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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Underwire Support Bathing Suits Sizes 12+

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. Plus-size underwire swimwear is especially popular with women who wear larger bra sizes and need extra bust support.  They can come in any swimwear style from tankini and bikini tops to swim dresses and classic one piece bathing suits.  The following are the Elegant Plus Editor's Plus-Size Underwire Bathing Suit Picks:


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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 like 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.

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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All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our
extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships.






Plus-size swimwear for women sizes 12+