Best Swimsuit for a Small Bust

Last Updated on April 15, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Looking for the best swimsuit for a small bust? Check out these suggestions for the best bathing suit for a small bust.

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Looking for the best swimsuit for a small bust? Check out these suggestions for the best bathing suit for a small bust.

Best Swimsuit for a Small Bust

When I was in high school, I hated swimsuit season. I was never blessed with enough up top to look like a supermodel in a bathing suit.  

While I was flipping through Cosmo magazine, drooling over swimsuits that I’d never be able to fill out, I should have tried a different bathing suit style.

Thankfully, I now have access to the internet to shop. I’m not limited by the five swimsuits in my local store any longer.

When looking for a swimsuit, I always try to find a suit that will enhance my bust without being so revealing that I’m self-conscious.

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What type of swimsuit is best for a small bust?

Here are a few tips.

Underwire bras

Look for swimsuits with an underwire bra. An underwire will help shape and lift for more definition. For even more help, try a bra that is lightly padded. Check out this style.

Bold bright patterns

Choose a swimsuit that has bold colors and bright patterns. They’ll help distract the eye away from your bust. I love this style.

woman wearing a purple bikini at the pool

Contrasting cups

Contrast the cups. Choose a suit that has contrasting cups so the color helps to define them. This is a cute swimsuit.

Plunging necklines

Plunging necklines often look better on women with a small bust. Be daring! If you’re looking for the best swimsuit for a small bust, you may need to try a style you haven’t tried before. Love this suit.

Looking for the best swimsuit for a small bust? Check out these suggestions for the best bathing suit for a small bust.

Two-piece or one piece?

Stripes on a bustier

Try a bustier with bold stripes. The bustier will help define what you have and the stripes will accent your cleavage. Bust enhancing swimwear can really have an impact. This one is gorgeous.

Triangle bikini top

Try a triangle bikini. A lightly padded triangle bikini top shows off your assets with a little help.

woman wearing a white ruffled bathing suit on a pool ladder

Ruffles and fringe to accent

Add ruffles and fringe. Both ruffles and fringe will give you the appearance of having more up top than you do. This one is available in lots of colors.

When shopping for swimsuits, look for a store that allows you to buy the top and bottom pieces separately. While I need a small bathing suit top, I need a larger bottom.  

This can be a real problem in stores where I have to buy one size for the whole suit.  Stores like Victoria’s Secret and Athleta will allow you to purchase tops and bottoms separately.

Finally, why not learn how to dress for a straight body shape.

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14 thoughts on “Best Swimsuit for a Small Bust”

  1. It’s funny, when I lived at the shore I had a whole bathing suit wardrobe. Now here in Montana if I’ve worn one twice in the last 10 years I’d be surprised. I’m like you though – all of my erm, assets are everywhere but my bust.

  2. I can honestly say I have NO problem with this issue. LOL I’ve been well endowed my whole life and while some may envy me, it’s difficult AND expensive to find a bathing suit I like and can actually fit in to. These are all great tips regardless of bust size though! 🙂

  3. These are great tips. You’re not the only one who grew up wishing their local store had more options! I love the choices available on the internet today!


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