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Beach babe Kate Bosworth takes a stroll in Malibu in her tiny printed suit. Chris Barreto, couture swimwear designer of Brasil Segredo, gives her sexy tie bikini bottoms the thumbs-up. “With Kate’s petite body, choosing a suit with these sides gives the frame more volume.”
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Vanessa Hudgens works her petite frame in a one-of-a-kind Ed Hardy number. Sometimes logos can overwhelm a small body, but not this one. Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More says the print “calls attention to the top half, making her [chest] look bigger, and the bottom print combined with the buckles makes her hips look curvier.”
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Ashley Tisdale’s edgy Ed Hardy bikini helps give her small body a sizzling shape. Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, says the design on just one side of Ashley’s sliding triangle top gives the illusion of a fuller bosom, while the print low on the bottom makes her appear taller – and helps distract from thighs.
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POLKA DOT BIKINI
No need for padding – just some extra-large polka dots! A large polka-dot-print top and bottom draws all the attention to the suit, creating curves, says Pomeroy.
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Never get tan lines again! Eva Longoria Parker lounges deck-side on a yacht in Portofino, Italy – sunning her shoulders and setting off her golden tan in an orange bikini. The bandeau can be hard, but a bold print or bright color can help a small chest appear larger.
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Play up your tiniest asset – your waist! This basic style can help give you curves and accentuate a petite frame. “Belts add a whole new dimension that small girls need to wear the tankini top,” says Pomeroy.
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Rebecca Gayheart celebrates her slim frame in an all-out bold bikini. The bright crochet is perfect for a petite girl – the colors and strings both add curves. If you are tiny, don’t be afraid to play with colors and materials on the beach.
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The actress flaunts her petite frame in a striped triangle top – which turns out to be just right for her small bustline. “Small busted girls don’t need padding,” says Malia Mills, designer of Malia Mills swimwear. “Don’t try to change what you have.”
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Looking for an attention-grabbing suit? Crochet beachwear, usually made in skimpy styles like triangle tops and tie sides, are best for small girls. “These suits typically don’t offer a lot of coverage,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder of Fiji Time Swimsuits & More, “So they are great for women with smaller chests who are fit and want to show almost all in flair.”
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BANDED TRIANGLE TOPS
You don’t need padding to get an extra lift. Sade Lythcott, designer and co-founder of Lunazul swimwear, recommends a wider band underneath the triangles. “For smaller girls, it pushes [the bust] up and creates natural cleavage.”
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But if you really want the extra oomph, try just a little bit of padding. Stick to the triangle shape to get natural cleavage, but “don’t try to use padding to be a size up,” warns Lythcott. “Very little padding is needed for the extra va-va-voom.”
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The Desperate Housewife takes a chance with her small frame and goes for a jeweled bandeau top. “Bandeau tops are death for small tops because they make you look even smaller,” says Lythcott. Longoria Parker’s saving grace: the jeweled centerpiece, which helps give shape.
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Make the bandeau work for your small chest by choosing a suit that uses a jewel, ring or other separator. The cups will give your bust a shape and avoid a flattening appearance.
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Ties aren’t the only way to spice up bikini bottoms! Petite bodies can have fun with hardware shapes like plastic sides, double rings, jewels and more. Lythcott recommends sticking to a low-rise style to avoid cutting off the waist.
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If a small bust is getting you down for swimsuit season, take a note from Selma in her heart printed Juicy Couture bikini. “Play up your small bust with a swimsuit top that has bold patterns and colors,” says Danna Pomeroy, founder and president of Fiji Time Swimwear & More.
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It’s all about prints this season for creating attention. “Playful suits with ruffles, logos or really bold designs draw attention towards one area of the body,” says Pomeroy.
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Get tiers in your eyes! Petite girls can wear almost any style suit, but “ruffle bottoms [in] bold patterns like polkadots or Pucci-inspired swirls create a more womanly shape,” says celebrity stylist Shane Cisneros.
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Don’t let an itty-bitty bikini get in the way of beach play. Hilary Duff is ready for a game of volleyball in a string halter number. “The bra-style cups gives shape to the bust line while the inverted halter provides security,” says Cisneros.
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A great alternative to the flattening bandeau top is a sexy string halter. “For smaller frames, bra-style tops with inverted halters give you a bit of padding and lift,” says Cisneros.
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