If you want to look your best and feel comfortable, then choosing correctly fitting clothes is the key – and it’s no exception when it comes to swimwear.
Swimwear fashions have changed a lot over the years, from the time when women had to be very covered by bathing costumes before they’d step foot in the sea or swimming pool.
Nowadays, swimwear fashion has progressed considerably and can be a lot skimpier than the days of elaborate and lengthy bathing costumes!
For women, the main forms of swimwear are the swimming costume and bikini, but between them they come in an array of different varieties and styles.
If you wear the wrong fit of swimming costume or bikini, you could end up with a number of problems, such as the costume feeling too tight, too loose, the straps slipping down, the cups riding up, a total lack of bust support or the straps digging in and rubbing on your shoulders.
None of these problems provide much comfort to you and won’t help you look your best on the beach or at the pool.
In fact, if you’re someone who feels self-conscious baring your body in a swimsuit, there’s even more of a good reason to get a good fit so you needn’t worry about how you may look.
Choosing Swimming Costumes
Many women favour swimming costumes, as they provide a good all-in-one option, particularly if your primary aim is to enjoy swimming.
Most standard swimming costume sizes are organised according to dress sizes, such as 10, 12, 14 and 16, although it’s also possible to buy options that take into account your bust size too.
In order to successfully obtain the right fit for you, you’ll need to know your body measurements.
To measure your chest, which is the standard measurements used for sizing women’s tops, you’ll need to measure around the fullest part of your bust and across your shoulder blades.
If it’s too tricky to take the measurements yourself, then get someone else to do it for you.
Like other forms of clothing, the exact sizes do tend to vary according to different manufacturers and the measurements they’re going by.
That’s why it’s useful to know your exact body measurements, as you can be sure you get the right fit for you.
Swimming costumes come in different styles, with some having high legs, others medium legs and low legs. This means the legs are cut with more or less flesh on show – it’s personal preference which you go for.
Likewise, the top half varies with how revealing they are and how wide or narrow the straps are, plus whether they’re halter-neck style, traditional or cross-over at the back.
If you’re not sure what you’d like, or what style would suit your body shape, then it’s worthwhile trying on several different style and makes to discover which looks best and fits correctly.
Choosing a Bikini
In contrast to a swimming costume, bikinis come in two parts – a top half and bottom half. Whilst some may be sold according to women’s dress sizes, such as 10, 12, 14 and 16, if you want the best fit and support, especially for your top half, then it’s better to go for bikinis that are categorised according to bust sizes.
If you are unsure of your bust size, or haven’t been measured in ages, then it’s a good idea to double-check your size before you buy, so you can be sure you get the right fit.
The size is determined by measuring underneath your bust and the fullest part of your bust.
When you are equipped with these two measurements, they can be then be used to look up your size on a bikini chart – all good swimwear shops will have them, or if not, then a lingerie store will have a bra size chart.
Like swimming costumes, bikinis are available in a variety of styles and can either be purchased as a two-piece set or as separates.
The separates option is ideal if you have a particular preference that’s hard to find as a two-piece.
For example, some tops are now sold as tankinis, which are longer tops and are ideal for hiding your stomach if you’re self-conscious of this area, yet still give you the flexibility of wearing a two-piece.
The leg shape of the bottom half of a bikini will vary too, from very skimpy, to high leg, medium leg, low leg and low rise.