I did a DD+ guide to bras a while ago and as promised here's another guide for getting your larger than life bosoms into some fabulous swimwear. Long gone are the days where you are stuck with some dull one piece with an unnecessary buckle or a ghastly floral print that should have been discontinued in the 50s. We have options!
All the advice in this guide is based on my experiences as a back aching size 30J/K. This guide will cover the best one pieces and bikinis for big boobs, where to find them and how to look after them.
Finding your size
If you are deep in the DD+ category, you know that dress sizes probably aren't going to work for you (there are exceptions, more on this later) so it is best look for swimwear with your bra size in mind. In my bra guide, I did reviews on the places I've been fitted and also shared some information on figuring out your breast shape. Give that a quick peruse, I'll wait.
Your bra size is just a jumping off point, so be prepared to try sizes on either side. The fabric used for swimwear has a lot of stretch and will loosen when wet. For this reason, I tend to go for a more snug fit.
Finding your style
Swimwear comes in a range of fun styles and just because you are DD+ doesn't mean you can't play. The biggest deciding factor in determining what style works best for you is not so much size but what you feel comfortable in. My boobs are prone to movement so I am much more comfortable with underwired swimwear that straps me in. If you don't need that much support, you can go wire free.
Shopping For One Pieces
I have found it best to stick to my bra size as there is a better chance of getting a good fit all round. Pieces with a clasp back and adjustable straps offer the most support but if you are looking to just kick back on the beach, it's not necessary. You might have some luck shopping in dress sizes if it's a tie back and/or halter neck that you can adjust to fit. Start with a size that actually fits your boobs (usually 16/18) and go from there. If you have a small back and a large cup size, the issue you may have is that it fits around the bust but is too big around the bum.
There is definitely more flexibility when buying bikinis as most stores now let you buy the bottoms separately. You may also have more luck shopping in dress sizes if you go for a style with a tie back. This does require a lot more trial and error as one style in a 16 might work and another doesn't. The benefit of bikinis is there are more styles to play with plus there's the option to mix and match.
Looking After Your Swimwear
You've found the perfect swimsuit now make sure it lasts forever. Caring for swimwear is fairly easy. Always rinse in cold water after you use it, dry it out of direct sunlight and only hand wash. I'm kidding, no one has time for hand washing. The hand wash setting on the washing machine is fine.
Saving £££s on Swimwear
When it comes to buying swimwear for DD+, there are more options on the high street than ever before. Head to Debenhams, Bravissimo, M&S and Boux Avenue. A quick Google search and you will find plenty online. My personal fave is ASOS.
As we all know, DD+ anything comes with a hefty price tag so I'm not exactly stocking up on swimsuits. I splurged on one really nice swimsuit from Bravissimo which was around £40 but it's great quality, the fit is perfect and I feel amazing in it. This is my go to and I would recommend getting one top quality swimsuit you can rely on. This doesn't mean you have to spend big bucks. Below are just some of the great sale finds available now.
If you are looking for something with a great fit, head to a store that knows their way around a big pair of boobs (I recommend Bravissimo). If it happens to be on sale snap it up, if not make a note of the name and/or product number. You can usually find this on the hanging tag or the care label. Type the name online and do a price comparison. You may be able to find it online at a reduced rate. If you are in no rush, you can always wait till sale season and see if it gets reduced.
When it comes to fun bikinis, I shop exclusively in the sales and I'm not overly concerned with quality. My go to is still Bravissimo but that is only because ASOS doesn't carry my size. Shop wisely and you can get a nice set for under £20. I like to buy bikinis in the same colour family, this way I can mix and match with ease.
My last piece of advice is to never under any circumstance buy a swimsuit just because it fits. If you do not feel confident in it, you shouldn't even open your wallet. There are so many more options now for DD+ women, there's no reason to settle.
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