Two Summers ago I wrote a post titled 'Swimwear For Girls With A Bigger Bust' which has proven to be one of the most popular posts I've ever written for this site. I put a new, updated post together last year, and that has been equally as popular. I know this is mostly a food website these days, but I'm also planning on including a lot more travel features in the near future, and a girl as to wear something on the beach! And besides, in case you had not noticed my daydreaming self seems to think I still live within easy distance of Santa Monica Beach, so I still imagine myself walking through the waves in an old pair of pink bleach wash Levi cutoffs and one of my favourite blue and white striped halter neck bikini tops. And shopping for regularly busted girls swimwear is unfairly easy, and I'm more than happy to step into the breach and help girls like me out with their shopping!
Pureda Zanzibar Bikini Top: £34, Pureda Zanzibar Fold Briefs: £22, Pureda Zanzibar Tie Briefs: £20 | Pour Moi Azure Bikini Top: £25, Pour Moi Fold Brief: £18, Pour Moi Swim Tie Side: £16 | Panache Cleo Lucille Bikini Top: £31, Panache Cleo Lucille Swim Briefs: £16
My first stop for everything in this category is always Bravissimo. It is a fantastic website that, as well as their own styles sells a whole host of great (and sometimes hard to track down) brands for lingerie, swimwear, nightwear, work out clothes, and has a clothing line for bigger busted girls called Pepperberry, too. Also, if you like to try before you buy they have stores all over the country, including one in Covent Garden and Oxford Circus. I also love their photography, and while I do do most of my mail order shopping online these days, I do still love their catalogue. My favourite above is the blue halter neck style from Pour Moi.
Panache Cleo Matilda Bandeau Bikini Top: £31, Panache Cleo Matilda Side Frill Bikini Brief: £17 | Pour Moi Azure Padded Underwire Bikini Top: £25, Pour Moi Azure Ruched Bikini Brief: £18, Pour Moi Side Tie Bikini Brief: £16 | Figleaves Sophina Halted Bikini Top: £32, Figleaves Sophina Icon Mesh Bikini Brief: £18
For the past two years my swimwear, both from other brands (also stuff I can get from Bravissimo, if both sites have what I want I go for what has my size still in stock or any special offers they are running at the time) and from their own collection, and I've been really, really happy with everything I've ordered. I love this yellow halter from Panache (who make really comfortable swimwear, though I would not recommend their bras!), but what I really love from Figleaves is their own style halter necks which are super amazing and flattering. My favourite bikini top is a blue and white striped halter neck from two Summers ago that I adore.
I never really used to be interested in one much, but after putting this selection together this year I think I want an all in one swimsuit. How flattering and lovely are these styles? I'd never heard of Miraclesuit before I stumbled across these very elegant (and shaping!) blue and black numbers on the Figleaves site. I'd happily wear both, though I adore the black. Elegant for a sun lounger, but from the looks of things also practical to swim in too. At £120 each they are pretty pricy though, but this third Figleaves own is a fraction of that at £35, pretty elegant, and well fitted, if my experiences with their separates are anything to go by.
I've never really explored Rigby & Peller swimwear before, mainly because of the price point. I adore their styles for everything, but I simply can't afford it. However, looking how the prices are slowly hiking up for the brands I do usually buy, I have been starting to take a bit of a shifty. This little mission lead to me falling head over heels for this amazing palm print swimsuit, which also comes in an awesome bikini style, too.
Boux Avenue Palm Springs Bow Dot Bikini: £28, Boux Avenue Palm Springs Spot Bow Back Briefs: £15 | Boux Avenue Lanzarote Bow Bikini Top: £26, Boux Avenue Lanzarote Bow Back Bikini Briefs: £14 | Boux Avenue Narita Full Support Bikini Top: £26, Boux Avenue Narita Tie DyeBikini Briefs: £15
Now, while I've been into their Westfield London store and had a look at their swimwear, and decided that it was really great, but not quite up to the quality of what I personally fork out for from Bravissimo and Figleaves, I've always featured some offerings from Boux Avenue in this roundup as a cheaper alternative. Buying bigger bust swimwear and lingerie actually adds up to be pretty pricy. However, the prices seem to have gone up this year. These styles are only a pound or two cheaper from a lot of the Figleaves offerings I've featured this year, so I'm curious to see if the quality has improved. Do any of you own any Boux Avenue swimwear? I do like some of the styles this year, like the polka dots, and the Lanzarote neon bikini that they also had last year and comes in lots of great colours. If I were going somewhere sunny on holiday this year (I'm going to Norway and Iceland, though!) I'd probably pick one of these up as an extra to some of the expensive styles I had when I was wearing them all the time in Los Angeles.
Finally we get to ASOS, who I used to include as another budget option (I've never tried their fuller bust swimwear, but it is on my to do list), and is pretty much the only one now. They also stock higher end brands, and their core collection is pretty much the same as it was last year. I do however, want to draw your attention to the fact they now stock size measured New Look swimwear at a fantastic price point, and this wonderful wrap around style which is a 'Fuller Bust' exclusive
New Look Kelly Brook Rose Underwired Bikini Top: £16.99, New Look Kelly Brook Rose Ruched Bikini Bottom: £10.99 | ASOS Fuller Bust Exclusive Underwired Wrap Fuller Bust Bikini Top DD-G: £18, ASOS Exclusive Tab Side Hipster Bikini Pant: £12
Finally we get to ASOS, who I used to include as another budget option (I've never tried their fuller bust swimwear, but it is on my to do list), and is pretty much the only one now. They also stock higher end brands, and their core collection is pretty much the same as it was last year. I do however, want to draw your attention to the fact they now stock size measured New Look swimwear at a fantastic price point, and this wonderful wrap around style which is a 'Fuller Bust' exclusive.
I hope this round up has been helpful, and I'd love to hear if you have any more shopping destinations that you think that I should add to this list. Back to regular programming tomorrow with one of my go to favourite barbecue recipes, and my menu for the perfect, make ahead barbecue for friends.