Is there anything more intimidating than bathing suit shopping? If you don't have a swimsuit you like, it can feel like the storm cloud on a trip to the beach. Don't miss out! Put an end to the frustration with our guide to the different types of swimsuits, tops, bottoms, and some tips to keep in mind before you hit the water.

  1. Always choose black. Not only is it slimming, but black also attracts the sun so you'll feel hotter, physically and metaphorically.

  2. Size down. Bottoms should be on the snugger side when purchasing because the water will stretch them out over time.

  3. Keep it sanitary. Always try on bottoms first with your underwear (a thong is fine) for cleanliness.

  4. Option for versatility. Choose tops that have removable pads so you choose whether or not you want an extra chest boost.

  5. Go pattern crazy. Tops with intricate designs can give the illusion of a larger chest.

  6. Think ahead. Buy a top with several clamps around your chest and shoulders so you can tighten over time, if needed.

  7. Cover Up. Consider purchasing a coverup to easily throw over your suit whenever you're on the go.

  8. Stay classic. If you're looking for longevity, stay away from trendy patterns and prints. Solid colors will last longer.

  9. Wiggle a bit. When deciding on a suit, hop around or bend over to see if you have the support needed for activities.

  10. Be confident! Every body is "beach body ready." Pick a swimsuit you feel the most yourself in.