Do I Really Need 2 Suits?
Posted on October 19 2018
By Karah Jones, owner & founder of Angel Competition Bikinis
We hear this question all the time: do I need a backup competition suit?!? Our answer surprises most athletes. No, you do not need a 2nd suit. Angel Competition Bikinis are made with the highest quality materials; you can 100% count on 1 ACBikini to hold up backstage and show after show. Our connectors never break, our fabric maintains integrity, and we use a propriety glue mix to secure our crystals the best while keeping the most stretch in the spandex fabric. Should you WANT a backup competition suit? YES! This blog discusses the different reasons you will want and should get a 2nd suit and also addresses the budget questions you may have. You have spent so much time, energy, sacrifice, discipline, and will power to make it to the stage; we want to ensure you bring the best possible package and stand out the most despite the variables you may encounter. And if you don't have any tan, lighting, or other issues discussed in this blog it's great to have 2 amazing suits for your post show photo shoots!
Reason #1: Your Tan Color
As scary as it sounds, you never know exactly what color your tan is going to be. The photo below shows IFBB Bikini Pro Jenn Caban. Jenn used the same company in the left and right photos, and a different company in the middle photo. She did not alter her skin prep at all between the shows. Thanks for your help Jenn, we are very fortunate to have you as an Angel Competition Bikinis sponsored athlete.
I have experienced this first hand. The photo below shows how different my skin has looked at 3 different shows.
I did the exact same skin prep for all 3 shows.
I wish that I would have brought at least 1 back up suit color that contrasted from my first choice.
These are just a few examples of the different colors your skin can turn out and how crucial it can be to have the right suit color.
Be warned that your skin can be anywhere from a light brown color, to a red color, or even the worst case scenario of a green color and all shades in between. If your tan color doesn't look good with your suit color, it's a relief to have an alternative.
Reason #2: Other Athletes' Suit Colors
Preface: this is our opinion; We are not stating for fact that having a different/contrasting color from the other athletes on stage will help you or hurt you. We think it's a great idea to have an alternative suit if the majority of athletes in your class show up in the same color.
The photo above shows 4 athletes on stage together at The Olympia Amateur 2018. Which athlete do you think shines the most on stage?
We think the judges agreed!
Amanda won her IFBB Bikini Pro Card in Angel Competition Bikinis Lucky Suit.
Reason #3: Stage Background Color
The stage backdrop is often overlooked as a variable that you should take into account on show day. We are here to warn you that it could make a huge difference between standing out or getting lost on stage. The left photo below is of Kerryne wearing Angel Competition Bikinis Hologram Electric Blue that stands out and shines beautiful on stage! The right photo is Photoshop of an example of what it would look like if she chose to wear her red suit. She could end up getting lost on stage because her suit matches the backdrop.
It's good that Kerryne did not get lost on stage at the IFBB Patriots Pro because this was the competition where she won 1st place that qualified her to compete on the Olympia 2018 stage!
Thanks for your advice Kerryne, we are so grateful to have you as a sponsored athlete!
Reason #4: Stage Lighting
Stage Lighting can make a big difference in how your suit looks. If possible on your show day, watch a division prior to yours compete on the stage and look for which suit colors pop the best under the stage lights and which do not. If you have a backup suit you can wear whichever one stands out the most on the specific stage you are competing on. You can also try and find stage shots of the prior years show at NPCNewsOnline.com or whatever division you compete in. This will only work if the venue, stage, and lighting are the same. Browse through the athlete photos and see which suits catch your eye the most. Use this information strategically to choose your color.
The photo above shows Jocelyn wearing Angel Pro Multi Color on Hologram Cranberry with Sangria Mix crystals.
This photo below is of Jenn Caban wearing Diamond Pro on Hologram Dark Blue with Sapphire AB crystals.
Reason #5: A Different Suit for the Night Show
You may want to wear a different suit for the night show that you did for pre judging. This could be for a number of reasons. Some athletes want photos in 2 different suits on stage to get a variety of images to look back on their amazing experience. Some athletes think you shouldn't wear the same suit to the night show as pre judging the same way you shouldn't wear the same gown to two different events.
Other athletes want to switch it up and wear something more classic to pre judging like an Angel Pro crystal design with correlating crystals and something more glamorous to the night show like The Galaxy crystal design with all sorts of colors. You can also plan to do what Ashton did and wear 2 different colorful and glamorous Angel Competition Bikinis!