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Plus size - bikini, tankinI or swimsuit?

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AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 13:29:21

I'm trying to decide what I should wear on the beach/by the pool for a girls holiday

I'm a size 18-20 bust size 40e - I plan on doing some.swimming but mostly sunning myself.

So should I go for a bikini, tankinI or swimsuit? And what type of colour/patterns look best?

MiniCooperLover Tue 07-Jun-16 14:02:14

I like all three options !! Which has made you feel best in the past? How about a nice tankini with a kaftan nearby if you want a cover up? M&S do some lovely swimsuits at the moment, lots of lovely floral patterns out too. But I think solid colour swimsuits are nice as well. Sorry I haven't helped there at all. Whatever makes you feel good is best.

Summer23 Tue 07-Jun-16 14:15:22

Hi, go and try on some different styles. Bravissimo are great, they have lots of different styles and nice cover ups too.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 07-Jun-16 14:38:43

I'm size 20 and 40dd. I wear tankinis...I bought a couple last year from sainsburys of all places and really like them.

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 15:49:51

Is patterned or plain better?

what about this?

LadyAntonella Tue 07-Jun-16 15:56:51

It might just be my droopy boobs (34FF), but I don't think I could wear that as it doesn't look very supportive.

Bravissimo do some lovely ones. I love Freya bikinis. I haven't tried their other swimwear but worth a go.

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 15:59:56

or this?



I really like the bright animal print ones but they're out of stock

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 16:01:31

lady I'm not sure i could either to be honest. I'll have a look at bravissimo now but trying to do most of my shopping online as it's easier than trying to shop with a toddler!

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 16:03:29

love this but I don't have the figure sad

northender Tue 07-Jun-16 16:04:43

I got a Lascana tankini from Curvissa last year (done in bra sizes I think) and it was pricey (£50ish) but so worth it. They have a good discount if it's your first order too

Out2pasture Tue 07-Jun-16 16:17:23

I'm a similar size op. I went with a tankini.
Solid black miracle suit brief. With a black and white large print tankini top in my bra size.
This one

HemanOrSheRa Tue 07-Jun-16 16:29:07

I felt most comfortable in a blouson style tankini when I went on holiday last year. I will be getting the same style this year. They are looser around your tummy area so I felt less self conscious about my wobbly belly. Also, when I was laid down sunbathing I just pulled the top up a bit to get some sun on my tummy.

slug Tue 07-Jun-16 16:54:35

Just a thought about tops. I find large boobs and halter necks do not go together. I know they are supposed to be flattering but I just end up with neck pain from the weight.

MiniCooperLover Tue 07-Jun-16 17:19:55

Definitely needs to be under wired and normal straps- halters hurt my neck and back too much.

dementedpixie Tue 07-Jun-16 17:29:00

I got this curvykate one last year

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 17:30:13

Ok so underwired tankinI... thank you. Just need to decide on pattern/colour and style bottoms grin

Kr1stina Tue 07-Jun-16 17:50:27

Which country are you going to ? Hotel or villa ?

AuntieMaggie Tue 07-Jun-16 17:54:55

Marbella and hotel

Kr1stina Tue 07-Jun-16 18:00:20

You'll need a bikini , no one wears swim suits or tankinins .

ThornyBird Tue 07-Jun-16 18:06:51

How tall are you op? I find tankinis leave a perfect gap to allow a roll of belly to hang out attractively between top and bottoms...

My preference is a bra style bikini top with high leg bottoms.

I am a 5ft10 hourglass with thunderous thighs so the 50s shorts stop as my legs flare so I avoid them too. 36G on top, size 18 on bottom.

dementedpixie Tue 07-Jun-16 18:08:38

I don't find rankings flattering either so wear bra top and bottoms

dementedpixie Tue 07-Jun-16 18:09:01

Tankinis *

Euphemia Tue 07-Jun-16 18:12:24

You'll need a bikini , no one wears swim suits or tankinis.

They do if they want to. hmm

Lolly86 Tue 07-Jun-16 18:12:52

No one Kr1stina? hmm

animaniac Tue 07-Jun-16 18:14:27

I'm a size 16-18, bra 38G and I'm going with bikinis for my holiday next week. Tried umpteen underwired tankinis over the years but not a single one has ever given proper boob support - end up feeling more self conscious about droopy boobs falling out than I do about having my tummy on show in a bikini. Best bikinis so far are the Fantasie ones, bra style straps (ie not halter necks)

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