Flora Coquerel, Miss Universe France 2015; Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Philippines 2015; and Clarissa Molina, Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2015 - Photo: Miss Universe Organization
One of the most feared, under-appreciated, underfunded and often overlooked areas of competition is swimsuit. Most pageant girls dread the 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, which is why we try to help educate our pageant clients to try different cuts, styles, and colors that they might not have otherwise thought about. (Read: The Secret to Shopping for a Winning Pageant Gown) Below are some things you want to take into consideration before you purchase your next competition swimsuit.
This 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 shouldn’t look like you are getting ready to shoot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, either. If you look at the construction of a competition swimsuit you will see that the seams in the bottoms are constructed differently than in a recreational swimsuit. There are cups (usually replaceable cups) in the top. The liners used are made specifically to be worn on stage under the bright lights and within a birds eye view of the judges. (Read: What Color Swimsuit Should You Choose Based on Skin Tone?)
Why is this important? Because there is nothing that a judge hates more then to have your bottoms be see through, not fit correctly or ride up in the front, or to have anything showing through the suit on on top. Yes, we have seen all of this before, just as most anyone who has attended a pageant has as well. It doesn’t matter how great your body looks if the swimsuit isn’t made for stage.
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, and not all are right for every body type. Until you start trying them on you won’t know which one is right for you. (Read: 3 Pageant Dress Commandments Every Girl Should Learn)
Depending on your body style, you may 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, which elongates your legs and helps to 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 wearing. You click "Pageant Swimsuits" to get some ideas 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, or vice versa. In this case you will not be able to purchase most suits off the rack. However, 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 that 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 even after getting it altered. Sometimes your hard work in the gym ends in a poorly fitting swimsuit on stage, which should be avoided at all costs.
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 that 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). It is even more important when picking a swimsuit then an evening gown as even more of your skin will be showing. Your favorite color doesn’t really come in to play on this one. You need to make sure that the color doesn’t overpower you or wash you out. There are plenty of other places to show your sense of style, so 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 on 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. This is a sponsored article.
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