How to Measure a Swimsuit Top25/07/2021
Summer is almost here and before you know it, you’ll be headed to the beach for fun in the sun. If you need a new swimsuit, pay extra attention to your chest when taking your measurements and trying things on. A good suit will never squish, flatten or pinch your bosom, and it certainly won’t let anything sag or droop. Instead, it should lift and support to bring out the best in your figure.
Grab a Measuring Tape to Find Your Swimsuit Size
Measuring yourself for a women’s bikini top or swimsuit is easy. Just get a measuring tape (which you can pick up for cheap at most grocery or craft stores), wrap it around the fullest part of your bust and see what it says. That’s it! But you have to do this while wearing nothing but your bra, as measurements were taken over a heavy sweater or shirt won’t be accurate.
If you like, measure the rest of your body while you’ve got the tape out. Wrap it around your natural waist, which should be a couple of inches above your belly button. Then do the widest part of your hips, which are roughly eight inches below your waist.
Think About the Style of Your Swimsuit
The size of your chest has a big impact on what kind of swimsuit top will work best for you. If you’re smaller upstairs, you might look good in a strapless suit or a bandeau bikini. Spaghetti straps are also nice if you’re not too curvy, and you won’t have to worry about them digging into your shoulders and causing painful red marks.
Women with a larger chest might want to consider soft cups, which offer subtle shaping and lift. Underwire swimsuits are also a smart choice, as they provide the most support. Some brands offer swimwear in different cup sizes, making it even easier to get something that fits well. Just make sure the wires rest flush against your chest and don’t dig in or pinch. Wider straps are your friend too, as they’ll disperse pressure over a larger area, making it easier on your back, neck and shoulders. Adjustable straps are also nice, as you can tweak them for the perfect fit.
Look carefully at how the swimsuit top fits. There shouldn’t be any spillage around the sides and the edges of the suit shouldn’t press too hard into your skin. The fabric should rest smoothly across your body without any bunching, looseness or bulk. There’s also a quick test you can do to check the fit of your swimsuit top. Once you have it on, bend over and do a little shake. If anything pops out, it doesn’t fit and you need a different size.
Try Swimwear Separates
Finding a suit that fits well when you’re one size on top and another on the bottom can be extra hard. Maybe you’re extra busty with tiny hips, or you have a petite chest and curvaceous bum. Either way, swim separates are a great option. That way, you can get each piece in the size you need instead of getting stuck in something that’s baggy in one place and uncomfortably tight in another.
Separates don’t mean you have to wear a bikini, either. If you want more coverage, try a tankini that goes down past your navel. You can also pair a bikini top with women’s swim shorts or a skirt if you want to keep your bum out of view. There are plenty of options, so don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with something you love wearing.