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Swimwear Suggestions for Curvy Women!

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Samples were provided by BareNecessities.com and Curvy Kate for this article. All opinions are my own. 

Gabi Gregg of Gabi Fresh in her world-famous “Fatkini”

Swimsuit season is here, which sounds either exciting or dreadful depending on how you feel about swimsuit shopping. I love swimsuit shopping online because I feel like it takes the dread out of the process. You don’t have to browse through a bunch of stuff that isn’t you and there isn’t any body awkwardness if you’re trying things on in the privacy of your own home. So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that all of the swimsuits I love this season are readily available online!

I love the vintage look as much as anyone, but I’m thrilled to see so many styles of swimwear this season that work for curvier women. More and more bra sized swimwear is also being produced, which makes shopping for a swimsuit that fits a relatively painless process.

The Rio Ruffle Bikini by Curvy Kate:

Curvy Kate is making swimwear for the first time this season! I was really excited to try one of the three options they’ve put out. The Rio Ruffles bikini is the least sporty one, but they’re all relatively practical bikinis. I ended up in a completely different size in this bikini than I am in the Curvy Kate bras. I’m a 32J in their unpadded bras, and I ended up with a 34H bikini top. Go for your standard size in the bottoms.

I love the colors of this suit, and the ruffles don’t draw extra attention to your bustline. It’s practical yet girly while providing tons of support. It’s one of the few suits I feel like I could really swim securely in. I expect that it will be getting lots of use this summer once the water warms up around here!

Freya Fever Red Plunge Bikini:

I was really hoping that this swimsuit would be the watery version of the famous Deco! I love the button details on it and red is always a great basic color. This has the option of cute skirted briefs as well, which would be great if you want a little more coverage. I ended up in a 32HH in this sizewise.

This is a great basic suit. It doesn’t give the famous push up effect that the Deco does, but that may be asking a little much from your bikini top. It’s comfortable and versatile, and the briefs are incredibly comfortable. This suit also goes up to a J cup, which makes it one of the few great options for women closer to the middle of the alphabet in terms of cup size.

The Elomi Isis High-Waisted Brief, Isis Underwire Swim Bra and Madeira Wire-Free Tankini Swim Top: 

Elomi has created a new “swim system” for busty women this season. You pick a swim botton and a swim bra, and then a wire free “top” to go over it. I actually love high-waisted briefs, so I’d be tempted to wear the bra and the high waisted bottoms as a set and forget the top layer! However, I love the colors and patterns of this Maderia Tankini. I think it has a nice retro look and provides lots of coverage without looking like you’re wearing a tent. It also works for a really wide variety of body types and ages, which is nice.

Esther Williams Bathing Beauty Two Piece In Emerald:

Modcloth is an unexpectedly fantastic place to find great plus size swimsuits. I had the one piece version of this last year, but I’m glad that they’ve brought this back in a two-piece version and in plus sizes. I love the classic look and I love jewel tones. The ruched bottoms are very flattering without being constricting, which is nice when you’re actively swimming.

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by The Big Bra Bar: [Editor’s Note: As of October 2014, this site appears to be defunct]

If you’re on the busty side and have spent your life dreaming about those cute string bikinis, then you’ll love this find. The Big Bra Bar makes this suit in a limited edition yellow and regular navy version! It’s sexy and wire-free. I haven’t tried it, but the reviews I have read say that it’s sexy, incredibly flattering and that you shouldn’t try to move much in it. If you’re looking to lie around on the beach in something sexy, this is it.

She and Swim One Piece:

This is another plus size Modcloth find, although they have it in a standard size range as well. This is a genuinely sexy one-piece suit. I love the heart-shaped design and the low back, as well as the confident cleavage on display. Halter top swimsuits are great because you can tie them tighter or looser to customize the fit of the suit.

What swimsuit will you be buying for this summer? Do you prefer one-pieces or two-pieces?

Top Photo Credit: Gabi Fresh – http://www.gabifresh.com/2012/04/i-just-got-back-from-fantastic-trip-to.html

Holly Jackson

The Full Figured Chest provides creative and elegant copywriting for the high end lingerie industry.

9 Comments on this post

  1. Laura says:

    Thank you for the reviews. I just bought a freya swim bikini online but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet (outside of the house). I quite like that it is the plane design so that I can wear it underneath any of my caftans too. I know what you mean about the ‘famous push up effect’ but I am kind of glad if it doesn’t do that. I’m not one for drawing more attention to myself on the beach!

  2. Sherie says:

    hi, i am curvy with a bit of a belly where can you buy a bikini for full figured women like me?

  3. Johanna Anez says:

    I loved the yellow set with black dots, very sexy I thought it would be really expensive but it is not!

  4. […] unpadded bras. I’ve also now acquired a Rio Ruffles bikini (you can see my review here at The Lingerie Addict) which is both fabulous looking and amazingly supportive. While I wish they’d expand their […]

  5. I have the SlinkyDip bikini from The Big Bra Bar in both colors. I just did a review of them on my blog. There are definitely some fit differences in the two colors in the same size. The top isn’t as supportive as it could be, but I’ve seen it look incredible on almost any size. I had more problems with the bottoms slipping then I did with the top. It’s great for the beach or the pool, but definitely not for anything active.

    I’d love to have a Freya plunge bikini. The 32HH you tried, was it a plunge or was the gore higher? Every Freya bikini I have seen that is a plunge style has a higher gore in the G+ size range.

  6. Aprilette says:

    I love the yellow polka dot bikini, it sure looks fab and is pretty much a head turner, no matter what body size you have! Love your blog, btw…

  7. Trinity says:

    I’m pear shaped and I bought the Bettie Swimsuit from Pinup Girl Clothing: http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/nautical-retro-swimsuit.html. I love it, but ladies with a larger bust might not because the cups aren’t wired or lined and it will squish your boobs a little bit.

  8. Mandy says:

    I am LOVING the Isis set. You could use the over top as a cover-up type thing. Too cute!

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