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The Ultimate Guide to Picking the Perfect Competition Suit: Colors, Cuts, and Confidence

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Competition day is fast approaching, and one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing the perfect competition suit. Your suit should not only showcase your hard-earned physique but also make you feel like a true champion on stage. In this guide, I'll walk you through the process of selecting the best competition suit for your body type and skin tone, and provide tips for projecting confidence on stage.

For all of your bikini needs - whether that be your competition suit, a posing practice suit (that doubles as the cutest beach/pool bikini), show day cover-up and even stage jewelry, I highly suggest checking out Kitty’s Bikinis. Kitty’s specializes in providing quality competition suits for all federations and divisions at affordable prices. Each suit is hand crafted and fully customized to the athlete’s physique and preferences.

Choose the right color for your skin tone

The color of your suit can make a significant difference in how your physique is perceived on stage. You want a color that compliments your skin tone, making you stand out and catch the judges' attention. Here are some general guidelines for choosing the right suit color:

Fair/Medium skin: Opt for jewel tones like dark or emerald green, sapphire blue, or ruby red. These colors will pop against your lighter skin tone and make you look vibrant on stage.

Dark skin: Bold, bright colors like electric blue, or even a deep, rich purple will look stunning against your skin and create a striking contrast.

Find the perfect cut and style

The cut of your competition suit should accentuate your best features and draw attention to your well-defined muscle groups. Consider the following when choosing the cut and style of your suit:

Top: Choose a top style that provides enough coverage and support while still showing off your hard work. Popular styles include the traditional triangle with varying heights and widths for the NPC/IFBB or a molded cup which may be preferred in some federations like the WBFF.

Bottoms: For the most flattering fit, look for bottoms that sit high on your hips and have a slight V-shape in the front. This will elongate your legs and make your waist appear smaller. Ensure the cut of the back complements your glutes and doesn't dig into your skin. Depending on your federation and division, there may be specific requirements so please double check with your specific federations’ guidelines

Opt for quality and comfort

Invest in a suit made from high-quality materials, as it will not only look better on stage but also last longer. Choose a suit that's comfortable and fits snugly without restricting your movement. Don't forget to consider factors like padding and connectors, as these can make a significant difference in your overall look and comfort.

Work with a reputable suit designer

Selecting a reputable suit designer is crucial in ensuring you have the perfect competition suit. Do your research, read reviews, and look at their previous work to ensure they have experience creating suits for your specific federation (IFBB or NPC). I suggest Kittys Bikinis again as she will ensure that the suit is perfectly designed for your physique, your federation and the overall stage look you are going for.

Project confidence on stage

Once you have the perfect suit, it's time to rock it on stage with confidence! Practice posing in your suit, focusing on the angles that best showcase your physique. Remember, confidence is key to impressing the judges and making a lasting impression.

With these tips in mind, you're well on your way to selecting the perfect competition suit that complements your hard work and dedication. Now it's time to take the stage and shine like the star you are!

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