The Best Swimsuits for Smaller Busts | Our Ultimate Swimwear Guide September 20 2016

When it comes to shopping for clothing, there are few things that can give women more anxiety than swimsuits. Finding the perfect suit - one that's designed for your figure - can go a long way towards feeling confident and comfortable enough to #putonaswimsuit. 

The key is using silhouette, proportion and fit - along with the principles of design to emphasize (and de-emphasize) where needed. Your body should be viewed in harmony with the swimsuit so that the garment will neither overwhelm or detract from your body (unless intentionally creating drama.)  

Luckily for you, our swim silhouettes have all figures and shapes covered, from curvier frames to athletic body types. Today we're focusing on small busts and the best swimwear styles for this common shape. Our latest swimwear edit includes flattering one-pieces, high-waisted styles, and barely there bikinis to help you find the best swimsuit style for your less endowed body type. 

The Deep Plunge

A deep V neckline actually looks most flattering on smaller busts because the "V"  suggests cleavage, and yet doesn't overly expose as it might on a fuller bust. Take the plunge in The Ann Plunge Shirred Maillot, that has an even more flattering shirred torso detailing and comes in nine colors. 

Go Bold 

Less endowed ladies can pull off most styles, regardless of how supportive the swimsuit style is. To add a bit of emphasis to what you do have, try our Polka Dot Longline Tankini or our Phoebe Ruffle Bikini Top.  


We love the use of white trim around a swimsuit piece because lighter hues have the effect of expansion, giving you a visual boost to your upper half. The Mindy Halter Bikini Top is great for your shape because the white contrast trim and v-neck shape flatter smaller bust sizes. Also, try wearing a brighter color on top than bottom to add fullness - it's all about using the elements and principles of design to create a pleasing proportion.  

Molded Cups

Our simple yet sophisticated Cambria Halter Bikini shapes the bust with added padding in just the right places and creates a fuller silhouette.