Swimsuits for Big Busts
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There are a number of dilemmas larger-chested folks run into when bathing suit shopping. Perhaps the most pressing is finding swimsuits for big busts that actually support you—without sacrificing style or comfort. You probably have a bathing suit horror story. Maybe a strap snapped after being kissed by a rogue wave, or you accidentally flashed innocent bystanders when your boob fell out of a cup. We have some good news for you: Supportive, on-trend, full-coverage suits are out there—you just need to do some digging.

To save yourself another dressing room meltdown, we had DD- to J-cup shoppers share the best swimsuits for large busts that they turn to for support and comfort. You’ll find underwire and compressive styles for active beach days, and longline bralette styles for lounging comfortably poolside. Some of our favorite brands like Knix, Madewell, Athleta, Summersalt, and Aerie made the list, plus plenty more. Your nip slip-free summer is a few clicks away.

Bravissimo Cadiz Bikini Top

This underwire top doesn’t have padding, so it isn’t bulky. It has the looks-good-on-everyone balconette silhouette and features thick straps to take pressure off your neck and shoulders.

“I’m a 32GG. This swimsuit is the most secure and supportive one I’ve found, and it makes me feel beautiful! I have the top and the Brazilian bottoms. The red pairs well with any basic black bottoms too, so it’s fun to mix and match!” —Kate Stone, marketing manager

Available in sizes 30H to 38H.

Aerie Ribbed Longline Scoop Bikini Top

We love longline bikinis because they’re the happy medium between standard tops and tankini tops. This one fits like a scoop neck tank top, with gentle compression (size down for more) and enough coverage that you won’t have to worry about spilling out.

“38F chest here. I love this longline bikini from Aerie because it gives me the coverage I need and also allows for a little bit more sun exposure. It’s the most functional top I own because it lends itself to laying out on the beach, but it’s also supportive enough for swimming in the pool or doing water sports.” —Ana Acosta, journalist and copy editor

Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

Aerie Ribbed Longline Bandeau Bikini Top

Going strapless as a busty individual is risky, but does that mean you should shy away from the style altogether? Not necessarily. We suggest opting for a longline top like this one, which has enough compression that you won’t spend your afternoon in anxiety about making one wrong move.

“I’m an E cup, and Aerie’s line is perfect for coverage and support. I like this strapless ribbed top for chill days when I want to feel a little sexy but still don’t want to worry about flashing people, ha.” —Kaela Adams, law student

Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

Abercrombie & Fitch Terry 90s Halter Bralette Swim Top

You heard it from us: Abercrombie & Fitch is back and despite your possible bad past experience, plenty of DD+ shoppers raved about the brand’s foray into supportive suits. This halter bikini is made with a soft terry fabric and has thicker straps and a stylish square neck.

“I love this swim top because I don’t feel like I’m spilling out, but I have enough support. Also, I don’t have to tie it so tight that my boobs are up to my chin.” —Alyssa Handschuh, publicist

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love Wide Strap Underwire Bikini Top

This Curve Love top from Abercrombie has fuller bust support matched with a proportionally smaller band size and fully adjustable straps. Just be sure to check the size guide before buying your standard size; the Curve Love line is adjusted for D+ cup sizes.

“My unpopular opinion is that underwire rocks. I think it gives bras and swimsuits a more structured, vintage-style fit, and I’m very into that. This bikini top made me think less horrible things about Abercrombie & Fitch, which is absolutely saying something. I’m a 36DD and I got it in a size M. It separates my boobs instead of squishing them and creating more cleavage, and the wide straps don’t dig into my shoulders.” —Sarah Madaus, commerce writer

Available in sizes 28D to 40F.

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love Cinched Bralette Swim Top

This gingham bralette top has full coverage in the cups with a keyhole cutout and tie-front for a little extra detail. You can adjust the tie to cinch the cutout, and the straps are fully adjustable too.

“A&F’s Curve Love swimsuit tops give the best support I’ve found, and they manage to be very cute too. I feel like so many of my bathing suits make me look so much older because they’re just not trendy, so I’m thrilled to see these. This is the rebrand we didn’t know we needed, and it’s a gift to boobs everywhere.” —Alexa Ross, broadcast journalist

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Monday Swimwear Jamaica Top

This scoop-neck bikini top has a thick band and wide straps. Most similar tops are pullovers, but this one has a tie-back, so you can adjust the band size based on your body. It also doubles as a crop top, so if you’re going from the beach to happy hour, just slide on a pair of shorts and you’re set.

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“I discovered Monday Swimwear on Instagram around two years ago. It took some trial and error with sizing, but I love the Jamaica top and Byron bottoms from them. It’s super hard to find swimwear that’s both supportive and stylish for me. A lot of the swim tops from this brand are adjustable, which makes them accessible to more body types.” -Karla Liu, content marketing specialist

Available in sizes P (petite; 0-2) to VV (very voluptuous; 14-16).

Aerie Unlined Underwire Bikini Top

Another bra-style top, this unlined option from Aerie has a padded underwire and adjustable straps for the perfect fit. It goes well with high-waisted bikini bottoms as a nod to 1960s beach style.

“Just like an LBD, I like to have an LBBS (Little Black Bathing Suit). This balconette top from Aerie has been my pick for the past two years. The straps are a bit too thin for swimming days when the ocean is choppy, but I do love it when I’m sitting poolside, on the boat, lounging, or wading in calm water. As a DD cup, this makes me feel sexy because it doesn’t have full coverage, but I also don’t find myself accidentally flashing everyone on the beach.” —S.M.

Available in sizes 32A to 38DD.

Knix High Low One Piece

For folks with larger busts who want more coverage and compressive support, this Knix one piece is a good place to start. It has a high neckline in the front but a low back, plus supportive straps and a shelf bra.

“Full transparency: I was afraid I would hate this one-piece swimsuit, but I love it? It cuts a little bit low on the side, so there is a possibility of some sideboob slip. But even though it’s backless, it has a built-in shelf bra and padding that keeps the ladies together. It’s also pretty supportive in terms of the fabric—without feeling tight. And the booty is cheeky but not uncomfortably so.” —Katie Pittman, editor

Available in sizes XS to XXXXL+.

Madewell Second Wave Balconette Bikini Top in Palm Leaves

Here’s a square neck top from Madewell that’s ready for everything from beach volleyball to reading under the umbrella. What’s more, it’s made from more than 80% recycled materials.

“This one has thick straps that help keep my big boobs up, but the sports bra style keeps me locked in. It doesn’t give a whole lot of lift, but I get mad cleavage (in a good way) because I’m held in there.” —K.P.

Knix Puffy Sleeve Bikini Top

Okay, princess vibes! This sweet bandeau top has a cropped length and four-way stretch that offers gentle compression.

“I am all for this trendy puffy sleeve swim top, especially because it doubles as a crop top. It takes some wriggling to pull it on, but once it’s on my boobs sit pretty with a little lift and compressive support.” —S.M.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Summersalt The Ruched Sidestroke

Here’s a best-selling ruched one piece from Summersalt that offers full coverage in the front and the back. It has built-in soft cups for added support. Reviewers rave about the high-quality fabric and range of colors and patterns.

“I love Summersalt because they have numbered sizes, so I don’t have to choose between an M or L. And we shouldn’t have to choose. This one in particular is supportive but still lightweight.”

Available in sizes 2-22.

Aerie Wide Strap Scoop Bikini Top

With nearly 1,000 glowing reviews, Aerie’s wide strap, sports-bra-style bikini top is an easy addition to your bathing suit rotation.

“As a gal who actually had a breast reduction and still has big boobs, Aerie’s wide strap scoop bikini tops are a must. I have the regular and longline silhouettes, and both are super flattering, especially for a midsize body like mine! It was so hard to find bathing suits that I felt okay in, let alone confident in, before surgery and still after, but Aerie was a godsend.” -Hannah Hofmeister, student

Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

Monday Swimwear Clovelly Top

Here’s a structured balconette top with a deep V-neck. The underwire still holds in bigger busts, though, so you shouldn’t deal with much spillage.

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“I always used to feel like I needed to buy a push-up swimsuit because they come along with extra coverage. Monday Swimwear is so stylish and gives enough support without the push-up cup. I’m so pleasantly surprised by the Clovelly Top. It’s very comfy and supportive; I can’t wait to buy more for this summer.” —Haley Kuhns, healthcare marketing manager

Available in sizes P (petite; sizes 0-2) to VV (very voluptuous; sizes 14-16).

Panache Anya Rive Bikini Top

If you need extra support and a DDD cup is laughable to you, Panache’s mesh-lined underwire bikini top is ready for anything. The thick, lay-flat straps are adjustable too, and it’s sized using bra sizes so you don’t have to think twice about it.

“I got this top and a few others from this site and it’s my absolute favorite—great quality and full-coverage support. Like, actual full coverage.” —Emma Siebes, student

Available in sizes 30F to 38K

Bare Necessities Freya Check In Sweetheart Bikini Top

We love this gingham, retro-inspired swimsuit. The cups are lined with foam and have an underwire for a little bit of lift and plenty of support. This top has a snapback closure and fully adjustable straps.

“Bare Essentials is my go-to brand for bras and bathing suits! I love that this top comes in bra sizes, and I pair it with high-waisted bottoms. It really does fit just like a bra, but it doesn’t necessarily look like one, which some tops for big boobs do.” —Alanna Gentle, publicist

Available in sizes 30D to 42G.

CUPSHE Ruffle Halter Tankini

If you like the coverage of a one-piece but normally can’t find the right size, might we introduce you to this tankini? It has a halter top and gives full coverage in the back.

“CUPSHE hasn’t failed me yet—I truly cannot get enough of this ruffly tankini. It has a deep V-neck, which can sometimes be risky, but I think this one gives me enough coverage to make it work.” —Sabrina Demetrius, student

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Senita Mesa Cropkini

Here’s another high neck option with stylish color blocking from Senita. It has a compressive band and a built-in shelf bra to keep you in place throughout your sun-soaked day.

“The Mesa Cropkini has a ton of coverage and a more athletic style; I love it for water and beach sports. One thing I’ve found with all of Senita’s bras and swimsuits—their sizing is so consistent.” —Lynelle Leinbach, teacher, and photographer

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Cuup The Scoop

This scoop top is meant to separate your breasts and offer a barely-there feel (yes, even with underwire). It has a fully adjustable closure and straps, and it goes up to a 44 band size.

“CUUP is amazing. Gorgeous colors, goes by cup size, and the bottoms correlate color-wise but give you plenty of options for coverage. Can’t say enough positive things about the brand and The Scoop top. Most halter or triangle bikini tops are simply not cute for my bust size, but this top is stunning.” —Jaclyn Teed, store manager

Available in sizes 30A to 38H.

Monroe Contour Plus One-Piece Swimsuit

Beyond lingerie for all bust sizes, Adore Me offers a wide selection of size-inclusive swimwear. This pretty plum one-piece has a deep V-neck and ruching around the waist. It has a strappy, crisscross back and offers full butt coverage.

“The Adore Me brand has been great for finding swimsuits. The plus-size suits especially have proven to be supportive, comfortable, and long-lasting.” —Lindsey Gregor, nurse

Available in sizes 0X to 4X.

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