Miss Connecticut USA 2016 Tiffany Teixeira, Miss Missouri USA 2016 Sydnee Stottlemyre and Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia compete in the swimsuit competition. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Choosing the perfect swimsuit or fitness wear outfit to display months of hard work and preparation is crucial for contestants. Contestants must choose outfits that make them look and feel their best. Like any other element of competition, there are wardrobe do's and don't's. Read below to learn how to style yourself for the swimsuit or fitness wear portion of your next competition! Already have your swimsuit or fitness wear outfit? Read about what to wear for talent! (Read: What to Wear for Talent)
Pink is a safe color for glitz pageants. Glitz pageants are over-the-top girly. Find a pink bathing suit that is bright with a lot of fun designs. Flowers and bows are great accessories to add to the swimsuit portion of a glitz pageant. (Read: Types of Glitz Pageants and What's Best for You)
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Neon A neon bathing suit would be an eye-catching choice for a glitz contestant. The bright color would help contestants stand out on stage among an already glamorous group of contestants. Shine bright by picking the brightest color you can find.
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Clever designs Buy or create a gimmicky swimsuit that will leave the judges saying "aw." Clever outfits aren't perfect for every pageant organization, but they are always in style at glitz competitions. Fun outfits like this bee bathing suit help the contestants be cute and memorable to the judges. (Read: How to Find the Perfect Glitz Pageant Dress)
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White White swimsuits are simple and pure. They show off a contestant's new spray tan and stand out in any crowd. The simplicity of a white swimsuit can be dressed up with flowers, bows and jewels. Sometimes less is more, even in glitz pageants. When you're searching for a glitz suit, consider taking this simple approach and see if it is for you.
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Fitness Black Black is simple, slimming and classic. It's hard to go wrong with a black fitness wear outfit! Some competitions even require contestants to wear black fitness wear outfits to keep the playing field fair. However, when wearing black, be sure you have on a top that shows your stomach. If you wear a black shirt and black bottoms together without a color in between, it could look like a misplaced one-piece.
Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Bright colors Fitness wear outfits with bright colors are always fun choices for Teens who feel black just isn't their style. Find fitness wear outfits with several complementary colors so that the bright outfit is attention-grabbing but still coordinated. Even incorporate fun designs if you are feeling bold.
Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2016 Savannah Chrisley. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Youthful colors Opt for a youthful approach by gearing your outfit toward youthful and light choices. The fun colors and designs will bring life to the area of competition that demands it most. Liven up your walk and attitude with fun colors and patterns that bring out your confidence and bubbly attitude. The judges won't be able to help but smile when looking at your youthful and happy look.
Miss Malibu Teen USA 2018 Kaylyn Slevin. Photo: Kaylyn Slevin
Swimsuit Pink Pink, the feminine classic, is just as perfect for Miss contestants as it is for glitz contestants. However, choose a more mature and muted pink than the glitz contestants who should aim for brighter pinks. A mature and muted pink will bring out your tan and be a lovely touch that will allow you to show off all your hard work without stealing the stage from you.
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. Photo: Getty Images
Prints Prints, as long as they are mature and appropriate for the event, can be a great spin on the swimsuit portion of the competition. An animal or striped print is a great choice to rock down the pageant runway if you feel either of those prints fit your personality. Swimsuit prints are a fun and effective way to portray who you are to the judges in the short time that you are on stage.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri. Photo: Miss America Organization
One-piece Be like Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough and rock a one-piece for the swimsuit competition. One-pieces are rare to see in pageantry because contestants usually want to show off their stomachs they have worked so hard for, but one-pieces can be a fun way to stand out from the crowd. One-pieces also usually feature more creative designs because they have more to work with.
Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Black Black is a classic in the Miss division as well and is a good go-to for any pageant competition. Black is slimming and simple, perfect for an accessory to your healthy body and amazing catwalk confidence. Remember that not all black suits are not created equal. Find one that works with your shape because shape still matters even when you are in black.
Miss Georgia USA 2017 DeAnna Johnson. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Long sleeves Long sleeves have become a current trend in swimwear on stage. The long sleeves add some modesty and edginess to the look at the same time. They are a perfect twist to an otherwise simple swimsuit. They are not for everybody, but for the right girl who feels comfortable in sleeves, they are a great, stylish choice.
Miss Minnesota USA 2017 Meridith Gould. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Moving forward As cliché as it always sounds, remember that swimsuit and fitness wear truly are about confidence. Confidence will get you far no matter what outfit you choose to wear during the competition. This guide is merely here to help you know what is appropriate and flattering for different types of competitions. Look over the suggestions and try on outfits representative of each different categories. Who knows? You might even find the perfect one! Once you've found that perfect swimsuit or fitness wear outfit, top off your pageant weekend wardrobe by finding the evening gown that is best for you and makes you feel most beautiful. (Read: What Are the Best Pageant Evening Gowns for Each Age Division) Once you've picked the perfect swimsuit or fitness wear outfit, top off your pageant wardrobe with the perfect interview outfit!
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