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Bandeau Swimwear Advice

The idea of a bandeau swimwear style top has been around a while – since the height of the Roman Empire actually. The Romans desired a boyish (curve-less) figure and bandeaus were favored for flattening the chest. Today, designer bandeau swim tops have come a long way and are all about accentuating your natural curves and providing balance no matter what size “the girls” are!

Bandeau swimwear comes in a variety of shapes and styles. They are fun, cute, comfortable, and are great for layering when going from the beach to the shopping mall, outdoor festival, or a night out. And let’s not forget avoiding those pesky tan lines!

Early bandeau swim tops favored those with larger busts, but today’s designers are creating styles for every shape and size by utilizing molded cups, push up cups, straps, and underwire.

Basic bandeaus offer little or no support, which is fine for those proud A-cuppers, but can leave the small bust looking flat. Not flattering! For those with larger cup sizes, the lack of support is a huge issue. Everyone wants “the girls” looking perky not droopy.

Bandeau style tops draw the eye to the chest and shoulders, and if that’s where you want the attention then go ahead and dress it up! If you’re a little top heavy, you want to balance things out so keep the embellishments for the bottom.

Some tips for maximizing your bust with a bandeau.

Look for strapless styles that offer fun details that sparkle and draw the gaze like ruffles, beading, pleating, and ruching. Between the breasts details like rings, beads and other dangles add dimension. The sweetheart cut, a neckline that curves over each breast and meets at a lower point in the middle, accentuates the smaller bust. Designs that offer twists, ruching, and other elements will flatter the smallest bust. If straps are desired, choose a style with thicker straps to give a fuller look to enhance size and shape.

Push up and padded bandeaus offer as much cleavage as you want from jaw-dropping to the-beach-is-for-playing-Frisbee-and-volleyball.

Bandeau style advice for larger busts.

Bandeau tops are shaped much like a bra, and styles with underwire and straps offer better than moderate support. Choose thin over thicker straps to avoid making your bust look heavy. Halter style straps offer the most support, and look for secure fasteners rather than tie-backs across the back. Choose a braided or crisscross style to minimize the center of the chest. Choose styles with embellishments and prints on the bottom to give a balanced look on top.

No matter what your comfort level, whether you have no problem baring almost everything or you want to keep a modest low-profile, bandeaus are available in tankini, monokini, and one-piece styles as well. Straps are often included which allow for versatility so you can change your look at a moment’s notice.

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