fashion friday: bathing suits when you’re tiny on top

I recently had a friend beg me to do a post on bathing suits for small chested women. I’m one too, so I understand the challenges. But we should be thankful – we can actually pull off a lot of styles that our busty friends can’t. There are some great tricks to making the most of what you have!

First off, a few things to avoid:

cups that are not filled out? not flattering

no padding at all... not flattering!!

So lets talk about what IS flattering…

1. Halter tops: I highly recommend a halter top. You get good coverage and the deep v-neck really enhances what you have.

2. Ruffles and Ruching: Add volume where there is none.

Ruffled bandeau bikini top by Old Navy, Ruched banded bandeau tank by J Crew, Ruched swing tank top by J Crew, Isabella by MiracleSuit, Ruffled Wrapped Halter Suit by Anthropologie. Mossimo Tankini Top by Target

3. Patterns: Use patterns as your friend! Draw attention and create curves!

Sayulita Banded Halter Tankini by Athleta, Goa Halter Tankini by Athleta, Bold Stripe Halter Tankini by Athleta, Mossimo Polka Dot Tankini by Target

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About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


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    Great options here! Such a helpful post. Please make sure to let me know if you ever run a post on bathing suits for women who would rather wear a sack.

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    Mimzy Wimzy says:

    This is great!! Could you please cover a post about bathing suit bottoms that, well, actually cover your bottom!! Being 5’4” 110lbs size 3-5 and turning 40 this year… I would like to cover my non-teenage/young 20something looking butt!

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    Julia says:

    Cute options! Smaller chested really can wear such a wide variety of suits. Of course as a busty women, it always seems the grass is greener. But I think we all feel that way during swimsuit season. J.Crew is really a great resource for basic colors in lots of great cuts.

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    Love the orange polka dots swimsuit! Must find a similar one! Love your swimsuit picks. Did a similar blog post a while back and also feature the cute orange ruffled bandeau top. Great minds think alike:) Enjoy your weekend!