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A definitive guide to bikini tops


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Now that bikinis are more often sold in separate pieces than they are as a set, it’s easier than ever for you to find the perfect fit for your figure.

But when it comes to buying, too much choice can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to shop online. So, to help you pin down the most flattering bikini for your busts, we’ve put together an ultimate style guide to keep you feeling both secure and sexy in the summer sun.


This popular style come lightly padded, with thin straps and adjustable ties, perfect if you're conscious about eliminating tan lines - but be careful! Just because it's arguably the most common style on the rails, doesn’t mean it's suited to everyone. As the most lightweight, flimsy style of top, this design is definitely for those with a smaller cup size.

Why not treat yourself to Calvin Klein? Pink is the colour of the season after all. This triangle top is available from TopShop for £38, or you can have the set for £68 for the set.



A classic bra cut that you will likely be familiar with. With fully supported cups and usually with under-wiring too, this is definitely one of the better designs in terms of support. A balconette is a very flattering style for the higher cup sizes, as well as being the most comfortable.

This adorable top is currently on sale in Boux Avenue for only £20.


Push up plunge

Again, this is a style you will likely be familiar with. Like the Balconette, a plunge style top is padded and underwired, however, instead of being cut horizontally, the plunge bra style is cut on the diagonally to expose more skin and maximise cleavage. This style will suit both large and small busts, giving the larger ladies comfort and support, while those who are less filled out the flattering illusion of curves.

Hollister has a great selection of plunge swimwear. But this olive green floral design has to be one of my favourites.


Halter-neck bikinis are a great compromise if you’re wanting something lighter wearing but with more support than a triangle top. The classic line of the straps will act to accentuate your shoulders while framing your chest in a flattering light. You can alter get halter tops which offer more coverage if you’re wanting something a little less revealing.

This stunning ribbed halter, for example, would be sure to keep you looking classy.


This is another one for those less prominent gifted in the breast department. The Bandeau can be strapless or have straps from the side. They are basically designed to eliminate cleavage, giving you a more androgynous figure. I would tentatively avoid if you’re above a B cup, though ironically this style is probably the most effective at keeping everything in if you’re wanting to play a lot of water sports, or hit up Aqualand.

This bandeau top from Urban Outfitters is available in two vibrant shades, the perfect mix-and-match. And at only, £20 a piece it's an absolute holiday steal!

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