Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Swimwear For Girls With A Bigger Bust

Everyone knows how obsessed I am with Forever 21. They have some fantastically printed, brightly coloured bikinis at such great prices in at the moment but there is only one problem. I doubt you'd be able to fit into them if you're anything more than a C cup, at a push. You know the beautiful swimwear I featured from TAVIK last month? DD at a push, if you get creative and you're selective with the styles.  In my post in January, 'Lingerie For Girls With A Bigger Bust' I complained that the mainstream should realise that girls are sometimes smaller than a 32 back, and bigger than a D cup. The problem is still there, albiet a bit worse with swimwear, as you actually have to move around in the water in your bikini, and if there is an accidental slip, there are not any clothes to cover it up! This season I was happy to discover ASOS now do bikini's up to an F cup (still unfair to girls FF and up though!) but it still took me a long time to find a cute bikini I liked and I could still swim lengths and play around in the sea in. 
Figleaves Sailor Striped Halter Neck Bikini Top: £28, Figleaves Sailor Striped Bikini Short: £18

Though I was not that enamoured for the styles for myself this year, Bravissimo is usually my favourite place to shop with their beautiful styles in practically all sizes. If only this pretty pink bikini came in a rich purple... 
Bravissimo Pink Bikini: from £50, Bravissimo Pureda Cote D'Azur Bikini: from £52, Bravissimo Free Calypso Bikini: from £58

As I mentioned, ASOS now to a 'DD+' range on their site which I have not tried myself, but look pretty awesome with some great prints varying styles and the option of buying high waisted bottoms (very flattering) with some designs - I really want to get a navy high waisted pair of bottoms to wear with my new Figleaves bikini top (if you see a pair, let me know where!)
ASOS 50's Underwater Print Halterneck Bikini Top: £20, ASOS 50's Underwater print Bikini Bottoms: £14ASOS Hibiscus Print Fuller Bust Bikini Top: £18, ASOS Hibiscus Print High Waisted Bikini Bottoms: £14, ASOS Leaf Print Halter Bigger Bust Bikini Top: £11, ASOS Leaf Print High Waisted Bikini Bottoms: £14

Finally, for flattering one pieces we have the store my bikini is from, Figleaves. The first black swimsuit comes in a range of bra sizes and I think is wonderfully sexy, the peach Seafolly number is from the core range but is suitable for bigger busted ladies, and is the lovely black halter suit from Figleaves' own range. 
Empreinte Naples Black Swimsuit: £124, Seafolly Peach Swimsuit: £92, Figleaves Halter Draped Swimsuit: £55

Those of you who are like me and are quite limited by the swimwear you can buy, have you bought your Summer swimwear yet? Where did you buy it from, and where do you usually look? (P.S. If you fit regular bikini sizes, I'm currently giving away a Volcom aquamarine bikini!)


  1. I've discovered that M&S clothes-size bikinis i.e. 8/10 fit me well despite having a very small backsize! I agree that being under 32 back is a pain in the ass!

  2. I'm a 28GG which is a complete nightmare to find. Bravissimo or Figleaves everytime! I did however find a Panache bikini in the sale on Amazon, so it's worth a look!

  3. Asos 'own brand' DD+ bikinis leave a lot to be desired! I ordered 2, both in my usual size 30F. The first one was underwired, but the cups were so small, they actually fit my friend's 32C bust perfectly. The other bikini was slightly truer to size (though definitely more of a 30E), but was of terrible quality, gaped, didn't stay up, and just looked cheap.

    On the other hand, I bought one Asos DD+ bikini that was from one of the stocked brands (I think it could've been Lepel), which was great - true to size and very good quality. So I found the moral of the story to be - don't buy Asos 'own brand', instead buy from the known brands! Infinitely worth the few extra dollars.

  4. While I'm not as big as some of the commentors below I still get frustrated as well! I'm a 32 D borderline DD and living in the US I thought Victoria's Secret would have my back! (Literally) but I still have trouble shopping there for a snug fit as well as perfect support for my lady lumps. I was just a Target and the ones with a cup shape to them fit me perfectly in the Large size. So hooray for Target!

  5. These are lovely picks, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be trying to get swimwear, as well as being expensive!

    Maria xxx

  6. Good to see that Asos are doing additional size swimwear, I think my last bikini was from Freya on which is amazing for all different sizes.

    What I don't understand about the bra world is that, i'm a 30E/F and I am by no means small in build or size, I just have a slimmer top of back, but there are many many other girls out there who are much small than myself in size, yet nothing in the highstreet stores to account for them?

    I long to be able to pick up a pretty bra in M&S or John Lewis, but there is just nothing! Plus, you pay the price for not being an on shelf size.

  7. Oooh my favourite is ASOS's 50's Underwater Print bikini - gorgeous print and shape :) x

  8. I don't have a big bust by any stretch of the imagination, but I've still had issues buying bikinis - I'm a size 8, B Cup so I thought I could get away with a standard size bikini (as in, just size 8 rather than a specific bra size) but even a size 10 bikini top from ASOS was too small - how is that possible? A size 12 would be far too big for my back, so why are the cups so tiny?!

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  10. I never really thought of looking on Amazon - thanks for the tip!

  11. That is interesting; now I've heard about the discrepancies in the ASOS sizings I think I might have to try one out...

  12. I know, it really annoys me how we are limited on where we can shop for bras and swimwear, and the inflated price tags! Did you see my post earlier in the year on 'Lingerie For Girls With A Bigger Bust' ( that this post is a follow on from. I also threw some cheaper options I knew of into that!

  13. That is really interesting, I had not really heard any customer feedback on them, I just thought that it was good that they were branching out, and after reading some of the comments on this post I think I'm going to have to give one a trial run to see...

  14. I can't wear the bikini bottom anyway. Incontinence.

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