Swimwear of the day: Curvy Kate D+ 'Caribbean Curves' bikini
I promise not all the D+ recommendations during lingerie & swimwear month will come from my own collection, but there's nothing like a personal recommendation on size when you wear a larger cup!
Curvy Kate have been a favourite of mine for well-fitting lingerie for a few years, and when they branched out into swimwear last year, I couldn't wait to give them a go. I decided on the Carribbean Curves set, because I love a bit of animal print!
In terms of quality, I wasn't let down and will definitely turn to Curvy Kate for swimwear again. The fabrics are thick and strong, which means both the bra and shorts in this Caribbean Curves set felt sturdy and supportive and stand up to chlorine and seawater. I find that due to the need for underwires and wider straps, a lot of fuller bust swimwear looks a little bit too much like a bra and knickers for my liking, so I liked that this is a bit more substantial and definitely looks like a bikini!
It's a really nice set not just for larger cup sizes, but also for anyone with a slightly fuller figure, as the whole set is very generously cut. Curvy Kate offers up to a size 20 in the bottoms, but the set comes up very big so I think anyone up to a 22 could wear the shorts. If you're between sizes or have weight that fluctuates, definitely size down - I didn't and the bottoms are now far too big for me and need replacing! I'd also recommend going down a cup size on the top, and possibly a band size too. The shape of the top is best suited to women who carry the fullness of their bust towards the sides, as it's quite full and high by the armpits.
As this is a style from last year, it's now reduced at a lot of retailers, but availability varies. The top is £12.95 at BraStop and is still available in most sizes. There's also a tankini top if you prefer more coverage.
The shorts bottoms (£6.95) are harder to find - if you can't get your size on BraStop where the set is cheapest, try Amazon. The tie-side brief (same price) is more readily available, in all sizes except 10.