So you’ve made the commitment, you’ve invested in the training and the nutrition and you’re ready to sign up for your first figure completion. Now, how in the world do you go about choosing a suit and, maybe more importantly, a suit designer?
This is a critical question. Competitors spend months training harder than they ever have, dieting harder than they ever have and putting all their efforts into looking the absolute best they ever have for one day and the right suit can make or break any competitor come stage day. Yes, it’s that important.
There are so many things that you need to consider when deciding on a suit. First and foremost, who’s going to design your suit? This is really important because I’ve seen so many girls order their suits and either not be happy with the suit when it arrived or not even get their suit until the very last minute and only then to find that the suit doesn’t really fit their body as well as they’d hoped – and now they don’t even have time to make adjustments. Have ever seen a figure girl on stage with a suit that does not fit properly? This can completely make or break your physique from a judging standpoint. It is critical that you research suit designers thoroughly and find one that is reputable and right for you.
Having gone through this process and worked with many, many competitors, one example of a suit designer with a solid reputation in the industry is Berns from Passion Fruit Designs. Of course, there are several other suit designers who are fantastic, but here are some examples of what you should be looking for or expecting from your suit designer:
- Fit – Your suit should fit your body like a glove. It should show off all your hard work.
- Price Point – Your designer should have the ability to meet a wide range of price points. This is usually reflected in the amount of stones on the suit.
- Reliability – This is one of the most important factors. As previously mentioned, I’ve seen girls so stressed out the week of their show wondering if and when their suits would arrive and when they did, would they even fit? You need to know that your designer has a reputation of getting your suit(s) to you on time and as ordered. This may mean that you need to check with other girls about their experience with your designer of choice. Get some reference checks.
- Customer Service – This is so important. Will you be able to reach your designer if something is wrong with your order? How is the communication between you and the designer? Does it take forever to get in contact with her? Always check with other girls to gage their experiences with designers to discover how they treat their clients – before, during and after the sale.
Certainly, every competitor wants to sport abeautiful suit when she steps on stage, but there’s a lot more that goes into choosing your suit than how it looks on the internet. The more you know about the reliability, responsiveness, quality and customer service of the designer you choose, the more likely you’re to end up with a suit that arrives on time, fits well, AND looks beautiful. Don’t allow the most important moment of your competitive experience to be ruined by a bad choice in suit design and suit designer.