by LEAH MELBY
Swimsuit shopping is a unique battle for anyone, especially if you're self-conscious about being smaller up top. Arm yourself with tricks and you'll be able to stroll seaside with confidence.
- Flaunt what you have, and fake what you don't. If you're looking to create more cleavage, opt for an underwire bra top (or padding). A structured top will shape what you have, while padded cups can actively fake more if that's the look you're after.
- Distract, distract, distract. Ruffles, bold prints, and splashes of color are all far busier than a simple, solid suit and can claim an onlooker's attention.
- Embrace what you can wear. Tiny tops and unique shapes are cute but often spell disaster for women with larger chests. Trendy styles are easy to conquerwhen support isn't mandatory, so go ahead and play around with fun cuts.
Now that you're up to speed, just read on to shop the cutest suits for small-busted beach babes.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak
Start with a basic boost from Guess's Underwire Bikini Top ($49), which will add at least one cup size thanks to the padding.
Get flirty in Lisa Marie Fernandez's Arden Suit ($440) and allow the one-shoulder and ruffle detailing to draw attention to the area.
The ruffles, delicate bow, and print on Zara's Frilled Bikini Top ($23) add plenty of dimension.
You're lucky your small bust allows for a skintight bodysuit that will turn heads. Take The Revolve x Beach Riot Lex One-Piece ($202), for example.
Embrace a caged halter with the For Love & Lemons Mallorca Ring Top ($108).
A structured crocheted Kiini Triange Top ($165) will flatter your bust and keep things in tight.
The thick shoulder straps on Zimmermann's Oleander Wide Tri-Bikini Top ($275) don't just add support; they give off the illusion of an elongated chest.
Get strappy in Free People's very popular Tavik Jessi Bikini Top ($74), opting for a silhouette that swoops low on your cleavage and lends support from a thick under band.
The noticeable texture of Mara Hoffman's Terry Lace-Up Front Tank Bikini Top ($155) brings volume to the area.
Thanks to your small bust, you can feel free to jazz things up and get playful with the added choker on Asos's Palm Pink Palm Outline Print Clean Choker Bikini Top ($28).
Try out Marysia Swim's exclusive collaboration with Shopbop and choose the Antibes Bikini Top ($150) adorned with quirky little eye-catching pom poms.
J. Crew's Tipped Seersucker Shoulder Tie One-Piece Suit ($110) features underwire and bustier-like structure to emphasize your petite upper area.
Shop Solid + Striped's selection of buzzy colors, including The Jane Marigold Top ($78), which features a gathered center with slight ruching.
M Missoni's Boot Print Swimsuit Top ($148) is striking, but the print is big enough so as to not be distracting.
Shop Flagpole's Perry Bikini Top ($200), which features diagonal stripes in just the right formation to give off the illusion of a fuller bust.
Be girlie about your look and shop Victoria's Secret Pink's Ruffle Strap Bikini Top ($37), which has supportive cups and eye-catching flutter straps.