Technical swimwear: Women’s fitting tips

The Dolfin LTE platinum is a popular option among competitive swimmers.

The Dolfin LTE platinum is a popular option among competitive swimmers.

If your recreational swimming has gotten more competitive in nature, it may be time to consider purchasing a racing swimsuit. These types of suits may be beneficial for athletes who compete in high-level competitions. 

Finding a tech suit that fits well is tricky, however, but here are few tips for finding the swimming attire that suits you best: 

  • Knees – A suit should rest snugly at the bottom of your thighs. If it touches your knees, then it is too big. 
  • Shoulders – There is no hard and fast rule about how a swimsuit should feel, but you need to be able to comfortably pull the straps over your shoulders. There should be some compression in this area, but not any more than you would feel across your chest and torso. A good rule of thumb for determining if the straps are too tight is asking a friend to slide a finger underneath them and lift them about an inch. If they can't, the suit may be too small. If the straps come up more than that, the suit may actually be too big. 
  • Torso – A suit that fits properly, should compress against the chest and belly area, but you should still be able to breathe properly. In addition, there shouldn't be any major gaps between your chest and the suit that would allow water to flow through it. 

When trying on suits, it is important to remember that many have a silicone liner along the inside of the bottom of the leg area. To slide the suits on easily, just fold this area inside out.