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Looking for a swimsuit is difficult enough when you are shopping at a department store.

Multiply this anxiety by 1000 when you are trying to by a bathing suit online.

Because 36% percent of women expect a swimsuit to last 4 years or more, you have to choose the best swimsuit for your body type, budget and sense of style.

Use the following tips to make sure that you can find sexy swimwear for women without fear of buying the too-tight bathing suit, or worse…looking like a stuffed sausage!

Here's how:

Look at your underwear drawer for bathing suit sizing tips.

By reviewing the styles of bras and panties that make you look great, you'll miss the granny panty-styled swimsuit bottom and barely-there bikini tops that won't support your ample breasts or curvy bottom.

Measure yourself.

Don't trust the sizes listed on the website to find the perfect bathing suit. Wrap a measuring tape around your rib cage, bust and hips. Jot down these numbers. You'll use these measurements to determine your proper swimwear size.

Decide on a price range.

If you want a $60 dollar bathing suit, and find a deal on two for $30 you've hit the swimwear jackpot. But buying a $200 one-piece just because it's on sale is not a deal. Prevent buyer's remorse with a bikini or tankini that matches your sense of style and your budget.

Look online for your favorite swimwear designer.

Like the Miracle Suit or Swimwear by Spanx? Or do you favor bathing suits by Victoria Secret, Malia Mills and Jantzen.  Grab a designer bathing suit that features the details and design of your favorite designer instead of a selection by a virtual online unknown.

Know the site's return policy.

Many online swimwear sites are not-final sale, but you should read the return rules to prevent any unforeseen hassles.

Beware of fake swimwear shops online.

Only shop with reputable websites that have a working 1-800 number and several contact email addresses. Also, examine the website for style advice, fit tips and detailed information about suit fabric and maintenance.

Try on the swimsuit immediately upon receipt.

Do not remove any tags or hygienic liners. If the suit doesn't fit or it is the wrong color, you can return it — unless it is on final sale — easily.

Shopping online for sexy swimwear is easy if you know the fashion rules. Use the above steps as a guide to purchasing the perfect swimsuit and relieving any online shopping stress!

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