Choosing a bikini top if you’re someone with a bigger bust is, at best, a strenuous mission and, at worst, an acceptance of defeat as you haul out last year’s faded tops with resignation.
Ticking off all the essentials – support, comfort and style – is something that many bikini tops aim to succeed in but almost always fall at the last hurdle.
The best bikini tops for bigger busts are those designed specifically for DD cups and larger. These tend to come with thicker straps and bands, underwired support and internal structure that’ll allow you to throw yourself down waterslides, dive into the sea and maybe even risk a surf session without fear of flashing.
Sure, you might get lucky with a larger sized bikini top from a ‘standard’ line or, if you’re truly due a miracle, might actually find a bikini top that fits from the generic “8, 10, 12, 14, 16” size bracket.
But, if you’re impatiently scrolling and fed up of ordering, pulling on, pulling off and sending back, read on for all of the best tried-and-tested bikini tops for bigger busts. Now all that’s missing is the sunshine.
Freya Maui Daze Halter Bikini Top
Freya bikinis throw away any notions that bigger busts should be resigned to neutral shades and matronly shapes. Instead, this bigger-bust-haven is home to endless colourful and creative bikini tops, fusing the ideal midpoint between supportive design and chic style.
The Maui Daze is one of our favourite, holiday-ready patterns and the halter neck style makes it comfortable and flattering on busts of all sizes. Better yet, like most Freya bikinis, the design is widely available in other styles along with matching briefs and sometimes also sarongs. It’s available from a 28D through to a 38H.
Buy now £38.99, Amazon
ASOS DESIGN Fuller Bust tie front halter bikini top in mono print
ASOS’ constant cycle of new designs makes it a top spot for bigger-bust bikinis and its own brand Design label is one of the most budget-friendly options available. Loud designs, on-trend styles and purse-friendly prices make it easy to stock up on bikini tops, regardless of size.
The halterneck style, triangle cups and tie fastening make this monochrome bikini one of the most versatile, even if you’re not entirely sure exactly which size to choose. It’s designed to fit sizes varying from DD to G cup.
Buy now £18.00, ASOS
Pour Moi Fuller Bust Space underwired padded bikini top in red
Vibrantly red and delicately detailed: Pour Moi’s sweetheart-neck bikini top was practically designed for lounging around in a jacuzzi. With padded cups, underwire support and adjustable straps, it’s easy to tailor it to your specific size requirements without waving goodbye to comfort.
The underwire also has the added benefit of supporting you to the same extent as a non-swimwear bra does, no matter where you’re wearing it. It’s designed to fit cup sizes from DD to G.
Buy now £24.00, ASOS
Wolf & Whistle Fuller Bust Exclusive texture triangle bikini top
Wolf & Whistle’s wraparound, strappy detail adds a party-ready touch to the standard black bikini. Its flattering triangle cups are versatile for busts of all sizes, providing support without foregoing tanning opportunities. Soft and stretchy and ready for a swim, this black bikini top is a staple option with a little extra sparkle that’s perfect for beach holidays with friends. Available for bust sizes between DD to G.
Buy now £24.00, ASOS
Ivory Rose Fuller Bust mix and match scrunch bandeau bikini top
This Ivory Rose Fuller Bust top hits the perfect midpoint between form and function; a staple black bikini top that you’ll wear again and again. Its non-padded cups add a little room for negotiation if you’re not sure which size to choose from and also to prevent any spillage from the top.
What this bikini top lacks in colour, it more than makes up for with comfortable styling, like its plunge neck and adjustable straps. Available for sizes between DD and G.
Buy now £20.00, ASOS
Everlane The Square-Neck Bikini Top
Everlane’s Square-Neck bikini top was road-tested on 112 different women to ensure it actually feels comfortable, looks flattering, and stays put, no matter how you much you move. This sustainable brand takes things one step further with well-fitting bikinis, producing seamless pieces that are designed to be thrown on without a second thought.
While it looks like a light piece of material, this bikini top is actually made from a fully-lined Italian fabric created from recycled materials. Heading out to the sunshine for a few weeks? You’ll never have to worry about the colour disappearing thanks to its fade-resistant properties. Available from size XXS to XXL.
Buy now £44.00, Everlane
Pour Moi Santa Cruz Strapless Lightly Padded Underwired Top
Pour Moi was ahead of the bigger bust game long before many other brands caught up – and with time comes expertise, something you’ll experience no matter which Pour Moi bikini you try.
Somehow defying gravity while remaining comfortable and flattering, the Santa Cruz balconette bikini comes with removable straps and a subtly padded design. Those removable straps make it a timeless holiday purchase, partially for avoiding tan lines but also for making it look like you bought multiple bikinis along with you. Available from 32B to 38F.
Buy now £28.00, Pour Moi
Figleaves Fuller Bust underwired crop bikini top in yellow zebra print
If you’re someone who favours banana boat rides and snorkel sessions more so than lounging around on a lilo, you’ll probably want a bikini top that’s a little more supportive than the norm. Enter: Figleaves’ deliciously yellow design.
This structured bikini top has more coverage than most, which means you’re free to jump down waterslides or dive head first into the ocean without fear of accidentally flashing. Its thick, good quality fabric also means it’ll withstand plenty of swimming sessions without wearing thin. Its zebra print style is designed to fit cup sizes from DD to G.
Buy now £35.00, ASOS
Boux Avenue Strawberry print plunge bikini top
Boux Avenue’s Strawberry print plunge bikini top takes a step away from the usual “fuller bust” design with a seriously cute tonal-pink bikini top. Its padded plunge design comes boosted with frill details on either shoulder, doing the work to bring your shoulders and bust into proportion.
Supportive and stylish, you’ll find yourself ordering the top and the matching bottoms, too. Available from a 32B to a 36F.
Buy now £24.00, Boux Avenue
Marks & Spencer Beach Waves Wired Scoop Neck Bikini Top
It’s hard to beat M&S if you’re looking for great quality and durable designs. The Beach Waves wired bikini top ticks both of those boxes and more, in a chic olive green shade with plenty of support from every direction. Made from a soft, textured fabric and gathered in a way inspired by soft ocean waves, this staple bikini top promises to last for holidays for years to come.
It’s also one of the comfiest, with a non-padded, full-cup style that flatters your bust’s natural shape, while underwiring offers subtle support. It’s available in sizes ranging from 32D to 38G.
Buy now £42.00, Marks & Spencer
ASOS DESIGN fuller bust puff sleeve bikini top in lemon print
When life gives you lemons, turn them into a summer-ready, bigger-bust-approved bikini top. Perhaps not the best option for tanning but a brilliant choice for daytime festivals or anywhere where you’re more likely to wear a bikini for fashion rather than swimming lengths. This ASOS Design option has style in spades while providing all of the same support.
It’s fairly rare to see a silhouette like this for bigger busts but, with its square neck, puff sleeves and pull-on design, it hugs you close exactly where needed. Available from sizes between 30DD and 38G.
Buy now £22.00, ASOS
Boux Avenue Kuta heart balconette bikini top – Coral
Bigger bust bikinis can be cute too, as proven with Boux Avenue’s Kuta heart balconette bikini top. Available in two pastel shades (coral and mint), it’s an Ibiza essential with its sculptural look.
Its moulded shape makes this bikini top endlessly flattering, while its silver heart under bust detailing adds a special touch. It also has removable straps, if you’d like to jump between halterneck and strapless style. As with all Boux Avenue designs, the sizing is spot on and the quality is top notch. Available from 32B/30C to 36FF.
Buy now £34.00, Boux Avenue
F&Wild Kami Bikini Top – Animal Print
Not only is F&Wild a sustainable, ethically produced brand, but it’s also one of the most flattering around. The Kami bikini top was designed to be truly versatile, with a halterneck style and oversized tie back, making it easy to fit your figure without stressing over band sizes. Its vibrant pink and red design stands out in a crowd and it’s sturdy enough for everything from sunbathing by the pool to tackling a surf session.
The most impressive part? Its unique fabric (made from recycled materials saved from the ocean) is suncream, oil and ultra-chlorine resistant and promises excellent UV protection at the same time: no white marks in sight. Available for bust sizes between B to F.
Buy now £55.00, F&Wild
Anyone with a bigger bust will likely be familiar with the Freya brand and the Maui Daze Bikini Top is our top choice overall. Supportive, stylish and available in a large number of sizes, shapes and pieces, this is our favourite bikini top for bigger busts.