Black and White and Cute All Over
It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow black polka dot bikini. And what’s even better is that this one offers major support thanks to power mesh-lined bra cups with side boning and underwire. The bottoms are just as well-designed thanks to a mesh stomach control front panel.
Swim Sexy The Captain Polka Dot Underwire Bikini, $50.40 at Swimsuits for All
Illusion straps aren’t only for red carpet gowns. This swimsuit for big busts incorporates them thanks to clever mesh inserts. You’re covered on the support front thanks to the hidden underwire in the bikini top and clasp closure.
ASOS Fuller Bust Mix and Match Mesh Insert Hidden Underwire Bikini Top ($28) and ASOS Mix and Match Mesh Insert High Waist Bikini Bottom ($25) at ASOS
This is not your basic one-piece. Mesh sides and a cut-out back make this swimsuit as interesting as any printed bikini. It will keep your girls hoisted and high, too. There’s a shelf bra with floating underwires built in.
Seafolly Mesh About DD Cup High Neck One-Piece Maillot, $202 at Seafolly
Does this look like the frumpy bathing suit you were envisioning when you thought about supportive swimwear? Thought not. The bold style is cute and it will keep your curves in place thanks to the underwire cups. It is available in sizes 30D to 38G.
Pour Moi Crazy Daisy Padded Underwired Bikini Top ($46) and Pour Moi Crazy Daisy Bikini Bottoms ($26) at ASOS
Looking Hot, Hot, Hot
This two-tone bikini top enhances what your mama gave you, while providing ample support. The shirred style has removable soft cups with an underwire. Wear it with the coordinating coral bottoms or try an orange pair for a fresh look.
Coco Reef Colorblocked Divine Power Underwire Bikini Top ($71) and Coco Reef Ruched Hipster Bikini Bottom ($28.99) at Macy’s
This vibrant bikini top may actually be more comfortable than your bra thanks to the foam-lined underwire and adjustable straps. The swimsuit is even sized like your bra. Wear it with the straps straight or crisscrossed.
Prima Donna Pool Party Balconette Convertible Swim Top ($131) and Prima Donna Pool Party Rio Brief Swim Bottom ($64) at Bare Necessities
Who says that busty girls have to give up strapless styles? Not us. You just have to make sure you find a style that gives your chest the right support. This longline geometric print bikini is just the thing. Note that removable straps are included for maximum versatility.
Midnight Grace Malibu Underwired Longline Scuba Bandeau Bikini Top ($42) and Midnight Grace Malibu Bikini Brief ($27) at figleaves.com
Make It Mesh
The classic halter bikini top gets a sexier upgrade thanks to a netted mesh overlay. The well-designed style features adjustable shoulder straps and molded cups to keep your girls secure. The top is available in sizes Small D to Large F.
Blush by Profile Caught In the Net Underwire Bikini Top ($80) and Blush by Profile Shirred Bikini Bottoms ($44) at Nordstrom
A Little Bit Retro
Tropical prints are always popular options, but a bathing suit in a bold color is just as summery. This stunning blue one-piece has lightly padded cups with an underwire to keep your boobs in place. There are options for D and DD cup sizes. Pair the bathing suit with lace-up sandals and a big floppy hat for a vintage vibe.
J.Crew DD-Cup Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit, $114 at J.Crew
Aloha Tropical Flowers
Is a supportive swimsuit that is actually pretty too much to ask for? No, it is not. This swimsuit for big busts delivers on all fronts. It’s sized like a bra and fits like the best of them. The taller sides and back feature power mesh lining encasing elastic for a fit like no other. Combine that with lined, underwire cups and kicked-in straps that prevent slipping and you will feel confident doing that cannonball.
Fantasie Calabria Underwire Gathered Full Cup Swim Top ($76) and Fantasie Calabria Mid Rise Brief With Rings Swim Bottom ($58) at HerRoom
There’s no mystery here. This is a sexy and supportive swimsuit. The halter style has seamed, underwire cups that hoist and hold up your chest.
Freya Sphinx Underwire Halter Bikini Top ($60) and Freya Sphinx Rio Side Tie Bikini Bottoms ($44) at Nordstrom
Hold that thought about peplums being only for dresses. The peplum on this tankini is a sweet addition. The polka dots only add to the flirty look. The best part? The fitted bodice has underwire support and fits up to D/DD.
Xhilaration Peplum Bandeau Tankini Top ($24.99) and Xhilaration Bikini Bottom ($14.99) at Target
If you’re a girl who is blessed with a larger chest, you’ll realize at some point that no matter how tight you tie the straps on that triangle bikini top, they are never, ever going to provide you with adequate support. It doesn’t matter if you tie them so tight you can barely breathe, those little straps can only do so much. Besides, you (and your chest) are better off finding a swimsuit that actually fits. When your bathing suit doesn’t fit, it’s annoying at best. At its worst, an unsupportive swimsuit is embarrassing. (Read: Dive at your own risk.)
You’re not going to have fun at the pool or beach when you are constantly adjusting your bikini top. Do yourself a favor and take the time to get a proper-fitting swimsuit the same way you do with your bras. Thankfully, there are cute and supportive swimsuits for big busts, just like there are pretty and supportive bras. Shop some of our favorite swimwear picks above.