If Janet Jackson were asked how to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, she would probably reply, “Steer clear of Justin Timberlake during halftime.” For the rest of us, quality clothing, common sense and a measure of good luck are our best allies, especially when it comes to bikinis.
One of the worst times to suffer a wardrobe malfunction is at the beach or a public pool. When you’re in swimwear, there really isn’t a “safety net” if something goes awry. To avoid compromising and embarrassing scenarios, use these tips for keeping your bikini on (until you decide to take it’s time to take it off):
Get the Right Bikini Type for Your Body
One of the key components in avoiding a bikini wardrobe malfunction is making sure you’ve selected the ideal suit for your figure. Of course, this is something you’ll want to do anyway, as it will enhance the look and feel of the suit when you debut it at the beach. Bikini tops especially should have adequate coverage for your breasts; the suit should fit snugly but not too tight. You’ll want to accentuate your cleavage, but watch out for too much “side boob,” as this could indicate your suit is too loose.
Bear in mind that your suit will move and fit differently while in water as well; again, a snug but not-too-tight style should provide ample coverage both in the water and while lounging poolside. Comfort is key; if the suit is comfortable but not loose, you’ve probably found a good cut for you.
Think Carefully About “Barely-There” Styles
When it comes to wardrobe malfunctions and bikinis, minimalist styles are the biggest hazards. Thongs already leave little to the imagination; however, the most hazardous and risky bikini style to wear is probably the string bikini.
Of course, this is part of its fun appeal; with just one tug of the ties, it’s no longer there. Is this a risk you’re willing to take at a public beach or pool? Suits with one-piece bottoms and a tie and one clip in the top piece are more secure, and there’s a style to flatter every figure.
Pick the Right Bikini Size
This may seem like an obvious tip, but all too many bikini wearers do not follow it, and the results can be disastrous. Too tight or too loose, ill-fitting bikinis are at high risk for a wardrobe malfunctions.
Whether you’ve gained or lost weight, it doesn’t take much to change how a bikini fits and looks. If you’re buying a new suit or wearing one from last year, the most important thing is to make sure it truly fits. When in doubt, it’s best to buy a new bikini (or several) each swimsuit season so that you’re assured a proper fit — and a killer look that’s in style!
Wear the Bikini Properly
Lastly, before you head out into the sun and surf, make sure you are wearing your bikini properly so that there is minimal chance for malfunction. Tie every tie carefully and properly (with a double-knot, if possible) and make sure all clasps and hooks are where they are supposed to be. This is crucial for string bikinis or any other suit style for which just one tie is holds it on your body. Consider using tiny safety pins at the ties so you can feel more secure about the suit staying on.
Bikinis look amazing at the beach, but don’t let a wardrobe malfunction ruin the day. Use these tips to stay in your suit and enjoy every moment in the sun and surf.
Sophie White is a fashion blogger based in Australia. She’s up to date with the latest trend in clothing, hairstyle, shoes and any apparel that can turn heads. Her passion for fashion has inspired her to lead the online marketing campaign for Swimsuits Direct, a women’s swimwear boutique in North Brunswick, NJ.