We’re in the middle of summer and if you’ve not yet noticed, it’s holiday time! Whether you’re going away overseas for your annual break or enjoying a stay-cation, chances are you’ll be hitting a beach or pool for the ultimate in relaxation. If your trusty bathing suit is looking a little worse for wear it’s high time to invest in new swimwear that not only looks fashionable but flattering for your curves.
Shopping for bigger boobs is never a simple task, and buying adequately fitting bikini tops and costumes that cater for a fuller bust is no exception. However, there’s much more choice on the fuller cup market these days and I wanted to take a look at the beach offerings from some of our favourite brands.
Freya has long been a favourite for fashion forward lingerie but did you know they do fabulously sexy swimwear too? Knowing that their bras are consistently well fitting, I just had to try one of their bikinis!
This month Freya released the hotly anticipated cute Kansas collection. With it’s retro bluebell blue and white gingham and delightful frills, Kansas exudes vintage glamour, channeling the sophisticated 50s style whilst looking fresh and modern. Freya sent me a Halter Bikini Top in a 28GG, Rio Bikini Brief and Classic Brief, both in Small.
Plunging necklines suit a closer bust like mine very well, but they’re great for anyone wanting sexy uplift and cleavage. I notice that my bikini top looks more like a half plunge, possibly with it being a larger cup. My 28GG at first felt a good fit, the back for sure was spot on and comfortable. I was actually surprised the 28 did fit, as I expected it to be tight like some 28 back Freya bras can be for me. As I wore the top I felt I could possibly have done with an H cup. The top wanted to open up and push apart (I realised at one point one nipple was trying to escape!), as if it couldn’t contain my boobs so I wasn’t greatly supported. An H cup could rectify the fact the cups weren’t cut as high as I’d prefer.
The briefs were on the small size as I’d usually go for a medium, but they did still fit and look good. The frilly Rio brief is adorable; perfect for a flirty, sexy look on the beach. They’re a really flattering cut too, which sits low on the hip. For slightly more coverage the Classic brief comes up a little higher on the tummy, but both bottoms are comfortable on the bum!
My favourite piece is definitely the turquoise Polka Dots Skirted Suit, another 50s retro classic with a sleek modern look. It’s a brilliantly versatile cross over swimsuit with an adjustable ruching skirt. Seaspray is a brand I’ve only recently been acquainted with and I’ve been taken by their feminine swim range. Sizes are broadly accessible with cup choices in some suits up to an F.
My size 12 suit is a really comfy fit and the fabric is so silky and easy to wear. The cups are generic sizing so wasn’t a proper fit in the boob department. Unfortunately I had to move the bust line up a little to make sure I was covered. So, it’s not the best suit if you’ve got bigger boobs but I do think it’s fab for a beautifully cut suit that accentuates and loves curves!
Do you have a favourite style of bikini or swimsuit that you find particularly flattering for a curvy figure? What are your thoughts on this year’s trends and the revival of retro cuts?
I’ll be reviewing some more bikinis and swimsuits, so watch this space!
mydesiretobeAugust 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm
I’ve worn my Freya Venetian bikini this summer and although its a relief to finally have a suit that fits my bust properly, the band is loosening up quickly. For suits that costly, that should at least last 2 summers. I’ll have a review up soon. The cut of the top is much like yours, only bra style straps.
Cavy.girlAugust 13, 2012 at 8:00 am
Hey, thanks for the comment!
I’ll be interested to read your thoughts about the Venetian then, it possibly sounds like the same kind of issue which I’m sure Freya would be keen to hear about.
contrary kiwiAugust 14, 2012 at 2:20 am
Wowee! You look great in that last photo. That swimsuit as a beach dress is so flattering on you. Pity it doesn’t use proper bra sizing 🙁
I would agree that the Freya bikini didn’t fit you properly. It looked like there was space between your boobs and the underwire, perhaps because the halter wasn’t tight enough? I can’t wear halter necks because tying them tight enough to support my boobs always hurts my neck.
Cavy.girlAugust 14, 2012 at 9:42 am
Hey Contrary, aww thank you! 🙂
Yeah I wish it was proper sizing too, other than the cups it fits really well. A lot of swimsuits can feel tight on me so this was great in that respect.
I don’t like tight halters either, my neck was killing me so I had to slacken it a bit. It’s just a shame it seemed to lose all shape all because of the neck tie. I did notice when I took it off just how far down the underwire looked actually. It doesn’t seem right to me though, for the strap to do all the work in deciding where the band sits. Maybe the band was too stretchy for a 28?
lingerieandlibrariesOctober 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm
I finally did a review of that Freya Venetian bikini! It took some time because I wanted to get a good measure of quality.