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:
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.
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.
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.