There is nothing better than a properly fitting swimsuit. One that not only looks great but feels great and stays in place.
At Kini, we are well aware that sizes can vary from one brand to another, and can even vary between styles!
To help try and avoid this, we have provided a handy sizing chart and some measuring tips to guide you. We also encourage you to check your measurements, and get in touch if you aren’t quite sure.
|BUST||70.5 cm – 80.5 cm||80.5 cm – 86 cm||86 cm – 94.5 cm||94 cm – 101.5 cm||101.5 cm – 107.5cm||107.5 cm – 113.5 cm||113.5 cm – 122.5|
|UNDERBUST||68 cm – 73 cm||73 cm – 76 cm||76 cm – 82 cm||82 cm – 89 cm||89 cm – 95 cm||95 cm – 101 cm||101 cm – 107 cm|
|WAIST||62 cm||64.5 cm||67 cm||72 cm||77 cm||82 cm||87 cm|
|HIP||92 cm||94.5 cm||97 cm||102 cm||107 cm||112 cm||117 cm|
* Got Questions? No problem, we’re here to help! Send us an email here.
How to measure
Bust- Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around, under your armpits, across your shoulder blades, and back to the front.
Underbust – As the name suggests, this is the area directly under your bust. When measuring, wear a bra so you have easy access. Place the tape directly under the bust and bring it the whole way around. It should sit flat and firm.
Waist – Locate your natural waistline, above your belly button and below your rib cage. If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline. Without sucking in your stomach, circle your waistline with the tape.
Hips – Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, to the other hip and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is level and across the largest part of your buttocks.
4 Handy Tips
1. Mirror, Mirror – A mirror will help you make sure your tape is level and you have it in the right place
2. Use a cloth measuring tape – This will follow your curves and give a more accurate body measurements
3. Get help – Get a friend to measure you, that way they can make sure the tape is nice and level around your chest, waist and hips
4. Just your underwear – Don’t get measured over your clothes, underwear works best.
What body type am I?
The Design Gallery contains a great photographic library of kinis that have already been designed and made. You can filter the gallery by bikini, tankini or one piece… You can also filter by body shape to get some inspiration for what are the best styles to suit you – be it rectangular, hourglass or… perhaps a little rounded?
There are some classic and easy rules when it comes to wearing a swimsuit that really compliments your body. We’ve highlighted some tips below to help you determine your body shape.
A classic oval, you are a gloriously full figured woman. Unfortunately we are not all blessed with super model physics and often your belly may be the area of concern. Flattering styles for your shape include tankinis and one pieces with empire lines that support your bust. If it is your tummy your worried about, try choosing a piece with a ruched centre or ruched sides as they create a gathered look which is a very tactical way of detracting from an area your wary of.
When choosing colour, go for different panels of colour to lengthen and create structure. Great fabrics for this body shape are bright block colours, colourful patterns, thin vertical stripes, or the classic black and navy.
Pears populate the roster of bombshell beauties, from Alicia Keys to Beyonce, this shape is proportionally smaller on top and holds more weight around their lower bodies, particularly in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. To bring balance, try tops with padding, adjustable ties and halters to help create lift, adding frills to your top can also help create a sense of volume. Pair these with a plain or high waist bottom in a darker colour to help create balance. Try using interesting prints, bright colours and horizontal stripes in your top.
The rectangles have a physique that is long and lean and often envied by most women. They have very little shape in the form of hip, butt and breast. In fact there is hardly any junk in a rectangle’s trunk. To add some interest, try playing with three-dimensional details like frills, ruching and buckles on the bottom. Team these with a bandeau top to help bring fullness to the body shape. For a bit of a boost on top, try a padded cup or a classic triangle with a padded insert. Use bold prints teamed with block colours to add depth to your swimwear.
Curvaceous like Marilyn Monroe or Scarlett Johannson, your hip and bust are almost of equal size. With a narrow waist, to show off you stunning curves, try high cut or high waist bottom, paired with a supportive halter or retro top. You should try and stick to fabrics choiceslike vertical stripes, patterns or perhaps a bright colour at the chest and darker colour on the bottom to accentuate your curves!