It’s a misconception that women with a small bust find it easy to shop for swimwear – Sure we can get away with many of the skimpy, trend led styles that larger busted women can only dream of wearing, but if you’re wanting swimwear that offers a little support and shaping (yes, a small bust also needs support!) it can be frustratingly difficult.
Much of the swimwear available offers little lift or contouring and often ends up looking saggy and baggy on a small bust. Add to this the fact that many women who have a small bust also have a small back (I’m a 28DD and find the choices available in my size very disappointing) and you might understand that finding swimwear that fits well, stays put, and looks good is a frustratingly difficult thing to do! And as if that’s not enough, some women feel quite self conscious about the size of their bust and want swimwear that offers a little lift and shape. Well, if you can relate to all or some of this then I’ve got your back. As a fellow small busted girl I understand your frustration and am about to share my tips on what to look for (and what to avoid) when buying swimwear, some tricks to help maximize and boost a small bust should you wish to, and I’ve selected 9 swimwear options that will fit, flatter, stay put and/or maximise a small bust.
PERFECT SWIMWEAR FOR A SMALL BUST
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
- If you have a small bust, the chances are you struggle to find swimwear that fits you properly across the bust and around your torso which means they have a tendency to move around, especially when your swimming. The best way to avoid this from happening is to go for styles that have a tie fastening rather than a clip fastening.
- High neck styles are great for boosting a bust and are always a flattering option.
- Cup sized swimwear will ensure you get the best fit possible. There are a number of websites that offer bra sized swimwear in hard to find small sizes – Figleaves,(sizes A and upwards) Rigby and Peller (sizes A and upwards)and Maximum Cleavage (sizes AA and upwards) are some of my favorite retailers.
- Purchase separates rather then sets if you need a smaller size on your top half.
- Look for ruffles and detailing across the bust that will add volume.
- Halter Neck styles are always a flattering option as they broaden shoulders and boost busts
- If you want to enhance your bust, go for swimwear with molded or padded cups that give a natural looking boost. Voda Swim (USA) and Max Cleavage (UK) offer a great selection of padded swimwear.
- If you don’t want to purchase new swimwear then add a little boost to your current pieces with swimwear friendly bra inserts like these silicone or foam pads.
STYLES TO AVOID
- Full cups as they may gape
- Deep plunging necklines that will narrow your torso and shrink your bust (they may also gape which isn’t a great look).
- Styles with a clip fastening that don’t allow for adjustment.
FOUR – Having a small bust allows gives us the freedom to wear pretty swimwear like this which prioritizes fashion over function! This cute swimsuit is perfect for us small busted ladies thanks to the double tie closure that ensures the perfect fit and helps the suit to stay in place.
NINE – If you want maximum cleavage then this padded bikini is for you! The padded cups visibly increase your bust size by 2 sizes and offer a natural look and shape. It also has 3 adjustable closure settings to ensure the perfect fit.
If you enjoyed this, you might like to lick though the rest of my swimwear mini-series:
PART 1 // FLATTERING SWIMWEAR FOR TOP HEAVY WOMEN
PART 2 // SWIMWEAR THAT FLATTERS A TUMMY