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How to Insert Bra Pads in Swimwear


Bra pads are an easy and convenient way to increase the appearance of your bust size. With bra inserts, you can achieve the perfect bust without undergoing cosmetic surgery. Most bust enhancement pads are made with waterproof materials, so you can place them in swimsuit tops as well as bra tops. Every woman deserves to look and feel beautiful in her swimwear. Read on to learn how to insert your bra pad.

Steps to Inserting Bra Pads

Listed below are instructions on how to insert a bra pad into a swimsuit top:

  • Choose your enhancement pad type: Bust enhancer, shaper, or push-up. Add a size, bust enhancers, and full coverage pads cover the entire breast and increase the cup by one to two sizes. Shapers and push-up pads come in half-circles and triangles, and push the breasts up and inward to enhance cleavage.
  • Choose a swimsuit top that covers the entire pad, so it will remain discrete and invisible.
  • For bathing suits with sewn-in breast pockets or removable cups, insert the pad at the top of the inner lining and inside the pocket.
  • For bathing suits without bra pockets, place the pad directly against your skin. You can also purchase waterproof bra tape to secure the pad a little extra.
  • Insert a bust enhancer pad with the thickest part (shelf) at the bottom of the breast. Push-up pads are placed with the thickest part at the bottom/outside of the breast.
  • Adjust the pads until they are comfortable and evenly placed.
  • Use waterproof tape to secure the insert (if needed). Make sure to apply the tape evenly to both the skin and bra pad.
  • Test the pad by leaning forward to make sure it doesn't slip out.

Strut Your Stuff

Bra inserts rarely fall out of place — even through flips and turns underwater — so you can feel beautiful and secure at the same time. Bra inserts don't only uplift your bust, but also your self esteem. So enjoy the sunshine, the sand, and the perfect bust with an easy-to-use bust enhancer.

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T
3 months ago.
Hey. Tomorrow I have a swim meet and just purchased a new suit. It has no space for padding in the chest, it’s a simple black 2 layer of fabric type thing. I want to put padding in it but don’t know how please help
SwimOutlet
3 months ago.
Hi! For bathing suits without bra pockets, place the pad directly against your skin. You can also purchase waterproof bra tape to secure the pad a little extra.
Bella
10 months ago.
Is there a certain tool that I can use to put one in?
Lana
11 months ago.
Hi I’m 12 and have a bathing suit from Abercrombie kids that have no slit for padding. Can I just let the padding lay on my skin and put the bathing suit over it?
SwimOutlet
10 months ago.
Hi Lana!

If it works for your needs, then there shouldn't be any problem.
lilly
1 year ago.
I didn't realize I bought my suit that is suppose to have pads without them. I need a solution tomorrow. Can I use regular bra pads for my suit?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Lilly!

That depends on the suit, some may work and some may not but you can try. If you feel comfortable then that's very good.
Gabby
1 year ago.
I have a one piece suit with one layer and no slits or anything for inserts. I'm in a bit of a crunch and can't buy anything at the moment. Will they stay put? And will regular double sided tape work?
Shop@SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Gabby,

They may stay put if the suit has a tight enough fit however, using double sided tape may not work especially if you will be getting wet. Once the tape gets wet the adhesive will no longer work.
Aubre
1 year ago.
Hi so I got a one piece swim suit and there is no pads and no insert to enter pads. What would be best to wear pads with the swim suit? And how do I make it stay?
SwimOutlet
1 year ago.
Hi Aubre,

You might want to check our fitness swimwear which has swimsuits with pads and chest support: https://www.swimoutlet.com/womens-aquatic-fitness-swimwear-c9468/
callie
2 years ago.
Would these bra pads be able to be sewn into a rash guard? I can't have anything tight around my back or shoulders and the rash guard alone doesn't have enough support.
SwimOutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Callie!

It will damage your rash guard. We recommend getting a top with removable pads that you can use underneath your rash guard instead.
Kasey
2 years ago.
Hi i have a problem with most of my bathers i compete in swimming with school and when i am in my diving position my bathers losen at the front nd you can see everything is there any think i can do to fix that
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hello Kasey,
It might be possible that your suits are too big. They should fit the best around your chest.
Alexis
2 years ago.
I cant seem to find speedo thin straps one piece swim suits with padding inserts but i really need it. Will waterproof tape hold cloth padding well?
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Alexis,

You may try the Speedo Women's Shirred One Piece or the Speedo Color Fusion Thin Strap One Piece Swimsuit. They have removable cups and so you can exchange them with the bra pads. Please click the links below for reference. Waterproof adhesive tape can hold the padding well but for only a short period of time.
Alexis
2 years ago.
Im 22 years old. Those 2 are way too mature for me. I am looking for performance or competitive style suits. Any other thin straps suits with removable cups? Thank you
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Most of the competition suits do not have cups as they can cause drag. Unfortunately, I did not find any Speedo thin strap competition suits with removable cups.
Swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Alexis,

I apologize I was not able to attach the links. Here they are:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-womens-shirred-one-piece-8171411/?color=30795

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/speedo-color-fusion-thin-strap-one-piece-swimsuit-8136677/?color=49055
Liz
3 years ago.
Hi, all my bikini tops are push up since I have a small bust. Most of them are slightly padded at the bottom part of the breast. It looks okay when i wear it but once i start moving or I get wet the middle part/cleavage part opens up and shows everything. My question is will the swimsuit pads help? If i use one will it be too much?
yvonne
3 years ago.
I have had a double mastectomy, so am completely flat will these swimsuit pads and swimsuits work for me?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Yvonne,
You will want to purchase a post mastectomy suit and breast prosthesis for both breasts. The pad inserts are not going to work for you.
J
3 years ago.
Can these bra pads be used in an all in one swimsuit
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi J!
You can put these in any kind of women's suit.
Blondie
4 years ago.
My little 12 yo daughter has a swimsuit top that the forms shaped like a soft triangle....won't stay put! They scrunch up and are crooked. This is a problem with just about all tops that have "moving around forms". Any insight?
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hi Blondie!
You can try using a waterproof tape to keep the inserts in place.
Natalie Rose O'Neill
4 years ago.
Hi! I have a bikini with triangular inserts that are pointy at two corners and rounded at the third. Which way up does it go in my bikini?? Thanks! Natalie
Swimoutlet.com
3 years ago.
Hello Natalie!
The rounded corner would point upward.
desesperada
5 years ago.
necesito saber como pegar las almohadillas a un bikini para que se puedan mojar y no se muevan. gracias
swimoutlet.com
5 years ago.
¡Hola!
Insertar la almohadilla en la parte superior del revestimiento interior y en el interior del bolsillo. Si las pastillas no se quedan en su lugar , entonces usted puede comprar cinta que es resistente al agua para asegurar el inserto ( no vendemos esto en nuestro sitio web) . ¡Que tengas un gran día!
Teresa
6 years ago.
Hello. Somewhere I've lost one of my bathing suit top inserts. :-( Buying a set is fine... just want to make sure I'm purchasing the right ones.

I went to your link https://www.swimoutlet.com/Bravo/?rd=N&Search=bravo
that list 12 options. I just want a liner... more to cover to prevent the nipple from showing when getting out of the pool. Nothing push up or padded.. just to line. The one I'm replacing was for a medium size top and black but nude would work too. Thanks, I look forward to your reply, Teresa
SwimOutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Teresa,
I apologize for the late reply. You may want to go with either the Bravo Nude Silicone Smoothies Nipple Covers, Bravo Clear Silicone Adhesive Smoothies Nipple Covers, or if you want a full liner, then Bravo Triangle Bikini Shaper. I hope you find one that works for you. Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful day!
worried mom
6 years ago.
Hi,

I am looking for swim dress for my 12 year old daughter. She has poland sysndrome( her one breast is developing and other is not developed at all). so i am looking for swim suit which she can insert pads on the other side to make it even. Could you please let me know if you have any swim suits for young girls to just insert pads manually.

Thanks
Swimoutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Worried Mom,

I was unable to locate any junior dresses or swimsuits that we carry that have slits for inserts. Most of the ones like that are for older women. You may be able to get a padded one and just cut the inner fabric to adjust the pads. I've heard some customers do that. Please do let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
Aliza
5 years ago.
Hi Martha. My daughter has Poland also and I was looking for an answer when I came across your post. Have you been able to find a good solution?
Gianni
4 years ago.
I know that the Hollister bikini tops have slits to insert bra pads. Hope this helps.
martha
6 years ago.
looking for bra inserts for young girl....
SwimOutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Martha,

We have a couple different kinds of inserts. Below is a link to the ones we carry. Hope you find the ones that fits her needs. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!

https://www.swimoutlet.com/Bravo/?rd=N&Search=bravo
Amy
6 years ago.
I just ordered a swim suit and it has zero padding. I would like to purchase something that would provide padding but NOT to push up or to make my bust look bigger - I am a DD and do not need them to look any bigger than they already are. I just want something to line the inside so it is not so thin. Any suggestions?
SwimOutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Amy,

Have you tried a suit with a shelf bra? Those would just have extra material with an elastic at the bottom of the bust. Below is a link to suits that have a shelf bra. You can refine your search by the filters on the left side. I hope you find something that you like. Let us know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful day!

https://www.swimoutlet.com/womens-swimwear-c9326/#cat=9326&search=SHELF_BRA&sortby=Popularity
Leslie
3 years ago.
But what about a swim suit we've already bought?
Karen
6 years ago.
Hi, I am looking for replacement pads for a swimsuit. I am a C-D cup and support is essential. What do you recommend?
Thank you, Karen
Swimoutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Karen,

The pads we have are not ideally for support but the closest one I would say that we carry would be the Bravo Full Push-Up:

https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/bravo-full-push-up-7611/?q=1&richrelevance&ClickCP&item_page.rr2&color=9325

If you have any other questions please feel free to let us know. Have a wonderful day!
chissy
6 years ago.
hi! I am a bikini competitor and I just purchased a bikini that is made for AC Cup but has slipped inside the top to have ad enhancers. I am only an A cup so what size and style should I order for my competition suit? Thank you so much in advance! I would like to order them today as my suit should be here in the next 2 days. Thanks again
SwimOutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Chrissy,

The style is basically customer preference. Most of the bra pads that we have are for sizes A-C. If you're looking just to smooth out your bust then the Bravo Triangle Bikini Shaper ( https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/bravo-triangle-bikini-shaper-7612/?q=1&richrelevance&ClickCP&item_page.rr2) would be a good one. If you're looking for some lift and cleavage then Bravo Ultra Shaper (https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/bravo-ultra-shaper-7609/?q=1&richrelevance&ClickCP&item_page.rr2) would be a good one. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
onacheron
6 years ago.
Where can I purchase swim pads to put in my bathing suit? Does Macy's sell them? What about Victoria Secret sell them? Please answer me asap as I need them right a way. Hope to hear from you soon. Ona Cheron.
SwimOutlet.com
6 years ago.
Hi Onacheron,

We actually do carry bra pads. Below is a link to them. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!

https://www.swimoutlet.com/searchresults.asp?Search=bra+pads&checkRealSearchInput=Y#cat=&page=1&search=bra_pads&sortby=Popularity&allbrand=2066,1775&viewall=no
Jean
7 years ago.
Can I use these in my lifeguard suit without it being obvious?
Gail Payne
7 years ago.
Hi,
Do you SELL swimwear bra pads or shapers? If not, please recommend a site.
Thanks,
Gail
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