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I’m trying to buy a new bathing suit. According to the size chart my bust and hips are one size and my waist is another. Do I go with the bust and hip size? Thank you

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Lots of ladies share your problem which is not easily overcome, especially if your waist is larger rather than smaller...

You really need to try on several costumes to find the best fit and in the lower price ranges you are likely to discover considerable variation between garments of the same theoretical size.

This is because the fabric tends to be cut to a tolerance rather than an exact size.

If your waist is smaller I suggest you choose a garment that provides the best fit for your hips and bust but if your waist is larger, practically speaking, you will have little choice and will need to buy to suit your waist and either compromise on the bust/hip fit or have a seamstress make a few slight alterations.

Good luck!

Posted on Apr 06, 2018


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Hi, Deb This is a rather bizarre question coming from a woman and I normally don't fool with such nonsense, but in my humble opinion, I would go with the bust and hip size. Good luck and have a wonderful day.

Btw, I’m available to help over the phone in case u need at

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SOURCE: Ideal waist size. According to Dr,Aaron R Folsom

The relation is 0.8 (or 4/5). If it is kept linear, for 35" hips, the waist would be 28".
Cheers! Carlos

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