The trick to choosing the best pageant swimsuit for your figure is to know your figure flaws and use the swimsuit’s style, seams, leg height, color and fabric to direct the eye toward whatever area you want judges to focus on, and away from your weakest points…
The eye follows the lines, seams or leg cut of the swimsuit.
Horizontal lines shorten and widen.
Vertical lines add height and slenderize.
Diagonal and curved lines soften and add curves and draw the eye along the swimsuit’s lines.
Use detailing to draw attention where you want it (and thus away from problem areas). For example, use eye-catching detailing on the upper body to draw judges’ eyes upward away from a heavy lower body. Or, perhaps try a ruffle, a change of color from top to bottom, two different colors on the bodice, one shoulder strap, rhinestone buckle, etc. All such designs can pull up judges eyes toward the upper body and away from the lower body.
Light and bold colors advance and enlarge areas. For example, a stripe of white on the bikini top can pull up judges eyes toward the bosom and away from the legs or hips, while a stripe of white on the bikini bottom can pull judges eyes down toward the hips and legs and away from a small bosom.
Bright colors make a specific area of your figure look larger and draw judges’ eyes to that area. For example, a yellow bikini top can draw the eye up to the bustline and away from the legs. Soft colors that are closer to skin tone draw less attention to the area they cover.
Dark colors define the shape they cover. So, if you have a straight, boyish figure, a black one-piece swimsuit will instantly make that obvious!
A black swimsuit against white skin cuts the body line, breaking the otherwise long, uninterrupted line of the body. This is needed with a figure that has too-long a torso in proportion to her legs. It also can help if a contestant is simply too tall and wants to cut the length of her body.
Dark colors recede and slenderize the body … only if carried from head-to-toe.
A monochromatic color theme close to skin color allows the eye to travel uninterrupted down the body, thus creating a greater illusion of height and thinness.
Contrasting solids cut body length, shorten the body.
Find Your Figure and Tips for the Right Swimsuit….
- Wear a push-up bra to increase apparent size of bustline.
- If allowed, use bust padding (“enhancers”) to add fullness and create the illusion of a larger bustline.
- Taping breasts together creates cleavage (then pad) if wearing a one-piece swimsuit.
- Underwire bras and sewn-in bra cups add fullness.
- Try wrap bodices, gathering under or between breasts (one-piece).
- Choose a bikini bottom with a two-color effect or detailing that draws the eye down.
- Try a design with cute ruffles across the bodice.
- With a one-piece suit, any style that defines the waist will add curves.
- With bikinis, detailing (curves seams, puckering, bow, buckle, etc.) can draw attention onto the swimsuit itself and away from the waistline.
- Diagonally crossed wrap bodices create the illusion of curves.
- Super suit pulls in waist (but is rarely used today, due to bikinis).
- Halter brassiere with tight waistband adds curves.
Wide Hips / Heavy Thighs:
- Broaden bodice area to de-emphasize wide hips.
- Wear widely spaced shoulder straps.
- Draw eye up with detailing on shoulders or bodice/bikini top.
- Draw eye up with detailing on color change on bikini top.
- Wear leg opening cut higher than usual at front center of thigh.
- No tight leg elastic.
- Place bust padding slightly out on sides to widen the appearance of the bust to create the appearance of balance between the bosom and hips.
- Avoid dark colors (they stop eyes at body’s widest point, hips and thighs, thus widening more).
- Wear a solid color bikini bottom with a bikini top with a two-color affect or detailing to pull the eye up away from the hips.
- Avoid bright, neon colors (they add weight).
- Create an even, slimming line with medium shades closer to skin tone and clear or skin-tone shoes.
Slender Torso/Heavy Legs:
- Get the attention off the legs.
- Avoid dark colors, which cause legs to stand out first.
- Wear eye-catching colors to draw attention to torso.
- Tan the legs and wear clear/invisible/skin tone shoes.
- Wear detailing on upper swimsuit, pad bustline.
- Dark colors and horizontal lines make body look shorter.
- Create a long, uninterrupted body line with medium shades closer to skin tone and invisible shoes.
- Cover derriere fully. Avoid cheek exposure.
- Call attention off derriere; emphasize another area.
- Choose a swimsuit with a low-cut deep-V-shaped back (if using a one-piece).
- No high-cut backs, avoid round or square-shaped backs (if using a one-piece).
- Try bare-back styles or pretty straps on upper back (if using a one-piece).
- Spin around quickly so judges do not have time to study your derriere! Obviously.
Heavy Torso/Nice Legs:
- Get the attention off the torso.
- Avoid eye-catching colors that attract attention.
- Dark shades can help recede body and emphasize legs.
- Try a simple suit with no eye-catching detailing.
- Draw eyes down to legs with pretty shoes. Try a matching-color trim on clear acrylic shoes.
- Minimize bustline with good fit and extra support.
- The Supersuit has the most bust support (but is rarely used today).
- Moderate V neckline (not plunging).
- Order a suit with custom extra-large bra cups.
- Avoid any detailing or glitter on the bustline.
- Wear invisible/clear/skin tone shoes to make legs look longer.
- Get front center of leg opening cut in a high V.
- Create a taller unbroken line with a color closer to skin tone.
- Use techniques (tips section above) to draw the eye up onto the upper body.
- Thin, widely spaced shoulder straps widen shoulders.
- Avoid halters, turtleneck swimwear.
- Do you have long hair? Wear hair down to cover shoulders.
- Thick shoulder straps close to neck draw eye inward.
- Try halter and turtleneck styles.
- Wear your hair down covering the front of your shoulders.
- Use horizontal lines to cut a long torso.
- Try diagonal seams, wrap suits, or wide waistbands.
- The double-seamed Supersuit cuts torso length (in pageants where one piece swimsuits are still used).
- Choose a high-cut leg to make torso look shorter.
- Order your usual swimsuit size in “long.”
- Lengthen torso with vertical lines or no lines.
- Don’t break body length with horizontal lines.
- Try straight or princess lines, one-seam Supersuit.
- Wrap-styles or double-seam styles cut torso length.
- Order a custom suit with a shorter “girth measurement.”
- Wear white, bright, or neon colors to add weight.
- Choose shiny fabrics to look heavier and curvier.