As seen on different bikini sites such as Vandella Costumes, Merry Christine Bodywear or Go Figure Suits by Tamee Marie the prices begin just under $200 and quickly increase into high thousands; with the highest I have seen at $4800. Even gently-used pro level suits are found on DivaExchange.com for prices from a couple of hundred dollars to $3500 or more. Although these suits are gorgeous taking a bank loan for a bikini is not feasible so here are tips to save money on a bikini.
There are many competitors looking to purchase new bikini but still have last season's suits hanging in the closet. Ask athletes you know if they have any suits on hand for sale. One of the quickest ways to find someone in your area who's willing to sell their suit is on social networking sites. Bodybuilding is a tight knit community so one of your connections can point you in the right direction.
Some of the reputable posing suit makers have rental suits. There will be a rental contract that needs to be signed, as well as, the delivery of a full payment. Rentals will have stipulations and should be paid close attention to. For example; Go Figure Suits by Tamee Marie must have the full payment beforehand and a confirmation the bikini fits within the first 48 hours. If you realize after this time period there will be a $100 fee and remainder of the money will be sent back to you but means you're still out $100.
If you fit into your previous posing suit give it a face-lift if a new one is not within your budget. Either add the embellishments yourself, or contact your suit maker, and ask for a quote on what an update may cost. Your bikini maker will not only be able to effectively add to the design, but will have supplies on hand.
Ask another figure or fitness athlete if you can borrow their suit. Long before the competition date be certain the suit fits your measurements and to return it in the condition you borrowed it.
Contact your bikini maker and inquire about overstock suits on hand. In some cases posing suit makers will have extras because a competitor backed out of a show or couldn't afford the price after ordering it. The suit maker may want to get the extra stock off of her hands so she may sell you the suit for a marginal cost.