How to Measure Speedo Sizes

How to Measure Speedo Sizes
Swimming in a lake or river is, for some, the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you swim for exercise or for fun, an ill-fitting suit can ruin the experience. But shopping for a bathing suit can be stressful, too, especially if you are unsure of what size you need. Fitness or racing swim suits do not come in dress sizes. Even if a size chart is available, there is no guarantee that someone who wears a size 8 dress will automatically wear a size 34 Speedo. Men have it a bit easier than women, because their waist size is often the same as their Speedo size. Either way, taking the time to measure your body for size will result in a more accurate fit, especially if you are planning to purchase your swim suit online.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

How to Measure Speedo Sizes

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure Paper Pen/Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
Step 1
For men, write "waist" and "hips" on your paper. Women should write "waist," "hips," "torso," and "chest." Unravel the tape measure. Hold the end of the tape measure to your stomach and wrap the tape around your natural waist. Record the number next to "waist" on your paper.
Step 2
Repeat the procedure, this time wrapping the tape measure around the widest part of your hips. Record this number next to "hips" on your paper. Most men will now have the information needed to accurately determine their Speedo size. Refer to the size chart below by matching waist and hip measurements to the row titled, "Fitness Swim." For example, if the waist measures 32 inches and the hips measure 38 inches, the best suit size is a 32, or men's medium.
Step 3
Women and men planning to purchase full body suits should continue taking measurements. Measure the chest by wrapping the tape measure around its widest part. For both women and men, this is usually at the nipple line. Record the number next to "chest" on your paper.
Step 4
Measure the torso by holding the tape measure at the top of the shoulder. Wrap the tape down and across your back, at a diagonal. Then wrap the tape measure between your legs and back up the front of your body, meeting the beginning of the tape at the same shoulder. Write the number next to "torso" on your paper.
Step 5
Refer to the size chart below by matching all four measurements to one of the rows titled "Endurance" or "Xtra life Lycra." For example, if your waist measures 27 inches, hips measure 33.5 inches, chest measures 34.5 inches, and torso is 60.5 inches, you are likely to wear a size 34 Speedo comfortably.

Tips & Warnings

 
Because every body is unique, individual measurements will not match the charts exactly. Round your measurements to the closest size, keeping in mind your personal feelings of comfort. Women's suits and men's racing suits, especially, will stretch a bit. Hip, waist, and chest sizes could be rounded down for a snug fit. Torso measurements, on the other hand, could be rounded up. A too-snug fit in the torso could result in sore shoulders or sore groin muscles. Though the above method will produce accurate results, the cut of swimsuit styles varies greatly. What is comfortable for one person who wears at 34 might be different for another person who wears a 34. For the best sizing results, try on suits in a specialty swim store.
 
Because every body is unique, individual measurements will not match the charts exactly. Round your measurements to the closest size, keeping in mind your personal feelings of comfort. Women's suits and men's racing suits, especially, will stretch a bit. Hip, waist, and chest sizes could be rounded down for a snug fit. Torso measurements, on the other hand, could be rounded up. A too-snug fit in the torso could result in sore shoulders or sore groin muscles.
 
Though the above method will produce accurate results, the cut of swimsuit styles varies greatly. What is comfortable for one person who wears at 34 might be different for another person who wears a 34. For the best sizing results, try on suits in a specialty swim store.

Article Written By Eileen Breeze

Eileen Breeze is a certified history teacher and holds a Master of Education in secondary curriculum and instruction from Boston College, and a B.A. in psychology from Davidson College. She is passionate about teaching teenagers. Writing professionally since 2005, her work appears in educational texts produced by publishers including McGraw-Hill, Harcourt and Kaplan. Breeze has coached highly successful teams in basketball, swimming and soccer.

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