably the perfect place to go to relax, offering an antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.
All you need to do is to choose the best swimwear for you…
It could be a cute little Simply Be swim dress*, a skimpy bikini, a cutting-edge one-piece or if you are a man, a pair of swim shorts or trunks. Regardless of who you are, there are a few things you need to bear in mind when choosing your swimwear. Read on to find out what they are.
Does it suit you?
Everyone wants to look their best on the beach. So, try not to be swayed too much by fashion. If you don’t look good in the latest high-leg one-piece cuts just buy something else. You will look and feel much better if you choose swimwear you feel confident while wearing.
Is it practical?
If you are planning to try out something like surfing or another activity bear this in mind when choosing your swimming costume. You will need something that covers you up enough and fits well enough to stay in place regardless of how extreme your movements are.
You also need to bear in mind the dress code of the country you are visiting. In some parts of the world, tourists are asked to wear modest swimwear. Also, remember that in places like Barcelona, Mallorca and Hvar you are not allowed to wear swimwear in the street. So, you will also need to buy something to wear over the top of your costume for your walk to and from the beach. For this, a sarong and t-shirt is the perfect combination. They will be light enough to slip into your beach bag.
Getting the fit right
Even if you are just planning to spend all day on a sun lounger you still need to make sure that your costume fits you well. When you try it on, crouch down and bend over as if you are picking something up off the floor. If your costume cuts into you or becomes uncomfortably tight in certain places when you do this, it is best to exchange it for another.
This measuring guide* will help you to select the right size in the first place. It will prove particularly helpful for those of you who are planning to buy your swimwear online.
At least a couple of weeks before you are due to travel try your swimming costume on. If you can, wear it for a couple of hours, under your clothes. This will help you to check it really is a good fit and that it does not cut in or bunch up uncomfortably. Lastly, get in the shower and soak yourself. This will enable you to make sure that your new costume does not sag too much or chafe when wet.
A little beach inspiration
OK, so that is the perfect swimming costume all sorted out. Now, all you need is a great beach to head to. Click here* for some inspiration – I promise that you will love these colourful and unique beaches.