For women with petite builds and smaller bust lines, the best way to choose swimwear is by deciding what your best features are, and playing them up. One of the easiest ways to do this is with two-piece swimwear, as you can choose each piece separately, looking for the perfect style and fit to accentuate the features you like best about yourself.
So let's talk about choosing swimwear if you have a petite top. The biggest mistake you can make when choosing swimwear for a petite top is trying to hide the fact that you have a small bust line. Petite women often have small bust lines; people know this, so it's pointless trying to hide the fact. Instead, choose petite tops that accentuate what you do have, and fit nicely.
To do this, shop for petite tops by size. If a particular top you like comes in traditional bra sizes, choose your regular bra size. Just be sure to try it on, as different brands of swimwear may vary in size. A good rule of thumb is to figure out what your bra size is in a particular brand, and then stick with that size.
Now, a lot of times petite tops don't come in regular bra sizes, but in small, medium, large, etc. In this case, your best bet for a petite top is to try on different styles you like, starting with an extra small size. If you are shopping for swimwear online, be sure to look at the sizing charts for each swimsuit. Take your measurements, compare them to the sizing charts, and choose the appropriate size in that particular brand.
In terms of swimwear top styles, there are a few that are best avoided when you have a petite top. Bandeaus aren't great for petite tops, because like tube tops, they tend to flatten the bust line, rather than accentuate it. Push-up styles aren't always the best ideas either, because if there's not much there to push up, they can actually make what you do have look smaller. Also, avoid straps that are thick and/or wide, because they overwhelm petite builds.
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