Just received this costume and in the box I noticed that it is lightly padded! Checked back to the description which doesn't mention that it is padded. Anyway, I tried it on and the top half actually didn't look too bad. The cross-cross effect is very pretty although the padded bra did make me look a little bit bigger. The bra size is spot on so order your usual size. I would prefer slighter wider straps so they don't dig in. However ...sadly, there's no way I can keep it as the bottom part is saggy!!! At 5ft 2inches, the body length is way too long so it's going back! Such a shame that you don't cater for us shorter ladies and have swimming costumes in different lengths. Maybe start a petite range?!
I would say if you are a good few inches taller than me, give it a go as it's an attractive looking costume.