Bikini Whisperer: The Best Tops for Large Breasts
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I love tiny triangle tops and bandeaus, but most I find aren't big-boob friendly. I'm a size double-D and need support with some coverage. What are the best on-trend bikini tops for someone like me?
We agree: tiny tops are adorable, just like itty-bitty bottoms, but they straight up don't complement all body types. That's not to say you can't find a minimal coverage top to flatter your shape. If you're seeking support, many construction tricks will help. For example, the placement of shoulder straps matter. Avoid traditional halters, and replace them with thick, over-the-shoulder straps that are well sewn into the back band.
Adjustable bra sliders around the circumference of the rib cage and on actual straps are your best friends — they offer an ideal fit and lift regardless of your bust size.
Bandeaus are difficult to wear but not always off-limits — choosing one with underwire and removal straps makes all the difference. And if you're seeking to minimize their appearance, bandeaus make breasts look smaller than any other top. Make sure the cup size always sits above breast and never cuts into the skin.
For an active-proof top, high-necklines and thicker fabrics with a double bond or neoprene act like a sports bra.
If you're not the underwire type, a thick underband is a great alternative. The band should hug firmly and sit right below the bust crease — never too tightly. Anything that sits higher or cuts off above the breast crease will disfigure your beautiful assets. If you're about the underboob trend, then go for it — but select fabric that has enough stretch. Here's how to nail this look.
A chic one-piece with inside shelling around the bust is another great option. No shelling? No problem: thick textures often provide the support you need. Keep in mind: adjustable straps are just as important.
Fortunately, prints and color blocking can refine your shape. Choose prints that aren't too busy. Vertical lines with angled side accents amplify curves and divide the bust line and upper tummy.
Corset lacing provides an adjustable fit that's also super on-trend. Find one that fits you best — It's not always about front-lace peekaboos, as seen here. This back detailing, above, is great for large-breasted gals.
Triangle tops aren't always your best bet. Find one that will let you slide the fabric along the base of the triangle — making the most of flexible coverage. A crisscross back is a great alternative to the traditional, over-the-neck triangle tops that may weigh you down. Keep in mind the thicker the band, the better support you'll get.