According to bathing suit expert Kirsten Sarkisian, you never put on a bikini top only once. “First, you put it on—simply put it on your body,” the founder of Belusso swimwear tells Glamour, “but do not assume it’s ready to go at this point.”
Here’s why a perfect-fitting suit can require a little bit of adjusting—and three easy steps to making sure everything is shimmied into place.
A Belusso bikini
Per Sarkisian, getting the perfect fit can be broken down into three quick steps.
1. Right away, handle the straps, making them tighter or looser so that they feel secure but aren’t digging into your skin.
2. Then, manually arrange your breasts by picking them up and pulling them gently toward the center of your torso—they should be fully enclosed by the structure of the bikini top.
3. Finish by checking yourself in a mirror to see if the top is riding up too high in the back or on the sides and make slight coordinating adjustments to the straps.
If you find you’re rarely pleased with how your curves look in a bikini, there could be a sneaky suspect to blame.
“Padding can sag when it gets wet and takes longer to dry than the rest of the suit,” Sarkisian said. “A suit with a little bit of it can be a good call for women with smaller breasts, but beware. Look for suits with removable pads so you can pull it out if need be.”