What do women hate shopping for the most? According to Betty Confidential, 47% of women hated shopping for bathing suits, 33% hated shopping for jeans and 19% hated shopping for bras. It may surprise you that shoes did not even make the list. Personally, I’ve never had any real problem shopping for any of the items mentioned. I’ve learned to make do with less than perfectly fitting swimsuits, jeans that gap at the waist and bras that may not even be the right size. I step out of the pool and immediately pull down swimsuit legs that creep up, look for jeans with a little elastic at the waist (or wear a belt), and wear the same comfortable bras I’ve worn for years. Seriously, ladies, don’t most of you do the same? Let’s look at these pieces and see if we can figure out why so many women hate shopping for them.
Shopping for a bathing suit is really much more complicated than it seems. Fashion experts agree that a bathing suit is probably the single most difficult piece of clothing to fit well. To be worn to its best advantage, the top should fit like a bra, providing the support and comfort you need, and the bottom should fit like shapewear, concealing unsightly lines and bulges to create a slender silhouette. Nothing should pinch, poke or dig and the legs should never ride up. The perfect bathing suit is difficult to find and can be quite expensive. A few tips to remember when shopping for a swimsuit are: Buy one you can fit by bra and cup size, as well as clothing size. Try on your swimsuit and put two fingers under the leg opening. It should feel snug, not loose. Look for adjustable shoulder straps that can be lengthened or shortened for the best fit.
Now let’s talk about jeans. Almost every woman owns them, wears them and loves them. Jeans are versatile, stylish and easy to wear. Unfortunately, finding well-fitting jeans can present a challenge. Women with small waists and wide hips often have trouble with gapping waistbands. Short women have problems finding jeans that are short enough and tall women often cannot find the longer length they need. New skinny and super skinny jeans can be hard to even fit your foot through to put them on. Many department stores have jeans in several different fits. Take some time to try them on and see which is best for you. You may never find the perfect fitting jeans, but you can surely come close.
Bras present challenges of their own. If there’s a free professional bra fitting event at a local department store, it’s worth seeing what a professional suggests. Depending on your figure type, you can choose bras that lift and separate, provide all-day support and comfort, enhance a small figure or minimize a large one. Playtex makes bras in half sizes for women who are in between sizes, offering a better fit for many. When buying a bra, always remember: Put comfort first; nobody wants a bra that pokes, digs or cuts into their shoulders. Look for a bra that will enhance your natural curves rather than mask them. Build up a collection of different bras to wear with different outfits, including a tee shirt bra, a plunge bra, a strapless bra and a racerback bra. Hopefully the next time you go shopping for these items, they’ll no longer be on your most hated list.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.