The summer season is a great excuse for splurging on swimsuits, and with designs such as these (and these!), it's hard to narrow our choices to just one pick!

But before you max out your credit card on sexy maillots and cute bikinis, make sure that the pieces you buy fit you well. We were able to ask help from Mr. Eijiro Nireki, Regional Brand Manager for Arena & Le Coq Sportif, who eagerly shared with us a couple of swimsuit-shopping tips. Below are questions that you should ask when buying a swimsuit:

a) Why do I need it? "First, you have to define your purpose," Mr. Nireki shares. "Will you need a swimsuit for training, for fitness, or for the beach? Competitive swimwear are used by professional swimmers, so they're made from a different material and are tighter than swimwear made for leisure. So you have to first determine your purpose, and from there, you will be able to choose which design or style will fit you," he advises.

b) Does it fit me well? "Try on the swimwear before you make a purchase, so you can see how each product fits you. Fit is also a very important consideration when buying swimwear."

c) Is it stylish? "Don't hesitate to ask the shop staff for their recommendations because they know the latest trends and designs," Mr. Nireki advises.

(Photos of tangerine rose bikini top and pineapple bikini set courtesy of Topshop; photos of navy one-piece swimsuit and red striped bikini set from Dorothy Perkins )

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