What's Your Biggest Swimsuit Shopping Anxiety?

03/17/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

Barnsley/Symons/Pacific Coast News

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere may be a self-proclaimed bikini girl, but we can’t always say the same when it comes to the daunting task of finding a flattering yet stylish swimsuit. One of our biggest gripes is tracking down a chic bikini whose top and bottom are sold as a set, making comfort difficult for those of us who aren’t perfectly proportioned. That’s why we love swimwear lines from Shoshanna and Elizabeth Hurley, who sell their tops and bottoms separately. With swimsuit season coming upon us, the editors at StyleWatch wanted to hear your thoughts on finding the perfect bikini. Tell us: What’s your biggest anxiety when it comes to buying a swimsuit?

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SL on

The dressing room lighting!

smith on

she’s so cute! but i dont care for this swimsuit on her, i’ve seen pics of cutier ones. oh wells, i would never wear a bikini, but shes rockin it

vintagechic on

I went on a hunt for a classic-looking, comfortable, suit that wouldn’t ride up in the rear and that I could actually swim in, and I landed at


Esther Williams! She makes swimsuits that look exactly like the ones she wore in the 40s. They’re sexy but sophisticated and they can flatter many body types. The bikinis probably have more coverage than the average young woman wants, but the “Classic Sheath” is so great!

Mary on

My biggest anxiety is finding a bikini top that doesn’t call attention to the fact that I have a fairly flat chest or that I am cold ;)

Lorie on

mary, natural is in and nips on the beach are totally acceptable! but if you really care, get a slightly padded halter to take care of both problems!!

blondefornow on

Lord have mercy it’s the thighs!!! I’m a size 4 with lots of cellulite and jiggle…you can’t hide those babies in a swimsuit unless you’re going to wear bike shorts!!!

lucia on

Mine is getting a perfect bikini bottom for my ‘almost Jessica Biel’ bottom and thigh! But for top, I love the halter…good for showing off tne shoulders.

Emily on

I agree with the lighting factor. Even gorgeous celebrities and models don’t benefit from poor lighting!

SUPERB lighting is what makes even Paris and Britney look as good as they do sometimes!

Anna on

i was a gymnast so i have the broadest shoulders. but my bootay is tight and tiny so it is always hard to find the right swim suit. i am very glad i can wear a two piece because i need to buy the top and bottom separately ..

btw hayden looks cute

Sarah on

my torso is so long i can never find a one piece that fits.

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