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Hi, going to Thailand on a tall ship as a special treat for DH's 60th and DD's 18th in February. Seriously in need of some swimwear advice. If it were a different season I could just go and try lots on but nothing but sale ends in the shops and I seem to look iffy in most. So may have to order online. I'm 48, 5'6" 9stone with bigish boobs 32DD - will try and find a photo Am thinking I need structure and possibly a bikini (yikes) as one pieces I tried last week seemed to turn me into a shapeless block.
You sound like you have a great figure and could easily wear a bikini. I found Thailand very humid and my swimwear wouldn't dry - neither outside on the balcony nor inside due to aircon. I only had 1 bikini with me that I liked and a swimsuit, so had to keep putting them on wet so I'd pack at least two if I were you. These are my go to sites for fuller bust swimwear:
Simply Beach Airy Mary Belle Lingerie Bra Stop Leia
Bravissimo if in the sale. Otherwise it can be pricey. I love Freya and have a couple of good Pour Moi bikinis too which have better coverage bottoms.
If you're 9 stone, I would check your underbust measurement, you might need a smaller size than 32 (and bigger cup). If you're not too comfortable in bikini then Fantasie often has designs with a little more coverage. Ebay is a good place to check for bargains - tthe shops there normally offer returns.
Thank you all, I knew style and beauty would know! I shall start ploughing through your recommendations today. (Love the specifics like more coverage on the bottom) And Thailand tips- rash vests and board shorts added. Impressed by Katherlina, last time I was measured for a bra about 18 months ago I was a 30E Rigby and Peller so very good and you managed that just on paper!