Sometimes, it feels like swimwear designers have forgotten full-busted women. Flimsy bikinis and one-piece bathing suits are everywhere you turn. Some dig into your skin, leaving painful red marks that take hours to fade, others try to cover everything up as if trying to stop you from rocking your curves. Finding the perfect swimsuit seems like an impossible task, but don't give up hope yet! Here are a few chic swim styles for larger busts that you'll love.
Don't listen to anyone who says these aren't for women with large busts, anyone can rock the right bikini! The key is to find one that gives you the support you'll need to lounge on the beach all day long. Many large-breasted women tend to hide themselves away, but there's no need. Suits that squish, smoosh and flatten won't do you any favors, after all. Avoid anything that doesn't bring out the best in your curves, or has the dreaded "uni-boob" effect, and look for molded cups that lift and separate. Hidden underwires in swimsuits are your friend. You'll enjoy the support of a good bra, but reinforced stitches mean you won't get poked or scratched by a sharp piece of metal. If you need a little nudge to get you to the water, wear a quick-dry bra under a swim tee. Swim tees are designed to be worn over your swimsuit, or with a bra. Pair it with your favorite bikini bottoms or a swim skirt and you'll simply look sun savvy. Those shirts offer UPF 50 sun protection wet or dry. You'll stay sun smart until the sun sets.
Tankinis are a great middle ground between bikinis and one piece suits, making them perfect if you want coverage yet love the versatility of a two piece. They're basically the swim equivalent of a tank top, leaving your arms and shoulders free to soak up sun while keeping your tummy from getting sunburnt. Make sure that you choose one with wide straps; thin ones don't provide any lift, and they can dig into your skin, leaving painful red marks that take hours to fade. A swimsuit with broad straps helps distribute weight evenly, alleviating pressure on your shoulders. You can wear this longer swim top with whatever style of bottoms you find most comfortable. A flared swim skirt provides balance, making your figure appear more even. Bikini briefs with detailing around the waist, like a draping tie or a wide band, have the same effect, and keep your chest from seeming out of proportion.
Skip teeny bikini and tankini tops and choose something designed especially for an ample bust. Halter styles that tie behind the neck are perfect if you're can't seem to find a suit that fits just right, as the straps can be worn as loosely or tightly as you like. Adjustable straps are nice too, as you can alter them to ensure maximum comfort. You can take things a step further with removable straps. When you're in the mood, clip them onto your suit and enjoy the subtle boost. If you'd rather try a daring bandeau look, remove them and get ready to show off your gorgeous décolletage.
No other style has the same classic simplicity of the one-piece swimsuit. This is the one for you if you're looking for something with lots of support and coverage, or are in need of an outfit that will stay secure and comfortable throughout all your water activities. Remember that certain necklines are best if you have a buxom build. A sweetheart style, for example, flatters your curves, as does a v-neck and a scoop cut. Avoid bateau suits though, which are easily overwhelmed by a voluptuous figure. If you are especially worried about your suit staying in place when doing things like competitive swimming, water-skiing, or a good old fashioned water slide, look for one-piece suits that are designed to be active swimwear.
If you want a little more coverage on your lower half, try wearing a swim dress. We've designed many of ours to accommodate ample bosoms, so they'll keep everything in place. Nothing will make you feel more elegant than having a flowing skirt bouncing around your thighs as you strut the beachfront or streaming behind you like a jellyfish when you swim. Swim dresses are a great alternative to one-pieces if you like the security and coverage of the one-piece but prefer something a bit longer. Swim dresses are also perfect for days when you'll be moving from water to land and then back again. Your look will be just as chic on the boardwalk as it is on the sand!
No matter what style you end up choosing, always make sure your swimwear is made from high-quality material. At Lands' End, we use Lycra® Xtra Life™ spandex that keeps its shape and resists chlorine damage, so your suit won't get stretched out. Firming Slendertex® fabric also smooths your figure, helping you look your best.