Best for full bust:
- One word: underwire! Choose a swimsuit with proper inside support to shape and lift without enhancing size. Molded cups are a plus, too! Avoid unconstructed suits with no inside support. Shelf bras are not for you. They just aren’t.
- Look for suits with wider straps like any of our tank style round-neck suits. Thinner straps can cut into the shoulders and might not provide the quality of support you need. Adjustable straps are great too.
- Control your cleavage! Round neck tanks are best when it comes to full coverage and support. Definitely no threats of a wardrobe malfunction here (which is a good thing!) If you prefer a V cut, we highly recommend a V-neck twist style, where you can adjust the twist for the best fit. We have a few twist styles in D+ cup sizes as well. For a more modest décolletage, a new style, BA-N70, has a higher V-neckline than most other styles.
- But hey… if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? As long as you’re physically and mentally comfortable (and not spilling out left and right), you can wear any of our V-necks and get the underwire support and coverage you need.
- Accentuate a curvier bust with suits that have seams, belts, or gathering directly under the bust line to define your body’s natural shape around the ribcage.
Best for a small bust:
On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a small bust you can do one of the following
- Look for suits with light padding. A molded cup with an underwire is great for providing both contour and lift in most cases, but might leave you with room to spare if you are extra-small.
- Opt instead for styles that complement your small bust; styles that only you can pull off: a bandeau bra or a triangle top, for example, or unconstructed suits like the low plunge halter BA-800. Also, shelf bras are for you!
- Another trick is to create the illusion of a larger bust. Look for embellishments in the bust area. For example, the 245-800 or 245-HMB has a ruffle to add extra volume. This can work especially well if you are looking to balance out a curvier bottom half.
- If you have an athletic build (broad shoulders to accompany the small bust) try a sportier style like a one-shoulder tank or a high-neck racerback tank that zips up in front.
Next week >> Week #2: waist and tummy tips!