You shop only at department stores
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Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t always the top places to buy your best bathing suits. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is not shopping online for swimsuits,” says personal stylist Bryn Taylor of BrynTaylorStyle.com. “A lot of stores won’t carry many specialized sizes, such as petites or certain cup sizes. Online, you will find a whole variety and a greater range of sizes.” Many online stores also have generous return policies and free shipping, says Taylor.
You don’t have enough support
Bandeaus and triangle tops may look cute in theory, but they don’t offer the support that women with fuller busts often need. “The best thing to do is opt for a one-piece or bikini top sized for your breast size—not a small, medium, or large, not a size 6, 8, or 10, but a 34D,” says Taylor. Bikini tops with underwire or halter-style tankinis that provide more lift are also good options. While you’re at it, avoid these common bra mistakes.