For the longest time, I would joke that none of my bathing suits are family friendly. And it’s not that I prefer wearing extra cheeky bottoms or extra tiny bikini tops. It’s just that my bust size is 32G, which makes it nearly impossible to find swimsuits that actually provide coverage.
Unfortunate nip slips aside, figuring out if the measurements of a suit will fit my proportions is akin to me taking a calculus test. As in, I fail almost 100 percent of the time. Most string bikinis will never have enough square-footage for my gals and plenty of tank styles hang loose around my ribcage, while offering far more cleavage than I’m comfortable with.
But there’s one unexpected fast fashion site that’s come to my rescue more than once: ASOS. The site has a well-stocked range of bikinis and one-pieces that are sold by bra size, not the arbitrary S-XL. The pieces in the Fuller Bust section aren’t the frumpy suits you usually find from a lingerie site—surely you know the type, the designs that put function over fashion. See, ASOS takes the current swim trends of the moment and sizes them up brilliantly. They’ve got cool cow prints, cut-out one-pieces that are sleek and chic, edgy underwire designs and even sweet floral prints. And for those who prefer full coverage, their tank styles and cropped T-shirt designs should fit the bill.
Most sizing from ASOS’s Full Bust section is determined by selecting your clothing size (2 to 14) and then your cup size (DD to I), so you may rest assured that your polka dot bikini is proportional to both your body and your boobs. The bottoms are also sold separately, so you can actually invest your dollars in a suit that fits. Yep, it’s genius!
Not everything on the site is the ASOS in-house label either; they’ve got suits from lingerie brands Wolf & Whistle, Peak & Beau, Figleaves and UK-based swimwear line, Pour Moi. And, perhaps best of all, the prices are affordable AF. After six years of buying suits from ASOS, not one set has cost over $60 (and when these bikinis go on sale, which they do often, you better act fast to score your size).
It might be the feeling that my body type is finally being seen. Or the flattering effect that a swimsuit that actually fits can have, but I’ll be honest, I’ve never felt so comfortable hitting the beach or laying by the pool.
Here, shop some of the best ASOS Fuller Bust swimsuits.