9 best bikini brands for larger busts
Comfortable and supportive swimwear for women with D+ cup sizes
Few of us can claim to actually enjoy bikini shopping - never mind those of us with a D+ bust: flimsy triangles and bits of string do little to support or prevent slippage; dress sizes don't translate into bra sizes, and God help you if you happen to be so unevenly proportioned as to need a size 10 bottom and an E top.
But if you're looking for a bikini that offers both style and support, the choices seem few - especially on the high street. So we've been searching for great-looking swimwear with even better fit to take at least some of the pain out of the changing room for you.
All the brands are either specialists in larger busts or have ranges specifically designed for them, all the bikinis come in cup sizes rather than dress sizes, are comfortable to wear and, most importantly, secure enough to have a good splash around without fear of an accidental slippage.
Freya is one of the brands from A-K cup powerhouse Wacoal and is in good company with the likes of Fantasie and Elomi. Its current collection is best for attention-grabbing prints, high-neck styles (unusual in larger cup sizes) and flattering sweetheart necklines.
IndyBest Pick: Back to Black Crop Bikini Top: £40, Leia Lingerie
With its high neck and white piping, this is the kind of sporty bikini that is usually impossible to find in cup sizes rather than the generic (and dreaded) small, medium, large. This one is underwired and has lightly padded cups, but it's done so discreetly you'd never know, plus it feels super secure while you swim, almost like a sports bra.
Clothing brand Wolf & Whistle has teamed up with online retailing giant Asos to create a swimwear range that goes up to a G cup. All the designs are limited edition - between 50 and 200 are made of each - so you have to snap them up fast. But it's also unlikely that you'll see anyone on the beach wearing the same as you.
IndyBest pick: Satin Halter Bikini Top: £20, Asos
We love the Marilyn Monroe vibes of this soft, creamy number. Ideal for those who dislike the way a bikini with structure and padding makes their boobs look bigger - it's unstructured but still has great coverage. The halter neck and wide back band means there’s no risk of a slip either.
If anyone knows beach life it's the two friends who set up Lilly & Lime: one lives in Australia and one in Bermuda. Fed up with struggling to find bikinis that were both fashionable and fit their larger busts, they decided to make their own. Lilly & Limes' swimwear is available in D through to a HH cup and shipping costs 12 AUD (about £7).
IndyBest pick: Sorbet Palm Underwire Halter: £49.26, Lilly & Lime
This has fully shaped cups and a wide band with a clip fastening for proper support, but the halter neck and dusky pink palm pattern mean it doesn't just look like a bra. It's also one of the most secure-feeling bikini tops we tried: it would work just as well for water sports as a casual swim.
Pour Moi is - despite the name - a fully British brand: every piece of swimwear is designed and made here. It has the biggest range of bikinis we've found (actual choice is a novelty in the DD+ world) in styles that wouldn't look out of place on the high street. Available in A-J cup sizes.
IndyBest Pick: Glamazon Convertible Underwire Bikini Top C-G Cup: £25, Asos
The mesh on this simple black bikini taps into the sports-luxe trend and also manages to make fairly full-coverage cups look smaller than they are. It has crossover straps at the back and light padding, giving extra lift.
Beija London is a clever brand based on the so-simple-you-wonder-why-noone's-done-it-before idea that different designs suit different cup sizes. Each of its designs come in three variations - X, Y and Z - for different cup sizes: for DD+ (up to a G), you're after Z styles.
IndyBest Pick: Beija London Get Wet Z Bikini Top in Lychee: £60, Beija London
We love the colour and old-school textured fabric of this one. It's simple, stylish and oh so comfortable, with a lovely crossover back for maximum support and a hidden underwired bra inside. Also available in black.
Bravissimo is an old-faithful brand when it comes to larger busts, having been making premium bras up to an L cup size 1995. Its range is mostly bra-style bikinis with high apexes, adjustable straps and back clasp, but the variations on pattern and detailing offer plenty of choice without compromising on support and security. Available up to a K cup.
IndyBest Pick: Bravissimo Key West Bikini Top: £34, Bravissimo
The nautical combo of blue and white is always a winner for swimwear, and we love the added pop of red on the straps of this style. It is underwired but not padded, so provides support without adding bulk, and has a bra-clasp closure and adjustable straps.
Always a reliable choice for good-quality underwear brands such as Gossard and Fantasie, Figleaves own range of swimwear (available up to a K cup) is both well-made and affordable compared to many. Its bikinis go up to a H cup and are brilliant for discreet underwired and padded cups, while avoiding the pitfall of bikinis looking like bras.
IndyBest Pick: Figleaves Tailor Underwired Bandeau Bikini Top: £26, Figleaves
Bandeau bikinis are generally a no-go for larger busts: even if you can find one that doesn't leave you bulging over the top, they're too soft to be relied on to stay up. This, with its sturdy underwire and clever twist shape (which helps keep everything in place), is a gamechanger. It also comes with a removable halterneck strap.
Like many other brands aimed at larger busts, Miss Mandalay was started in 2005 by a woman who struggled to find swimwear that suits - and she still tests every prototype herself, so you know that care has been taken over fit. The range is one of the biggest we've seen and the styles wouldn't look out of place on the high street. Cup sizes from C to HH.
IndyBest Pick: Miss Mandalay Icon Navy Full Bust Strappy Halter Bikini Top: £45, Miss Mandalay
If you're after a classic, supportive bikini, this navy number can't be beat. The shaping and support easily matches that of a bra, with a clasp closure at the back, while the flattering strap details and cut-out apex keep it fresh and interesting. It comes up a little small so may be worth going up a cup size. Available up to a GG.
Available on the high street and online, we love Boux Avenue for the vast amount of bikinis available for women with larger busts. Catering from A-G cup sizes, there are plenty of triangle, strapless and regular bikinis to pick from that also keep everything secure and in place.
IndyBest Pick: Lanzarote Spot Bikini Top: £30, Boux Avenue
This navy and white, spotty bikini top (made from waffle fabric) is an eye-catching design. It’s underwired, so provides that additional support you need and there’s a clasp fastening to keep everything in place. We tried it out in the swimming pool (and on a couple of water slides) and were comfortable entering and exiting the water without fear of anything riding up or down. It’s also easy to swim in, with no gaping at the top of the cups.
The Verdict: Best bikini brands for larger busts
If we were forced to pick just one bikini, it would be Freya's on-trend sporty style, but for the biggest choice and designs that wouldn't look out of place on the high street, Pour Moi and Miss Mandalay are our favourite brands.
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