Support in Style: My Favorite Full-Bust Swimsuits

Happy Memorial Day, American readers! Summer is definitely on its way, and with the temperatures climbing in NYC I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite full-bust swim collections from this season.  With picks ranging from bikinis to full swimsuits to athletic wear, I hope you see something you love! All of these suits are in UK sizes, so the cup size progression goes B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K.  All of these swimsuits are available up to at least a UK G-cup, and many go higher.

[Note: A lot of the pictures link to Figleaves, because they’re currently running a Memorial Day sale in the US: the code “25OFF” gets you 25% off all full-price styles, and it ends tonight! I couldn’t include all my favorites, so be sure to check out the full Midnight Grace, Sophina, and Pour Moi? ranges for cute suits at great prices]


I need to start by talking about the one that got away:

Jecca by Cleo

"Jecca" Longline Bikini and High-Waist Brief by Cleo. Available in sizes 28-38 D-H, XS-XXL. Padded bandeau bikini (28-38 D-G) and gathered swim brief also available.

“Jecca” Longline Bikini and High-Waist Brief by Cleo (28-38 D-H (UK), XS-XXL). Padded bandeau bikini (28-38 D-G (UK)) and gathered swim brief also available.

I love this. I straight-up love it. The colors, the print, the shape– it’s awesome, and I KNEW this one was going to sell out. I knew it. I know that every year some swim collections are sold out by Memorial Day, and that when I start looking for a new swimsuit (usually around the Fourth of July) my pickings are slim, but I just didn’t have the disposable income lined up in time to purchase it in my size. Not only was it really hard to find in stores (thanks to late deliveries from Panache), once it did show up it sold out almost immediately. There are a few smaller cup sizes left in stock around the internet, so if you’re in the D-E range, you may still have some luck tracking one down.

Sundaes by the Seaside by Letters from Evie

"Sundaes by the Seaside" by Letters from Evie, exclusively at Bravissimo. Sizes 30-32 DD-G, 34-40 D-G (UK). £36.00

“Sundaes by the Seaside” by Letters from Evie, exclusively at Bravissimo (30-32 DD-G, 34-40 D-G (UK))

Sheesh, this is adorable. I really wanted this post to include lots of G+ options, but I love this suit so much I had to include it despite the smaller size range (although it does go up to 40 back sizes, which is nice!). It has ice cream AND polka dots on it, guys; it is SO in my wheelhouse.

Speaking of polka dots, brace yourself for an avalanche of them:

“Sienna” and “Sicily” by Bravissimo

"Sienna" Tankini (30 E-J, 32-36 DD-J, 38 DD-HH) and "Sicily" Bikini (30-38 DD-K) by Bravissimo.  Coordinating briefs available in sizes XS-XL.

“Sienna” Tankini (30 E-J, 32-36 DD-J, 38 DD-HH (UK)) and “Sicily” Bikini (30-38 DD-K (UK)) by Bravissimo. Coordinating briefs available in sizes XS-XL.

Bravissimo has some tremendously cute options in ever-popular pin-up shapes. The Sienna and Sicily ranges are designed to coordinate, with two tankini tops and a bikini with a whopping four different matching briefs, so you can mix-and-match to find your favorite shapes. In sizes ranging up to 38K (the Sicily bikini and tankini), these styles offer some of the best size ranges out there this summer.

“Ahoy” by Pour Moi?

"Ahoy" Spotty Halter Bikini Top by Pour Moi? (32-38 D-G)

“Ahoy” Spotty Halter Bikini Top by Pour Moi? (32-38 D-G (UK))

"Ahoy" High-Waisted Control Brief by Pour Moi?

“Ahoy” High-Waisted Control Brief by Pour Moi? (Sizes 8-18 (UK))

While Pour Moi? doesn’t offer the same great size range as Bravissimo, they do offer much more budget-friendly prices, and this unabashedly retro style, with ruffled halter and matching high-waist brief, is stupidly cute.

PinUp Bikini by Midnight Grace

PinUp Bikini and High-Waist Brief by Midnight Grace (30-38 D-G UK and 8-18 UK)

PinUp Bikini and High-Waist Brief by Midnight Grace (30-38 D-G (UK) and 8-18 (UK))

I know, it’s another one that stops at a G-cup, but look how cute! It’s green! I love green! There’s also a choice of a halter-style bikini top, if you prefer a little more support, as well as some other shapes (bikini, tankini, etc.) in other colors. That adorable swim brief is selling out quickly, so if you want one hop to it!

Los Angeles by Miss Mandalay

"Los Angeles" bikini in Magenta by Miss Mandalay (30-38 D-GG UK) and deep bikini brief (XS-XL)

“Los Angeles” bikini in Magenta by Miss Mandalay (30-38 D-GG (UK)) and deep bikini brief (XS-XL)

While lots of full-bust women love retro or pin-up styles, they’re not for everyone, and sometimes you just want a change of pace. Enter Miss Mandalay with her fabulous, sleek, and very sexy D+ bikinis. I personally don’t love black swimwear, as it throws my pale skin into sharp relief and makes me look blindingly white in the sun, so this yummy color is right up my alley!  I also love the hot cutouts at the hips on the brief.

“Vegas Baby” by Miss Mandalay

"Vegas Baby" Bikini and Tie-Side Bikini Brief by Miss Mandalay. 30-38 D-GG UK and XS-XL.

“Vegas Baby” Bikini and Tie-Side Bikini Brief by Miss Mandalay. 30-38 D-GG (UK) and XS-XL.

Y’all know I’m not really an animal print person, but I’m aware that I am in the minority, so this sassy beauty is for you, because I want you to have nice things.

“Birds of Paradise” by Curvy Kate

"Birds of Paradise" Tankini by Curvy Kate (28-38 D-K UK) and Mini Brief (8-20 UK)

“Birds of Paradise” Tankini by Curvy Kate (28-38 D-K (UK)) and Mini Brief (8-20 (UK))

It can be frustratingly difficult to find cute swim options that offer a little more coverage in G+ sizes. They’re harder to construct, and some of the big players (Panache and Eveden, primarily) tend to stick to bikinis for G+ sizes, or they’ll offer one solid black G+ swimsuit. Fortunately, Curvy Kate comes to the rescue with tankinis up to a K-cup that coordinate with the rest of the bright and colorful collections, like this lovely hummingbird print. The range also includes two bikini shapes and a skirted swim brief, so you can build the suit you like best.

“Santorini” by Bravissimo

"Santorini" Swimsuit (30 E-J, 32-38 DD-K UK) by Bravissimo

“Santorini” Swimsuit (30 E-J, 32-38 DD-K (UK)) by Bravissimo

For another fuller-coverage style up to a K-cup, check out this suit by Bravissimo in a popular navy blue shade with colorblock detail at the legline.

“Bon Bon” Bikini (Bravissimo exclusive) and “Betsey Yellow” Bandeau Bikini by Hoola

"Bon Bon" Bikini and Side-Tie Brief by Hoola (28 DD-GG, 30-36 D-GG, 38 D-G XS-XL UK) (Bravissimo exclusive)

“Bon Bon” Bikini and Side-Tie Brief by Hoola (28 DD-GG, 30-36 D-GG, 38 D-G (UK), XS-XL) (Bravissimo exclusive)

"Betsey" Yellow Bandeau Bikini and Side Ruche Pant by Hoola (30-36 D-G UK, XS-XL)

“Betsey” Yellow Bandeau Bikini and Side Ruche Pant by Hoola (30-36 D-G (UK), XS-XL)

I hadn’t heard of Hoola before I spotted this candy-striped bikini on Bravissimo, but seriously, you need to click over and look at the rest of these cute D-GG swimsuits. There are some particularly good deals in the sale section, and Hoola offers free worldwide shipping on orders over £50.

Finally, for those of you who are athletic swimmers, there are some great full-bust sports swimsuits available from some of the major full-bust brands. Panache wisely created a swim version of their awesome Sports bra, as did Freya with their Active range, and Figleaves and Speedo both offer full-bust athletic swimsuits, with Speedo’s going up to a J-cup!

Panache Sports Swimsuit (28 DD-H, 30-38 D-H, 40 D-GG UK)

Panache Sports Swimsuit (28 DD-H, 30-38 D-H, 40 D-GG (UK))

"Premier Ultimate Gold" Sports Swimsuit by Speedo (30-38 E-J UK)

“Premier Ultimate Gold” Sports Swimsuit by Speedo (30-38 E-J (UK))

"Active Swim" Underwired Swimsuit by Freya (30-38 D-H UK)

“Active Swim” Underwired Swimsuit by Freya (30-38 D-H (UK))

"Aqua" Underwired Swimsuit by Figleaves Active (34-38 B-H UK)

“Aqua” Underwired Swimsuit by Figleaves Active (34-38 B-H (UK))

Happy swimming! I hope to run another post soon with options for even more sizes, so if you don’t see something in your size but you want to, please let me know!

9 Comments on Support in Style: My Favorite Full-Bust Swimsuits

  1. Leah H
    May 27, 2014 at 10:39 am (5 years ago)

    When is Panache going to make a BIKINI out of their sports bra?? My torso is too long for one-pieces.

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    • Sweets
      May 28, 2014 at 10:51 am (5 years ago)

      Oh, that would make so much sense! Hopefully soon? I still want them to expand the cup size range– it’s a real shame there are so few options for active women who wear H+ sizes.

      Reply
  2. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    May 27, 2014 at 10:41 am (5 years ago)

    I love the Sienna/Sicily from Bravissimo, particularly because it shows you don’t have to go matchy-matchy with swimwear either. There’s something fun about having pieces that go together like those do without having identical prints on top and bottom. 🙂

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    • Sweets
      May 28, 2014 at 10:51 am (5 years ago)

      I like it too! It really lets you style a suit that reflects your personal style. Such a great idea!

      Reply
  3. luciana
    June 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm (5 years ago)

    help!
    my measurements are: 30 ‘band 39 “bust which more adequadro size for freya or panache bikini?

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    • Sweets
      June 22, 2014 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Luciana,
      Unfortunately it’s pretty hard to determine a bra size from measurements alone, much less tell you if one brand will work better than another. It sounds to me like both Freya and Panache might make bikinis in your size (I’m assuming you wear between a 28 and 32 band size, and with a 9″ inch difference I’d suggest trying on cup sizes of F, FF, or G). There are some calculators online that can help you get started (like A Sophisticated Pair’s calculator), but you really won’t know what size, brand, or style you prefer until you try it on (the same as you would for a good pair of jeans or shoes). Find a store that carries these brands and schedule a fitting, or seek out an online boutique like Figleaves that has a good return policy. Good luck in your search!

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      • luciana
        June 22, 2014 at 9:25 am (5 years ago)

        I am Brazilian, has no store here in Brazil these brands, however I will try online …
        thank you

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  4. Stephanie
    June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am (4 years ago)

    I am looking for a triangle top for a UK size 30k Can you help?

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    • Sweets
      June 23, 2015 at 11:59 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Stephanie,
      Unfortunately, I don’t know of a single full-bust brand that makes triangle bikini tops in UK 30K. Triangle tops just aren’t able to offer the shape, support, and most importantly, comfort that most G+ customers want in their swimwear. Miss Mandalay has some triangle styles up to an H-cup, and Freya offers a few plunge-halter styles up to J-cups like In the Mix or Inferno. Since this style of bikini isn’t commercially available in a UK 30K, your best options will be to purchase a sister size (32JJ, 34J, 36HH, 38H, etc.) and have the band altered, or to work with someone to custom-make one for you. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help!

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