Big Bust Swimming Suits

Which One Works?

The 7 Secrets to Big Bust Swimming Suits

1. Find swimming suits or bikini with a built-in underwire bra in your size. Out of all the advice this is the most important. (That's why it's first) I talk all about big bust bikinis on this page.

2. Check the label for a suit with Lycra or Spandex. This material is great for holding in bulges and bumps.

3.  A halter-top style is recommended for big busts. It will give you even more support.

4. There are mixed opinions about what kind of neckline will flatter your bust the best. Most recommend a "V" neck. I agree,as long as it doesn't plunge too low. Showing too much cleavage can make you look old and heavier, NOT ALWAYS!!

5. Some recommend a square cut neckline. This could also work as long as it isn't too high. Having too much fabric above the bust will make it look even bigger.

6. If you're more comfortable in a solid color that's just fine too. Find a beach wrap or sarong with a bright design. This will draw attention away from your chest to your lower half.

7. Some suits designed specifically for big busts have an extra band in the back (kind of like a bra band, but cuter) This will help your shoulder straps stay up and provide support.

What Kind of Bra Support Does my Suit offer?

Okay Ladies, Here's the low down on the bra situation in swimming suits.

If you're looking for a suit online and it says....

"Hidden, floating, lined underwire cup has an elastic underband for stability." It means that it has a supportive 1/2 bra. "Huh?" This is like a bra without a band that goes around your back and hooks together. It's just the front of a bra sewn into the front of a swimming suit.

It does offer some support, but not much and it might not fit real well. Why not? Here's an example, me and my friend are both a size 8. Except I'm a 34DD and she's a 32C. If we both order a size 8 suit will our breasts fit the same in the suit? NOPE!

A "Hidden, floating, lined underwire "bra" is better than a shelf bra. A shelf bra is what you find in a 12 year old's swimsuit.

I look for suits with a bonefied bra, (as in a clasping bra). You can tell your suit will have a built in bra if you order it by your bra size, not a 'jean' size. Still Confused?

For example....

I like Both of These Suits from HERROOM.COM....

But which one has a supportive bra?

Sunsets Tropical Underwire Twist Tankini Swim Top

This is the description for this suit...

  • Hidden, floating underwire cup is lined with stretchy fabric and is built on a stretch mesh base with elastic underband for support.

MagicSuit 2 Tone Lisa Draped Jersey One Piece Swimsuit

This is the description for this suit...

  • Hidden, floating underwire has a stretchy molded cup that helps with slightly uneven breast size.

So Far they Sound exactly the same!!!

BUT look at the sizes!

It's kind of small, but when you order the Sunset Tankini, you have to order it in your bra size. The Magic suit is available in sizes 8,10,12,14 etc.

This tells me that my best bet for finding a supportive bra in a swimming suit would be to order the Sunset Tankini. Which stinks because I really really like the MagicSuit Draped Jersey Suit. ;( Oh well. I'd rather have a suit with support.

Swimming Suits with a built in bra

I've found the following suits/swimming tops with a built in bra. They are all from which I'm affiliated with. Just wanted to be upfront and honest with you! Click on the picture and it will open a new window to Herroom. Happy Shopping! Also, These are all 1 piece suits. I've done two other big bust swimwear pages. One dedicated to underwire tankinis and another for big bust bikinis. Check them out!

If you don't find a 'one piece' swimming suit you like, maybe try a tankini! I've reviewed 2 tankinis with a built-in bra. Click on one of the images below to check them out.

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Our Boobs are Growing!

Lingerie manufacturer Frederick's of Hollywood reports that in 1996, the average size of bras they sold was 34B.

Currently, the average is a 36C.

And I'd bet my best bra that nowadays the average bra size is closer to a D cup

Big Breasts Are Global ;)

Similar data about the increase in average breast size comes from England, where busts grew from 36B to 36C in a 3 year period.

According to The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior, breasts across Asia grew from 34A to 34C between 1980 and 2000.