I'm Small-Chested and Tried on a Ton of Swimwear—These 6 Styles Fit the Best

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Over here in sunny Los Angeles, it feels like summer may never end, which, for the record, I'm not the least bit mad about. Since I anticipate months more of beach days, I'm still shopping for some new bikinis to add to my rotation. But not just any bikinis—I'm looking for ones that best suit my smaller-sized chest.

While my cup size may fluctuate throughout the month (anyone else?), I'm usually a solid 34B. There are certain styles I've found that really don't look the best on my smaller chest, like straight-across bandeau tops and high-neck swimsuits. I strongly stand by the statement "every body is a bikini body;" however, I personally feel most confident in a swimsuit when the fabric isn't swallowing up my top half. There are six styles, in particular, I find best highlight my smaller boobs. Shop them, ranked from the most revealing styles to least, below.

String Halter Top

It might be a stretch to say string bikinis are universally flattering, but they are beloved by many women with many body types. I find the string halter top to hug in all the right places and provide almost a boob-job effect. Yes, I said it.

Oseree Lumière Metallic Bikini ($200)

Frankies Bikinis Tia Bikini Top in Mariposa ($70)

Shop the matching Tia Bikini Bottoms ($70).

Matteau The String Triangle Bikini Top ($135)

Shop the matching String Low-Rise Bikini Briefs ($135).

ASOS Broderie Frill Triangle Bikini Top ($19)

Shop the matching Broderie Hipster Bikini Bottom ($23).

Out From Under Carly Curtain String Triangle Bikini Top ($39)

Shop the matching Heidi High-Cut Bikini Bottom ($39).

Classic Triangle Top

The classic triangle top is the slightly more modest version of the string halter top above. Because the cups don't slide around, this style is definitely a safer bet for swimming and other activities that involve getting up from your towel. Look for one that has adjustable straps in the back, like this Monday Swimwear suit, to really hug everything in.

Superdown Liv Bikini Top in Orange ($44)

Shop the matching Liv Bikini Bottom ($38).

H&M Padded Triangle Bikini Top ($13)

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($13).

Weekday Cala Recycled Triangle Bikini Top in Retro Floral Print ($29)

Shop the matching Twisted String Bikini Bottoms ($75).

Mikoh Taga Top ($140)

Shop the matching Olu Bottoms ($140).

Sovoyontee High Waisted Tummy Control Swimsuit ($30)

Mermaid Top

I've always found demi-cup bras and swimsuits to fit my friends with larger busts much better than they do me. My friend Lauren proved me wrong (once again, sigh!) when she suggested I try a top style dubbed as the mermaid bikini. The difference is subtle but important: There's a separation between the two cups that creates a slightly more angled effect—perfect for showing just a touch of cleavage without going overboard.

Onia Dalia Shimmer Rib Bikini Top ($95)

Shop the matching Shimmer Rib Bikini Bottom ($95).

Fisch Grenadins Recycled Fibre-Blend Bikini Top ($127)

Mango Ruched Bikini Top ($40)

Shop the matching Tie Bikini Bottoms ($30).

Dorina Dorina Majorelle Underwire Bikini Top in Blue ($29)

Shop the matching Majorelle Bikini Bottoms ($19).

Camille Kostec The Camille Underwire Bikini Set ($84)

Pinched Bandeau Top

Standard bandeau tops that are essentially a rectangle shape always make me feel like an adolescent boy. I'm sorry, but it's true. I can't really fill them out, so they end up looking more like a strapless top. Instead, I've found bandeaus that sort of pinch in at the center, with either a ring or a tie, provide a little bit more of a shape. Bonus points if you find one that also comes with removable straps!

Montce Tori Bandeau Bikini Top ($122)

Shop the matching High Rise Bikini Bottoms ($92).

Faithfull the Brand Malady Bikini Top in Faye Paisley Print Powder Blue ($95)

Shop the matching Palmero Bikini Bottoms ($95).

437 Swimwear Leo Top ($45)

Shop the matching Aubrey Bottoms ($75).

Sommer Swim Cindy Provenza Bandeau Bikini Top ($89)

Shop the matching Cindy Provenza Bikini Bottoms ($79).

Acacia Baker Printed Bikini Top ($115)

Shop the matching Echo Printed Bikini Bottom ($106).

Crop Top

When I want something with a little more coverage, I like to wear a crop top–style bikini. Now I'll admit, this style is ideal for my dream life, in which I'm hanging out on a yacht every weekend as opposed to my apartment's tiny pool. It's definitely really good at being pretty and not so good at being practical, and I am 100% okay with that.

WeWoreWhat Lily Bikini Top ($120)

Shop the matching Amber Bottom ($110).

L*Space Janie Bikini Top in White ($130)

Shop the matching Lennox Bikini Bottom ($62).

Maygel Coronel Juana Two-Piece Swimsuit ($360)

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Bikini Top ($90)

Shop the matching High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($70).

Agua Bendita Romina Shade Bikini Top in Black ($110)

Shop the matching Alicia Bikini Bottoms ($80).

One-Shoulder Top

All summer I've been really into one-shoulder tops, regularly wearing them with jeans and linen shorts. I can't believe it took me so long to discover one-shoulder bikini tops because I am now their number one fan. The style offers fuller coverage but looks more flattering, in my opinion, than a straight-across top. This one, in particular, is made with a sustainable fabric, which I am equally as excited about.

H&M One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($15)

Shop the matching Brazilian Bikini Bottoms ($13).

Bound by Bond-Eye Australia The Samira Top ($95)

Shop the matching The Scene Bottoms ($80).

Fella Lazarus Bikini Top in White ($132)

Shop the matching Hubert Bikini Bottoms ($77).

Billabong Billabong Feeling Salty One-Shoulder Bikini Top ($70)

Shop the matching Feeling Salty Bikini Bottoms ($66).

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, this revealing swimsuit trend will be everywhere come summer.

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