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Believe me when I say that I love having a larger chest, but sometimes, there are days when finding a swimsuit for big boobs seems nearly impossible. Am I the only gal riding this struggle bus? I either feel too exposed or too dowdy, too restricted or not supported enough, and I honestly hate having to overthink my ‘fit every time I make plans to hit the beach!
Don’t get me wrong—I’m a firm believer that anyone can wear anything he or she wants to, and no one should ever feel like their body has to look a certain way. That said, I know what I like for my E-cup chest, and I’ve rounded up a few swim silhouettes that almost always make me feel bomb AF. From longline tops to supportive necklines to sexy sheer mesh, there’s a suit on this list for any and all of my summertime vibes. I’d wear bikini number six to Ibiza in a heartbeat, and suit number four for my next family pool party.
While I have a large chest for my frame, I don’t claim to be the Boob God. Finding the right swimsuit for you can take a lot of trial and error (and if you’re like me, a few fitting room breakdowns), but hopefully you see something on this list you like enough to give a whirl. Again, looking good is nice, but loving and embracing your body is what makes swimsuit season so fun, so don’t overthink it to the point where you’re more stressed than excited to show off your suit. I guarantee you look fly in anything!
Now that I’ve stated my case, read on for my favorite bikinis and one-piece bathing suits perfectly suited to support big boobs.
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If you don’t want to commit to a full-on tankini, a longline bikini style can give the girls a little extra coverage. Aerie has a ton of longline swimsuits available this season, like the easy, wear-with-any-bottoms Printed Longline Triangle Bikini Top.
If you’re too scared to rock something totally strapless, the one-shoulder shape of L*Space’s Ribbed Phoebe One-Piece Swimsuit will keep you held in while still showing some skin. Plus, it’s just a really cute suit, available in seven colors.
If you prefer to keep your tatas covered at the beach or pool, wear a swim top that feels like you kept your shirt on—but looks so much cuter. Crop top styles are supportive and trendy, and I love the lace-up detail on the Busty Bikini Top from Good American.
Say you ARE about that strapless life—I recommend a suit like this Off The Shoulder Swimsuit from Eloquii that comes with attachable straps, available I sizes 14-28. Take the straps off before you lay out so you end up tanline-free, then hook them on whenever you feel like you need the extra lift.
Here’s one for the girl who really likes to keep it locked and loaded. If I’m in for a day of water sports—surfing, tubing, you name it—I high-key love a one-piece that gives off wetsuit vibes, like the Sea Level Long Sleeve Multifit One-Piece.
Now, when I do want to flex, a mesh moment is my friend. I don’t always love having full-on cleavage, so a peek behind a sheer fabric is a super sexy detail. I particularly like the look of this Bikini Set with crop top from Swimsuits For All, available in XS-XL. You can also wear sans-crop top if you please!
I know some larger-chested ladies don’t love a high neckline, but when I want to cover up and pretend I’m an A-cup, it’s my go-to look. And it doesn’t have to be dowdy, either! The Summersalt Tie Belted Cove One-Piece is a cute, color-blocked option with tie waist detail that makes me forget all about the girls for a few hours of sun and fun.
Teeny, tiny spaghetti straps attempting to holding up my boobs and digging into my shoulders all day? Yeah, no thanks. Aerie’s wide-strap tops are made with big-boobed gals in mind, and I particularly appreciate the look of this patterned Tie Banded Scoop Bikini Top.
Allowing for even more coverage than a longline bikini is a tankini-style top. To avoid this silhouette looking dated, go for a fitted top instead of something flowy. Frankies Bikinis’ Peace Strapless Bikini Top has tons of coordinating bottoms options and comes in sizes XS-XXL.
It doesn’t haaave to have underwire, but any sort of swim top with cups that resemble a bra is a winner in my book. A supportive bra always has me feeling my best (and makes my boobs look bomb), so a swimsuit that mimics this look is a Yes in my book. Freya makes suits designed especially for D-cups and above, like this cute Beach Hut Underwire Plunge Tankini.
A version of this article previously appeared in March 2020.