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Rules were meant to be broken — at least that’s how we feel in regards to style. Yet still, in regards to swimwear, there are so many pervasive “rules” that we’ve been told time and again, all of which can make shopping for one a bit frustrating.

Are white swimsuits see-through? Are black bathing suits the most flattering? Do you have to wear a certain cut if you’re small busted? Finding the right bathing suit for your body can be challenging enough without fretting about style guidelines you’re supposed to adhere to.

Fortunately, we’re here to separate the myths from the facts. Below, we’ve busted some popular swimsuit myths so you can shop smarter and sport your favorite bikini (or one-piece!) worry-free.

Myth #1: Your swimsuit size is the same as your clothing size

Fact: The reality is that your swimsuit size may differ from what you wear in the rest of your clothes. This is especially important to keep in mind if you’re shopping online instead of trying it on in the store.

Note that many brands tend to run small because they’re meant to fit super snugly. After all, you don’t want to be worrying about your bathing suit falling down while you’re swimming or playing some beach volleyball. But that means you may have to size up in order to get a comfortable fit.

Of course, you want to make sure the band on a bikini top is as snug as possible because that provides the majority of the support. Keep in mind, though, that swimwear material stretches a tiny bit every time it gets wet, so you want it to be as tight as possible when you first buy it so you can get maximum wear out of it.

Myth #2: Large-busted women should stick with one-pieces

Fact: Whether you’re a D cup or an F cup, you can still definitely rock a two-piece. The key to finding a bikini that works for you is to look for certain features that can ensure optimal support. For example, you’ll want to seek out tops that have an adjustable band and straps, as well as a wider under band.

Underwire can also be helpful for lift, and molded cups offer extra help in the shaping department. You can even find bikini tops with three-part cups which are not only super flattering on the bustline but also ideal for getting maximum support.

Related: How To Buy A Supportive Swimsuit

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Myth #3: Small busted women need padding

Fact: If you’re lacking in the breast department, you’ve probably heard or read somewhere that you should buy bathing suits with padding to enhance your bust line.

Here’s the thing: There’s no reason why you should have to hide a small bust — we’re all about being body positive, which means embracing what you’ve got. Besides, being less busty comes with a slew of advantages when it comes to swimsuit shopping!

For example, you can easily sport styles with less coverage, such as a string bikini and strapless bustier tops. If you’re still looking to create the illusion of a larger bust, you don’t have to stick to tops with padding, either — ruffles can also visually create some volume up top.

Myth #4: Black is the only color that will make you look slimmer

Fact: Black is one of the most flattering colors, there’s no doubt about that. Why? Because dark colors recede to the eye, meaning that it can actually make your body appear to take up less space. However, if you’re not a fan of this dramatic color, rest assured that there are plenty of other hues that can do the same thing.

Navy blue, dark chocolate brown, and even a deep plum, charcoal gray, or green can also have a slimming effect. If you tend to like prints more than solid colors on bathing suits, opt for vertical or diagonal stripes, which can make your torso look more slender.

Don’t fall into the trap of believing any of these common swimsuit myths. Now that you know the truth, we have one last piece of advice: Shopping for swimwear should be fun, not stressful. At the end of the day, the best bathing suit for you is the one that makes you feel totally comfortable and confident.

Related: 7 Things To Look For In The Perfect Swimsuit

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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