When summer’s on its way, it’s easy to stock up on swimsuits and little else. Because swimsuits are fun. Swimsuits are cute. Swimsuits instantly transport us to a world of shining sun and high temperatures—a reality that hasn’t been ours for far too long. The only issue? Rarely does one go to the beach, or pool, or lake in a swimsuit and only a swimsuit—nay, we adorn ourselves with swim cover-ups and other swim-centric clothing. Which is exactly why it’s important to work a little swim cover-up shopping into your swimsuit shopping.

I’d be lying if I suggested I was the right one to cast stones on this one. I have failed to stock up on swim cover-ups in what can only be described as a chronic fashion. I relied exclusively on one Forever 21 dress for far too long; having a go-to can make getting dressed a whole lot easier, but depending on how often you’re wearing it, it can also make things hella monotonous. (I could tell things had taken a turn for the worse when I no longer wanted to pose for beachside Instagrams because I was so thoroughly bored of my tried-and-true cover-up. A frivolous litmus test, to be sure—but this is 2019 we’re talking about.)

The good news here is that swim cover-up shopping can be just as fun and transportive as swimsuit shopping—if you’ll let it. Because the reality of swim cover-ups is that they’re as cute, vibrant and exciting as bathing suits—and the selection is pretty damn varied, too. Give our swim cover-up picks a perusal, and you’ll quickly notice you’re replacing your favorite bikini with your new favorite swim cover-up in all your imagined, idyllic Instagrams-to-be.

This summer’s swim cover-ups are fodder for attention, outfit inspiration and so much more. So instead of buying a 30th one-piece, consider snagging a caftan, or romper, or crochet naked dress, instead,

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1. Roeqiya Garden Princess Caftan, $138 at Anthropologie

Elegant enough to sport to a beachside restaurant without thinking twice.

2. Brooke Cover-Up Dress, $140 at Anthropologie

Low-key enough to throw over whatever you’re already wearing—cute enough to put a smile on your face as you do.

3. Melissa Odabash Eloise Cover-Up Robe, $334 at Anthropologie

Sure to play as well with your favorite bikini as it will with your go-to tee-and-jeans combo.

4. Tiare Hawaii Amazonia Dress, $113 at Revolve

So elegantly sexy you might consider wearing it on your next date night, too.

5. Astrid Gauze Oversized Button-Front Top, $59 at Urban Outfitters

A classic for a reason.

6. Mara Hoffman Fiona Dress, $375 at Anthropologie

Turn heads without sacrificing comfort—or practicality.

7. We’re Chiffon It Tie-Dye Cover-Up Kimono, $25 at Nasty Gal

It was only a matter of time before our collective obsession with tie-dye made its way to beachwear, too.

8. All Caught Up Maxi Hoodie, $108 at Free People

Because 2019’s crochet trend lends itself oh-so naturally to the swim cover-up realm.

9. Joaan Cover-Up Caftan, $140 at Anthropologie

For the shopper who doesn’t actually want their cover-up to cover up their swimsuit.

10. Mara Hoffman Rosario Striped Dress, $325 at Anthropologie

So stunning you could probably repurpose it for wedding season—just saying.

11. Woven Fringe Ruana, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Low-key, and able to be repurposed in every summer context.

12. Sun Seeking Lace Swim Cover-Up Maxi Skirt, $44 at Lulus

Not sure if this’ll get you past “no shoes, no shirt, no service”—but it’s definitely cute enough to warrant a try.

13. Maternity Tie-Dye Jersey Beach Cover-Up, $29 at ASOS

Keep it casual, retro and on-trend all at once.

14. Give ‘Em Shade Maxi Cover-Up Kimono, $35 at Nasty Gal

The kind of thing you’ll want to throw on every morning on your next vacation.

15. Victory Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $180 at Anthropologie

Definitely nice enough to get you anywhere you need to go after the beach.

16. Seaside Retreat Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $42 at Lulus

A poolside take on the slip dress.

17. Colorblock Sarong Swim Cover-Up, $14.90 at Forever 21

Sarongs are an absolute look.

18. Lioness Despacito Metallic Open Knit Maxi Dress, $89 at Urban Outfitters

A naked dress fit for the beach and the bar, alike.

19. Frill Tile Print Top, $29 at ASOS

Oh yeah, matching set cover-ups are definitely a thing.

20. Tularosa Rae Reversible Robe, $218 at Revolve

Sweet enough to toss over your favorite swimsuit—or your favorite dress, or your favorite jeans, or your favorite anything.

21. South Beach Exclusive Leopard Print Jumpsuit, $48 at ASOS

The chicest way to dip your toes in the sand this summer.

22. Pink Stripe Wide-Leg Two-Piece, $40 at ASOS

Definite fodder for your next summer ‘gram.

23. Meribina Cover-Up Dress, $150 at Anthropologie

Simultaneously low-key and statement-making—yes, please.

24. Lovewave Reeves Crop, $138 at Revolve

Cute in and out of its matching set. (But let’s be real—we’d definitely shop this one in its matching set.)

25. Abstract Shapes Caftan, $350 at Anthropologie

A caftan sure to complement—not compete with—your go-to swimmy.

26. LPA Crochet High-Waist Culotte, $178 at Revolve

Culottes are a veritably underrated way to do the crochet trend.

27. Charlie Oversized Button-Down Shirt, $54 at Urban Outfitters

OK, this one’s at the top of my list.

28. Gauzy Long Cover-Up, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Lightweight enough to keep you going on summer’s most humid days.

29. Long-Sleeve Chiffon Maxi Beach Kimono, $45 at ASOS

A little edgy, a little glamorous—all kinds of versatile.

30. Jai Vasicek Anika Cover-Up Kimono, $138 at Anthropologie

A cover-up that simply wants to render you a walking work of art. (Let it!!)

31. Embellished Beach Short Two-Piece, $32 at ASOS

Coordinate your cover-up with your swimsuit top—because you can.

32. Apricot Button-Front Midaxi Dress, $52 at Topshop

A dress you could definitely rewear elsewhere.

33. PrettyLittleThing Stripe Wide-Leg Pants, $34 at ASOS

The beach equivalent of a power suit.

34. Channel Ombre Beach Cover-Up, $45 at ASOS

Silky, and tie-dye, and colorful—oh my.

35. Mara Hoffman Luna Maxi Dress, $375 at Anthropologie

Leave it to Mara Hoffman to create what can only be described as the cutest swim cover-up I’ve ever seen.

36. Lovewave Reeves Dress, $188 at Revolve

In case you prefer your orange stripes in dress form.

37. Fishnet Beach Maxi Kimono, $25 at Nasty Gal

A no-fail piece you can throw over anything.

38. Seafolly Sunflower Maxi Beach Dress, $177 at ASOS

A classic sure to put a smile on your face every time you throw it on.

39. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Alhambra Crop, $148 at Revolve

Would definitely repurpose this crochet crop for a night out.

40. Carolina K Helen Cover-Up Kimono, $368 at Anthropologie

As vibrant and delightful as you are.

41. Beach Riot x Revolve Suki Skirt, $121 at Revolve

Be the wild thang you wish to see in the world.

42. Juliet Dunn Botanical Puff Mini Top, $97 at Revolve

Throw a pair of mom jeans in your beach bag, and this top could take you anywhere.

43. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Opal Kimono, $178 at Revolve

All kinds of chic.

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9 Brands Making Swimsuits for Women With Big Boobs

It’s finally easier for women with big boobs to buy bras — pretty, sexy ones at that. But ask any woman above a DD, and she will tell you that the same is not true for bathing suits. Swimwear is, unfortunately, lagging behind.

Go to H&M or Forever 21 and you’ll find wisps of bikini tops — tiny triangles of cheap fabric in small, medium, and large. And a lot of the tops in specialty stores look like your grandma’s bras were given a waterproof coating. Essentially, when it comes to swimwear, if you’ve got boobs: Good luck.

And yet retailers will note that their most commonly sold sizes are, in fact, larger than DDs. Rigby & Peller‘s most commonly sold size is a 32E, and according to Bare Necessities, its five best-selling bra-sized swim tops are 34DD, 36DD, 34E, 36E, and 34F. Clearly, demand is not the issue.

For many, cup-sized swimsuits are simply a non-negotiable, but the options that do exist are inarguably limited, and oftentimes seriously lacking in style. And so, it’s worth recognizing the noble work (no, really) of the brands creating viable options for women larger than a DD cup.

With that said, here are the labels you should bookmark. Hopefully, the swimwear industry will take note, and our options will soon be far more extensive. Consider this one busty girl’s call to action.

Pour Moi

This British brand is exclusively sold at Bare Necessities stateside. While Pour Moi, like all the brands listed here, has its hits and misses, there’s one style I’m particularly excited about. The Glamazon Scoop Neck Swim Top rings in at just under $50 (it’s $46), and, thanks to the mesh detailing, it looks more like chic athleisure than bra-on-the-beach. Plus, the underwire is subtle enough to be almost unnoticeable. If you want to add some sex appeal, just add the equally meshy bottom ($29).

Phylyda

Phylyda is a new brand that’s particularly fashion forward. The debut collection, which launched in October, features tops, bottoms, and one-pieces in jewel tones like rich copper and magenta, all with elevated details and a wide range of sizes.

“I spent the past ten years designing for luxury ready-to-wear houses in Paris, and growing into my thirties, I increasingly felt that I didn’t want to continue promulgating one silhouette type to be every woman’s unachievable goal,” explains founder Lydia Mauer. It’s a bit pricey — tops ring in at around $150 — but they’re definitely worth-it investment pieces, and an important brand to watch.

ASOS

The fast-fashion behemoth’s in-house brand has some legit stuff, including a dedicated section called Fuller Bust for women above a DD, and ASOS Curve, for plus sizes.

Like the clothing, it’s all largely inexpensive: the Tie Shoulder Crop Bikini, for example, which comes in sizes up to an F cup, is only $25.80. The delicate bows are unusual for a bigger-cup bikini (on which the details usually look made to support the weight of a truck of watermelons), and the #millennialpink hue keeps it on trend.

Figleaves

Like Bare Necessities, Figleaves is a veritable online mall for all things lingerie. However, it also carries an in-house brand, and most styles go up to a G cup. This high-necked top ($45) offers a unique silhouette for the woman who wants to look chic but still covered (and it distracts from the underwire). The matching bottom, if you’re into it, lends a retro look thanks to its high waist.

Freya

Freya’s underwire swimwear isn’t a foolproof dupe for high-fashion options, but it’s making a far more stylish case for truly supportive suits than almost any other brand. Because Freya makes both bras and swimwear, once you’ve found your size in one, the other is easy to shop for.

Currently, the brand is experimenting with sexy sheer crochet (this cup-sized one-piece is $125), fashion-forward one-shouldered styles, and retro-inspired strapless tops with accompanying high-waisted bottoms. Also of note: Freya, (and Fantasie, below) are owned by Wacoal, which you might already know for its department store lingerie staples.

Fantasie

Compared with many of its peers, Fantasie’s selection is extensive, which is great — we need as many options as we can get! Despite the company’s cringe-y name, the selection means there’s likely something for everyone. Though pricey, the black-and-white graphic of the Cocoa Island Balcony Swim Top ($74, above) is one of the best patterned pieces I’ve seen.

Miss Mandalay

This brand is a great bet for larger-cupped bras, and its swimsuits have something to offer the woman who’s not shy about her boobs and not about to let them get in the way of her bikini-wearing (one could easily envision Kylie and Co. in the brand’s Icon Halter Swim Top, currently 50% off at $43.99 and available up to an FF). For something a little less va-va-voom, try this burgundy top ($89).

Panache

Panache and its sister brand, Cleo by Panache, make sturdy swimsuits that look rather bra-like. You can rest assured that they’ll hold you in, and if you’re looking for true basics that won’t soon feel out-of-date, picks like the Anya Balconette Swim Top ($59) are a good bet. Cleo’s offerings are characterized by louder, brighter patterns, with the same bra-sized foundation.

Rigby & Peller

This British institution is the bra shop to the Queen and Kate Middleton — no endorsement could be stronger — and its brick-and-mortar locations are popping up with a number of stores stateside. The fittings here are based on a proprietary system devised by the company and might just change everything you thought you knew about your cup size, which makes the experience totally worth it.

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