It’s that time of year again. The time of year every woman loves, time to pick out a swimsuit. Okay, we made up that part about every woman loving this act. In most cases, choosing a swimsuit is more akin to torture than a fun day out on the town. Thankfully, there are some ways to make the process easier. Read below to learn the swimsuit fashion rules you should keep in mind when you shop for a new bathing suit this year:

The Fit is Everything

A swimsuit can be absolutely beautiful on the rack. However, if it doesn’t fit you as it should, it won’t be attractive. Keep in mind, selecting a size that’s too small will only make you look overweight as it will force your skin to bunch. A swimsuit that’s too big will simply make you look frumpy. Either way, it’s not a great look. Therefore, ensure the suit fits snug but not tight for the perfect fit.

Keep It Classy

You might assume something as small as a bathing suit couldn’t possibly be modest or classy– it can. Pretty, fun patterns in rich colors show class as do full or moderate bottom coverage. over-the-top graphic designs, neon colors and overly seductive bottoms communicate a different message, so it’s best to avoid them all together. As a general rule, your bathing suit bottoms should be thicker than the straps up top.

Dress For Your Body

Some body types look better in certain bathing suit cuts, colors, and styles than they do in others. Therefore, it’s important to select your suit based on your own body shape. Embrace what you have. There is a style that will highlight what you want to show off and camouflage what you would rather hide; you just have to find it. General tips like selecting a bikini top with an underwire if your bust is small or sticking to a matte finish if you want to hide a belly showcase how you dress for your body.

Buying a new swimsuit doesn’t have to be a negative experience if you stick to the fashion rules above.