When you’re stripped down to a bikini, it’s hard to hide much of anything. The pads, cutlets, and other little tricks ordinarily deployed to give a bust some boost pose a big challenge when a dip in the pool or the ocean seems imminent. But all hope is not lost! Certain cuts and embellishments can make your bosom look a little curvier.
Here are five key things to look for:
Structure: A formed-cup suit will help give breasts shape and a little bit of extra size (many options will also include some padding). If you know your day is only going to involve lounging and staying firmly on dry land, this style can easily be modified with the same silicone cutlets used for extra push-up in a bra.
Ruffles and frills: Fringe, curtains, and tiered material all add excess fabric and dimension, a plus when you want to fake a little bit of size (conversely, if you’re looking for a slimming anything, the first thing to go should be embellishment). Along with adding extra mass, the details serve as a distraction to slimness up top.
A low-cut French style: Experts agree this style, with skinny straps attached like a traditional bra, is often the most flattering on small chests. Cuts can vary, but the spacing of the straps allows for the scoop to go super low, a dangerous dip for busty women, but perfect for making the most of smaller cup sizes.
A center tie: Whether it’s an ornamental bow or a design switcheroo, having ties that can be tightened at the center will help pull breasts closer together, creating cleavage. The opportunity to personalize the fit is also paramount for women with smaller rib cages.
A true string bikini: The trusty pick is a good one, since the movable triangle pieces can easily be slid to the outer side of the torso, exposing your curves wherever they may be. The option to adjust to your bod is wise since a top with anchored pieces can often read as oversize on a small chest.