How to Choose Swimwear for Large Breasts

by Dan Ketchum

Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo proves that wide straps and side boning flatter busty women.

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In many ways, big-busted women have a choice of beach bodies. Depending on the swimsuit you choose, you can highlight your curves, slim down your top or strike a pitch-perfect middle ground. There's no one “right” way to suit up for a busty body at the beach -- as a curvaceous lady, you can get away with everything from a one-piece to a bandeau top and still sizzle on the sand.

Flaunt What You've Got

To keep it classy while showing off your curves, try a tanktini top with a plunging neckline, neck strap and underwire support. This style lifts and emphasizes the chest, drawing attention away from the lower and midsections, especially when paired with classic brief-style bottoms. For an edgy vibe that flatters hourglass bodies, choose a one-piece with a halter-style top and a wide, asymmetrical strap. Solid-colored swimwear lends your look a timeless touch and lets your curves do the talking.

Conservative Curves

For a more controlled look that de-emphasizes the chest, try a bandeau top with a neck strap on for size. These halter-esque bikini tops minimize the bust and give your swimsuit a retro edge. If you prefer a one-piece, a soft-cup suit with thick shoulder straps and a control panel makes for an overall slenderizing effect. If control is the name of the game, a banded halter top keeps all the important parts neatly in place. To downplay a large chest, go for curve-countering geometric patterns, especially dense prints.

A Middle Ground

Wear a one-piece with a plunging neckline and waist shirring to highlight the chest and slim the waist. You can pull off a similar look with a two-piece that has a tanktini top with a moderate neckline supported by a hidden underwire. If you have an athletic body with a large chest, sport a cutout swimsuit with a chunky neck strap to showcase your fit shape without flaunting your cleavage. Dark, solid colors give curvy bodies a sleeker, more subtle look.

Seek Support

No matter what sort of cut or color you choose, an ample bust calls for proper support. Seek swimwear made of nylon or Lycra, which has a springy quality that trims the body and lifts the breasts. Always choose cups with underwire support when you can, and look for wide, substantial straps, which are both flattering and functional. For even more support -- which comes in handy for almost any beachside activities that aren't sunbathing -- choose tops with side boning.

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About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.