If you’re the owner of a bigger bust (which is a safe assumption, given you’re reading this), you’ll know how exhausting and dispiriting shopping for new bathers can be. Whether you’re searching for a simple black bikini or a one-piece swimsuit, swimwear for larger cup sizes is rarely designed in a considered way. Instead of chic silhouettes and elevated colour palettes, you’re more likely to find eye-popping prints and frills or daggy designs intended to either disguise or cover up what’s considered a ‘problem’ area: D+ cup breasts.
One brand that rejects this ethos is Form and Fold. Specialising in larger bust size swimwear (up to a 38G), the label utilises lingerie sizing and construction techniques to create minimalist styles. A collaboration between designers Carly and Stephanie, the brand was inspired by their own frustration with the limited selection of D+ swimwear on offer. (For more on the brand, read our interview with the founders, here.)
Exclusively for those with D+ cups, the line has multiple supportive and comfortable options that are flattering and functional. And we’re big fans. Here’s why Form & Fold is so great for bigger busts.
Form and Fold offers styles for all body shapes, because ‘big-busted’ doesn’t look the same on everyone. There’s a crop top, bra-style top and classic triangle plus two one-pieces. (Find out more about these below.)
The brand invests in acing the technical requirements of creating swimwear for bigger busts. From adding extra support to their tops (to handle the weight of fuller breasts), to building strength into the designs (see: added seams, thicker straps, side slings and a sturdy back clasp), their pattern makers are big bust experts.
Creating swimwear for the D+ crowd is challenging – there’s a lot of time, expertise and expense involved in sourcing specialised components and creating new designs and patterns that balance comfort, fit, and aesthetics. Form and Fold considers even the tiniest details so that you can shop (and swim) with confidence.
Let’s take a look at some of Form and Fold’s best selling bigger-bust swimwear styles:
The perfect classic black bikini, this wire-free triangle is engineered to lift and shape without sacrificing on style. It has a plunging neckline, soft foam cups, strong under-band and cross-back straps for total support.
A bra-style bikini top that elongates the body with its plunging neckline, it’s all about clean lines, strategic seaming and sculpting fabric. A must for natural shape and flattering lift, it’s a swimwear staple for D+ cups.
One issue with bigger-bust bikinis is they are often designed to enhance an already ample cleavage. This 90’s-inspired style offers more coverage than most, with a hidden underwire and power mesh sling for lift.
This classic maillot sculpts and supports without any bells and whistles. (G cup swimwear doesn’t often come in designs this timeless.) An in-built underwire bra with adjustable straps makes its low scoop back possible.