How to Add Bra Cups to Swimsuits

Updated February 21, 2017

There are a lot of swimsuits that don't offer adequate comfort and support in the breast area. If you go swimming a lot and the breast area of your swimsuit makes you uncomfortable, you can look into adding your own bra cups to the suit. It is actually really easy to do. The larger your breast size, the more difficult it is to find cups that will fit, but if you search long enough, you will surely find the items you need.

Adding bra cups to swimsuits

Go to your local fabric/craft store and buy foam bra cups that will fit your bust size. They come in normal bra cup sizes and they usually come in white or skin tone. You want to find a seamless, lightweight and water resistant pair that will blend in with your swimsuit. You should also look for a pair that are moulded for comfort.

Place the cups in the breast area of the swimsuit. Make sure they fit perfectly into the area and they aren't showing out threw the sides. This could make for an unattractive swimsuit. You want to make sure that your swimsuit is covering the entire cup.

Put on your swimsuit and place the cups inside of it. Position them so they are perfectly fit and completely covered by the swimsuit.

Use pins to secure the cups in place and then carefully take the swimsuit off.


Sewing cups into your swimsuit tends to work best with a one-piece swimming costume. If you're wearing a bikini, it's going to be a little bit trickier covering the cups. You may have to cut them to the size of your bikini top. Use a thread that is the same colour as your swimsuit, or matches the design on your swimsuit. Just because you're adding the cups yourself doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the swimsuit's beauty.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam bra cups
  • Sewing machine or thread and needle
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Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.