When it comes to nailing those measurements, you definitely want to get it right! Messing up can result in a swimsuit that just doesn't fit properly and causes discomfort in the water. Check out these tips:
Opt for a soft measuring tape or a string with no stretch. Leave the metal tape measure and ruler in the junk drawer… They won’t work for curved lines.
Enlist a friend to do the measuring for you! It helps to have an extra set of hands so you don't end up slipping or misreading the measurements.
Bare skin is best when taking measurements. But if that's not your thing, no worries! Just remember to take the fabric into account.
Don't go all Hulk on the measuring tape and indent your skin. Keep it snug but not overly tight.
Do not reference your size from a past swimsuit. Not only is that swimsuit stretched out, but your body may have changed sizes from then and now. Plus, fashion or more casual swimwear is not sized or cut the same way as competitive swimwear.
Where to Measure?
For males, measure about one inch below the belly button to ensure you are getting the waist size correct. Do NOT go by pant size… If you are a 32 in pants, you might be a 30 in a swimsuit. We can’t wear a belt in the pool, and competitive suits are designed to fit very snug to eliminate drag.
For women, take care when measuring chest size and hip size. If your hips are small but your chest is large, consider upsizing against chest measurement guidelines. On the flip-side, if your hips are large but your chest is small, downsize below chest measurement guidelines.
What Does a Good Fit Feel Like?
If you're new to purchasing competitive and form-fitting swimwear, you might be unsure about what to expect when you put it on for the first time. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure a great experience:
Your swimsuit is too big if:
The material wrinkles or bags.
There is room for more than two fingers around each seam.
For female suits, the straps are too loose from your shoulders, such as reaching your ears, or the open part in the back lifts off the skin.
Your swimsuit is too small if:
It hurts or cuts off circulation.
Range of motion is limited.
It causes excessive muffin-topping on the body.
Your chest spills out.
Confirm with Size Chart
Now that you’re ready to measure, utilize the appropriate size chart to confirm before purchasing. With the proper size, your suit will work WITH you to ensure you’re swimming at your personal best.
SPEEDO MALE COMPETITION SUIT SIZING
Speedo Jammer/Brief Size
SPEEDO FEMALE COMPETITION SUIT SIZING
Speedo Female Suit Size
Competitive Fit: For maximum drag reduction in the water, competitive fit suits should be worn tight to the body. These firm, compressive styles feature full front lining and no bra construction, with the highest leg height for greater range of kick motion. To reduce compression, simply size up one.