What Size Swimsuit Should I Buy? A Size Guide

Women’s clothing sizes often seem to follow no rhyme or reason which can cause major shopping frustration. You may be a size six at one store, a four at another, and still a Small/Medium at yet another. This frustration is especially difficult with bathing suits. Some bathing suits are tighter than others, and sometimes only the bottoms fit but the top is entirely too small. 

How are you supposed to shop online for a bathing suit when you're unsure of how your hips will look in a high-waisted bottom? The truth is, this is the most common problem that people experience when shopping for bathing suits. 

Everybody Is Different

No one's body is perfectly proportional and made for the exact size measurements of tops and bottoms. However, size guides are general guidelines that help you understand the range of sizes you should be trying on and ordering. It’s possible to find a perfect fit even if your bathing suit isn’t custom-made. Don’t waste your money searching for expensive bathing suits that boast custom fits. 

Unless someone is measuring your entire body, there are no custom bathing suits waiting for you at a store online. At La Blanca, we give you the right fit for your figure, while keeping the prices fair and staying aware of the fact that everyone's body is different.  

We’re here to simplify swimsuit sizing for you. If you're wondering what size La Blanca swimsuit you should get, keep reading. We'll explain how to measure your bust, waist, hips, and torso to find the best bathing suit size for you, as well as share some special sizing considerations you may want to take into account with various swimsuit types. We also have the handy La Blanca size guide for reference. 

Steps To Determine What Size La Blanca Bathing Suit You Should Get

Step 1: Prepare To Measure

Grab a cloth tape measure, notepad, and pen. Stand in front of a full-length mirror if possible. Make sure you’re standing up straight and place your feet hip-width apart. Maintaining proper posture will help ensure the measurements you take next are accurate. As you measure, you'll want to jot down your numbers, then refer to La Blanca’s easy swimsuit size chart at the end of our post to figure out what size bathing suit you should get.

Step 2: Measure Your Bust

To measure your bust, wrap your tape measure around the fullest part of your bust. Do not wrap it below your breasts, but right across them. Make sure your tape measure is in a straight line all the way around your chest and that it’s laying flat and snug against your body. Look in the mirror to ensure your tape measure is positioned correctly and that you are standing up straight. Record your bust measurement. 

Step 3: Measure Your Waist

Looking at yourself in the mirror, find the smallest part of your torso. This is your natural waist. Just like you did while measuring your bust, wrap the tape measure around your waist, ensuring that it is straight, flat against your body, and snug. Once you’ve wrapped the tape measure, double-check your posture to make sure your measurements are accurate. Record your waist measurement. 

Step 4: Measure Your Hips

To measure your hips, you’ll need to move your tape measure about seven inches below your waist. You’ll be measuring the fullest part of your hips, bringing the tape measure around your rear. Again, make sure your tape measure is untwisted and wrapped around your body in a straight line — double-check in the mirror! (You’ve probably figured out the routine by now.) Stand up straight and record your hip measurement.

Step 5: Measure Your Torso

Measuring your torso can be a bit trickier, but it’s particularly important for one-piece swimsuits. To measure the entire length of your torso, you’ll want to bring the tape measure between your legs and up your torso, going over your shoulder. Look in the mirror to ensure the tape measure is positioned straight up and down. Again, straighten your back and make sure you’re standing up tall. Record your torso measurement. 

More Swimsuit Sizing Tips To Consider

When it comes to finding your best swimsuit, a size chart is a perfect place to start… but there are other factors you may want to take into consideration as well. It’s not that size charts are inaccurate, but everyone has a unique figure that doesn’t perfectly fall into a standard measurement. Size charts are more of a guideline that helps you figure out where your size best falls into. However, consider these points before you purchase anything. 

  • If you have a larger bust, swim tops with thicker straps, underwire, and molded cups will provide the most support. La Blanca’s plus-size suits and DElux D/DD/E tops are perfect for women with larger chests.
  • If you want a one-piece but the chart puts you between sizes, buy for the widest part of your body. In other words, go with the bigger size. Keep in mind that you can mix and match top and bottom sizes when you’re buying a two-piece, so a bikini or tankini combo may be a better choice if you're in-between sizes. Plus, returns are free for any orders, making it easy for you to exchange a suit for a different size or style.
  • ​​If you are in-between sizes, adjustable straps and removable cups are your new best friends. They will allow you to customize the suit to fit you properly, which is especially important if your measurements put you in a gray area.

When looking for the proper bathing suit size to wear, also consider your body type and what you’re comfortable wearing to the beach or on a cruise. If you have a curvier figure, consider the support of a one-piece that will flatter your figure but also give you the comfort you need throughout your vacation. There is a chance that you may feel too constricted in a one-piece, and if that’s the case, consider a bikini or tankini. 

With a curvy and more full figure, high-waisted bottoms are always great beach support that flatters your stomach and hips. And they can pair great with a halter or triangle bikini top, and keep you feeling confident throughout the idea. If you’re more inclined, however, to show off your curves, consider hipster bikini bottoms that either tie on the side or band from front to back. 

Hipster bikini bottoms are highly flattering for curvy figures and they really show off the shape of your body. Packing a hipster bikini bottom and a triangle top is the classic bikini look that you really can’t go wrong with. Perfect for a Mediterranean cruise, this combo is sassy and screams confidence. 

A complimentary feature about Lablanca is the 30-day free exchange and return policy. This policy allows for you to try on as many La Blanca bathing suits as you like and return them or exchange them within 30 days. The measurements above are accurate, but if you feel like you’re in between sizes, then definitely consider this take-home policy  as a way to find the right bathing suit fit for you. 

Wrapping It Up

The truth is, you know your body and shape better than anyone, and what’s important is that you feel comfortable in the bathing suit you’re wearing. Confidence is key! What’s also important is that you’re wearing the right style that works for your hips, torso, and chest. It’s important to try several bathing suits before you decide you’re wearing the right one, especially if you just went through a change in weight or a body transformation from working out or shifting your diet and lifestyle. 

Measurements and charts definitely help narrow down sizing, but what’s most important is that you feel assured that your body is looking incredible and flawless in your bikini, one-piece, or tankini. 

Finding the proper bathing suit size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Cool off in the pool or sun yourself on the beach in a swimsuit that fits you flawlessly. Take your measurements today and find the perfect La Blanca swimsuit for tomorrow’s travels.


How to Measure Your Chest for Shirts | HowStuffWorks 

How to Feel Confident in a Swimsuit When You Have Body Image Issues | The Everygirl 

11 women who will inspire you to feel confident in a bikini, whatever your shape | Cosmopolitan