GYMNASTICS LEOTARD SIZING 101
HOW TO FIND A GYMNASTS LEOTARD SIZE
We know how hard it can be to size from a size chart. If you have never measured your gymnast for a leotard before, fear not, we can help! Below we will walk you through how to properly measure for a girl’s gymnastics leotard.
>>> WHAT YOU NEED:
Get a flexible measuring tape. These are often sold in craft stores. Or you can purchase one on Amazon click here.
TIP: If you don't have one handy, use a piece of string to take the measurement. Place a knot at the measured point then lay the string on a ruler or measuring tape.
>>> HOW TO MEASURE:
All measurements are a full circle from start point, around the body, and back to starting point (the circumference).
1 / GIRTH or TORSO: Take this one from the center of a shoulder, down the front, through the crotch, and up the back to the starting point.
2 / BUST or CHEST: Take this measurement while taking a deep breath, wrap the tape measure under armpits around fullest part of chest (usually right above nipples).
3 / WAIST: Take this measurement at the natural waistline - the smallest part of the waist.
4 / HIPS: Take this measurement around the fullest part of the buttocks.
>>> WHAT TO DO WITH THE MEASUREMENTS:
You have successfully measured your child...now what? Every gymnast body is unique and not all of them will fall into every category of a size chart perfectly. Find the size that closest represents the measurements.
Note: The torso measurement is the most important followed by the chest and hip measurements; the least important is the waist.
You can find our size chart here...
>>> THINGS TO CONSIDER:
BRAND: Every gymnastics brand has their own unique leotard designs and sizing. So just because your daughter wears an Adult Extra Small (AXS) in one brand doesn't mean she will wear that size in another brand. Always reference the size chart for the leotard company you are purchasing from. For example, a gymnast who wears an AXS in GK Elite leotards would wear either a size 14 or even a 12 in a Pivot leotard.
FABRIC: Leotards are typically made from four-way stretch fabrics. Meaning it stretches both up and down and side to side. Different types of stretch fabrics stretch different amounts though. Try a variety of fabric types until you find the one your gymnast prefers. A general rule of thumb is that shiny fabrics, including hologram and mystique, will stretch less and have a more "compression" fit and non-shiny fabrics, such as nylon prints or velvet will stretch more and have a more "comfort" fit.
FIT: Keep in mind if your gymnast prefers a "next to skin" competition style fit with absolutely no wrinkles or a "room to grow" comfort fit. When in doubt, we always suggest to size up as they can grow into it!
So, take into consideration the fabric of the leotard is as well as your gymnasts preferred fit when selecting her next leo. You may be able to go up or down a size depending on her measurements and these factors.
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