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Big Boobs on the Beach: Top Problems, Solved


Ladies, ye of the larger chests: Gather ’round, because it’s time to figure out the best suits for us to wear this season. We know that we’ve got a different, ahem, set of problems than many of our sisters.

I’m with you; I am one of you. I, too, have heard the friends lamenting about how they wish their chests were bigger, not realizing the #struggleisreal to find something that doesn’t make you overly matronly…or overly sexy…but just right.

Today, on the eve of July 4th and not a moment too soon, we’re coming to grips with some of our gripes and getting stellar advice on flattering options for the curvaceous among us from swimwear buyer and resident expert Megan Puma.

“Everything gives me over-the-top cleavage.”

Ugh, isn’t this the worst? Not that there’s anything wrong with ample cleavage, it’s just not always wanted or appropriate given certain situations like, say, your kid’s swim class or a pool party with your boyfriend’s parents. Those of us with larger-than-life bosoms often find that the cuts of suits not meant to be cleave-heavy become exactly that on our frames.

Megan’s Picks for Keeping it Tasteful

  • Fantasie Beqa Tankini Top: If you’re looking for a tankini top that covers and supports, here it is. With a modest neckline, the top is going to give you the coverage you want. Plus, there’s a built-in underwire bra with adjustable hook-and-eye back closure to lift, lock and load. And how cool and versatile is the print? Spoiler alert: very.
  • Freya Sundance Bikini Crop Top: High-neck suits, whether a bikini, one-piece or tankini, are a smart way to cover up cleavage without compromising on style. One of the best-selling tops so far this season touches on multiple trends at once (crochet, crop top, high neck, the colors). Bonus: You can untie the crochet overlay while lying out.
From left: Fantasie Beqa Tankini Top and Freya Sundance Bikini Crop Top

“My cups runneth over…and they’re sagging to my midsection.”

Cup support is a huuuuge deal for the generously-chested. When you don’t have it, you’re hanging down low or spilling out the sides. Neither of these is a good thing.

Megan’s Picks to Keep ’em Reined in

  • Pour Moi Hot Spots Bikini Top: This top works in three different ways to ensure there’s zero sagging and plenty of support. First off, it’s bra-sized, so you can order a design that’s specific to your figure. The straps are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen them as needed for lift and comfort. Lastly, foam-lined cups help to contain, shape and support.
  • Prima Donna Rumba Tankini Top: This pretty tankini literally won’t let you down thanks to the built-in bra with 3-part foam-lined, underwire cups and adjustable hook-and-eye closures. And they-only-look-delicate convertible straps can be tightened or crisscrossed for extra lift.
From left: Pour Moi Hot Spots Bikini Top and Prima Donna Rumba Tankini Top

“Why does extra support have to mean grandma levels of fabric?”

Preach. Just because I want my swimsuit to fit properly absolutely does not mean I’ve given up on looking stylish and my age.

Megan’s Picks for Keeping it Cool

  • La Blanca Designer Jeans Bandini: This tankini bolsters without adding bulk. The support comes from the contour cups with underwire, side-boning and silicone lining along the edges to stop slippage. The tapered silhouette accentuates your curves rather than covering up your figure. Cool design, too.
  • Magicsuit Tiki Lisa One-Piece: Everybody loves the tapered shape of this suit, which has a built-in underwire. It doesn’t have a ton of excess fabric, so it doesn’t feel heavy as you’re wearing it. A draped front and tulip hemline lands this style somewhere between a one-piece and a tankini, and the bead detail at the neck is a young, fun touch.

From left: La Blanca Designer Jeans Bandini and Magicsuit Tiki Lisa One-Piece

“Bandeau tops are cool and all, but they never stay up.”

Since I went through puberty, I’ve yet to meet a bandeau top that worked on me. That’s all about to change.

  • Panache Elle Bandeau Bikini Top: Panache is known for making one of the most supportive bandeau tops on the market. The construction makes it so you can go about your summer activities without fearing a wardrobe malfunction. Since you’re choosing this top by your band and cup size, you’re already ahead of the game compared to bandeaus that just come in sizes small through large. Foam cups, underwire and side support anchor Elle in place. If all that wasn’t enough to have you feeling confident, it comes with straps that can be worn various ways. Score.
  • Freya Summer Tide Bandeau Bikini Top: Yet another great option, with 3-part seamed underwire foam cups to (you guessed it) support and shape. There’s also side-boning and power net wings to keep this bandana-print top right where it belongs.
From left: Panache Elle Bandeau Bikini Top and Freya Summer Tide Bandeau Bikini Top

I find this to be especially true when I’m looking for a cute one-piece or tankini, don’t you? Everything feels like it’s hanging out way too casually down in front.

Megan’s Picks for Getting Back That Groove

  • Panache Anya Spot Tankini: Since this top goes by bra size, you can get the perfect (read: snug) band size that will ensure you’re getting enough support in back and all the way around. There’s actually a hidden hook-and-eye bra closure inside so you can tighten or loosen as needed.
  • Miraclesuit So Riche Zip Code One-Piece: Such a chic one-piece for when you want more back support. This tank suit style has a back that comes up higher to help with support, a front that zips down as low as you dare to go and straps that are adjustable. Miraclesuit uses Miratex fabric, which gives firm control throughout the whole suit. Boom, total confidence.
From left: Panache Anya Spot Tankini and Miraclesuit So Riche Zip Code One-Piece

“Just this once, can I please find a one-piece that doesn’t smoosh my boobs?”

A flattened-out uniboob is never my desired look…nevertheless, it persists. Luckily, turns out there are better options out there to accentuate these curves.

Megan’s Picks for Keeping It Real—and Really Pretty

  • Panache Anya One-Piece: A little black swimsuit with so many benefits. This bra-sized suit has built-in cups and underwire, giving you a supportive fit without all the chest-mashing. Construction aside, it also has ruching down each side to visually streamline and define your waist.
  • Miraclesuit Tiki Sanibel One-Piece: I love this because it’s a trendy suit that’s both slimming and supportive. It has extra-firm control targeting only the midriff. Hidden underwire cups and adjustable straps let you be both supported and comfortable. In other words, you get to do you and look good doing it.
From left: Panache Anya One-Piece and Miraclesuit Tiki Sanibel One-Piece

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Abby Gardner

Abby Gardner

Abby started out covering beauty, fashion, lifestyle and health at Jane, Allure and YM before diving into digital at The Daily Front Row, Fashionista, Glo, and She’s a freelance writer/editor/consultant now, obsessed with style, sports and pop culture.
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