Looking for a perfectly fitting swimwear can be a needle in a haystack. There are so many variables available, from the size variations between different brands, different sizes at the top and bottom, to unique body shapes. Finding the perfect swimsuit can be challenging. Well, it does not have to be that way.

With proper measurements and being able to mix and match the top and bottom sizing, you will be able to find a great-fitting swimsuit in no time. Below are some easy steps on how to measure a swimsuit. Let’s check it out!

How To Measure Your Swimwear

Measuring tips

  • Before you begin measuring, lie the swimsuit flat.
  • Although the swimsuit is made from stretch material, don’t be mistaken by it. It may seem that the swimsuit stretch material means you can round to the nearest 1/2 an inch, you do not want to risk making a mistake with the measurement. Keep your measurements as exact as possible.
  • Always double-confirm that your measurements are accurate by re-measuring.
  • Some swimsuits use a small, medium, and large size chart. Knowing what is your clothing size is a good place to start when shopping for your swimsuit. It is also a good idea to consider your bra size as well.
  • Do not take the measurements while wearing your regular clothes as the bulk of your clothing may add to your measurements. This may result in you buying a swimsuit that is too large. Instead, take your measurements in your underwear.

To begin, you would need a soft measuring tap, paper and pen. Measure your bust, waist, hip and torso. Be sure to wrap the measuring tape around the specific areas. Do not pull the tape too tight or allow it to slack. Do ensure that you have a comfortable fit for each measurement. 

Step 1 – Measure Your Torso

Begin at the top of your shoulder and stretch the measuring tape down your body at an angle until you come to the groin area. Pull the measuring tape between your legs and up your back until you reach the same shoulder.

Step 2 – Take Your Bust Measurements

Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust. Ensure that the tape measure is straight and that it does not ride up or sag around the back. If the measurement you got is not a whole number, then round up to the next whole number in inches. For example, if your bust is 35.5, then round it up to 36 inches.

Step 3 – Take Your Band Size Measurement

If the swimsuit uses bra sizing, you would need to take an additional measurement. Bra sizes consist of a number that represents the band size in inches and a letter that represents the size cup. To get what your band size is, wrap the tape measure right under your bust at the top of your ribcage. Do ensure that you can breathe comfortably. The tape measure should be parallel. If you get an odd number measurement, round down to the nearest even number. For example, a measurement of 35 inches would round down to 34 inches. This is the number of your band size.

Step 4 – Calculate Your Bra Cup Size

Once you get the torso measurement, you will use that number and the full bust measurement to calculate your cup size. Subtract the bust measurement from the torso measurement. This will give you the result of your cup size. A difference of 1-inch equals an A cup, 2 inches equals a B cup, 3 inches equals a C cup, and so on.

For example, if your full bust measurement is 42 inches and your torso measurement is 38 inches, you have a 4-inch difference that corresponds to a D cup. Your bra size would be 42D.

Step 5 – Take Your Waist Measurement

The next measurement you will need to take is your waist measurement. This measurement refers to your natural waist. Women with an hourglass figure or pear shape often has the narrowest part of the abdomen. For an apple or rectangle shape, wrap the tape measure around the area above your belly button and below the rib cage to get the waist measurement.

Step 6 – Measure Your Hips

For the final measurement, wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your hips. Be sure to keep both feet together and your hips parallel to the floor while doing this (do not twist, tilt, or lift one foot up higher than the other).

Once you have all of the accurate measurements, you can start shopping for a swimsuit and get in the water soon.

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