How to Choose the Right Size Swimsuit?

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Swimsuit sizes aren’t the same as regular clothing sizes, and with individual differences in torso length, cup size, hip size, and other measurements, it can be hard to choose the right fit.

Just finding a suit that you think you look good in can feel impossible, and that’s before you even get around to considering such questions as, “How small is too small?” and “How can you tell if a suit is too big?” Here’s what you need to know about choosing a swimsuit size:

1. Measure Yourself
The first step in finding a swimsuit that fits well is taking your measurements properly. You might need to enlist the help of a relative or friend to help you take your swimsuit measurements.Start by measuring the length of your torso. Start from the place where your shoulder meets your neck and draw your measuring tape down to the crease where your inner thigh meets your hip. From there, feed the tape between your legs and draw it up your back to the starting point. This is your torso measurement.Next, you’ll need to measure your chest, waist, and hips.
Measure your chest by wrapping the tape around the fullest part of your bust and straight around your back. Measure your waist by wrapping the tape around your natural waist, which is the narrowest part of your torso. If you have trouble finding it, stand up straight and bend slightly to one side. The crease that appears in the side of your abdomen as you do so is your natural waist. It may be higher on your torso than you expect.Finally, measure your hips. Stand upright with your heels together and wrap the measuring tape around your hips and bottom at the place where your curves are fullest. This is your hip measurement. Many swimsuit manufacturers offer online size charts or other tools to help you translate these measurements into the right size swimsuit for you.
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2. Move Around in the Suit Before You Commit
Once you’ve taken your measurements and have looked at some size charts to get an idea of what swimsuit sizes might fit you, it’s time to try suits on. A swimsuit that fits properly will be comfortable, even after you start moving around. It might feel awkward, but move around in the dressing room to see how the suit behaves while you’re wearing it.Do some lunges. Lift your arms over your head; flap them up and down a little bit. Neither the top nor the bottom of the suit should be moving around a lot; if it does, it’s too big. If the suit seems baggy, the straps are falling down, or the band of your bikini top is riding up, these, too, are signs that the fit of your suit is too big.
Throw it back and try on another. While it might not seem like too big of a deal in the dressing room, swimsuits expand when wet, and you don’t want your bikini top or, worse, your bottom falling off in the ocean.A suit that is too small can be embarrassing, not to mention uncomfortable. A suit is too small when the bands cut into your shoulders, or if the halter top hurts your neck. If you’re trying on bikinis, you might need a larger top or to eschew halters altogether; if you’re trying on one-pieces, you might need to look into long-torso swimsuits. If any part of the suit digs in or pinches, that, too, could be a sign the suit is too small.
3.Does the Suit Ride Up?
If the suit rides up in the back, that could be a sign that it’s too small — it could mean there’s not enough fabric there to cover your bottom. Paradoxically, it could also mean the suit is too big, and that the fit therefore isn’t snug enough for you. If it’s a one-piece, and the fit seems otherwise fine, riding up in the back could be a sign that the leg lines are cut too high or the suit isn’t long enough for your torso. Look for long-torso suits or at least suits with lower leg lines.
Choosing the right size swimsuit can be real ordeal, especially since trying on swimsuits is so often so unpleasant. Get an idea of what sizes might fit you before you head to the store, and then shop with eyes peeled for signs that a suit is too tight, or too baggy, for your body. You’ll be glad you took the time to choose a well-fitting suit when you’re relaxing by the pool or on the beach.
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