One of the questions we get most often at Lime Ricki is this: how do I find the perfect swimsuit for a big bust? While we have quite a few swimsuits that work well for larger chests, the one that will work best for you relies on a few factors. Take these things into account while shopping and you’ll be sure to find your next favorite swimsuit!
Find a wide band
With a bralette or even a tankini, a wide band that goes around the bottom of the breasts and continues around the back will help hold you in and give you more of an hourglass shape. Our bralettes, mesh tankinis, knotted crops, and belted tankinis all have a version of this.
Keep your bra in mind
Big busted women usually can’t get away without wearing a bra with regular clothes, and it should be the same for swimwear as well. Look for a suit with a built-in bra and padding, which will help it fit like a sports bra and give you the support you need. Every single one of our suits has a built-in bra (with the exception of our reversible tankini), so that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about here!
Choose the right straps
The type of straps you try out depend completely on your personal preference. There are a few different kinds to consider: halter, over-the-shoulder, tie-back, and adjustable.
- Halter straps tie behind the neck and can be useful to lift a top from the neckline and tighten as needed. However, the con of a halter tie is that it can tug on the neck and be painful after being worn for a while. Our double cinch neck tankinis and classic peplum tankinis are some of our most popular halter styles for big busts.
- Over-the-shoulder straps are the typical straps that go straight from front to back, or occasionally cross in the back. If you find a suit that fits you well with this style, it can be perfect, but without the straps being adjustable, it can sometimes be a toss up. Our bralettes, knotted crops, scoop peplums, and mesh tankinis are some favorites of big busted ladies at Lime Ricki.
- Tie-back straps are those that tie in the back, but not behind the neck like halters. These give you the ability to really customize your support because often they allow you to adjust the tightness of the whole back of the suit, including the shoulders and waistline. Check out the cross back crops or lace back crops from our shop.
- Adjustable straps are essentially over-the-shoulder straps with a little adjustable clasp, like a bra has. They work great for support but you do sacrifice a little bit on style. Our wrap tankinis and one pieces have adjustable straps and are some of our most popular suits for big busts.
Go for flattering colors and shapes
If you’re looking to minimize the size of your breasts, look for colors, patterns, and shapes that will help with that. Stay away from light colors on top, opting for darker ones like black or navy instead. Color blocking can be ultra flattering as well, to create a slimming waistline. As far as prints go, try something busy like a floral, and if you go with stripes, opt for something with stripes that go in different directions as opposed to strictly horizontal.
Determine your perfect neckline
Necklines are another option that’s more personal preference than anything, but there are some options that are more flattering or dependable. To elongate the neck and minimize the size of the breasts, go for something that shows a little bit of skin like a scoop, v-neck, or wrap. A sweetheart neckline could be a great go-to if it hits a little higher, but if it hits too low, you run the risk of showing some cleavage and making the breasts look bigger. And of course, if you want to ensure not to show any cleavage or feel like you’re “falling out,” you can go with a high neckline that will hold everything in.
Hopefully this was helpful in allowing you to choose the best swimsuit for you! Feel free to chat or email us on our website if you need any more suggestions – our fit experts are always happy to help.