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There's a very specific thrill some get from purchasing a new swimsuit, like it's somehow the promise that you will soon be on a tropical vacation, lounging poolside and sipping a cocktail (rather than staying inside to watch Selling Sunset for the third time). But I've got a bit more to work with in the bust area—yes, I belong to the D-cup and up crowd—and I've found that shopping for the best swim brands for big boobs isn't always such a joyful high. As a size 32G, I can wear a size S T-shirt, but an XL triangle top probably won't fit my gals and if its flimsy straps don't have a lick of support, well, it's just not going to work out. And please, don't get me started on push-up bikini tops that put me at high risk for a nip slip.

So, this year I decided to only acquire swimwear from brands that cater to my needs and my cup-size. My research, which yes, has included many happy days at the beach, led me to this list of five swim brands that are big boob-friendly. Each and every one offers swimsuits specially designed to flatter and support bigger busts—all without sacrificing style. Because if I've learned one thing during this experiment, it's that nothing's a better confidence booster than a swimsuit that feels like it was made for your figure—especially if it can do all that without underwire.

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1. ASOS

  • Value: 19/20
  • Support: 18/20
  • Quality: 17/20
  • Aesthetics: 19/20
  • Fit: 19/20
  • TOTAL: 92/100
I've said it once and I'll say it again: ASOS is a goldmine for cute DD+ swimwear that's actually affordable. Rather than relying on lingerie sizing, ASOS combines your dress size with your cup size to deliver a well-fitted suit (that runs true to size), most ranging from D to F and 0 to 14. And that's across polka-dotted one-pieces, skimpy black bikinis with gold hardware, floral tops with molded cups and everything in between. And despite the wallet-friendly prices, I've found that each suit is smartly built to provide as much support as possible, from underwire in a leopard number to adjustable straps and a thicker back band on a triangle top. One tip: Check back often and buy the suit you like as soon as you spot it; I've lost many a perfect bikini from ASOS by simply waiting one day to make my purchase.

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2. Kitty & Vibe

  • Value: 15/20
  • Support: 19/20
  • Quality: 16/20
  • Aesthetics: 19/20
  • Fit: 19/20
  • TOTAL: 88/100
This fun, bright swim brand's unique sizing system was originally developed to address fit issues regarding the bottom half of swimsuits. But, of course, body inclusivity isn't just limited to embracing bums of all shapes and sizes. Kitty & Vibe also has an impressive size range for triangle, tank and wrap tops, with most available from A to G cup. (And if you're looking for underwire, the brand's got that, too). I personally prefer their low-support suits for those scorching beach days when underwire and constricting straps feel way too restricting. Plus, many of Kitty & Vibe's suits are reversible so it's really like you're getting two bikinis for the price of one. Score.

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3. RAQ

  • Value: 19/20
  • Support: 19/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aesthetics: 19/20
  • Fit: 19/20
  • TOTAL: 94/100
Despite its rather racy name, RAQ's whole M.O. is to create fun and well-fitting swim for larger busts. And I believe they're a sleeper success in this particular category. As the site declares, "We make bikinis that suit the silent majority of boobs. Big boobs. Hormonal boobs. Augmented boobs. Pregnant boobs. Any boob that’s D cup or larger, we’re all over it. Literally." As for how they meet that promise? I slipped into a RAQ bikini for the first time last summer and was astonished. I hardly ever feel supported in a swimsuit—let alone feel like it fits properly, is slightly sexy and still flattering. I've never had a nip slip in a Raq suit and I was so elated to try out the newest style for 2020, a zebra-print crop. It comes loaded with underwire, boning and power mesh, but you'd never know that from the ultra-fierce (and sleek) exterior.

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Monday Swimwear

4. Monday Swimwear

  • Value: 17/20
  • Support: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aesthetics: 18/20
  • Fit: 18/20
  • TOTAL: 89/100
Devin Brugman and Natasha Oakley's first foray into the world of swim was their blog, A Bikini A Day, where they'd—you guessed it—post about a new swimsuit each day. They took everything they learned from wearing and testing suits and turned it into a label of their own. I've been a fan of Monday Swimwear for years, often keeping tabs on which style sell out and what colors are the hottest in their range. The brand offers sizes A-G, ranging in silhouette from Barbados, a modern triangle top to the Clovelly, an underwire style that's become a staple for the brand. I personally love that they eschew trends for timeless designs that actually flatter and that the brand takes sizing seriously; each style is included in their fit guide with detailed info on cup recommendations, design highlights and even insight into the sizes that Brugman and Oakley wear.

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5. Triangl

  • Value: 17/20
  • Support: 15/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Aesthetics: 19/20
  • Fit: 17/20
  • TOTAL: 86/100
Triangl is known for creating some of the most trendy suits of the season: think velvet bikinis and ruched toile prints. Most of the DD+ crew would assume they can't partake in that fashionable fun—but they'll be pleasantly surprised to know their assumption is wrong. Triangl caters mostly to those with smaller ribcages and fuller busts with their S+ and S++ sizing, the latter of which fit my 32G ladies rather perfectly. Shoppers can pick separate top and bottom sizes for each bikini set, so I was able to ensure the sizing was just right. I will admit, I had to sacrifice some support for Triangl's trendier silhouettes (so no beach volleyball or jogging in these teeny bikinis), but I was still able to hit the beach in confidence that there wouldn't be any nip slips. Bonus: Mine came with a cute fabric pouch that matched my suit, making it the perfect place to store my wallet and phone during a recent beach day.

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