I’ve been getting a few inquiries into the blue swimsuit I wore in my Vacation Fails post. Does two friends asking where you got your suit constitute a few inquiries? I say, yes! Would you believe that in Calgary you can get a swimsuit tailor made exactly for your unique proportions and that it’ll cost less than what you’d pay at the mall? It’s true at CABA Fashions.
Where to get custom swimsuits in Calgary
I’d heard about CABA a few years ago from a former editor who romped around Croatia in a super cute red polka dot bikini. When I looked at my calendar mid-January and realized, holy shit, I’ll be in Mexico in two weeks, I knew where I had to call. I was doubtful Chelsea LaBossiere (CABA) would be able to turn around two suits for me in 10-days, but she did!
At first I was only going in for a bikini, since all my current ones have saggy bum syndrome. After spying the racks of options at her studio, I realized I’d better get a sexy one-piece, too. Just to be on the safe side.
How much does custom swimwear cost?
It was the price that sealed the deal. She estimated my suit would cost $100, which is her starting point. Both suits came in at $100 each, but if your boobs are bigger than mine (and let’s face it, they probably are!) you should likely budget a bit more. Expect to put down a 50% deposit on your first visit.
Chelsea works a lot with the ladies doing those body building competitions, plus figure skaters and gymnasts. When you go into the CABA (home) studio, you’ll notice a lot of blingy embellishments you can add to your suit thanks to these other customers. At that first appointment you’ll get measured, find a flattering design and choose your fabric. You’ll come back again for a fitting, and if you’re lucky, that’ll be your final one. For some, tweaks need to be made, but you’ll be able to pick up your suit a day or so after that second appointment.
CABA is perfect for gals with bodies who don’t fit mass production cookie cutter sizes. That includes pregnant mamas and children. Small on top with more to love on the bottom? Welcome to the club! CABA will kit you out in a body-flattering style you’ll feel comfortable and confident in. Feel free to bring in a photo of a style you like or one of your old suits that suited you well. Naturally I forgot both, but it worked out just fine.
The Deets on custom bathing suits in Calgary
- Shopping is by appointment only.
- Expect your suit to take two weeks, but rush orders (like mine) can be accommodated depending on her current work load.
- CABA’s studio is located in the NE community of Tuxedo, just off Edmonton Trail. It’s less than five minutes away from Deerfoot and 16 Ave.
- Email Chelsea: [email protected] or call to schedule at appointment: 403-244-8255
Have you ever had a custom swimsuit made? Where do you go for your swimwear?
P.S. You might enjoy reading about my recent Vacation Fails and A trick for making lipstick stay put.
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Thanks for the tip Jody, you look stunning!
You could get something super stunning to show off those great “girls” of yours.
I love that suit, Jody, and you look amazing in it! Great “fail” pics, too!
It’s all about the camera angle. And the editing….
What a fabulous idea. Now just to reduce my proportions first 🙂
I bet your proportions are just killer. My next though is your husband probably loves them. Did your click on that link to: Put on That Swimsuit, that I posted at the end of this article?
Just love this! Hot mama 🙂
Ha! Not quite, but thank you!!
You look fantastic!!! Please tell me there is a similar place in Florida!!!
I bet there is! Just google where to get body builder’s competition suits. Of course, it would be better if you came to Calgary…
Love this and yes, two inquiries constitutes a few. I’m going to definitely think of her for our next beachy vacay.
I thought so!
That’s really cool that custom swimsuits are so readily available now. I know that my girlfriend often has similar complaints as you did about suits you would buy at a regular store. I’ll have to send her a link to this and see if she can find something awesome just like you did. Thanks for the cool story and info on custom swimsuits!
Thanks, David. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for forwarding to your girlfriend!