5 busty bikini brands that aren’t Victoria’s Secret

Let me tell you a story about a little girl who grew up very fast. When she was 9 years old, she was given her first sports bra to wear under her clothes. The other girls wondered why she was wearing a shirt under her shirt. She said “It’s a sports bra.” When she turned 11 she got her first real bra. It was nothing special but it did its job. If it was cold out, you would never know by the looks of this girl’s chest.

By 14 this girl had a drawer full Victoria’s Secret bras in fun colors and pretty fabrics. By 16, this girl no longer could wear her jewel toned bras and was forced to adore them from afar as her drawer was replaced with flesh tone colors in the DD range. One thing that kept certain was her drawers were, nonetheless, still full of Victoria’s Secret bras.

At 16, she started to hang out with boys more, and in the summer she needed a bikini top that could support her ample chest and still allow her to have fun with the rest of the teenagers her age. Unlike the other girls, her friends, she couldn’t just go to Target and a get a swimsuit for $30. Unlike the other girls, her friends, she couldn’t just pick up a size Large and take it home without trying it on because she knew it would fit her. Unlike the other girls, her friends, she couldn’t get the cool bikinis with the cut-outs because she knew they would never cover her up enough.

At the beginning of summer, this girl could always count on getting a new swim suit from Victoria’s Secret. Unlike the other stores, they offered sizes that fit and supported women who were top-heavy. Unlike the other stores, they offered two-piece swim suits for girls who were curvy, thick, full figured and had large breasts.

Alas, just like the other stores, Victoria’s Secret is discontinuing their swim line to focus on areas that supposedly will make them more cash. Other little girls who developed and grew fast won’t have the option of a pretty jewel-toned bikini in their closet like I did. Luckily, unlike the 90s, body positivity and body acceptance has helped create new bikini options and swim suits for women with curves; more specifically, women with big boobs.

As we say adieu to VS’s swim fashion line that once was, we say hello to new bikini options..

Here are 5 bikini companies that offer extended sizes:

1. SwimsuitsforAll

SwimsuitsforAll offers bikinis, tankinis, and one pieces in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns. I bought my first bikini from here a few months ago. I was surprised at how affordable and COOL it is. This black underwire bikini by fellow Plus blogger Gabifresh is cute, goes up to a DDD, and has a hint of sexy.

swim suits for all plus size bikini

2. Target’s online plus size swim selection

Target definitely has a fast-fashion approach to swim wear. Plus size ladies can now get bikinis on Target’s online store. Some stores may have physical ones you can try on, but I have never seen them. Online, Target offers up to a size 26W on top and a 24W/26W in the bottoms. Now, I am not a big fan of their fits or cuts in swimwear. It seems vastly outdated compared to their straight sized bikinis, but at least the offer more than one pieces! am I right?

Target store plus size bikini

3. Forever21’s plus size swimwear

Forever21 is the ultimate fast fashion option for those curvy girls on a tight budget, but also doesn’t want to sacrifice style. I call Forever21, throw away fashion. Clothes you buy Forever21 usually either shrink, fray, rip, or stretch to the point of no return. I have never owned a Forever21 bikini, but they seem to have great options for style, cut, colors and fit. At $15, even if it doesn’t work out you can probably still wear the top under flowing shirts like a bralette. Forever21’s plus size swim line goes up to a 3x.

forever21 plus size bikini

4. Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart is like the Las Vegas of bikini options for women with large chests. Their site offers bright colors, sexy cuts, bold patterns, and fit options not usually available to curvy women. Like this criss cross bikini top and bottoms equipped with cut outs. When I look at her swim options, all I see are pool parties, cocktails and fine looking gentlemen fanning me with a palm leaf.

ashley-stewart-plus-size-bikini

5. Monif C

Monif C kind of reminds me of a day in Miami. I am talking bright colors, urban patterns and bold cut outs. Whatever ladies are rocking these by the pool or at the beach is not trying to hide. Check out this Havana bandage monokini in white. Swim suits go from a 14W to a 24W.

Monifc plus size bikini

I wanted to focus on companies you may not of heard of that are contributing to the plus size fashion industry. The companies listed here are not the Torrids or Lane Bryants of the world and most likely don’t have a physical store you can go to. Also, I tried to exclude any site that solely had one pieces as their option for plus size swim wear. Ugh. It’s 2016, we are women, hear us roar out of our rotund bellies exposed to sun and surf!

Their more casual company, PINK, will still sell swimwear. Unfortunately, PINK tends to stop at a small D. Which is useless to me. It’s just another company that is “refocusing” their brand and marketing to a specific audience. What this tells me is that they are reducing their clientele to appeal to the younger crowd. The college girls, the high school girls, the ones who need a fun bikini to wear to Coachella. Us ladies, that don’t fit that mold, will just have to find somewhere else to spend our big girl money.

3 comments

  1. My suggestion – ModCloth! They stock lots of swimsuits in a pretty large range, and their most popular extended size suits are actually cut different to accommodate the differences a size 16 lady in her proportions vs. a size 4 lady. Plus, their Customer Service was really helpful in helping me pick the right size based on my measurements. Not an advertisement, I swear, I just got a really cute suit from them and wanted to share the good word. 🙂

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