All the hard work and hours of sacrifice spent in the gym have prepared you for the moment where you will "take the stage" to present your best physique. There will be a few importatant choices to make that can enhance and even manipulate the presentation of your physique. Your suit selection can make that difference. It will be the "finishing" touch for your look. Choosing a competition suit is not as simple as going to your local swimwear shop and picking out something that looks "cute" on you. Your competition suits should look like no other one or two piece suit you've ever worn on a beach or to the pool.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
There will be several things to consider during your suit selection:
When choosing a color, you need to determine what colors complement your competition skin tone. Be careful not to chose your favorite color because that may not be the best color to show off your physique. Color and fabric selection should be evaluated simutaneously. If you are working with a seamtress or manifacturer that is not local, have them send you their fabric samples. You will then compare these samples with your competition skin tone and envision what the combination will look fine.
Now let's understand how a competition suit differs from a swimsuit. The cut of the suit (one piece suit) is going to be high on the hips to show off the full extent of the legs. This is especially important for a competitor with shorter legs. The width of the suit will vary depending on your torso. Again, refer back to my article on body assessment to understand how to assess your physique. Understanding the shape of your physique will help you in choosing the right cut. The upper front portion of the one piece will depend on the thickness and shape of your chest. A well endowed competitor will probably have a different cut than one that is not. The back of the suit should have a low cut that will show off the lower back and the lats. Straps will usually cross at the top or at the bottom of the back.
On the two piece, the bikini top will range depending on the shape of the shest as well. If you are not well-endowed, be sure to have the bikini top designed to make room for insertions. This can make a healthy difference. The bottoms should also be a "half back". Do not make the mistake of wearing a full covering bottom. The judges want to see your glutes. Thongs are usually prohibited and a "brazilian cut" is not recommended. Strings look best when crossed in the back. Materials for suits are becoming more and more diverse. Fabrics with glittery designs are becoming more popular. One area, besides style, that I notice differentiate the various custom designers is the creativity in use of accessories to brighten the suit. From crystals to sequins, I'm sure you will find something to call beautiful.
Costs for suits range between $50 - $800 depending on the designer. First determine how much you are willing to spend.
LIST OF DESIGNERS
Below is a list of designers I have been associated with and their contact information. There are many more, but here are a few to consider.
CHRISTINE MARSH DESIGNS
Custom Bikinis, Clubwear, Fitness Customs
Body Performance Wear, Fitness, Body Building
(425) 739-0612 Toll-Free: 1-866-545-2827
Custom Designed Suits/Outfits/For Bodybuilders/Fitness
Tina Zakahi & Holly Stewart
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