Swimsuit season: words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of most women, especially those women consigned to cold and snowy Minnesota winters, where an extra layer or 10 is strongly encouraged for survival. Finding the right suit to fit and flatter can seem like a Sisyphean effort, doomed from the start. Thankfully, local expert Jennifer Cermak is here to help. Check out her great tips on finding the perfect suit for your body type so you can enjoy lakeside fun all season long.

Jennifer Cermak

Owner, Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique
3821 W. 50th St.
Edina, MN 55410
(612) 922-7946

Photo Credit: naninaluswim.com

Photo Credit: naninaluswim.com

Jennifer Cermak is your go-to local source for swimsuit expertise. As owner of the 50th and France-area shop Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique, she puts her passion to work. As a regular contributor to various national publications and regular fixture around the shop, she’s got plenty of tips to help you find the perfect suit. With a focus on getting the right fit (as great fit will last longer than trendy fashion), she’ll help you find a suit that’s flattering.

Tip 1: Quality

Cermak recommends investing in a swimsuit, as you would with any staple wardrobe piece. Yes, you will pay more for a higher-quality suit, but you will be rewarded with a suit that lasts three to five years, and gives the peace of mind that you have a suit you love ready to go whenever a chance to put it on comes up. High-quality fabric changes the experience of what you feel and what others see. Expect to pay $120 and up.

Tip 2: Shop For Your Age

Shopping for your age is less about banning a particular style after a certain age. The right fit on a bikini can still look great. Rather, Cermak notes, “stay out of the juniors section.” Most women have a different figure than the shape designed for teenagers to wear. Women’s styles are designed with an adult figure in mind, and will be more flattering.

Tip 3: Figure Out Your Figure 

Forget about fashion for a moment and think about the shapes of your clothes that flatter your figure the best. Then, look for elements like that when considering the right swimsuit. “Looking good in a swimsuit is all about buying the right shape for your body,” Cermak says. Focus on figuring out what works best on your body, and you’ll then be able to concentrate on finding the color and style that meets your needs. Just remember to not get hung up on descriptions like ‘pear,’ ‘apple’ or ‘hourglass;’ your figure is more than that simple description.

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock.com

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Tip 4: Lifestyle Functionality

When swimsuit shopping, don’t forget to think about how you’ll be wearing the suit. Are you primarily wanting to look good while reading on the beach? If so, you’ll be looking for a different style than if you were planning on being able to swim, surf and paddle board in the suit. Knowing your suit will stay in place is just as important in flattering your body as finding the right fit. Keep functionality in mind while trying on swimsuits.

Tip 5: Color And Prints

Cermak has two important messages she wants to share when it comes to picking out the color of your suit. First, if her other tips haven’t made it clear, pick your fit first. Don’t fall into the trap of finding a swimsuit in a color you love, and disregard the fit. Complement your coloring with a great print or color after finding the fit that flatters. Secondly, don’t buy the hype that black is the great (and only) slimming option. She notes that you will actually look more svelte in a color that complements (think about finding a color that “warms” your skin tone up) or an all-over pattern (which distracts).

Finally, Jennifer notes, “when in doubt, work with an expert!” Another opinion can nudge you into trying a different style, cut or color that you might not have considered and may well be your perfect match. Take the stress out of swimsuit shopping by letting someone else help curate your options.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.