We’ve all been there
Ok, so the weather has yet to catch up, but if the Met Office predictions for the next couple of weeks is anything to go by, summer 2016 is officially upon us.
Scouring the web for such an intimate piece of clothing is not without its challenges. As well as finding the perfect fit, trend-led cutouts, sheer paneling and complicated straps, simply working out your size can be a total minefield.
1. Study the sizing charts extensively
Begin by checking your own measurements (bra size, dress size and waist and hip measurements – you’ll need a tape measure for this), then cross-reference the site’s sizing chart as every brand has a different size run. Also, check whether the sizes are displayed in UK, European or US sizing (this will save you a massive headache down the line).
2. Get friendly with customer care
This sounds like an effort, but if you’re unsure about sizing, contact customer care and ask them about the brand’s specific measurements and whether they come up large or small to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting. Also ask them whether the fabric shrinks a bit in the wash, generally cotton and rayon do.
3. Double-check the returns policy
The best thing to do is to buy a couple of sizes to try on in the comfort of your own home (and away from the unflattering fluorescent lights of a changing room). But for this to be successful, you need to double-check the returns policy.
4. Adjustable straps are your friends
Tie-side briefs and adjustable straps make life much easier, as you can customise the size to fit you perfectly. Or accommodate an over-indulgent beach picnic.