All of this time at the beach recently has had me spending a lot of time in swimsuits. And swimsuits are not always the easiest thing to shop for. If you’re like me and have a small bust, you may struggle to find swimsuits that work for you. My two best pieces of advice for this struggle are to avoid the wrong trends and to rock whatcha got.
I don’t care how super trendy a swimsuit style is. If it doesn’t look good on me, I won’t wear it. I won’t be comfortable or confident. Something else that will help you be confident in your tiny bikini? Rock whatcha got. Personally, I am totally fine with having a small chest. I can’t say that’s always been the case, but it’s like Justin Timberlake told Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits: “they’re small, but they count.”
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So, what are the most flattering swimsuits for small-busted girls?
Before I start, I should say that I really am a believer in rock whatcha got. I don’t wear push-up or heavily padded bras and I have the same preference in swimsuits. So this is not a list of bathing suits that will make your chest look larger—simply what will flatter it.
Now, what I do wear are bathing suits that distract from the size of my chest. While I don’t want to look 3 cup sizes larger, I also don’t want to look like there’s nothing there. Gotta find that balance. 😛
Bandeaus are the easiest go-to for small busts. They’re usually cinched somehow in the middle but cover the entire breast, which disguises any lack of cleavage. Anything knotted or twisted in the middle does a great job of distracting from would-be cleavage. Ruffles and bows do the same thing!
Triangles and high necks are perfectly flattering, but I think they rely more on preference. Again, I think you should rock whatcha got, so I don’t mind wearing a triangle bikini with no cleavage. (Totally my opinion, but I think it’s just a different type of sexy.) On the opposite hand, high-necks don’t usually have as much to distract from the size of your chest (i.e. no ruffles, bows, etc.) but you never have to worry about not having cleavage if that’s your concern.
Swimsuit styles to avoid
Push-up: I think it’s obvious when you have a small bust that you’re trying to make look larger and, just my opinion, I don’t find that to be very flattering. And maybe it’s just me, but I think they’re super uncomfortable. My boobs usually slide down and get squished in the pushup padding, hahaha. I also usually have an issue with push-ups gaping and showing off more than what is deemed appropriate, if you’re pickin’ up what I’m throwin’ down.
Underwire: Same issue as with a push-up—underwires always gape (at least on me), leaving everything for the world to see. No bueno.
Scoop: For us small chested ladies, scoops are an unhappy combination of a triangle and a high-neck. Nothing to disguise from your size and nothing to distract from lack of cleavage. We gotta have at least one of those two things, I mean c’mon!
Unpadded: This is also a preference, because unpadded swimsuits are actually fairly popular for smaller chested ladies. And I know I said that I don’t wear push-ups or heavily padded bras or swimsuits, which is true, but I’m just not comfortable with having no type of support or coverage. Plus, I think light padding helps to accentuate (without false illusion) what shape smaller busts do have.
I hope any of my fellow small-busted gals found this to be helpful! Let me know if you have questions or would like some other suggestions! I feel your struggle.