11 Supremely Stylish Bathing Suits for Top-Heavy Women
At The Cheat Sheet, we believe everyone should celebrate and embrace their bodies; however, being busty comes with its set of perils. This is especially true when it comes to choosing a swimsuit. There are tons of stylish options on the market, but they’re not strong enough to support your, um, assets. On the flip side, tops that aren’t totally flimsy tend to look matronly.
Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort this summer. Below, we’ve rounded up 11 cute bathing suits for top-heavy women.
1. Geometric bandeau
If you have anything larger than a C-cup, you might think a cute bandeau is out of the question. The truth? You can actually wear the strapless style — you just need to choose it with care.
Swimwear brand Shoshanna specializes in making stylish, supportive suits — and this one is no exception. With a boning along the sides, an underwire, and a sturdy hook-and-eye closure, it’ll keep your breasts looking perky and secured. If sizing is a concern, know this option is available up to a DDD. Best of all, the geo ikat print will look at home while you’re on the beach.
2. Retro-style bustier
Trends might come and go, but they always make a comeback. Case in point: Retro swimwear. The pin-up style isn’t just for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. It’s available style for you, too. Pair this underwired top with some high-rise bottoms and you’ll be one of the most stylish women on the beach.
3. A sporty style
Anyone who practically lives in their sports bra will love this option from Coco Reef. Available up to a DD, the molded cups and racerback straps will give you the support you need. Plus, that sexy front zip screams Baywatch — minus the slow-mo run.
4. A bra-sized top
Swimwear brand Malia Mills is all about body positivity. While the company has a ton of different styles to match your preference, all bikini tops are bra-sized. Some styles, like the Pamela, are available in a DD-cup. We’ll admit, shelling out nearly $200 for a bikini top is a splurge, but if you’re in the market for a suit that will withstand the test of time, it’s worth the investment.
5. Lady in red
If you’re looking for a clean, classic style, this red option from Asos will fit the bill. Part of the company’s mix-and-match collection, you can style it with a simple red bottom or something printed if you want to shake things up.
6. Opt for a thick strap
One fail-safe way busty women can ensure the perfect fit? According to SwimOutlet.com, you should select a bikini top with thick, durable straps. It makes sense; there’s no way those flimsy spaghetti straps will do your breasts any favors. Fortunately, there are tons of stylish options on the market. Take this option from Lands’ End: It has two heavy-duty straps, an underwire, and comes in a cute polka dot print.
7. Hold-all halter
Buyer beware, choosing a swimsuit without an underwire can be risky. But depending on your cup size, it is possible. If you want to ditch the constricting underwire but want to keep your chest supported, buy a halter. Similar to a racerback, a halter tie will lift, separate, and most importantly, secure. This simple style from Becca by Rebecca Virtue can accommodate a DDD, plus it’s available in two cute colors.
8. A one-piece (yes, a one-piece)
While a one-piece is a perennially stylish option for seaside fun, they’re not what we’d call boob-friendly. Most iterations have no underwire, molded cups, or pads, which can be equal parts frustrating and uncomfortable after taking a dip in a very, very cold body of water. This one from Figleaves is different, though. It boasts a subtle, yet sturdy, underwire — not to mention the stylish wrap motif proves one-pieces are not just for your mother.
9. A sliver of sexy
Looking to pump up the sex appeal this summer? This bikini top from Pour Moi has you covered. The brand’s Glamazon Convertible Bikini Top checks all the boxes: It can accommodate G-cups, has sturdy underwire, and features adjustable straps. Sartorially speaking, the mesh paneling leaves just enough to the imagination.
10. A tankini
Consider a tankini the happy medium between a bikini and one-piece: It gives you ample coverage without being too restricting. And as you might’ve guessed, there are a ton of tankinis for top-heavy women. Between the mosaic print, stealth underwire, and stylish front straps, this option from Magicsuit is a clear winner.
11. Dress like a Bond Girl
Finding a bikini top that actually fits your boobs is a lot like bra shopping. With so many options to choose from, finding one that works for you is like finding a needle in a lingerie-clad haystack. That’s where Freya comes in. The company makes bras and swimsuits, making it your one stop shop for both. Plus, some of the styles are available in a K-cup. There are tons of cuts and styles to choose from, but Freya’s Mercury suit gives us some major Bond Girl vibes.