SUITED UP: 8 TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPETITION SUIT (AND DESIGNER)
WITH IPL PROS: CARRIE CUELLAR, TASHA HUNTER, ALISHA GRAY & ANNA CARRANZA
Intro By Ben Yosef
Michael Brooks Photography
Contest suit selection is arguably one of the most pressing topics when it comes to preparing for a show. I can recall back in the days when I was a prep coach and sitting in on meetings with suit designers and my girls (mainly Bikini and Figure athletes). The fabrics, the cuts, the coverage…the bling. Choosing the right suit was a MAJOR thing.
Of course in present day prep it is still a big deal, perhaps even more so now. In the IPL, athletes actually receive a score for their suit selection. Considering that there are six scores in all, and one is for suit, it is a fairly big deal.
Given all this, I figured it was a great idea to hit up some top IPL athletes, who’s suit game is pretty solid, to get some tips on picking the right suit…and designer.
#2 GET OPINIONS
I took a photo of myself in a black bikini, then I photo shopped over that with every color imagined. This was a great way for me to figure out which colors complemented my body best and achieved what I was looking for. I asked my close friends to vote on their favorite, and I was able to narrow it down from there. It was great to hear their feedback!
Choosing a designer: Do your research, ask other competitors, read online reviews. While cost is important, it is equally as important to avoid sacrificing quality. A cheaper alternative could impact the quality of the suit. They also need to offer different connectors and should be willing to design a suit to your specifications. If you are purchasing online, be sure they send you color swatches ahead of time. The color may appear differently on your computer screen. – CARRIE CUELLAR
#3 DO YOU
#4 FABRIC TEXTURE
It’s so important to ‘do you’. You can’t be yourself on stage and bring your best if you’re not feeling what you’re wearing. Opt for a color and design that suits you, your coloring and your personality so you can feel incredible. And then you’ll really stand out.
Fabric texture is important. The suits that look best on stage have texture in the fabric, rather than just a flat fabric surface. Go for shimmered, multi-colored or patterned fabrics so the rhinestones can pop even more.
Choosing a designer: Do your research. Read reviews, ask for your fellow competitors’ insight, contact the designer to ask questions. Suits can make or break your final score, so you want to ensure it’s right. Who better to ask than the designer themselves?
Your suit doesn’t have to be expensive, but when choosing a brand or designer my advice would be to seek out high quality construction. Sometimes you can score a fantastic suit that is very well made, yet basic, and then embellish it yourself to save yourself some coin. (I did!) – TASHA HUNTER
#6 BODY TYPE
The more bling, the better!!! Also, it’s important to pick a suit that compliments your body type. If you have a short torso, you want to pick a high cut suit. If you have a long torso, you will choose a lower cut.
Choosing a designer: Pick a designer that can make a suit and design exactly the way you want. I get all my suits from Carrie’s Posing Store in San Antonio, TX. – ALISHA GRAY
Choosing a suit sounds simple, but there are a few things to consider when you are shopping for one. It has to fit your body perfectly, highlight all of your curves and sparkle from a mile away! It is best to chose the right colors that you know will compliment your skin tone and make you stand out as a competitor.
Choosing a designer: This is also very important. I would suggest going with a designer that is local. You may need to visit the shop a few times before the show to have adjustments made to your suit. – ANNA CARRANZA – NMI
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