Padded bathing suits - yes or no?

Summer is coming and our thoughts turn to swimsuits. They're fun and you can do so much fun stuff in them, but they can also stress girls out. Padded swimsuits are controversial.

Some girls like them because they can smooth things out and make them feel less exposed. Other girls like them because they can give them a little more shape if they are on the flat-chested side. But still other people - maybe your mom? - might not like them because they can make a girl look more grown up than she is.

And if you're the kind of girl that likes to be natural, you might not like padded swimsuits because the extra padding feels weird and you know it's not the real you. Take our poll and share your thoughts on the padded swimsuit issue.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there both good and bad I get that us girls would want to look cool, but honestly u don't have to. I think there good if u feel exposed, as Jenna said But honestly Like your own body. Remember

Live laugh. Love

April 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Icygirl;) said...

I really think that they are a good idea, because when I wear bathing suits I cant wear bra and My boobs are past just 'buds' so I think that they are great! One place you can get padded bathing suits is justice.
P.S. I am the 6th person to vote at 85.71%!!

April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not

April 18, 2012 at 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My boobs are pointy in swim suites :\ so I think their TOTALLY a GREAT idea. But im past the "budding" stage

April 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote good Becuz it's one less thing 2 worry girls all know we do have to worry about boobs!!! If u want a suit with a bra go to justice...two pieces have little slit in front of ur boobs so it pads pieces have training bras...I have 2 piece and it works fine. I don't feel exposed

April 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous bee,bee,I see a bee! said...

I voted yes, but also no is good also. I want one, but with the pads not so thick. Thin as an eighth of an inch.

April 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you icygirl. I like them because..... they make my boobs look less pointy I am actually on the bigger chested side for my grade (Sixth), and I don't wear them to look bigger. I dont like really thick pads. No one should feel like they need the padded swim suit because they aren't big enough. To me, that's not a good enough reason to wear them unless you are REALLY self concious about your boobs. Oh, I get my swim suits at Justice.

April 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

i didn't realize so many people got swimsuits @ justice
i know i do

April 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Claudia said...

Please please help me!!! I kno this is off topic but I hv been on this website for 4 years and Jemma never helps me!! I'm really desperate to lose weight and become skinny!!!!! I am 12 years old, I think 5'2" and 92-96 lbs (42-44kg) I will not starve myself or skip breakfast! I will do anything sensible and possible NOTHING CRAZY


April 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya same they're good if you wanna be smoothed out (like me) but bad if you just wanna look more mature. It looks fake and not attractive if you do that.

April 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous radiorocker said...

Padded swim suits are great. They give a little more shape, they make you feel less exposed, and if you want to look just a bit more mature they are great for that

April 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Appreciate who you are said...

I think they are good for older girls, but young girls (younger than 12) shouldn't.
1.It would make you look much chestier than your friends.
2. It would feel embarrassing and awkward to ask for one.
3. You don't need one. You are still young. Enjoy your childhood. Don't rush into being mature. You are still children.

April 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

I need help!!!! I am definitely too large for the girls' department swimsuits, but my mom doesn't like any of the swimsuits in juniors that I do! And they are totally appropriate, I will not wear a bikini, so what do I do?? I don't think she likes the padding, but I can take it out... Help!

April 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous dancegirl22 said...

i like the pading. and with the other bathing suits that dont have them i cut a hole on the inside with that thin layer but not through the whole suit and i will slip the pading in there so i can wear whatever bathing suit i want instead of looking for ones with the pading. so next time u go shopping get one with pading and then get whatever u want and tell me if u like my idea.

April 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally like padding in the swimsuits because other wise my nipples show through and it is embarassing!!!! also they give extra support when im just hanging out before i change so i am more comfortable. i think its personal choice althought if you dont need them, i wouldn't use them becaause it just looks stupid. (im not trying to be rude, it sounds horrible because you can't hear my tone of voice.0

April 20, 2012 at 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who needs a swimsuit, buy one at Justice. But make sure your using the 40% off coupon. Their swimsuits aren't juniors department style, but their are the kinds where it probably would not be in a kids department.(they have padding that you can take out)

April 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Bambi Lover said...

I think padded swimsuits are a great idea. I started developing at age 8 and started wearing padded swimsuits at age 10. Also teenage boys can be really mean and inapropriate.
To me all teenage girls should be wearing padded bathing suits. Inmature boys will stare or comment on your breasts and nipples.
And I don't know about everyone else but I would feel completely uncomfortable without one. Us girls already have so much to worry about. Periods, boys, school, sports, ect. The last thing we need to worry about are our breasts while were swimming.

(btw I get my bathing suits at Kohls. SO CUTE! <3)

@Appreciate who you are, I started wearing padded swim suits at age 10 because I was already really developed. If your uncomfortable then, in my opinion, you do need one.

April 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous missy said...

Jemma, I have a question. During a show, my mom said I should sit "like a lady", because I am "getting to that age." Does this really matter?


April 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Icygirl;) said...

I totally agree with you to the anonymous above! If you have nothing on your chest it looks wierd and fake, sorry if i sound mean to. Padded suits are so helpful!

April 20, 2012 at 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ur perfectly fine. I'm about the same and I'm 12 (almost 13) too!! Don't worry ur not overweight!!

April 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. If you are nine you could be more developed than a 13 yearold so you may need one!

April 22, 2012 at 3:30 AM  
Anonymous Abbey said...

I dont wear bikinis yet because i feel to self concous about my wheight! I want to start wearing bikinis but i dont know if i would choose padded or not. I b32 boobs and i am almost 12. It depends on what these girls want to do.

April 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

i got a one piece swimsuit @ justice but it doesn't have padding
& im afraid 2 cut 2 hole in it or anything like that
what should i do?
i don't want 2 ask my mom 4 another swimsuit bcuz money is a little tight right now
i need help!

April 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Anonymous I love Isaac said...

I'm with ya Anonymous!

April 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous redpinkpurple girl said...

Help! I'm in 6th grade, and only a little more than flat-chested! Should I get a padded swim suit for this summer? (PS if it changes anything, I only wear a tankini right now.)

April 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you don't feel comfortable in a regular bathing suit because it make you figure look funny, try a padded bathing suit.

April 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM  
Anonymous redpinkpurple girl said...

thanks anonymous!

April 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ redpinkpurple girl

No problem! :)

April 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous chocopandas! said...

Yeah me too! You could be more developed!

May 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think they r a gr8 idea! i dont like wearing non padded cos i have a problem with my shape showing through. plus they give you more comfort if u have oversized boobs, like me. im just scared 2 ask my mom if i can get one. any advice?

May 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Icygirl said...

To the anonymous who wants a padded bra, but is afraid to ask her mom, you should go to kohls or justice, because they have padded bathing suits. Or if your older ( about 13) u could go to victoria secret pink. Find a padded bathing suit u like, then ask your mom if u could get it. Dont bring up the fact of it being padded unless she asks or doesnt let u get it. I hope I helped!

May 7, 2012 at 1:30 AM  
Anonymous LAUREN said...

if you feel like you 'show' to much, talk to your mom about a padded swimsuit, if she says no, she may feel that you are not ready. Sometimes, a padded swimsuit just smooths things out and makes you feel more secure. If you are trying to make yourself look bigger, then skip the padded suit, and go for a regular one.
Hope this helps,

May 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Eve said...

I don't think thatI'm ready for a padded swimsuit. Although on one of mine one of my nipples is starting to show, I think that I just want a thicker suit. (Also, I want a bikini, but my dad has a strong likeness for modesty). And, for the poll, I really think it depends on the age and shape of the body!

May 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Crazygirl said...

I like the idea! If your on the larger chest side (like me) then you WILL need some more support.

May 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous MudbloodLover said...

im also 13 n i also want padded swimsuit but the problem is i live in india n my mum wont let m get one i have some boob buds n i feel really uncomfy cuz one of the boys in my swimmin batch commented on my boobs (I WONT SAY WHAT HE SAID CUZ IT WAS VERY RUDE)
what should i doooooooo???????

any help PLS Girls?


ps i also love harry potter
though my frnds say they r 2o mature for it

May 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sometimes i fell like my nipples are showing through my shirt, but my mum says i dont need a bra. what sould i do? thnks so much, i love pls!

May 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Got a hand-me-down bathing suit and it is kind of thin. I am only allowed to have 2 and i already have one. the color is okay but my nipples stick out. especially through my white rash-gaurd. Any suggestions? i really want a padded one but my mom probably won't get me one... Help!

May 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous beth said...

a message to girls everywhere-
wear what makes you feel comfortable and good about yourself. you don't need to wear everything, who cares if its not padded? If someone does you probably don't want to be friends with them anyway!!! be yourself and don't let anyone get you down. love you all so much <3 <3 <3 let me know if you need any advice! I go by beth on this website so you'll know its me(:

May 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it matters on your age and how comfortable you feel

May 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont try to wear padded bathing suits if u donthave boobbs, ur boob lline wont show cause uhhave no boobs. '

May 28, 2012 at 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Mollie said...

honestly...padded swimsuits are kinda the way to go. i used to have non-padded ones and boys kept on just staring down there, making me really uncomfortable, especially since i go surfing at the beach with a ton of them

May 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think super padded bathing suits are a little much, but ones that have a little padding or shape can be good to help you not "show through". And maybe if your a little flat, it might be nice to have a little shape so you feel more confident. Just a little though. You don't want to be dancing around with so much padding you look like dolly Parton :)

May 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think padded bathing suits are good if you are ready (like 12yrs old) sometimes you only have 1 boob grown in and it's awkward to wear something un-padded. my trick is, show your mom the padded bathing suit you want online and she'll say "will you fit the cup?" and you say "I don't know" and then she'll look and she might feel (it's a little weird :-s) and then as easy as that, you'll get it! for younger kids, it's inappropriate and men and even boys will look you like you're a chocolate cake if you know what i mean.

June 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous bunnygurl16 said...

just explain that you feel uncomfortable with your shape showing through, that people are making unkind comments about it and that wearing a padded swimsuit will help to stop this. mothers are protective of their daughters,so when she knows that people are being unkind she will probably understand. tell her that it only needs to be thinly padded, one that will stop your shape showing through but that wont change your natural shape so much.

hope i helped, good luck!

June 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want unpadded bikinis because im too young and not developed for padded suites so i cant find and suits without pads im tall but have no boobs so i need unpadded bikinis

June 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm kinda both :\ Reasons why its good:
~ I'm sorta in stage 3 of breast developement, and I don't like looking "pointy".
~ Some girls who aren't that developed like to have a little padding(weird, but I do too.)
~ Sometimes it can add comfort if the padding isn't too thick/thin like a soft padded bra.
However, I can see the reasons why its bad:
~ Some girls might not want to look bigger.
~ To some girls it feels awkward and uncomfortable, especially around your "flat" friends.
~ Some girls might not want their chest bigger and be self-concious if a boy or a man is looking at her.
I hope I covered most of the reasons why. Thanks for reading!~


June 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your nipple is showing when u wear your swim suit u should go tell your mum and ask her for a bigger one and have a lil covo and ask for a padded one during the covo.

June 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that from age 10 and up you should wear a padded swimsuit but not to much padding or no offense it just looks very unnatural.I buy my bathing suits at Justice.It has the perfect amount of padding in it. Also they have the 40% off coupon right now so. There bathing suit also are not to revealing or grown up. Another place that is good if you are 13 or older you might be able to get a super cute one at forever 21. I am 13 and i have a large chest area but the bottoms do not fit me due to the fact i would need an extra small. and they only carry small.

June 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's ok beacuase ... Think of it like this a bikini is almost like a bra and under ware or the bikini top and bottom .it's like your first bra you start with a trianing bra (regular bathing suit) and later when your boobs are bigger you wear a padded or cupped bra ( padded bathing suit).
P.S there are some things wrong with it like I wore a padded bikini to a pool party but my friend embarest me by saying loudly wow you have big boobs

June 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't wear padded bathing suits because I am going into 5th grade and I have the biggist boobs in my grade.

June 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as the swimsuit doesn't push up your breasts to make them look bigger which is gross and is modest I think a padded swimsuit is a good idea for girls who have breasts.

June 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When i wore a padded suit for the first time, it sorta made my nipples that stick out bigger! in other words before they were small, now they are bigger things that stick out! the pad is just pushed by my nipple... i thought it was supposed to make it smoother!?!

July 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your friends are the immature ones!! Anyone can like Harry potter.

July 15, 2012 at 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think i have a padded swimsuit, but if i did i think i would like it. I heard it is smooth, nice, and kinda does give you a figure. I voted yes.

July 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted yes. I think they are a good to wear for everyone! and even if your a little flat it will give you a little shape but its up to you what you would rather wear. I dont have one im a A 32 annd I wanted to know if u should get one im 12 almost 13 am I too young?

July 31, 2012 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I think their good so that you are less exposed. Sometimes even without a padded bathing suit you arenot so exposed because of decoration on the swim suit. If the suit is plain though, I think it should be padded.

August 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous PLSBlogger said...

I just got a super cute padded bandeau bikini from Victoria's secret! They have really cute swimsuits from bra size A-DD.

August 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 12, and past the budding stage, I disagree! I wear them and if I don't u see my nipples!

August 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

padded bathing suits are better for you cause think of it would you want your bathing suit to be too cold or too hot no so think before you act

August 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

ok for the poll at the end, i said it was a good idea. the reason is, i think i might be reiceiving my Breast Buds, because say i accidentaly bump my chest against something it hurts soooo bad! so back to the topic, say ur mom needs to tell u something so u swim to the side of the pool. your leaning up against the side and u bump into it hard. OUCH that hurts! or if u n ur BFFs r playing and someone accidentaly bumps into u during a swimming race, it might hurt alot. so to make a long story short, it could hurt if u get bumped :/

August 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im pretty flat, and I don't want to be fake, so I dont really like pads. But I also HATE kids (girls) swimsuits. I like juniors. Is there any juniors swimsuits without pads!?

August 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

anonymous above - no, but theyre are some with paddin u can take out

September 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to a swim party this weekend and I dont know if I should wear a padded bikini as my boobs are only buds. I think they're a great idea, but im not sure if i would be allowed by my mum. Any advice girls?

September 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

If you only have breasts buds then you may be too small to where a padded bathing suit. I think you should stay natural. Your choice though.

September 15, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to the party and wore a non padded bikini, and at first i was self concious but turned out everyone else was the same! had a great day and thanks for the good advice :)
-anonymous xxx

September 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Sure thing!!!!

October 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im having that problem but if i dont have padding my nipples will show through because i dont really have boobs.

June 4, 2013 at 1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I know how many of you other girls feel! I too have pointy-er nipples, and they get very see-through when I'm swimming, so padded swimming suits are good for me. I personally wear training bras during regular school days, because I don't need as MUCH coverage (still need some for my breasts) but water will make my nipples show through a little more. My mom thought it was a good idea for me to get a padded swim suit because they are see-through, and it makes me feel more comfertable around my friends, and honestly, at my grade, most of my friends are all developing, so I'm not too worried about being the only one with nipples showing through my shirts. I think you should all be comfertable in your own skin, and love being a girl!

Hope some of my experiences helped!

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