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HAPPY FIRST UNOFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! I had the pleasure of hosting the first SWIM FEST at Belk Crabtree.  Belk has an entire swim store filled with the hottest brands swimwear apparel for women of all shapes and sizes.  Check out the suits featured at the event as well as the Memorial Day sale happening today. Also check out my tips on how to get the proper fit!

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Did you know swimwear can stretch up to 100% in some cases. Typically, 75%, but which means that the material will compress the body mass it encloses as it stretches more and more. If you stretch bikini swimwear material beyond its maximum comfort zone, then unsightly bulges can result. If your hips are 41″ then do not order a medium bottom. Order a large. A medium will fit but unless you have very good skin and muscle tone, then those unsightly bulges will probably result.

Fit is crucial to a great fitting garment. I will take you through the basic measurements that the clothing industry depends on. The directions are not just swimwear, so take notes.

How to Measure:

Use a cloth tape measure if possible. Note: Older flexible tape measures can sometimes stretch and distort over time.


The person being measured should be wearing her normal undergarments only. Measurements taken over bulky or constricting clothing will not be accurate. If you’re measuring for something that will be worn only with a certain pair of shoes or a certain undergarment, it’s okay to wear them during the measurement process.


Chest: To measure the chest circumference, place the tape around the fullest part of the chest or bust, under the arms. Keep the tape parallel to the floor. For chest width, measure across the widest part of the chest, beginning and ending at the point where the arm touches the body on each side.


Waist: You can find the true waist by taking a string or elastic band and tying it (parallel to the floor; snugly but not too tight) around the trunk of the person being measured. It will naturally fall to the narrowest part of the trunk. If you think the true waist area is too high, measure the circumference where you (or the person you’re measuring) normally likes to wear pants or a skirt.


Hips:  Measure around the body keeping tape around the largest part of the hips.

A few other tips on measuring:

If you’re rounding off your results (which is advisable), round them up to the nearest quarter-inch or half-centimeter.


Try to get someone to take the measurements for you – your posture will be more relaxed and natural. The measurements should be more accurate.

Stand up straight and breathe normally, don’t measure over the top of clothing, wear the bra you feel most comfortable in.

I know that all of this swimsuit advice can be mind boggling when you are on the hunt for a swimsuit.


Ask yourself, what kind of swimsuit looks best on me?  What do I wear that will put emphasis on my positive features and distract from my not-so-flattering areas?


First of all, we don’t put swimsuits on our bodies to make the suit look good – suits are worn to make our bodies look good, so choose one that brings out the best of YOU. Find a suit that accentuates the positives about YOUR body. How do you do that?  Check out the body features and body types below and decide which best describes you.  Then read which swimsuit styles flatter YOUR figure.  It’s not about size either don’t be alarmed if your swimsuit is a size larger than your clothing size that is usually the case for everyone.

To read more about swimsuit style check out my ebook!

swimsuits from the event:



3 thoughts on “SWIM FEST WITH BELK”

  1. Sergio Stapf says:

    I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!

  2. Mobidea says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Yacon Root says:

    Great Website. Really enjoyed reading.

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