Let’s set the record straight up front: All bodies are swimsuit bodies. That said, finding a swimsuit that makes you feel your most confident can be hard. Particularly if you’re trying to find a specific style to flatter a certain feature. Case in point: The best swimsuits for a small bust. Again, it’s worth reiterating that people with small busts can wear whatever type of swimsuit they please but—speaking from experience—there are certain things to look for when choosing the best swimsuit for a small bust to ensure you’ll get the perfect pick.
To get more insights, we asked Sarah Landman, CEO of swimsuit brand Solid & Striped, to share her tips for choosing the best swimsuits for a small bust. “Look for triangle and halter tops, as these tend to fit a small bust best,” says Landman. Of course you can go for those more structured types if you like the style, but they typically leave you more exposed due to all the extra space. Plus, a perk of having smaller boobs is that you don’t need as much support, “which can be a big limitation when shopping for swim,” says Landman. And if you do prefer your swimsuits give you a lift, Landman recommends looking for swimsuits with light padding, of course, but also textured fabrics to give the illusion of more volume at the bust.
The best swimsuits for small busts
No matter your style or swim plans, read on for the 16 best swimsuits for small busts.
Best Triangle Top for Small Busts
This classic triangle top has a sturdy waist band along with adjustable straps, so you feel secure along with removable padding to customize the look. The striped fabric also adds some dimension.
Best String Bikini for Small Busts
An itsy bitsy string bikini pairs perfectly with a small bust. Not only can you adjust the straps, you can also customize your triangle shape by cinching in or spreading out the bottom. This one isn’t padded, but the textured gingham print adds some oomph.
Best Bandeau For Small Busts
As we mentioned earlier, a perk of a smaller bust means you don’t have to worry about support, allowing bandeau tops to enter the chat. This one adds major volume—no padding needed—thanks to its multicolored ruffles that also make it stylish enough to pass as a top.
Best One-Piece For Small Busts
Bikinis get all the cred for being the sexiest swim choice, but have you ever seen a deep V-neck one-piece? And while bustier types have to worry about something slipping out with such a low neckline, small busts nary to even give it a thought. The knotted waste, deep back, and floral print also just make it a flattering swimsuit all around. It’s selling quickly, though—you can find a similar style by the brand from Revolve, too.
Best Knotted Bikini For Small Busts
There’s a triangle top and then there’s a knotted triangle top. The difference: A major lift to your cleavage. Something about how the knot pulls the two sides together feels like you’re giving your boobs a hug. Plus, it’s comfortable, and you still feel supported.
Best Scoop Neck Bikini For Small Busts
Have your coverage without adding too much fabric with this scoop-neck pick. This top looks like a string bikini from the back but has plenty of coverage in the front, so you don’t feel exposed. That said, there is a side boob peekaboo that’s worth mentioning.
Best One Shoulder Bikini For Small Busts
If you’re looking for a suit to play volleyball or possibly go for a jog in, here’s your match. The sports bra-like fit is paired with an asymmetrical one shoulder strap for an aesthetically unique look. Just know that you won’t be getting a lift or cleavage with this style.
Best Square-Neck Swimsuit For Small Busts
This square-neck top is paired with extra wide, thick straps that not only offer additional coverage but also keep it looking tailored and incredibly chic. This style is best for coverage and comfort. When you’re not headed to the pool, pair it with a high-waisted maxi skirt for that summer picnic.
Best Underwire Bikini For Small Busts
Best Underwire One Piece For Small Busts
While many one-piece swimsuits can glaze over small chests, making them appear even smaller and flatter, this one emphasizes the bust with underwire cups while keeping the rest of the suit simple. The classic style is flattering on all.
Best Cut Out One Piece
A cut out swimsuit is less stressful for small busts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a little nerve-wracking. This suit gives all the style with lots of cut outs but pairs it with a very secure and strategic bandeau across the boobs so you don’t have to be *as* concerned with slipping up.
Best One Shoulder One Piece For Small Busts
Rather than adding padding, add a ruffle for some extra volume on top. This flattering silhouette gives full coverage while still feeling effortlessly stylish and cool.
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