Splashing around in a nice and refreshing pool? Shopping for a new bathing suit? Not so much. To make it painless, the Cut is devoting this week to finding you the perfect swimsuit. As soon as the temperature hits 80 degrees, you can find me at one of the many New York beaches , taking in the sun and hanging out with my friends drinking cheap beer and binging on chips and salsa. So I require more support than your average swimsuit provides — but because I also wear a size-six dress, I still need suits that are fairly small.
After finally finding sports bras that work for me , I was determined to test out as many bathing suits as possible before summer kicks off. Here, my top eight bathing-suit picks for women with large breasts. I tested this out at the beach, and it was wonderful. The bottom is high-waisted without being too covered up. Wearing this suit, my boobs were secure and I felt confident and vacation-ready all at the same time. The top also felt durable enough to double as a bra on laundry day, which is a major win in my opinion.
But I ended up really loving it. And what this bathing suit lacks in underwire, it makes up for in a shelf bra and removable padding. On top of that, it comes with a removable halter strap — and if you do opt to go strapless, it still holds everything in place, which is always a pleasant surprise. And you still get all the vital support of an underwire top. I have to say, this bikini was such a pleasant surprise. I received it in a U. But I actually ended up loving this suit, perhaps more than any of the others in the bunch.
And although the picture above includes the basic bikini bottoms, I opted for some vintage-looking ruched high-waisted bottoms that were absolutely phenomenal. They were so flattering and acted like less-intense Spanx. This was the sexiest one I tested out since the back is solely composed of a strap you have to tie up. It can get confusing — you have to figure out what goes where and how to get it over your head, and that takes a hot minute.
But as soon as you do it gets easier to tie up each time you wear it. This bikini is skimpy without being gratuitous, and simple in the front without being boring, and it makes your boobs look amazing — propped up with underwire, but separated a bit in the middle, which gives your cleavage a nice shape. The bottom is quite small. I have it in a medium and it barely grazes the top of the top of the pubic area, so I recommend sizing up.
That is, until this Miss Mandalay bikini. I loved wearing this at the beach, and even my fashionable best friend was impressed. The top is pretty tight, so it holds your boobs down a bit without making them protrude from the side. The downside to it, though, is that the straps make for some strange tan lines.
When I go to the beach with friends, many of them end up wearing strapless bikini tops, presumably to avoid tan lines and also because, well, they can. The cups are also incredibly supportive with the underwire and thick bra-like padding that I felt confident enough to run around on the beach. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission. Already a subscriber? Log in or link your magazine subscription.
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