Putting together a BOMB competition wardrobe, is one of the most important aspects of preparing for a pageant. Wardrobe styling is imperative for your brand as a delegate, because people naturally form judgements about someone from the initial first impression. Judges, directors, and pageant staff will see your outfit selection before they know that you volunteer your time on the weekends to non profits or that you can binge watch every Miss USA competition starting from the early 90's.
As a competitor myself, I know just how expensive a pageant wardrobe can get. Girls are easily carrying down payments on cars in their pageant luggage! This pearl clutch worthy realization led me to question my own pageant wardrobe.
Where can I save versus splurge in my competition wardrobe?
The only garment involved in the judgement process of a pageant that I feel comfortable enough to save versus splurge on is the swimsuit competition.
WHY?! I'm SO glad that you asked! Swimsuits are garments that are typically made of similar material which makes it easier to find affordable quality. Here, you are splurging for embellishment and enhancement if you choose to invest more. I wouldn't try this mentality with an evening gown. There are too many different fabrics with unique qualities. So if you're looking for a specific gown to fit your vision, you must invest.
Essentially, all you need from a pageant swimsuit are the following qualities:
- Fits the competition requirements
- Flatters your body
- Makes you feel like the (insert a queen of slayage here...mine is Beyonce!).
If your suit answers, "yes" to the above criteria, save the money and get it!
Victoria's Secret and Venus Swimwear
Victoria's Secret and Venus Swimwear are my top two brand picks that will benefit your pageant wardrobe and budget. I have seen swimsuits from each designer grace the bodies of many state pageant winners. Both lines offer a variety of coverage and enhancement options to fit the various concerns and body types of each girl. In addition, there is such an array of styles and colors to choose from that you're guaranteed to find something you love!
- Victoria's Secret average bikini price range, $80-$150
- Venus Swimwear average bikini price range, $75-$90
Now go werk that swimsuit competition!