Should you wear underwear when trying on swimsuits? Even though it might seem counterintuitive, the answer is a hands-down, resounding yes. Please. Do not drop your panties.

The purpose of trying on clothing in the first place is to make sure the size is right before you buy it, and that means you want to try it on with the most accurate fit possible, so you might be inclined to take off your undies because it’s not like you’re going to wear the suit with anything under it — but don’t. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Leave your underwear on. They might feel a little bunched, but your underwear isn’t going to alter the fit that much, and it’s far more sanitary to leave them on. Being hygienic is worth having to endure the diaper feeling during your try-on sesh. Trust.

Until now that is. With an entire day dedicated to readdressing your smalls, it’s time to consider whether your bras are giving you double boob, your pants are too tight and if your whites aren’t quite as dazzling as they used to be.

You see, the key to looking and feeling great in your clothes is really to strip back and concentrate on the basics. Get your underwear right, and you can enhance, flatter and feel instantly more confident.

That being said, with such a minefield of styles on offer, knowing what bra or bottoms will best suit your body shape can be confusing but, that’s where we come in.

Here, we take a look at the best lingerie styles to help instantly upgrade your knicker drawer.

For ladies with the coveted hourglass silhouette, apple shapes and those with bigger busts, there are luckily a whole host of brands specialising in lingerie to help make the most of you assets.

The key is to remember that while you’ve been blessed with bigger breasts, they’re not all the same shape so after figuring out your size, think about the style that will best support and flatter your chest.

If you have a very full breast, opt for a full cup while those who carry more underneath or to the side should consider a plunge bra to help create a natural-looking cleavage. Either way, the right support is an absolute must.

For bottoms, if you’re tummy conscious opt for a figure-flattering high waist to nip you in at your smallest part or a pair of lacy briefs.

Women who carry more weight on their bottom half get the added benefit of being able to mix and match their sets – think colour blocking, prints and bra’s that scream “look at me”.

In addition, opting for a push-up will help to even out your figure, while delicate triangle bras offer comfort as well as being oh-so pretty.

If you have wider hips, brief style underwear will flatter and a thong made from soft, feminine fabric will draw attention to your derriere in the best way possible.

You know that plastic liner inside the bottom for sanitary reasons? Yeah, it might protect the future owner once they remove it, but if everyone else is trying it on with the liner without undies, you’re still going to pass on the same bacteria.

Bacteria and crabs aside, you could get the swimsuit bottoms dirty (no need to go into
how…), so just leave your underwear on to make sure everything is clean in case you
don’t buy it.

If someone was infected with crabs and tried on a swimsuit, the next person to try it on sans-undies could fall victim to them. You have been warned.

If you’re trying it on without underwear, odds are someone before you did, and you can pass on and collect bacteria. Don’t believe me? Dr. Philip Tierno from New York University did a study that collected clothing from retail stores, and underwear and swimwear contained the highest amount of bacteria. Gross.

Just to reinforce the point, here are a few reasons you absolutely need to wear underwear when trying on swimwear. The person trying it on after will totally thank you for it.




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