Strapless plus size bathing suit that is also supportive

posted 2 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I have an underwire suit that can be strapless, but honestly bathing suit material is not especially supportive ever, and when it gets wet it’s even worse.

I think you’re probably going to have to decide whether you want support or no tan lines, cause I doubt you’ll find both

Post # 3
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

Honestly, I don’t think you’ll be able to find a supportive strapless bathing suit unless you spend biiiiig dollars. I second the person above – I think you’ll have to decide if support or no tan lines is more important. :/


Post # 4
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am also a DD and had written off the idea of ever wearing a strapless bathing suit until I tried on Victoria’s Secret strapless suits!  They have underwire and cups and are really meant to fit more like a bra than anything.  I highly suggest checking them out, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would look for a company that sells bathing suits in bra sizes.  Bare Necessities has a lot and they frequently have a 20% off code.  I just ordered one from that site, the make is Freya (also a bra company)  It’s a tankini with a detachable strap.  The strap is pretty small, so it doesn’t actually contribute much support.  The cups and underwire are built very well so everything is secure and lifted.

Post # 6
342 posts
Helper bee

I just don’t think strapless bathing suits can offer support. I opt for the tan lines over the sagging boobs.

Post # 7
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Freya, Panache, Cleo, and Curvy Kate are all good, supportive brands for swimwear.  I’ve never tried strapless, but I also hate anything strapless, don’t tan, and am a 30H bra size so it’s just not happening for me.

Try,,,, and to find those brands.

Post # 8
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

llberu:  First off, make sure you’re wearing the correct size bra! Most US companies don’t advertise bras in cup sizes larger than DD because they don’t make them, and then they go and tell you that you’re the size that they make.

Go to or and use their bra size troubleshooter that asks you a bunch of questions about what your current bra is and how it fits. It uses that information to tell you what bra size you SHOULD be wearing. It was an eye opener for me.

Once your band size and cup size are correct, there are brands that make strapless, supportive bathing suits for those ladies who are well endowed. As previous posters mentioned, Panache, Cleo by Panache, Freya, and Curvy Kate are good ones to look for.

Post # 9
220 posts
Helper bee

llberu:  shoot, I’m like a 34B and I don’t find strapless tops supportive, that’s why I don’t do it. Just get the tan lines, and put self tanner over them. It’s safer than sun tanning anyway (says the person with a sunburn currently >.>)

Post # 10
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a Freya bathing suit that I LOVE that’s strapless; IDK about plus size, but I know they have a very wide range of band and cup sizes (I’m a 30G, so I’m just not sure how high the band sizes go).  I mean, I’m not jogging down the beach in it or anything, but it definitely holds the girls up around where they belong to hang out by the pool or on the beach.

Before you spring for Freya, though (they’re not cheap), you probably want to find a store that carries the brand to get sized for their bras.  Nordstrom carries them, so if you’ve got a Nordstrom near you, go there. Otherwise, try looking up their fit guides and measuring yourself; anytime I hear a girl say she’s a DD, I want to scream “you’re probably not a DD, you’re probably just larger in the cup than the store carries so they cram you into what they’ve got”. 

Post # 12
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I agree with the bra sizing, it turns out I was pretty far off, until I went to Journelle, a really nice lingerie store, and they explained things to me. So now I wear a 32F (American 32DDD), I just went through the strapless bikini ordeal. Victoria’s secret didn’t work at all, too small in the cups and too big in the band. I ended up buying a bandeau bikini at Macy’s, the brand is Bar III, it works pretty well because I can tie the back, allowing for a lot of adjustment on the band, has some metal support, and a removable halter strap. I figure, wear the strap when I walk around, and take it off when lying in the sun. I think it’s a good compromise for me.

Post # 13
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I personally like

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