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Bathing suits

Shopping for the right bathing suits can be a little more complicated than it would at first seem. In this guide we'll talk about the different kinds of bathing suits out there, and do some comparison shopping to see what the best deals out there are.

Men's bathing suits range in style from boardshorts, jammers, and speedos, to thongs and g-strings. Women's bathing suits can consist of the traditional one-piece to the more revealing bikini. In Europe, it's not uncommon to see what is known as the "monokini" where topless beaches are found acceptable.

Bathing suits also range from the more casual and looser fitting, to the competitive style of bathing suits that are often skin tight. There are also a wide range of exotic and extreme bathing suits out there, including what is known as a "microkini", which keeps the wearer barely within the legal standards.

For most shoppers, however, all that's needed is a good price on decent bathing suits. For men's briefs, it seems that starting prices usually range around $10. A good pair of square leg swim shorts are usually going to run around $20. Jammers, or skin tight swim shorts, come to about $30 on average. A classic pair of swim trunks will cost you about $16. At the expensive end of the scale, pant length and full body swimsuits can be very pricey. The more performance oriented suits can be as much as $200.

When it comes to women's bathing suits, there are many more choices to be made. One piece bathing suits can be as cheap as $40, or as extravagant as $150. Women's tops tend to be around $30 to $60, while bottoms are about $40 a piece. Halter tops can be a slightly less revealing option than a bikini top, and run about $35. If you want to go with a bust enhancer, those tend to cost about $50. Another possible look are boy shorts, running from about $25 to $40. Whatever style you choose, remember that swimsuits generally fit tighter, so you'll probably have to go up a few sizes to start out with.

When you go shopping for bathing suits, it can really pay to go early in the season to have the best selection available to you. For women, it's also a good idea to go with a friend that will honestly tell you whether or not something is working for you. Also try to avoid wearing plain black, as you will simply fade into the background. To put less focus on a heavier top, use a plain color and pattern for the top and something more eye catching for the bottom. It may also be a good idea to shop in the morning, before you've really had anything to eat. Applying some self-tanner before you go shopping isn't a bad either. Be sure also to move around a little, just to make sure the bathing suits are going to fit the way you want them to.

Women shopping around shouldn't be afraid to mix and match tops and bottoms, as they are commonly sold separately these days. Go through however many combinations it might take to achieve the look you want. For women that need something more than a size 2, many retailers are carrying more fashionable items in recent seasons, so don't feel like you have to resort to the black one-piece.

Whatever you do, don't let shopping for bathing suits get you down. The entire experience can be a little intimidating and uncomfortable, but if you go about it the right way, it's not so bad. First of all, you should probably go up a size when shopping for bathing suits. Use things like lingerie as a guide on what to look for in a swim suit; if your bust needs an underwire, be sure to get a top that has one as well. To reduce stress, you may want to avoid shopping at peak hours. Avoid stores that have unfriendly employees or customers as well.

Shopping for bathing suits doesn't have to be a stressful experience. Just take your time, explore your options, and have a good and trusted friend nearby to offer encouragement and advice.

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