Bra-Sized Swimwear: How To Get The Perfect Fit
Are you looking for a swimsuit top that is as supportive as your favorite bra? A bra-sized swimsuit top or one-piece swimsuit might be just what you need. Bra-sized swimwear is sized according to your bra band and cup size – it’s not like the S, M, and L swimsuits you see in most clothing stores.
Plus, bra-sized swimwear has the supportive construction that full busts and plus size busts need. The additional design details (underwire for breast separation, boning on the band to keep the top from rolling up, a hook and eye closure or a sturdy hook closure that keeps the band in place) aim to support large cup sizes while still looking like swimwear. If you wear a D, DD, or DDD cup or larger, bra-sized swimwear is your best bet for a supportive fit that won’t let you down.
Bra-sized swimwear can be challenging to get right. Wondering how to get the perfect fit? Read on for our top tips!
1. Get a bra fitting first
A bra fitting is key to finding the right bra-sized swimsuit top, so do yourself a favor and get a bra fitting first. You might be wondering how a bra fitting can help with swimsuit shopping. Here’s how: When you’re shopping for swimsuit tops with bra sizing, you’ll need to know your band size and cup size. Bra fitters know how to fit for bra sized swimwear. A fitting will help determine what your bra size is and which bra styles suit your breast shape best.
2. Try on different styles
Bra-sized swimsuit tops can be found in demi, halter, strapless, and full coverage styles, among others. If you want to make shopping for a new swimsuit even easier, figure out your bra size and breast shape first. Your breast shape will help determine which swimsuit tops will fit you best. Then, try on a bunch of different swimsuit top and bottom styles. The beauty of a bra-sized swimsuit is that the bottoms are typically sold separately instead of as a set. This means that you can purchase different sizes for the top and bottom – making it easier than ever to get a custom-fit swimsuit that you’ll wear for years.
3. Shop in store so you can try everything on
Shopping for swimwear in store has a few perks. At a local boutique, you can get help from a lingerie and swimwear fit expert and also try on swimsuits before making a purchase. Lingerie experts also know the fit of each brand. This can save you from trying on sizes that won’t work out in the fitting room.
4. Only buy online if you’re familiar with the brand
Who doesn’t love online shopping? But if this is your first-time buying bra-sized swimwear, you might want to shop in store instead. We recommend only buying online if you’re already familiar with the brand. If you buy your bras regularly from this brand and love the way that they fit, go ahead and order online with confidence.
5. Know how to care for your swimsuits
Bra-sized swimwear is an investment. You’ve spent time shopping for the perfect swimsuit – now it’s time to wash it. Remember: Your bra-sized swimwear will last longer if you care for it properly. To avoid damaging your swimsuits in the wash, be sure to wash in cool water with a gentle detergent and always hang your swimsuits to try. Also, be sure to avoid hanging them outside as the sun can discolor and fade swimsuits over time.
Where can I buy swimwear by bra size?
Your local lingerie store is a great place to shop for new bras and swimwear. You could also try department stores like Nordstrom, Hudson’s Bay, and Lord & Taylor for a superb selection of swimwear by bra size. For a list of local stores, check out our stockist list here.
Related: How To Buy A Supportive Swimsuit
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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.
Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.
If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.
Happy swimsuit shopping!