When you are preparing for competition as a bodybuilder, one of the most fun decisions to make is which competition bikini to choose. Choosing the right colour and style can help to accentuate the best features of the body you have been building and help to de-emphasise any of your weaker points.
Here are some tips.
Warmers shades such as reds, golds and oranges can wash out against a darker competition grade tan. If you love these colours, it's a good idea to choose some accents that are very reflective such as gold appliques that can pick up the light on stage and help you to sparkle. Be sure to compare any colours that you are getting with your previous tan shades to make sure that you will look your best on stage.
Jewel colours are a competition favourite for a good reason. They stand out on stage and look great next to darker skin tones. Be sure to opt for brighter rather than darker jewel tones. If you are looking for inspiration, think about the colours that you are naturally drawn towards — do you prefer blues, greens or purples? This can help you to find a bikini that will help you look and feel as confident as possible on stage, which is an important ingredient in competition success.
Lighter shades such as whites, silvers and pearls can look great against dark tones and can really 'pop' on stage, particularly if you go for an option with lots of bling. It can also help to draw attention to your bright white smile, which can be a great advantage in the judging. They can easily show staining, though, so they may not be great for subsequent competitions if you find that your spray tan has leaked on the bikini. This can also affect resale value if you want to sell the bikini later.
Darker shades such as black are usually avoided on stage as they can fade into the backdrop curtains and make you recede compared to your competitors. This isn't ideal as you want the judge's eyes to be drawn straight to you!
No matter what shade you choose, the most important thing is that you feel confident when you buy competition bikinis. If you want some specific advice on what competition bikini might suit you, you should talk to a specialist competition bikini store.