I just bought my first wetsuit. I wanted to get the BARE - but it was out of stock. And the shop owner whom I'm familar with- sold me a AKENO Large size - longs (meaning the suit covers the ankles and wrist area). It felt uncomfortable. Usually I wear shorties so I don't know how it feels.
There wasn't a full length size mirror so I couldn't see myself.
Its a bit loose in some areas- waist. But having only the store owner's opinion. I didn't have much else to go on.
He explained away the loosness by the fact that its dry.
I was just dead keen to get a wetsuit- over the weekend, I went for the Asian Diving Expo but it was so crowded that I didn't get a chance to try it on. I went to the shop expecting the man to still have the same one. But he didn't. In these sorts of cases, I sometimes develop tunnel vision and end up buying or doing something where prudence calls for a 2nd take.
I brought it back home. Tried it on. Even with water it feels tight around the shoulders/chest and a bit loose around the hips and lower torso. Length wise - the legs are slightly too long. Its really made more for a European size, ie. long legs, slightly longer torso.
Usually if you bring along a friend- they'd be able to tell you these things- and you avoid buying non-fitting stuff. But when you don't...
you end up buying the wrong thing.