What Body Type Should Wear a Balconette Swim Top?

A flirty balconette top adds curves to an athletic figure.
A flirty balconette top adds curves to an athletic figure. (Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

A balconette bikini top features a half cup style that boosts and frames the bosom. This swim top's adjustable wide straps and seaming flatter all body types from plus size to petite. To complement your balconette bra top, you’ll need the perfect bikini bottoms that accentuate both your figure and sense of style.

Plus Size or Busty Shapes

Plus-sized beauties and women with ample bosoms look best in a balconette top with underwire and vertical seaming. This supportive and bra-style bikini, simultaneously shapes, holds and lifts a large bust. Wear a bikini bottom with a rollover and adjustable waistband. A movable hipster waistband allows you to roll your bottom higher or lower to suit your torso. The best bikinis for your voluptuous shape also feature high Lycra content for extra support and shaping.

Pear Shapes

Pear-shaped bodies have wide hips and narrow shoulders. To balance your figure, a padded balconette top and a bikini bottom with high-cut legs streamline your top and bottom halves beautifully. A printed balconette top paired with a solid bikini bottom with side rings draws the eye up and away from extra-curvy hips and thighs. A flirty, skirted bikini bottom paired with a patterned balconette adds volume to a smaller bust and cleverly camouflages larger hips.

Athletic Body Types

If you have an athletic frame and want to boost your small bust, select a balconette top with padding. A top with bust enhancers in the cups will create the illusion of extra curves up top. A bikini bottom featuring side ties, a teeny-tiny Brazilian cut, or a row of ruffles along the waist adds curves to your slim hips and a little sexy flair to your boyish frame.

Hourglass Figures

To add a little retro glamour to your hourglass figure, slip into an underwire balconette with a halter strap. The halter top tied at the neck creates a sweetheart neckline for a sexy take on 1950s pinup style. If you are also petite, a high cut leg or a string bikini gives the leg more length, and makes you appear taller and leaner.

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