Thank you for your interest in Candy Bee Swimwear! Below is a guide to help you get an idea of the ordering process, the different cut/styles/options, and measuring guide for custom competition NPC and Figure suits.
Construction time for suits usually take 3-14 business days which depends on the complexity of stoning for the suit. I mail out priority mail from San Diego, Ca which takes 1-3 days depending on your location.
I suggest ordering your suit, 5-8 weeks out from your competition. Alteration costs are included, however, postage costs are to be paid by the client – sending it back to me for alterations is usually more cost efficient than taking it to a local tailor, but it may take a week or 2 to receive, which is why I recommend ordering 5-8 weeks in advance. I make all the suits with extra straps on the sides of the bottoms so in the event it needs to be let out, there is plenty of material to do so.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL, however, we do exchange/alter suits if they don’t fit properly, and store credit is and option as well.
Connector Options and Costs
The most basic suit starts at $90 - this is just the suit itself, custom fit and tailored to your body - no connectors, just tie straps.
You are free to upgrade and get crystal connector and stones to personalize your suit. Connector upgrades include, but are not limited to: A set of 2 for the top straps, A set of 2 for the bottom straps and 1 center connector for the top. You can also request crystal connectors for the back of the top as well.
Connectors price range is as low as $8 to $55 for a set of 2. You can choose which connectors you prefer for the top/bottom of the suit.
Rhinestone Design Upgrades
We use high quality, crystal rhinestones (made of glass). The crystals are adhered to the top and bottom, by hand, on the front and back, of your competition suit with very durable adhesive, then heat pressed to ensure they're secure. Comes with extras crystals (10-20) in the event any of them should ever fall off. Below are the different rhinstone upgrade options
Basic rhinestone upgrade:
One color stone of choice; 200-350 crystals
Deluxe rhinestone upgrade:
One color stone of choice; 500-700 crystals.
2-3 color stones of choice; 600-800 crystals
Diva Deluxe rhinestone upgrade:
One color stone; 1,300-1,500 crystals.
2-3 color stones of choice; 1,400-1,600 crystals
Blinged Out/Fully Encrusted:
One color; 2,000+ crystals
2-4 color stones of choice; 2,000+ crystals
Rain Drop Design Upgrade: $65 for one color stone of choice; $75 for 2 color stones of choice; $90 for 3+ color stones of choice.
Custom Designs: Prices vary depending on the complexity of the suit. Please consult with me for design styles and price quotes.
Suit Cut and Styles
All suit tops have a slot for removable inserts. Every suit comes with a thin basic insert. A silicone insert can be purchased for an additional cost of $10. Silicone inserts can enhance your bust up to one full cup size.
A standard triangle is a triangle that has the same dimensions on all sides. This cut is perfect for most.
The skinny triangle is long and narrow. This shape works best on smaller breasts.
There are 3 different coverages for the back of the bottoms. Micro, medium and full. Micro is the most common.
You can also have the butterfly cut in the back of the bottoms or a v shape. Green is a v and Red is butterfly cut – which is most popular and makes your glutes look more round and full.
***** Please make sure not to measure your garments, but your body*****
Top (Bikini & Figure)
1.) Length - The length in the photo would be 6". A good frame of reference: the top of the triangle is usually in line with your armpit.
2.) 2.) Width - Measure the width of the top from the middle. If you prefer a skinny triangle, please let me know so I can adjust the measurements accordingly. The width of the top in the picture would be 5".
Bottoms for Bikini
3.) Measure your hips where your suit would sit. Usually this is where your undergarments sits vs a regular bikini
4.) In-seam - Measure where you would like your bottoms to start in the front all the way to the back where the crevice of your butt ends. Usually the front starts where your panties would normally sit. The picture shown is 16.5"
Bottoms for Figure
1.) Inseam - In-seam - Measure where you would like your bottoms to start in the front all the way to the back where the crevice of your butt ends. Usually the front starts where your panties would normally sit. The picture shown is 17"
2.) Hip to Crotch Circumference – Please note that the hip straps are to sit in line with your belly button. The measurement in the photo would be 31”
That’s it! Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions and/or concerns