There is no need to fear swimsuit season. A custom-made suit flatters all body types, providing you submit accurate measurements. Over the next few weeks, you will learn how to properly measure your body for swimwear. Before we start with the torso, there are a few key rules.
For maximum accuracy, get a friend to help you and do not measure in front of a mirror (there is a tendency to pose in front of the glass). Stand relaxed and barefoot in nude skin or underwear. Above all, be honest. A custom suit is designed to make you look great but if you submit measurements of what you wish you were or what you are striving to be, your suit will not fit or flatter you.
Torsos come in three sizes: petite, standard, and extended. It is common to generalize that all petite people are short and all people with extended torsos are tall, but this is not the case. A tall person could have a petite torso and long legs while a short person could have an extended torso and short legs. Typically, tall women opt for a bikini or tankini to avoid the dreaded "hunch back pull", while shorter women find their maillots give them an excess of material around their middle. However, all women - regardless of the shape and length of their torsos - can wear a customized one-piece suit.
For a suit that fits your unique torso, correct measurements are vital. Place the end of a flexible dressmakers tape on the high point of your shoulder (which is at the base of your neck). Run the tape measure downwards over the fullest part of your breast, through the center of your crotch, and up the back to the starting point at your shoulder. Hold the tape taunt without pulling or stretching it and make sure you are not arching or pushing your shoulders back. A petite torso will be (approximately) 57 - 60 inches, standard is 61 - 63, and extended is 64 and above.
With ReignSuit's customized swimwear, every woman can enjoy the comfort and style of a one-piece suit. Check out their collection at http://www.reignsuit.com/ and stay tuned to this blog to learn more about how to properly measure your body.
Written by Nerissa McNaughton
Photo by Narvell
Model Hope Beel
Makeup Aritist Briana
Hair by Terry Parker