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Quick Guide to Ordering

We have created a website, where you do become the Designer!..... Everything is 100% custom, from Choosing Options, Embellishments, Lengths, Styles and Fabrics and then altering them to your satisfaction. Zenaswimwear's Mix and Match Custom Options allow you to Design your swimsuit the way you would like it to fit and Look. Large sizes are our specialty. We have made anywhere from a AAA to a KK bra size. All the information that you would need help with in designing your custom ZenaSwimsuit is found here in our Design Assistant Section


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Take your time and browse all of ZenaSwimwear's styles, fabric choices, and options. Try and study the Design Assistants Options to see what we have to offer. Every ZenaSwimwear suit is a Mix & Match separate. You can choose from any style of Top, Bottom , Skirtini or One Piece. We specialize in Large Bra cup sizing DD-J cups. Please Ask us if you don't see what you like, we will try and work with you!

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ZenaSwimwear design's your swimsuit using your Personal Body measurements. Grab a Pen or pencil and print off our Measurment Instruction Guide (PDF) and if you dont have a soft tape measure in your sewing box we provide a Printable Tape measure which you can download and assemble yourself....We also have Measuring instructions online in our Measuring How To section.

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Every piece of Swimwear can be customized -- Choose options like Tankini lengths, strap widths, undewire or molded cups. Thousands of Fabric and Trim Combinations. We have Bottom back styles -- Ruched, Sexy, Moderate or Full. The choices are endless. All the information you need is located here in the Design Assistant Section.

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Once you have decided on what you would like to create, fill in all the forms, select boxes and drop down menu's on our site, with fabric selections, options and additions. Once you are done click the add to cart button. Once we receive your order, our Design department will start the drafting process. Each suit is made individually to the Customers Body Measurements.

Please Note: At Zena swimwear.com every single piece of swimwear is individually handcrafted. We start from the bottom up by using your measurements, options and color choices.  We love what we do and hope to make this online experience the most comfortable, effortless and exciting for you.
Fabric, Trim, Hardware
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you can create any look you dream up.. View below for more information & details!...
ZenaSwimwear Fabric100's of Fabrics

ZenaSwimwear stocks hundreds of different colored solid and print fabrics. You can choose any fabric to design a ZenaSwimwear Suit. To view all of our in stock Fabrics please visit our Fabrics Gallery.

ZenaSwimwear updates the Fabrics yearly by adding approximately 20 new colors and prints to the ZenaSwimwear Collection. We purchase our Prints in limited quantities, once the Prints are sold out we will not be replacing them with the same. This process keeps the Fabrics for each year fresh and updated.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our website pictures accurately represent the beautiful swimwear fabrics that we use. Unfortunately, the web processes are not perfect and it is technically impossible to accurately reproduce some colors.

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If you are unsure of the Fabrics and Colors, ZenaSwimwear does send out Free fabric samples. To order samples You can fill out the Free Fabrics Sample form on our Fabrics Gallery page.

ZenaSwimwear FabricTrim or Binding is an Optional contrast Fabric item which can be changed, added or altered on your suit. You are able to use any of the fabrics that ZenaSwimwear carries. If you do not care to add any binding or trim please leave the trim select boxes blank.

Here are a few examples where you are able to change your fabric color, we have many more...

  • Top or Bottom Binding
  • Sash Ties
  • Ruffles
  • Straps
  • Bow Ties
  • Acessories
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    **example**

    The above photo has the Trim option in Kelly Green for the Ruffle, Straps, and Bow Tie .

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    Purchasing Additional String Ties

    String ties are made from thin 3/8" elastic, covered in the fabric of your choice. We have (2) two options of lengths 20" or 50".

    To order extra Sash or Bow Ties for your swimwear Click here

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    String ties can be used to add detail or ordered as extra's for your tops or bottoms. By ordering a different colored fabric String Tie, You can interchange, Mix & Match it/them to make your swimwear have a completely different and new look.

    Use them to change :
    • Loop Back Ties for you Halter Tops
    • KeyHole side Bottoms
    • Ruched Side Bottoms
    • Ruched sides for your Tankini's
    • Neck Ties for the Double Halter, Bra and String style Tops
    • Ribcage Ties for your Triangle tops
    • Just tying up the sides of your plain bottoms to add detail.
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    **example** Make 3 Separates into 2 matching swimwear sets.

    Order Two different patterned tops with one solid colored bottom. Order Extra Side Strings for the Bottom in the Fabric of the second Top. This will give you two matching swimwear sets. To order extra Sash or Bow Ties for your swimwear Click here

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    Purchasing Additional Sash or Bow Ties

    Soft Fabric ties can be used to add detail and ordered as extra's for your tops or bottoms. By ordering a different colored Fabric Tie, you can add or interchange it to give your swimwear a completely different feel. To order extra Sash or Bow Ties for your swimwear Click here

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    Lining

    ZenaSwimwear uses 100% Stretch Nylon lining for all their swimwear in the colors of Nude, White and Black.

    All of ZenaSwimwear's Bottoms are lined both Front and Back.

    No matter what you line a white suit with it will be slightly see through. Yellows, light blues, light pinks and light Aqua's are also a slight issure. Use your judgment when ordering a suit in one of these colors. If we are offering a light color fabric on our internet site it will be lined with the appropriate colored lining and double lined where the suits are most see thru.

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    Bra Hardware and Clasps

    ZenaSwimwear only uses Nickel Finished Metal Hardware which includes the hooks, sliders and clasps. If you need to order extra Bra Slides and Hooks we also have them for sale in our Accessories section.

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    Back Clasp:

    The Back Clasp is a Heavy Duty 1 inch Closure which is used in all of our Clasp Back styled Tops

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    Metal Sliders
    Metal Sliders are either the 3/8" or 3/4" width, depending on the strap size.

     

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    Hooks
    Our Heavy Duty Hooks are used with our 3/8" or 3/4" straps

     

    Support & Enhancement ZenaSwimwear has many different options of bust support that you are able to choose from. The information below will give you a little more insight on the construction methods that we do use.. 
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    The Shelf Bra *shown inside out*

    This type of soft Fabric support has a body forming and a smooth, seamless appearance.   The shelf bra is perfect for smaller-mid busted women. It is built into the suit,  which creates a natural look.  Made from our nude, white or black 100% Nylon swimsuit lining.

    With our Tankinis this support includes a 1.5 inch ribcage elastic to provide additional support to the back and bust and prevent strap slippage .... the lining features darts for contoured shape. This choice is offered in our Princess and Halter style Tops and Tankini's

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    Shelf Bra with Built in hidden wire *shown inside out*

    Are concealed wires sewn-into the Shelf bra. This support feature helps to lift, separate and shore up the bust line for better shape and extra support- especially for full-figured women.  Soft 100% Nylon fabric cups in hidden underwire, feature darts for shape

    With the ZenaSwimwear's Tankinis, the Concealed support features a 1.5 inch ribcage elastic which encircles the whole body to provide additional support to the back and bust and prevent strap slippage. This choice is offered in our Princess and Halter style Tops and Tankini's.

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    Molded Cups *shown inside out*

    With light support and a sleek, smooth appearance, Molded Cups are sewn or inserted into the shelf bra or lining of a Swimsuit. They are designed to mold  and lift the silhouette of your breast. They are seamless creating a smooth line, most Idyllic for shaping your breast.

    In our Tankinis the Concealed support features a 1.5 inch elastic which encircles the whole body to provide additional support to the back and bust and prevent strap slippage. This choice is offered in our Princess, or Halter styled Tops and Tankini's.

    ZenaTip: When ordering the molded cups they are not recommended for light solid fabrics as a very slight outer line will show thru... Your best bet would be prints, darker solids or textured fabrics which can hide the outline better. 

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    Hard wired or Under wired *shown inside out*

    This is where the wire is visible from the outside, exactly like many bra's that you own.
    Our Bra Style Tankinis include both, the hard wire support and the additional hidden Shelf support feature, which includes the 1.5 inch elastic that encircles the whole body.

    ZenaSwimwear uses three (3) different design methods to create our Bra Swimwear. The cups are usually created in 3-parts thus adding more support and style for larger sizes. The three (3) different methods are explained in a little more detail below.

    Soft lined cup-- made from 100% Nylon lining. Zena Swimwear uses darts instead of gathers in the lining for more support and contour.
    3 part partial foam-- where the top portion is lined with 100% Nylon lining, and the bottom has a thin 1/8 inch closed cell foam -- adding support and a little more lift.
    3 part full foam -- which uses a thin 1/8 inch closed cell foam for the entire cup- mostly used in our Enhancer styles

    Removable inserts that achieve a look that pushes breasts up and together.  They Reposition the bust for Maximum cleavage creating a sexy neckline by uplifting bust. Ideal for smaller breasted women.

    "Pushups", or "Cookie Pads", are a standard method of push-up in many ready made swimsuits. Made of foam, they are inserted into pockets that have been sewn into the swimsuit top.   When you order a Zena suit with padding, the suit will be made with the pad's pockets that will fit the padding you order. We will insert the padding for you, but it can be removed at any time

    Straps ZenaSwimwear has a several different options of strap styling that you will be able to customize. These choices below do refer to our Tops, Tankini's and One Piece styles. We show our basic styles below but we offer many more options. All of our options will be presented to you on each applicable products page.The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices that you have.


    Shoulder straps come with adjustable sliders with metal hooks attached, thus letting you wear them either straight over the shoulder or crossed over in the back.

    ZenaSwimwears Shoulder Straps do stretch and are encased with soft elastic which provides more comfort. If your Suit style has the option of Shoulder straps there are two (2) widths you may choose.

    1 (3/4" Wide)

    2 (3/8" Narrow)

    Tip: The wider (3/4" straps) will give more support for D+ sizing.

    Straps shown in the photo are the 3/4" Wide straps


    When deciding on a swimsuit top, tankini or one piece, where the style ties behind the neck we do offer a couple of different options for you to choose from:

    1 Soft Neck Ties which have no elastic and are completely made from fabric.

    2 Straps which do stretch and are encased with soft elastic in two widths. (3/8" Narrow) or (3/4" Wide)

    ZenaTip: When choosing elastic encased ties, the wider (3/4" ties) will give more support for D+ sizing.

    Ties shown in the photo are the Soft Fabric Neck ties.

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    Detatchable
    Made for the  Bandeau or the Bandeau Tankini.  You have the option of choosing (3/8) inch or (3/4) inch.  Both come with hook and adjustable sliders.  They completely detatch from the suit
    Back Styles

    When you choose a swimsuit style from our website either it being a one piece, top or tankini, the back style or closures also have a variety of options.. We show our basic styles below but we offer many more options. All of our options will be presented to you on each applicable products page. The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices and designs that we provide for you.

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    Metal Clasp Closure
    ZenaSwimwear only uses Nickel Finished Metal Hardware this does include the hooks, sliders and clasps. Our back clasp is a heavy duty 1 inch easy closure, which provides great support.

    Keyhole Closure
    Our tops, with this type of closure, loop thru the back sides of the suit giving you the ability to tie as tight or loose as needed. If you do choose to order the Keyhole back we have two options of back ties. You can either have a string, or a soft tie loop thru the back. The soft tie gives the appearance of the Sash look.

    Keyhole Closure
    Our tops, with this type of closure, loop thru the back sides of the suit giving you the ability to tie as tight or loose as needed. If you do choose to order the Keyhole back we have two options of back ties. You can either have a string, or a soft tie loop thru the back. The soft tie gives the appearance of the Sash look.

    (X)-Ties with Clasp Closure
    Our tops, with this type of closure, loop thru the back sides of the suit giving you the ability to tie as tight or loose as needed. If you do choose to order the Keyhole back we have two options of back ties. You can either have a string, or a soft tie loop thru the back. The soft tie gives the appearance of the Sash look.

    Ring Sash Closure
    Our tops, with this type of closure, loop thru the back sides of the suit giving you the ability to tie as tight or loose as needed. If you do choose to order the Keyhole back we have two options of back ties. You can either have a string, or a soft tie loop thru the back. The soft tie gives the appearance of the Sash look.

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    Full Back
    more supportive if ordering our bra style tankinis

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    Open Back
    the Open back / Apron style is a great option when you would like that the tankini body not be as restricting. This style makes the tankini float away from the body not stick to you.
    You are also be able to customize the closure to either have a sash or keyhole style.

    The Tankinis which have these options are our Halterstyle Tankinis.
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    Full Back
    a great choice if ordering our Bandeau styles tankinis

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    Shoulder back
    Full Back with Detatchable, Adjustable Shoulder straps. Wear them over the shoulders or detach and cross over in the back.

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    (X)Tie Back
    Wear this back 3 ways--- crossed over, straigt over the shoulders or tie it behind the neck
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    Sash Low Back
    Our low back style comes down in the back to waist height. Great for sunning adding a little more style
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    (X)Tie Low Back
    Our low back style comes down in the back to waist height. Great for sunning adding a little more style
    Length When you choose a swimsuit style from our website either it being a Tankini, Swimskirt / Coverup or the Inseam of your swimshorts, the length is your choice. We do not give you the standard of short, med or long but we allow you to choose your length in inches . All of your options will be presented to you on each applicable products page. The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices and designs that we provide for you.
    from short to long.

    At ZenaSwimwear you are able to customize the length anywhere from (5" - 18") inches.

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    Ready to wear Tankinis come in standard (8 inch) length which is shown in the picture to the right

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    Our Triangle Tankini Shown here has been customized to a (15 inch) length included is the Ruching Body Option.

    Swimskirt or Cover-ups
    All Swim Skirts and Coverups have varying choices of lengths. Our skirts are customizeable from
    (8" - 17") inches in length.

     

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    Customizing your leg length
    Zenaswimwear Standard Boy Shorts have a inseam of 2" inch. Our customers have the option of making them as long as (7" inches).

     

    Torso's When choosing one of our Tankini styled swimsuit tops we do offer our customers more than one body style to choose from. We have created (4) different styles. All options will be presented to you on each applicable products page. The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices and designs that we provide for you.

    Tapered / Princess
    Here at ZenaSwimwear we do not cut our tankini's to be boxy (straight up and down). With our Princess line seams ZenaSwimwears Tankini Body styles are all made to taper which means that we try and follow your curves. Giving you a more defined bust, waist and hip area.

    Ruched
    You as the customer have the option of adding Ruching to our Tankini Body styles. With this type of style the Tankini is made with a closer fit to the body to allow for the ruching effect.

    Apron Style
    Another Option we offer is the Apron Body style -- This style is open in the back, sits away from the body and has great coverage for the mid tummy.

     

    Designing your Bottoms ZenaSwimwear completely understands that not one person is alike in body shape so we have tried to give you the best options and variety to designing and customizing your bottoms. We show our basic options below but we do offer many more. All of these options will be presented to you on each applicable products page.The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices that you have.. 
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    The Crotch Rise is the Measurement between the Horizontal Crotch Seam (at Pubic Bone), up to the waistband. The Pubic Bone is the point that starts to curve between your legs

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    A Lowrise has a Rise which is 5.5" or less. The waistband sits about 1/3 of the way from the pubic bone to the waist .

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    Midrise styles have a 6-7" Rise. The Waistband of the bottoms usually sits half way inbetween the pubic bone and the waist.

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    High Waisted or Zenaswimwears Classic styles have a 9-10" Rise. The waistband sits either at the belly button or higher

    All of these base styles are customizable to a degree

    This Base Crotch Rise measurement is not concrete. We have taller and shorter women and everybody's bodies are different. This is why we allow you to measure your self and give us a desired Rise that you would like to see on your body.

    **An Example**

    You like the Classic HighRise style which is a 9-10" Rise bottom. However, What you would like is; for it to sit at the 8 " mark on your body. This new measurement is what you place into The Rise Select menu when ordering the bottom and ZenaSwimwear will customize your bottoms to this height.

    SEXY -- to be or not to be!

    Our String, Hipster and Lowrider bottoms have (3) Three Options of backsides.

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    Coverage which covers the cheek

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    Bottom that cross thru the cheek.

    Rio Backside

    Rio **New**
    Bottoms that are just as narrow in the back as the front.

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    with our String, Hipster and Lowrider Bottom styles you have an additional option of adding ruching to the backside. After you have chosen your Backside coverage you then can choose and customize your bottoms even further by adding these little details. We have two types of Ruching.

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    Skrunchie style
    The Ruching is placed down the whole backseam

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    Ruched half back style
    Ruching is placed 1/3 of the way down fron the back waistband

    OnePiece leg Styles (3) different leg heights are offered as choices. Once a leg style is chosen you have an additional option of adding ruching to the sides of the leg. All of these options will be presented to you on each applicable products page.The information below will give you a little more insight on the choices that you have.. 
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    1. High Cut
    High Cut Fits most at the hip bones. Approximately 3-4 inches below the natural waist

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    2. Mid Cut
    Mid Cut Fits most just below the hip bone.

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    3. Low Cut
    Low Cut or Panty style Fits most about 1 inch above the crotch line or pubic bone.

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    **Back View**
    Shown are the back lines for the three different leg heights.

    Printable Tape Measure
    • Save the tape measure file if you prefer
    • Use Acrobat Reader to open, view, and print the saved file.
    • Cut out and assemble the tape
    • Check your tape measure with a ruler as a guide
    • To make the tape measure more sturdy,  stick clear  tape on the whole tape measure this way it wont rip if you tug a little harder
    • Now you're ready to measure!

    Tape Measure

    Printable Measuring Guide Here you will be able to record all the measurements needed to order one of our custom suits. All Measurements are taken in inches or to the nearest inch. Not All the measurements will be applicable to all the styles so just use the ones that pertain to you! If you don't have a copy of Acrobat Reader, click here to get a free copy

    Personal Measuring Guide Booklet

    Measuring Instructions

    Print off our Tape measure if you don't have one in your sewing box at home. You can also Print our Measurement Guide Booklet to record all measurements and options for future reference. Not All the measurements and options will refer to your suit choice, so just use the ones that you need! Standing in front of a Mirror will help with taking your measurements. All Measurements are recorded in inches.

    Measurment Guide Booklet Tape Measure
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    Chest / Overbust

    Please Remove your Bra to take this measurement. Measure around the back with the tape measure meeting at the front. Please make sure the tape measure slips under the arms and above the breasts. Please Exhale, as there can be a difference of about 3 inches in your measurement. Measure snugly without it digging in.

    • *Exhale
    • *Pull Snugly when Measuring
    • *Measure to the nearest 1/2 inch
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    Bust
    Wearing your best non padded underwire bra, measure around the back and over the fullest part of the breast using the nipples as guides. Please make sure the tape measure is straight across the back. Take this measurement snugly enough so that the tape measure doesn't slip off the back.

    • *Exhale
    • *Hold loosely when Measuring
    • *Measure to the nearest 1/2 inch
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    Ribcage
    Please Remove your Bra to take this measurement. Measure around the back and directly under the breasts (Ribcage) pull snugly. Please Exhale, as there can be a difference of about 3 inches in your measurement.

    • *Exhale
    • *Pull Snugly when Measuring
    • *Measure to the nearest 1/2 inch
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    CrossBreast
    Wearing your best non padded underwire bra Please measure the breast on the same side that you write. Measure from (inner crease across nipple to outer crease ). Typically where the center wire begins (in the cleavage area) to where it ends, towards the arm pit . Measure this distance across the fullest part of the breast, at the level of the nipple. If your breast is firm and perky you can measure while standing up. If your breast is large the measurement is more accurate while you are bending forward so your breasts are facing the floor.

    *Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch

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    Bust Depth
    Wearing your best non padded underwire bra. Please measure the breast on the same side that you write. Measure from the breast crease (at the ribcage) )up towards the Nipple. Hold tape measure taut.

    *Measure to the nearest 1/4 inch.

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    Tankini Waist
    Measure at the smallest part of the waist this is where you body creases when you bend sideways. If you are still having trouble finding your true waist, place a piece of string around your torso parallel to the floor and tie it snugly but not too tight. It will naturally fall to your narrowest point

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch

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    Tankini Hip
    Please take the measurement at the point where you would like your tankini hem to sit. Measure around the back with the tape measure meeting at the front. The tape measure in the back should be parallel to the floor. Pull snugly enough so that the tape measure doesnt dip in the front or the back.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch

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    Tankini Length
    Measure from the (bra band / ribcage) down to whatever length you desire. Make sure you are standing straight. Easiest, standing in front of a mirror. Have someone help you if you cannot read the measurement.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch

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    Natural Waist
    Measure at the smallest part of the waist this is where you body creases when you bend sideways. If you are still having trouble finding your true waist, place a piece of string around your torso parallel to the floor and tie it snugly but not too tight. It will naturally fall to your narrowest point

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch

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    High Hip / Abdomen
    Usually (3-4) inches below your natural waist line.
    Looking in the mirror find the area between your waist and seat that is the fullest. This may be at your hip bone or at the fullest part of your abdomen. The placement will also vary for each person depending on your shape. With heels together measure around the back to the front. Make sure that the tape is level all the way around and doesn't rise or dip in the front or back

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch *Measure Snugly

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    Low Hip / Seat
    Usually (8-9) inches below your natural waist line.
    Looking in the mirror find the area that is the widest usually at the buttocks approximately 1 inch above the crotch line. The placement will also vary for each person depending on your shape. With heels together measure around the back meeting at the front. Make sure that the tape is level all the way around and doesn't rise or dip below the buttock area in the back.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch *Measure Snugly

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    Crotch Rise
    This measurement is always taken as your preferred height. For help, stand in front of a mirror and only measure in front. Please make sure you are standing straight. Place the starting point of your tape measure where your crotch starts to disappear (at the pubic bone). Try not to curve your tape measure in-between your legs. Measure from your (crotch line / pubic bone) up towards your waist, stopping at your desired panty height.

    *Measure to the nearest inch.

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    All Of our Base Styles Are Customizable To A Degree

    This Base Crotch Rise measurement is not concrete. We have taller and shorter women and everybody's bodies are different. This is why we allow you to measure your self and give us a desired Rise that you would like to see on your body.

    **An Example**

    Lets say that you like the Classic HighRise style which is a 9-10" Rise bottom. However, What you would like is; for it to sit at the 8 " mark on your body. This new measurement is what you place into The Rise Select menu when ordering the bottom and ZenaSwimwear will customize your bottoms to this height.

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    Boy Short Inseam

    The waist and Hip measurments are taken exactly the same way as for the bottoms. The inseam measurement is taken from the center crotch following the leg line down to the desired length.

    *Our default shorts have a 1" inseam *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

    When ordering Skirtinis or Swimskirts ZenaSwimwear will need 3 measurments to be taken.
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    1. Skirtini Crotch Rise

    This measurement is always taken as yourpreferred height as this is where your skirt waistband will sit. For help, stand in front of a mirror and only measure in front. Place the starting point of your tape measure where your crotch starts to disappear (at the pubic bone). Try not to curve your tape measure in-between your legs. Measure from your (crotch line / pubic bone) up towards your waist, stopping at your desired height. Mark this point with either a safety pin or some sort of marking tool.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    2. Skirtini Waist

    Secondly measure your skirt waist at the point you marked your desired skirtini crotch rise in step 1. Measure around the back with the tape measure meeting at the front. The tape measure in the back should be parallel to the floor. Pull snugly enough so that the tape measure doesnt dip in the front or the back.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    3. Skirtini Length

    Thirdly measure down from that point and note down your preferred Skirtini length. All Swim Skirts and Coverups have varying choices of lengths. Our skirts are customizeable from (8" - 15") inches in length.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    One Piece Body Measurement

    For help, stand in front of a mirror and only measure in front. Place the starting point of your tape measure where your crotch starts to disappear (at the pubic bone). Try not to curve your tape measure in-between your legs. Measure from your (crotch line / pubic bone) up towards your Ribcage, stopping at your desired height. Please hold tape measure taut.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    Cover Skirts Waist

    Measure your skirt waist at the point where you would like your skirt band to sit. It can be either at your high hip level or at your natural waist its up to you. Measure around the back with the tape measure meeting at the front. The tape measure in the back should be parallel to the floor. Pull snugly enough so that the tape measure doesnt dip in the front or the back.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    Cover Skirts Length

    Measure down from where you took your measurement for the skirt waist. Usually if you stand in front of a mirror and let the tape measure drop towards the floor you are able to get a more accurate measurement and its much easier than trying to bend over and look. All Swim Skirts and Coverups have varying choices of lengths. Our skirts are customizeable from (8" - 15") inches in length.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

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    Cover Dress Length

    Please take this measurement from your ribcage line or bra band. If you stand in front of a mirror and let the tape measure drop towards the floor you are able to get a more accurate measurement and its much easier than trying to bend over and look. All Dress Coverups have varying choices of lengths. Our cover dresses are customizeable from (17" - 22") inches in length.

    *Measure to the nearest 1 inch.

    Figuring out your Bra Size
    1. Band size (the number)
    post picPrint off our Tape measure if you don't have one in your sewing box at home. Take this measurement by wrapping a tape measure snugly around your back, under your arms and across the top of your chest, above your breasts.
    Because your ribcage expands and contracts as you breathe, please take this measurement when you have exhaled. (Tip: if the number is odd, just round down to the closest even number).
    2. Bust size (the letter)
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    Take a Loose measurement from back to front around the fullest part of your bust. Don't pull it tight!. The number you'll get is your bust size. (Tip: make sure your tape measure is parallel to the ground - that way you'll get the most accurate measurment.


    3. Cup size (the Formula)
    Subtract the number you got for your band size from the number you got for your bust. Then use that number to determine your cup size using the chart at the bottom
    **example**

    your Bust measurement is 39 inches and your Band measurment is 36 inches, there is a 3 inch difference which makes you a 36C.

    Difference in (inches)
    Cup Letter AA A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H I J K
    DIFFERENCE INCHES .5" 1" 2" 3" 4" 5" 6" 7" 8" 9" 10" 11"
    Zena International Bra Chart cup conversion (inches)

    International Customers

    If you are an international customer or are wearing an international bra and already know your bra size please use our tables for conversion to the Canadian/American Sizing that ZenaSwimwear does use.

    **example**

    you wear an Italian size 2F using the charts below this would translate into a 32G in Canadian/US sizing.

    Band Conversion (inches)
    CAN / USA 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
    UK 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
    FRANCE 80 85 90 95 100 105 110 115
    ITALY
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    EUROPE 65 70 75 80 85 90 100 110
    AUS / NZ 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
    Zena International Bra Chart Band Conversion (inches)
    Cup Conversion (inches)
    CAN / USA AA A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H I J K
    UK AA A B C D DD E F FF G GG H
    FRANCE
    AA A B C D E F          
    ITALY   A B C D DD E F        
    EUROPE AA A B C D E F          
    AUS / NZ AA A B C D DD E F FF G GG H
    Zena International Bra Chart cup conversion (inches)
    Remember this body as you see it TODAY, not yesterday's or tomorrow's.

    Be honest with what you see. Whether you are a size 2 or a 2X, your bust, waist and hip areas will either have curves, some curves or the areas might be more linear in shape. Think of your body type as your "outside lines." Use this outside line or silhouette to make appropriate swimwear style choices. You will look better; feel better about yourself and save money if you let your curves be your guide. Can you imagine Dolly Parton wearing a housecoat or a boxy jacket? The look would be unflattering to her curvaceous body! Being realistic about your outside lines brings harmony to your personal image

    The first thing a woman should focus on is the area she'd like to downplay

    Learning how to camouflage and de-emphasize these areas are made easier today with the wide selection of silhouettes, fabrics and styling offered by ZENASWIMWEAR. For instance, halter necklines and patterns on the bodice draw the eye up, away from the hips. Textured fabric like nylon and spandex  with its vertical ribbing elongates the torso and smooths out the extra curves.  View Details below !

    Your Horizontal Shape
    If you have an Hourglass shape, you are curvy overall with a defined waist. Your hips and shoulders are similar width with a medium to large bust. Your legs are full at the thighs and rear, while your lower legs are slim and shapely.

    goal: to accentuate the waist and lower legs, elongate the silhouette
    style: all styles suit you
    fabrics: All fabric combinations
    The Triangle body type is often also referred to as 
    Pear-shaped. You have this shape if... Your full bust-line is proportionally narrower than your full hip-line and you have a well defined waist You typically have narrow shoulders You most likely have a balanced body or short legged vertical body shape Your thighs are typically full You may also have a full rounded bottom

    goal: To balance out, emphasising your top half and drawing the attention away from your hips
    style: Wear higher cut plain briefs to elongate the legs - Wear dark colours on your bottom half to minimise the hip area -Wear bright attractive colours and accessories on your top half, such as beads, ruffles and buckles - A padded bikini with cups will make you breasts seem bigger -Choose a ‘Princess’ cut for your bikini top or a halter style tops to broaden the shoulders A Tankini style top with square neck will also draw the attention away from your hips
    fabrics: All fabric combinations
    Women with an Inverted Triangle shape have a full bust, waist and upper back. They are less full in the hips, and have a flat rear. They also have a pronounced tummy and midriff, with slim arms and legs. They have a top heavy appearance, with broad shoulders and a full bust. The bust is larger than the hips. The hips, thighs, buttocks and lower legs are smaller in proportion to the upper half.

    goal: The goals for women with an inverted triangle body type are to balance the upper and lower torso, slenderize shoulders and bust, and accentuate thighs, hips and legs.
    style: You want to show just the right amount of cleavage that will accentuate your assets without going over the top. This way, you will look sexy and classy at the same time. One of the best swimsuits for you if you have big bust is a V-neck one piece suit. This will show some of the cleavage while giving an illusion that the body is long. A swimsuit that has a thick halter top or one that has a wide band is flattering for this type of body. Those with underwire are also good options as they provide support to the bust.
    fabrics: Darker colors on top
    This body shape is also referred to as an apple shape. 
    You have this body shape if... Your waist is undefined You have a large, high stomach You may have "love handles" You may also have a full bottom or a flat bottom

    goal: The goals for women with an oval (apple) body type is to keep the focus away from the mid section, lengthen the upper torso and neck, and accentuate thighs, hips and legs.
    style: Tankini's that are a little longer and don't stop at the waist.  For fuller figures we suggest higher waist bottoms.  One-piece swimsuit with belt will give the illusion that the body is curvy. A cami top that is not too tight or too loose and hides the belly is a good choice for this type of body. Bathing suits with empire waist will put the attention on the upper part of your body instead of the belly.
    fabrics: Try and stay away from any type of colored bands at the waist. 
    With this Body Shape you have the overall appearance of being round especially around the wiast-line. Your waistline is undefined You have a large, low stomach You may have "love handles" Your hips are wide Your upper thighs are full You may also have a full bottom or a flat bottom

    goal: The goals for women with an Oval body type are to balance the upper and lower torso, slenderize shoulders and bust, and accentuate thighs, hips and legs.
    style: Look for swimsuits that provide support with an underwire bra, Tankini's that are a little longer to slenderize the torso, One-piece swimsuit with belt will give the illusion that the body is curvy. A cami top that is not too tight or too loose and hides the belly is a good choice for this type of body. Bathing suits with empire waist will put the attention on the upper part of your body instead of the belly.
    fabrics: Elongate the tummy area by utilizing the same color in both the top and bottom.
    Your full bust-line and full hip-line are about the same width and you have little waist definition    Your legs and arms will typically be proportionally slender. You have a small to medium bust. You most likely have a balanced body or long legged vertical body shape. You may also have a flat bottom

    goal: To add curves by: Defining your shoulders Or, if you are slender, by defining your waist
    style: Those of us with rectangle body shapes face some interesting challenges, but we can do a lot by focusing on long lean looks. Two piece suits with Low style bottoms  A padded bikini will make you breasts seem bigger , Define your waistline, Wear low-leg style briefs or hipsters, Use trims and ties to accentuate the width of your hips, Wear tops with wide straps to broaden your shoulders and minimise your waist
    fabrics: Find your color and stick with it from neck to seat. Use prints cleverly to create the illusion of indentation and shape at the waistline.
    Bikini Buying Tips
    A general rule for good swimsuit flattery is to use darker colors on areas you would like to slim and understate and lighter and brighter colors on areas you would like to highlight (this rule also applies to general fashion). While a black swimsuit will likely do the trick for slimming your body, you may be able to do even better by using swimsuit colors wisely. For example, if you would like to de-emphasize your hips, try pairing dark red, blue, or black bikini bottoms with a light-colored bikini top. The light color will draw attention and eyes toward your bust and away from your hips. Another good slimming trick is to look for a Tankini in a generally bright color with darker insets on the sides. The insets will make your figure look thinner and more toned.
    When looking at prints, pay attention to the color, size, and placement of the print. Prints on a darker background are more slimming. In addition, prints with allover swirls will stop the eye from focusing on any one area of the body.
    While shiny fabrics will make the body seem larger, non-shiny, flat, matte style fabrics will slim the body the most. If you do like the idea of shine or sparkle in a swimsuit but not the enlarging effects, look for a shiny bikini in a muted or otherwise dark color. You can also add the shine to the contrasting trim. All of Zenaswimwear's solid Fabrics are a matte finish Nylon lycra.
    Details on a bikini, such as Bows, Trims, Ruching, Gathers, and Ties will all grab attention. Use them wisely on an area of the body you would like to draw attention to and gain the benefit of drawing attention away from less desirable characteristics.
    An often-misunderstood rule of swimsuit coverage is the fact that less is often more. Looking for more coverage in a swimsuit is not always the best way to deal with figure flaws. Using huge amounts of fabric to cover a large derriere may actually draw unwanted attention to that very section of the body. For example, women with wide hips often assume that the skirted swimsuit is the best style option for them. However, the skirt quite often ends at the widest part of the hips or thighs, serving only to make the area appear larger. A much better bet is to choose bikini bottoms with slightly higher cut leg openings that will elongate and slim the hips and thighs. As long as a swimsuit fits comfortably and highlights desirable characteristics, bare is almost always more beautiful.

    Are you going to be swimming?

    If you plan on swimming laps in the pool for exercise, a fitted Tankini or One Piece style is probably your best choice. If you'll be spending most of your time in a beach chair or walking along the shoreline, you can choose a less practical and more stylish type of maternity swimsuit

    Give your ample breasts an extra bit of support. With Larger Breasts, you're going to need adequate support. The best option would be a wired Zena Suit. or maybe a shelf bra with underlying elastic and addition of an underwire. ZenaSwimwear also offers you the option of choosing a wider strap, which we recommend to all women who are a D+ size.

    If you're smaller breasted, a bandeau style or halter top with soft cups or even a strapless style may work best, although a strapless style may be impractical if you plan on swimming laps in the pool.

    Replication Service

    Is your favorite suit falling apart and you cant find the same style?

    At ZenaSwimwear.com we have the capability of replicating your worn
    out old suit, and remaking it in any of the fabrics that we have here on
    our website... Our pattern drafters will need to carefully take apart and
    draft a pattern from your swimsuit. Unfortunately with this process we completely have to take it apart and  once it has been cut we will not be
    able to put it back together. Your pattern will be stored with your file so
    that you will be able to order at any time from any of ZenaSwimwears
    fabric selections. 

    Replication Cost
    (onetime fee)

    (doesn't include remaking of your new suit)

    Once Piece styles $75.00 CAD
    Bikini Tops with underwire $75.00 CAD
    Bikini Tops without underwire $50.00 CAD
    Bikini Bottoms $35.00 CAD
    Skirtini $65.00 CAD

    Four Step Process

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    1. Sending us Photos

    ZenaSwimwear will need a few photos of your swimsuit.

    (4) photos of your suit. Front and Back, both inside and out. Once we receive your suit photos we will respond to your email letting you know if we are able to replicate your style, at the same time giving you a price for the construction of the suit. (the price of the construction or making of your new suit does not include the draft/replication prices above).

    Email us your Swimsuit Photos

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    2. Quoted Price

    After receiving our email and if you agree with the price quoted, please come back to this page Print off a Label & Instruction sheet and place your order below. After you have gone thru the checkout and payment process you will receive a confirmation email which you will need to print off and send a copy to us with the swimsuit that will be replicated.

    Label & instruction Sheet

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    3. Shipping your Swimsuit

    Please do send your swim suit with a traceable, insurable method. We will not be held responsible if your suit is lost or stolen. International and U.S. Customers Please do not put a value for your suit in the Customs field as there will be brokerage and customs fees which in return we will have to charge your account. Usually a value of $20.00 is sufficient and the word "repair" will get the package to us safely and in a timely manner.Click to Print off a ZenaSwimwear Shipping Label which you can attach to your package.

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    4. Suit Arrival

    Once your suit arrives, we will let you know by emailing you.
    It will take us about 15 business days to produce your pattern draft and complete suit construction.

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    Replication Order Form

    Draft Choice
    One Piece $75.00
    Bikini Top with Wire $75.00
    Bikini Top no Wire $50.00
    Bikini Bottoms $35.00
    Skirtini $65.00
    Previous On File $ 0.00
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