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Everything You Need to Know About Buying Swimwear Online

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Although we love getting the full in-store shopping experience when searching for our next swimwear purchase; we’re equally as happy to skip the travel, crowds and racks and let our fingers do the walking!

With access to thousands of styles in just a few clicks – anywhere and anytime –we just can’t say no. Alongside the benefits of shopping online, there’s also some limitations, such as not being able to try on pieces before you buy, navigating size guides and trying to get an accurate idea of colours and fabrics without seeing them.To help you succeed in your online quest to find the newest addition to your swimwear collection, we’ve put together some top tips.

Know Your Measurements

You likely have a fairly good idea of your average dress size when it comes to certain pieces and styles, however knowing your specific measurements will make it that bit easier when shopping online, especially for swimwear. Use a tape measure to accurately measure your hips, waist, under bust and bust and gauge your cup size from your best fitting bra. Once you have a good idea of your measurements, you can compare these to the online size guide to find the best fit for you.

Accurately knowing your measurements is key for finding the perfect fit, especially with styles that aren’t adjustable, such as bandeaus. 

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The Ainsley Lucia bikini top is a unique and flattering style that’s totally adjustable for the perfect fit. Image: Tigerlily.

Be Open to New Styles

Shopping online means a world of new styles at your fingertips. Don’t be afraid to make the most of this and experiment with colours, cuts and fabrics you wouldn’t usually opt for. 

The Ainsley Lucia bikini top is a unique and flattering style that’s totally adjustable for the perfect fit. Get to Know the Finer DetailsTo get a more accurate idea of the fabric, colour and overall feel of each piece on your wish list, be sure to read the product details and fabric information. This usually fills you in on the finer details of the style; for example whether the top is padded, the straps are adjustable and the fabric is sheer in parts or has stretch to it, the size and measurements of the model and what the piece is specifically made from. 

The fabric of each piece will determine how it fits, for example the Ramo Mel Low Rise bikini bottom is made from recycled nylon and elastane, whereas the Capri High Argentina Crochet bikini bottom is crafted from 100% cotton.

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The fabric of each piece will determine how it fits, for example the Ramo Mel Low Rise bikini bottom is made from recycled nylon and elastane.

Read the Size Guide

Once you’ve found a style and fabric you love, use your measurements and refer to the size guide to find the ideal size for you. Each swimwear brand will be slightly different when it comes to sizing, and individual styles will vary too – keep in mind cheekier cuts are often smaller than fuller coverage finishes. If you’re in between sizes, we recommend sizing up unless specified otherwise; this gives a more comfortable and flattering fit. 

Check Out More Photos

Of course, product photos aim to show the most accurate colour and finish of each piece, however this can translate slightly differently depending on the device you’re shopping on. Check out customer or ‘as seen on’ photos, editorial photos and scroll through Instagram to see the product on different people and in different lighting to give you a great idea of the colour, finish and fit.

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Accurately knowing your measurements is key for finding the perfect fit, especially with styles that aren’t adjustable, such as bandeaus. Pictured is the Rosalie Vega Bandeau bikini top and Rosalie Niki bikini bottom. Image: Tigerlily.

Read the Returns Policy

We understand that despite following these tips, sometimes when your online order arrives, a piece may still not fit quite right. Or, maybe it’s not your shade or just isn’t what you envisioned, but that’s okay! Be sure to familiarise yourself with the returns policy before hitting the order button and make sure your pieces can be returned or exchanged if they aren’t quite right for you. Take care when trying on your new pieces, Tigerlily accepts swimwear returns if the items are unworn, and in their original condition with all tags and hygiene protection stickers attached.Buying swimwear online means access to thousands of unique styles in a few easy, convenient clicks. Follow our top tips to make sure you choose the right style, colour and fabric for you and jump online to browse Tigerlily’s beautiful collection of bikinis and get ready to refresh your swimwear wardrobe this season. 

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