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I’m a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me

Swimsuit shopping, much like shopping for bras, always gets a little difficult for me. I’m a 32DD, and for some reason, it seems like the swimsuit industry is usually geared toward smaller sizes. But unlike my hatred for bra-shopping (why must I put so much effort into something that never sees the light of day?), I do actually love shopping for bikinis.

Over the years, I’ve become an expert on deciphering what’s going to look good on me versus what my chest will immediately spill out of just by looking at a product image online. After much trial and error, the winning styles are, in no particular order, as follows: underwire, sporty, bandeau, and triangle. And within all those styles, I’m pretty specific on how I decide whether they’ll be added to my cart. (Extra fabric plus a tie in the back is a winning combo in my books.)

Even though it’s prime L.A. beach season, I’m also shopping for things to wear when I sunbathe on my balcony. Have a similar cup size as me or just looking for some really cute bathing suits to add to your swim drawer? Keep scrolling for 25 cute, DD-approved pieces.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
A bikini top with underwire is actually one of my favorite styles if you get the right size and find the right style. I usually order one size larger than I normally would (I’ve noticed these styles tend to run a bit small) just so I have enough coverage.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
A top with a tie-closure is always a winner for me.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
A black underwire bikini? Chic and classic.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
More and more gingham pieces are getting added to my wardrobe on the daily, so of course, I’m eyeing this cute top.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
I love this top because the thick straps will do a good job of holding everything up. 

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
If I dream hard enough, maybe this suit will make its way into my swimsuit drawer?

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
A sporty bikini style is such a good staple to have. This suit, in particular, is affordable, has adjustable straps, is made out of recycled material, and comes in an array of sizes. Need I say more?

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Okay, it’s official: I honestly don’t think I’ve ever wanted a bikini top more.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
I have this top and always get a ton of compliments when I wear it. (Plus, my nickname growing up was Lee Lee, so it was pretty much made for me!)

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
My roommate is obsessed with MyraSwim. I finally tried on one of her Myra swimsuits this past weekend, and I can’t get over how soft the fabric is.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
The founders of Monday Swimwear, Devin Brugman and Natasha Oakley, both have bigger busts, so I honestly trust anything the brand puts out. This style is definitely making its way into my shopping cart this summer.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Looking for an affordable, on-trend bikini top? PacSun is here for you. Half of my swim drawer is made up of the brand’s bikinis (because my wallet can’t really keep up with my bathing-suit obsession). I have this top, and let me tell you, you’ll be obsessed once you buy it.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
This doubles as a crop top, and I’m so into it. Plus, you can’t really beat the colorful print.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
This is like a cross between a sporty and bandeau style, and it’s chic as hell. As a bonus, the unconventional print is just so enticing.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
I know a lot of women with bigger busts shy away from strapless tops, but it’s all about the style you choose. While some don’t have enough fabric to cover even half of my chest (even in the largest size), some have the perfect amount. In fact, this Solid & Striped suit has become an all-time favorite for me.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this violet ribbed top?

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Again, make sure the suit appears to have a good amount of fabric (like this one).

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Another plus of a bandeau style? It’s perfect for minimizing tan lines.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
As you can see, I never go for bandeau styles with ties in the front (the girls will fall out without a question), but this is a fun way to spruce it up.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Triangle bikinis are the trickiest to shop for, but it doesn’t mean I won’t try them. A lot of times, I’ll look for ones that can be adjusted on the string so I can stretch the cup size.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Again, I trust anything Monday Swimwear designs.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Since this ties in the back, it’s ideal for bigger busts.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Here’s another great option that ties in the back.

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
Who says you can’t have your tie in the front?

I'm a 32DD—Here Are the Swimsuit Styles That Actually Work for Me
This definitely has enough fabric for me not to worry about spillage.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Up next: Admit It: You’re Obsessed With Tie-Dye Swimsuits—Here Are 24 Cute Ones

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