Where To Shop For Swimwear If You’ve Got Boobs & A Bum (And Want To Keep Them Under Wraps)

Summertime brings the endless challenge of finding swimwear that keeps all my bits and pieces under wraps, but helps me to look and feel fabulous. Although the high street is awash with all number of skimpy two-pieces and swimsuits that are held together with barely a length of string, this woman needs something a touch more substantial for holiday season. I’ve got G-cup boobs and a S16 bum to keep covered and stable, but that doesn’t mean I want to walk around feeling frumpy or sporting the same looks as my Nan. If you’re struggling where to find suitable swimwear before your summer holiday kicks off (or you just want an excuse to treat yourself,) then I’ve pinpointed four of my current favourite brands that I now know I can rely; each provide subtly sexy and on-trend designs, as well as catering for boob holdage and preventing wedgies, while not costing a fortune either.


Starting at a size 16, Elomi offer a beautiful selection of perfectly on-trend swimsuits and bikinis for the fashion conscious  – because why should we sacrifice style just because we have large mammories? Although on the pricier end of the spectrum, if you’ve got a lot of junk in your trunk or want to keep your nipples well and truly covered then this Black Indie costume (£72.00) could be right up your street. I love how it’s got built-in bra support and a slimming panel down the middle, plus the straps aren’t super long (which is often the result of creating swimsuits for supermodels) so my chest is totally supported. (It’s what I’m wearing above!) Thanks to Elomi I’m also back in a two piece for the first time in about a decade, as their separates provide the perfect fit while being super flattering; the bikini below features the most gorgeous pattern and is incredibly comfy, while keeping it youthful with the addition of some sex-pot cradle straps.


A shop I’ve been visiting a long time for beachwear in general (they do the best beach cover-ups and relaxed tops that you can just throw on when you need to go to lunch,) Next have nailed the swimsuit for 2017. This cobalt ‘shape enhancing’ costume is a bargain at only £24.00, and it comes in a multitude of other colours and patterns too. I wore it throughout my time in Egypt (and I’m wearing it in this post) because it was so comfortable and really helped to keep my boobs where they were supposed to be. The cross-over front feature provides a flattering fit and additional support, while the rouched tummy detail is easy on the eye. With a huge range of equally as affordable, flattering and quality costumes on offer for summer, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Next if you’re in need of a wardrobe update.


Many of the M&S swimming costumes have been created with an older demographic in mind, meaning they tend to have a slimming panel and plenty of room for boobs. But don’t let that fool you – because some of the styles they have on offer are blooming gorgeous, including this floral number (£39.50) which I’ve fallen in love with. So many of their suits and bikinis feature hidden slimming panels if you’re tummy conscious, bra support and adjustable straps to ensure you’re comfortable at all times. Whether you want a statement swimsuit, a cool cover-up or a subtle two piece, M&S has got you covered. 


Rather a random addition, but trust me… I’ve got this Speedo cossie (£43.99) in three colours, and adore the non-wired bra feature that keeps my boobs from wobbling all over the place. It’s perfect if you’re more concerned with swimming than sunbathing, plus its lycra material pulls you in where you need it to. You may think that Speedo make the most unflattering swimsuits known to man (and that they remind you of Year 9 swim class,) but they’ve really updated their offering to ensure there’s something for those of us with more front than a block of flats. Just be aware that you will need to contourt yourself to get into it though.

Do you have any other recommendations of where to find well fitting swimwear?


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  1. Ali
    June 5, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Elomi is really beautiful, well made swimwear. I have their high waist bikini bottoms, and I mix and match with colourful bikini tops. Curvy Kate is another great brand. If you're ok with import fees, "swimsuits for all" is a good USA based site, which sells the Gabi fresh range.

    • Hayley Carr
      June 5, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Curvy Kate is a brand I've heard a lot about but never tried personally, but maybe I'll have to now… You enabler you 😉

  2. Sophie Paget
    June 6, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Bravissimo is the only brand I trust with my 32J boobs!

  3. Rosa Fairfield
    June 14, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love this post. I have a really big bum, compared to the rest of my body so it can make bikini or swimsuit shopping difficult.http://ohduckydarling.com

  4. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Great postx

  5. Emily
    June 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    YES. Loved this post, I have GG boobies too, but I find freya always fits me the best, I just wish everything wasn't so pricey!Emilyx

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