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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Underwire Support Swimwear in Size 12 +

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Last Update: May 23, 2016

Elegant Plus Swimwear Figure Types & Style Guide 


Underwire Bathing Suit Report

Plus-size women with larger-than-average busts need extra support when engaging in active lifestyles.  Consequently underwire support bathing suits are in demand with plus-size women who enjoy swimming.  They also can be some of the hardest swimsuit styles to find in larger sizes.

Swimwear with underwire support can be both sized by bra band and cup size, and by dress size.  Lingerie specialists often have the best inventory of specialty bra-sized swimwear including underwire support.  Upscale swimwear labels such Carol Wior, Miraclesuit, and Christina frequently include floating underwire support in their swimsuits.  Plus-size bathing suits with underwires tend to be much more expensive than average swimwear, but the cost is well worth it when fit properly for women who need the extra support.

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Corset Top Bikini, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Swim Skirt Sold Separately
More Colors Available

Jessica Simpson, SailorUnderwire Maillot, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Also Available in BlackElomi, Crochet Swim Bra  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick 
Also Available in Black
Matching Bottom Sold Separately

Miraclesuit, Sanibel Underwire Maillot, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Retro Corset Top Bikini
Size XL - 5X

Jessica Simpson
Sailor Underwire Suit
Size XL - 3X

Crochet Swim Bra
Bra Size 36 - 44 E - H


Tankini Top
w/ Bra Fit
Size 16 - 24W
Underwire Cup Size C, D, DD

Styles in recent years have diversified to include younger and less basic colors, patterns and cuts but black is still a favorite with many plus-size swimmers.  Tankini and bikini styles are particularly popular right now. Many are available as swim separates.

Swimwear Shopping Resources

For underwire support bikini tops lingerie specialty shops such as Bare Necessities and Her Room are the best resources.  Brands to look for in larger cup sizes include Freya, Fantasie and Panache.  Elomi makes underwire swim bras that can be worn under a regular bathing suit for extra support or alone as a bikini top. 

The Swim Sexy line developed in collaboration with plus blogger Gabi Gregg at Swimsuits for All often has built in underwire support for fuller busts.  Coco Reef,  a label which can frequently be purchased from Always for Me in size 16 to 24W has underwire support styles.  Meanwhile, leading bra and hosiery plus-size retailer Just My Size has a good swim section that regularly features one piece, swim dresses, and tankinis with underwire support for D and DD cups in size 14 to 26W.

Lane Bryant, as a leading plus-size bra designer with their Cacique line, also regularly offers a variety of swimsuit styles including tankinis, one piece, and bikini tops that feature extra underwire support, especially for larger busts D +.

Department stores such as Nordstrom and Dillard's often carry a few swimwear options with built in underwire support. Brands vary but expect to see well known labels such as Gottex, Coles, and Carol Weir to name a few.  QVC has a deep inventory of bathing suits from well known brands all year, and will often stock plus-size swim dresses, maillots, and tankini styles with extra underwire support for size 0 to 28W.

The main swimwear shopping season is January to July.  The above retailers  carry a smaller selection during the off season, and more plentiful inventories during the main swim suit demand period.


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