Months of hard work and dieting, 15 minuts of stage walk to show off the results. The choice you make on the competition bikini should complement your appearance, not distract or take away from the judge's vision. So how do you choose the right suit from all the competition bikinis out there?
Be aware of 3 main factors when choosing your bikini competition suit
1. Material quality: Too many times do we end up with customers of other companies coming to us for help, complaining they had paid $500 or more for something that just looks cheap and doesn't sparkle. Too many companies around today choose imatation crystals to make their bikinis to maximize profit. Look closely at their advertisements, the videos are shakey and fast why? this is the only way to maximize what little sparkle the imatation crystals can produce, we show our products in a slow smooth manner so our customers can see all the details and all the sparkles real crystals will generate. When making a purchase look at the connectors used very carefully and you will find many of the bikini connectors are cheaply made with very weak metal interlinks, we require the manufacturer to solder backup chain to all our connectors at a much higher cost to us to ensure every piece meet our strength requirement. When you purchase a fully loaded crystal bikini from us, the material cost in just the crystals along is almost $200, while the cost of the entire suit from most other manufacturers is less than $50.00. Why would anyone want to pay $600.00 for something that costs less than $50 to make, we wouldn't, would you?
2. Craftsmenship: Look closely at the stitch and the cut. Single and zigzag finishing stitching are produced by cheap home sewing machings that cost less then the suit you paid for. We use industrial cover stitch machines to create strongest and elastic finishing stitches that minimizes any chace of the stitching coming apart. Our seamstresses have a combined experience of over 50 years, this can be easily seen when you put our bikinis next to our competitors. Almost all of the suits we have seen are lobsided one way or another. The back of the bottom are not symmetrical, the tops don't pull straight, the seams are off center just to name a few.
3. Customer Service: We are very proud of this one as we can guarantee that we do in fact have the BEST customer service in the industry. So many times we have heard new customers tell us "I can't get e response from xxxxxx". We respond to our customers 7 days a week and usually within an hour if not immediately. Our manufacturing and shipping schdule are on time or sooner 100% of the time. We have never missed a single delivery deadline in over 10 years, try asking that about other companies that's only been aorund for 2 or 3.
Bikini Competition Suit Fit and finish (one size does not fit all):
To start with, a high quality competition suit should have smooth edges when laying flat. Ripples and jaggedness in the edges is an indication of poor stitch work, improper tention or none professional machinery. Additionally, there should be dual interlocking finishing stitches, this allows for proper stretch and prevents popping stitches thus providing the necessary durability. The correct amount of strech also allow the fabric to lay evenly across curved surfaces. Let's face it, no woman's body is flat so why wear bikinis that wasn't designed with a woman's curves in mind to begin with? And why would you ant to worry about it when standing on the fitness competition stage Waterbabies competition bikinis are manufactured using the most advaced high speed industrial cover stitch and multistitch machines. Each piece is carefully inspected and any imperfection in the stitch work is rejected or reworked. All materials used are tested and re-tested to ensure quality and durability, any items not meeting our standards are discontinued immediately. Always ask to see a close up photo of the stitch work, the last thing you should worry about on stage is your wordrobe unraveling. Many first time cometitors have a difficult time determining the best fit when it comes to choosing the correct size bikini or figure suit. Let's start by looking at the top. For the most part, a good baseline to start with is your proper bra (cup) size. Because standard competition bikini tops are stretchable, a small size variance should not pose a major issue. Bikini tops with padding and molded cup
will require more precise fit due to the desired support. Competitors with natural breasts will need triangle tops with wider base (regular triangle) for better support. Natural breasts with normal separation can choose tops with or without padding (choosing the padding for the push in/up look, or moulded cup to get the maximum lift), but if the separation is wider than average, padding or moulded cup is a necessary option. If you are looking for sommething sexier, narrower tops (skinny triangle) are good options for competitors with breast enhancements. Always make sure you are aware of the competition guideline. As an example, someone with 34 D natural should choose regular D top wiith padding or moulded cup. But a 34 D enhanced can use skinny D top, regular C or D top with or with out padding, the choice is up to the individual's comfort level and desired coverage. For the bottom, scrunch butt is by far the most widely accepted style, the choice is based on 2 major factors. First is desired coverage, bottom coverage range from 30%(pro-mini), 35%(mini), 40%(sweetheart), 50%(butterfly) and 65%(full). The 2nd will be determined by the competition organiztion. NPC, IFBB, WBFF, Bikini Universe, Arnold classic are some of the most popular fitness competition organizations. The bottom sizes range from XS-M, the competitor jean size, height, weight all figures into determining the proper size. All bikini and figure competitors are encouraged to check the rules and regulations posted by the organization as well as pictures of competitors from past competitions.
Add-Ons, connectors and accessory:
Is it possible to have too much bling on competition bikinis? You bet your $500.00. One of the first symptom for over bling is the change in the fabric flexibility. Crystals are applied using glue, when every inch of the fabric is covered in crystals, the fabric is saturated by glue and looses all flexibility (See one of the customer testimonials below). Many so called designers simply copy our designs and pile on more crystals without thought and consideration for the basis of the design. The end result is a competition bikini that feels like cardboard. Another side effect of such excessive application is that, crystals completely over shadows the base fabric color to the extent of obscurity, the suit only appears to be silver in color under stage lights. Once again excessive crystal application serves to show the lack of design consideration.
Crystal connectors are necessary add ons for all forms of competition bikinis today and the design, durability are key when it comes to selecting the right add on. Unlike most "designers" who purchase connectors from the same wholesalers (this is why you will see many of the same connectors across the different "designers") , we actually design our own connectors and we quality test all connectors in house. Many times a connector will be phased out because it doesn't meet our quality standards. Regardless of manufacturing care, the connectors must be treated as jewelry and handled as such. Connector interlinks are made of metal and can not be bent when worn or stored.