Model Kate Upton wears a bikini top made with underwire to support her bosom.

What Type of Swimsuit Flatters a Large Bust?

by Danielle Jennings

When it comes to swimwear, having a full bosom can seem like a major headache, because you have to put as much consideration into your swimsuit as you do your bra. However, in an effort to make all women look and feel their best, there are a host of swimwear options that are equally appropriate and flattering for full-busted women.


There are few swimsuits that offer as much support as a halter-designed top. The reason that women who have a fuller bust should opt for swimsuits with a halter design is because of the massive amount of support they offer. Rather than the traditional bra top straps that go over the shoulders, halter styles tie or fasten around the neck and thus lift up the bosom more; this provides more support and a more flattering look. Halter-style tops can come in one-piece, bikini and tankini styles for a wide range of swimsuit style options.


Support is one of the most important things that a woman with a full bosom should look for, which is why swimsuits that contain underwire are some of the best designs to choose. Underwire adds considerable support and stability to your chest and helps avoid any mishaps or spillage. Just like swimsuits with a halter design, those with underwire are available in bikini top, one-piece and tankini styles.


Full-chested women who are a little more modest may opt for a swimsuit style that combines the comfort and coverage of a tank top with the fabric and ease of a swimsuit. A tankini covers the full torso area, making the possibility of overexposure of your bust slimmer. Additionally, because tankinis can combine other supportive elements like a halter design and underwire, they are ideal for women who have a full chest and want more than adequate coverage.

Plunging Neckline

Upon first glance you may ask yourself exactly how a plunging neckline would benefit a full bosom since it exposes a large amount of the cleavage area, but that's precisely what makes it work. A plunging neckline goes down to an extreme V-shape to your belly button or just above, this draws the eye downward and gives the illusion of a bust that is less ample. Of course you can't expect a plunging neckline to do the trick alone. Combining this design with underwire or a halter can give you the support your chest needs.

About the Author

Danielle Jennings began writing professionally in 2005 and is an expert in fashion, entertainment and lifestyle journalism. She has written for "Jezebel," "Creative Loafing" and "Haute Living." She attended Clayton State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies.

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