One of the most feared, under appreciated, underfunded and often overlooked areas of competition is swimsuit. Most pageant girl’s dreed swimsuit competition more than any other area of competition. They generally spend the majority of their pageant prep time preparing for it yet, when it comes to swimsuit shopping, they seem to cut the most financial corners and put less thought into the actual suit than any other wardrobe piece in their competition closet. At Proms Pageants and Pretty Things we know this and that is why we try to help educate our pageant clients to try different cuts, styles, and colors that they might not have thought about. Below are some things you want to take into consideration before you purchase your next competition swimsuit.
Competition suit, why is that a category at all, and why the first category? Because, that is exactly what you need, a competition swimsuit. This is not a swimsuit you would wear to the beach, it’s not something you pick up at Target for $15 and it’s shouldn’t look like you are getting ready to shoot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. If you look at the construction of a competition swimsuit you will see that the seams in the bottoms are constructed differently than a recreational suit. There are cups (usually replaceable cups) in the top. And the liners used are made specifically to be worn on stage under the bright lights and within a birds eye view of the judges. Why is that important? Because there is nothing a judge hates more then to have your bottoms see through, not fitting correctly or riding up in the front or for nipples to be showing through the suit on stage. Yes, we have seen all of this and more as most anyone that has attended a pageant. It doesn’t matter how great your body looks if the swimsuit isn’t made for stage or if you look overtly sexy instead of looking fit.
Just because you have picked a true competition swimsuit doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed a perfect fit. There are multiple styles and cuts of swimsuits out there, not all are right for every body type. Until you start trying them on you won’t know which one is right for you. Depending on your body style you might require extra coverage in the bust or hips. Conversely, too much coverage, oversized cups or sagging bottoms will take away from all of your hard work as well. You need to try on different style suits to determine which is best for your body type. You also need to know how the style is intended to be worn. Some bottoms are made to pull up on the hips. This elongates your leg and help show off your hourglass figure. If this is the design of your suit but you are not wearing it properly it often is hard to get the fit in the bottom correct. Conversely, if they are not intended to wear that way but you try to pull them up it can look like the suit is too small in the bottom. Understand the style of the suit you are getting. You can go to Lady M swimwear to get some idea’s of the different styles out there.
Making sure the swimsuit fits you properly is a must as well. Many girls are not proportioned evenly and may have a large top and a small bottom. In this case you will not be able to purchase most suits off the rack. But many designers will offer you mix and match sizing for a small up charge. If you talk to your trained consultant they can help you decide what your proper sizing would be so you are sure to get the best fit. Something else people tend to forget about is a swimsuit can also be altered to make the fit true to your body. Be sure to try it on a week or two before your competition too. Sometimes your hard work in the gym ends in a poorly fitting swimsuit on stage.
Picking the best color for stage and for your skin color can be difficult. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best color for you.
Don’t worry about how many other girls have the same color suit as you. I can assure you the judges are not counting and they don’t give extra points for having a more original color.
Spray tan before going to try on suits (a couple of days before shopping so you don’t get the tanner on the suit please). It is even more important when picking a swimsuit then an evening gown as even more of your skin is showing.
Your favorite color doesn’t really come in to play on this one. You need to make sure that the color doesn’t over power you or wash you out. There are plenty of other places to show your sense of style, go safe on this choice.
Money Saving Tips
More expensive isn’t always better. Go simple. Don’t worry about colored trims and elaborate stoning. It is usually more cost effective to pick a plain suit and have the stones added afterwards. This also allows you to pick the color stones you would like and the design that most flatters your body type. While we at Proms Pageants and Pretty Things are always happy to help you with your custom orders we also don’t think you need to do that to get an edge. There are plenty of brooches pins and other add-ons that can be done for far less money that will have the same effect.
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