Bikini sets never fit me quite right. I was always—and still am—larger on the bottom than I am up top, which meant if a string bikini the silhouette of the early aughts fit across my butt, the accompanying triangles would sit like deflated balloons across my chest. To them, I apologize. The thing is, I always thought my behind was the culprit, what prevented me from being able to wear whatever swimsuit was of the moment like the Burberry bikini Beyonce wore in , which I wanted so bad. I never have.
Swimsuit shopping can be a challenging endeavor for just about anyone. But when you're not particularly well endowed in the bust area, it can be straight-up frustrating figuring out what styles shape your figure the best. Here are a few general rules to keep in mind: Halter and wrap tops translate to adjustable support and shape, while underwire and light padding give your girls a little natural boost. Ruffles and frills help create the illusion of volume, while bold prints can sometimes trick the eye.
Pear-shape, hourglass, inverted trapezoid -- we can't even keep track of the ways people are categorizing womens' bodies anymore. When you're at the mall, do you ever say, "Ugh I can't wear this top because I'm apple-shaped"? While the outdated body categories frustrate us on a regular basis, they become even more annoying when swimsuit shopping -- a task that is difficult enough without us having to figure out if we're banana-shaped or not. Since we, as fashion editors, couldn't decipher our "body shapes" we figured most of the female population must be having the same problem as well.
Swimsuit shopping can be a challenge, but the key to finding a suit that makes you feel utterly confident is figuring out what best compliments your assets. The ruffles around the neckline add a little extra pop on the chest, and we love the fun, flirty pink. This one is simple yet classy with a cute tied top. Every flat-chested woman needs a classic bandeau bikini top in her wardrobe.