We know what it’s like to be a bit top heavy and worry about the proper first impression for the girls when you hit the beach. Not only do you need your breasts to be covered and comfy, you also yearn for a bit more lift without having to worry about spillage. Ugh, why does it seem that all swimsuits cater to girls with tater-tot-size boobies and totally neglect those of us with a bit more to love on top?

For those of you who can count on a struggle each year with swimsuit shopping — or those who have given up completely — we know just the thing to pick up your spirits and your boobs at the same time. We’ve got the three pieces of advice that guarantee to help you find this summer’s suit with the proper coverage and that extra ego boost you’ve been craving.

1. Underwire Is Your Best Friend
Honestly, there’s nothing better than a sturdy underwire to keep your girls perky all day and firmly planted in their best position. Lingerie stores like Victoria’s Secret are excellent choices for swimsuit shopping because they offer underwire suits with cup sizes and removable padding. One of the best features of VS is that they will actually measure your bust to tell you which bra size will offer you the perfect fit and then give you suggestions of different styles that are available to you. Chances are that if you find the perfect bra with them, they’ll have a beach-appropriate swimsuit top with the same fit!

We are crazy for the Unforgettable Demi Top ($52.50-$62.50) for the supportive design and that totally adorable paisley print!

Credit: Fig Leaves

2. Halt(er), Who Goes There?
There are lots of styles of a halter top — string, thick straps, wide-set, etc. — so it really depends on your comfort level. What would you like to be seen in and how physically comfortable is each style to wear for your particular size? There are some tops that have a detachable halter for varying your beach style, but we tend to shy away from those because it is very possible that one of those connections could slip or break during your volleyball serve and cue the most embarrassing moment of your summer. The biggest downside to the halter style is that most have a tie back and neck, but we recommend applying a safety pin or two to the middle of the knots.

Check out the Pour Moi? classic checkered halter top by Fig Leaves for impeccable coverage and ‘50s flair with just the right fit!

3. Traditional Beauty
Of course, you can’t beat the faithful bra-style top, but it must be done right to be sure no one mistakes your beach style for everyday undergarments. You’ll have to use your own scale to judge whether one top is looking inappropriately sexy, but we generally say to steer clear of satins and lace. We love to see a heavy knot at the front or a thicker band around the middle to clearly signify that your style is ready for the waves.

This Curvy Kate style by Bare Necessities looks so comfy and also gives the illusion that your girls are a tad smaller than normal, thanks to the stripe pattern at the bottom topped off with a solid.

So what are some bathing suit styles to avoid? The bandeau is very popular and may be tempting, but don’t let that itty bitty center string fool you into thinking it's providing any sort of support. For a larger chest, this futile attempt at security with only break your neck after about 30 minutes.
 
Also be wary of the deep V tops that extend far beyond the under-boob region and onto the upper part of your stomach. This style may flatter J.Lo, but unless fitted perfectly, may turn your girls into unflattering fleshy pancakes.

For more great bathing suit styles for bustier girls that provide support, coverage, and style, check out the swim selections at Panache, Beach Bunny Swimwear, and Bigger Bras (not such a flattering name, but hey, they have options!).

 

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