While buying bikinis online, you must have accurate measurements of your body at hand. Otherwise, you will end up with an ill-fitting and unflattering bikini.

The best way to measure a bikini is to lay them down carefully on a flat surface, such as a table or floor, and smoothen out any wrinkles or folds. However, measuring a pre-existing bikini will only work for brands whose garments you already own. Otherwise, you will have to measure your own body and apply the measurements to the sizing guide given by the website or brand.

We’ve laid down a thorough guide on taking measurements for bikinis below. Read on to find out more.

Determining Your Bikini Size

For measuring bikini sizes, you will have to measure the top and bottom separately since people are not perfectly proportionate and require different sizes for both.

Bikini tops cover the chest area and follow a similar sizing to that of bras. So they’re usually mentioned as 32A, 34B, 36C, and so on. The numbers represent the underbust measurement, whereas the letters refer to your cup size.

Bikini bottoms follow the standard sizing that you are likely to find for pants and jeans. However, the kind of sizing that brands use for bottoms differ from brand to brand. For instance, some brands may use the US sizing of 6,8,10 whereas others use generic sizing labels of small, medium, large, etc.

Steps To Measure Your Body

For Bikini Tops

  1. Underbust Size - Your underbust is the area right under your bust, around your ribcage. Comfortably place the tap around that area and measure. Measure in inches and round off to the nearest whole number. For instance, a 32.5 size can be rounded off to 33.
  2. Cup Size - To measure your cup size, you have to find the difference between your bust and underbust measurement. Measure your bust by wrapping the tape around the thickest area of your chest for the most accurate measurement. Then, find the difference between bust and underbust measurements for your cup size. Every inch is one cup. So if your bust is 34 and your underbust is 33, the cup size is A. If your bust is 34, and your underbust is 32, the cup size is B, and so on.

For Bikini Bottoms

To measure the bottoms of a bikini, firstly measure your waist as you would for any regular article of clothing. Make sure to wrap the tape around your waist comfortably such that it fits your body well. Bottom sizings differ according to the sizing rules followed by the brand, so make sure to match your measurements with those provided by the brand.

For a step-by-step, visual guide, refer to this instructive video by Land’s End.

Tips For Making Measurements

  1. Ensure that all the measurements are made with the bikini placed on a smooth surface, like a table or floor, and all wrinkles smoothened out.
  2. Do not hold the tape measure too tightly or loose while measuring. It should wrap around your body well.
  3. Make sure that all the measurements are as accurate as possible.
  4. Consult an international sizing chart as each country or region has its own sizing rules. Brands differ in sizing as well, and many companies are known for having garments that run a size larger. So it is important to match your measurements with their sizing guide.
  5. Always refer to the sizing guide mentioned by a brand/store.

Bikini Styles For Each Body Shape

  1. For Athletic Bodies - Opt for bikini sets with embellishments and ruffles that accentuate your body as much as possible, and go for prints on the top with solids below for balance.
  2. For Curvy/ Hourglass Shapes - For those who have a curvy or hourglass shape, higher leg openings and solid colors are most flattering. High waisted bikinis will give you shape as well.
  3. For Pear Shapes - High-waist bottoms can help hide tummy problems, and light colors on the top can help accentuate the length of the body. Asymmetrical cuts can be flattering.
  4. For Carrot/ Inverted Triangle Shapes - If you have an inverted triangle body shape, horizontal stripes and bold prints on the bottom with solids on top can help balance out the body.

To reduce the return rate after a successful sale, we also recommend that you can create a size chart with unit conversion to make your customers pick the unit they are most comfortable to think in to make a purchase decision.

Or use Kiwi Sizing AI Size Recommender as a size chart tool. It will recommend the most suitable size of products for customers to reduce return rate, help you decrease the cost of the return, and to create a positive cycle of your e-commerce business.