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Old 05-19-2007, 04:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am 36DDD/F on top, roughly size 16 and size 10-12 on the bottom. My rib measurement under bust is 33 but my bust is 41 so that's an eight inch difference. I need a tankini type suit, like Lands End except Lands End size 16 underwires are ... not up to the task. What other brands are good? I don't want to jiggle all over the place.
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Help me please...
I am 36DDD/F on top, roughly size 16 and size 10-12 on the bottom. My rib measurement under bust is 33 but my bust is 41 so that's an eight inch difference. I need a tankini type suit, like Lands End except Lands End size 16 underwires are ... not up to the task. What other brands are good? I don't want to jiggle all over the place.
THANK YOU!
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We're the same size. I've been known to wear a night-bra under my swim-suit, something I got from Motherhood Maternity.

I liked this because Lands End lets you buy tops and bottoms separately. I canNot wear sets.
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Same problem here.....somebody hook us chesty women up! I am a size 8 on the bottom with 38F boobs. I want a tankini too!!

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Lurking for ideas. I'm only a 36 c or d on top with a s/m bottom and I haven't found anything that works... also long in the torso, so tankinis tend to make my belly hang out- really attractive...

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I looked around today:

http://www.pango-pangoswimwear.com/tankinis/page7.html everything from pageant wear to plus size, with bra sizing for swim suits

https://www.undiebox.com:4432/index....=2078&w=22&q=1 bra sizing for swim suits

http://www.figleaves.com/ they have bra sizing and a tasteful selection, looks like easy returns and exchanges I think I'll give them a try.

Land's End -- god bless them -- I was on the phone with them forever but I just didn't feel like they had anything new that would work even with their new custom made suits.

OK Ladies, good luck! (Wish me luck. ) thanks for chiming in! EHH
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I have the same problem. I'm much bigger up top than on bottom! I always struggle with bathing suits

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My neighbor just turned me on to a great place to get larger size bras (or larger size cups-- my neighbor is a 28F, I am a 38FF) that are actually pretty AND they have tankinis! That's the upside, the downside is that it is a UK store and is not cheap, but you can shop online at:

Bravissimo!

They ALSO have shirts (buttondown, kimono/wrap, tank tops with built-in underwire bras) for women with big breasts! Imagine a button down shirt that fits through body, but doesn't pull across the chest! Imagine a tanktop with a built in bra that doesn't make your breasts laugh at the thought that a shelf bra could possibly contain them? Can you tell I'm in love?

Before I found out about them, though, I had just bought a tankini at Nordstrom and they allowed me to buy the pieces (top and bottoms) seperately. Good luck!
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I used to wear a 6 bottom but my 34F's just didn't like the size 12 top. I realized that too late after buying the seperate sized Land's End tankini .... when jumping into a pool and the bottom of the top met the top of the top.... boobs a blazin'!!!

I just took the top to my sewing machine and made a new seam on the sides a couple inches in and tapered out at the bust. Nothing professsional by ANY means, but it fit like a dream after that.
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My neighbor just turned me on to a great place to get larger size bras (or larger size cups-- my neighbor is a 28F, I am a 38FF) that are actually pretty AND they have tankinis! That's the upside, the downside is that it is a UK store and is not cheap, but you can shop online at:

Bravissimo!

They ALSO have shirts (buttondown, kimono/wrap, tank tops with built-in underwire bras) for women with big breasts! Imagine a button down shirt that fits through body, but doesn't pull across the chest! Imagine a tanktop with a built in bra that doesn't make your breasts laugh at the thought that a shelf bra could possibly contain them? Can you tell I'm in love?

I have a few tops from them, I LOVE THEM. They actually give me boobs AND a waist, instead of the mumu look I end up with in regular shirts.
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I am going to look at both Bravissimo and FigLeaves -- they're both British, and "high end" expensive but so were all the bathing suits in my drawer that look terrible.

Did you happen to buy the Panache brand suits? Thos are the ones I'm looking at on both sites. I'll let you know how it works out. I've got my credit card right here.

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Just to close this loop I did receive a Panache Tankini from FigLeaves.com yesterday -- I almost had tears in my eyes trying it on. It fits beautifully. I can probably manage to lunge after my little ones at the pool without completely jiggling all over the place. There's a real bra, with back hooks inside the tankini top. The fabric is very light and pretty. It just slips over the bra. The spaghetti straps are adjustable. It doesn't hug the tummy but it's not baggy either -- get one! Buy it, do it now.
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I was going to suggest Lands End.

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i actually got mine from old navy....the top is an XL and the bottom is a M...LOL..it's a halter so it gives me a bit more support than the plain ol tankini....
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I am so happy for you! For us busty ladies it makes all the difference in the world to have a top that actually supports the girls.
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Just to close this loop I did receive a Panache Tankini from FigLeaves.com yesterday -- I almost had tears in my eyes trying it on. It fits beautifully. I can probably manage to lunge after my little ones at the pool without completely jiggling all over the place. There's a real bra, with back hooks inside the tankini top. The fabric is very light and pretty. It just slips over the bra. The spaghetti straps are adjustable. It doesn't hug the tummy but it's not baggy either -- get one! Buy it, do it now.
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Do you have a link to which one you got?
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I've found that certain bathing suit bra styles work, and certain types don't. An underwire bra needs to fit properly, or it just doesn't work. A soft-cup bra, however, is wearable even if it's not quite perfect. You know how they have those shelf bras with the padded bra inside, and it's supposed to fit with the padding covering the whole boob? Well, I always bought bathing suits with that kind of bra, but the whole shelf thingie barely covers the boobs and the padded part just covers the center of my boobs.

You need to get the right size for under the bust or it won't have any support and it won't fit through the rest of the swimsuit. So, effectively, it's like wearing a 36C when you need a 36DDD, instead of wearing a 40C when you need a 36DDD. So I guess a 36 is about an 8 or a 10?

It's not a perfect fit, but it's the best I can get without paying an exhorbitant price for custom swimsuits. Besides, when looking online for swimsuits made for busty gals, they never seem to have anything other than bikini tops anyway.

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I was going to suggest Lands End.
I shop there all the time. I tried on every single swim suit they have to no avail. The panache is so much better I was going to send Lands End a note suggesting the bra sized feature. They're promoting "custom" suits this year but they miss the mark.
Thanks! Good luck out there...
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Do you have a link to which one you got?
Here is the link. Note, now the bottoms seem to be sold out. Ugh!
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Here is the link. Note, now the bottoms seem to be sold out. Ugh!
REALLY.. here is the link.

http://www.figleaves.com/us/product....-p422401-front

But now I just received in today's mail my order from another place Big Girl Bras www.biggerbras.com with Freya Tankini Top 36 F and Bottom but I just tried them on and it fits nicely and true to size but it's definately a closer fit, more clingy.
right now I am going to say I laike that Panace better. Perhaps there is another site that has tops and bottoms.
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there are a few, but here's one

Bravissimo/ Pepperberry - it's a UK company, shipping from England. Reviews are clothing sizes are hit or miss, but bras and swim are spot on! they go up to a J cup and have a super awesome collection of bras, tanks with built in, and swim by cup size!
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Help me please...<br>
I am 36DDD/F on top, roughly size 16 and size 10-12 on the bottom. My rib measurement under bust is 33 but my bust is 41 so that's an eight inch difference. I need a tankini type suit, like Lands End except Lands End size 16 underwires are ... not up to the task. What other brands are good? I don't want to jiggle all over the place.<br>
THANK YOU!<br>
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Suggestion. Swim in a long sleeved swim shirt with a bra underneath and a bikini bottom or swim shorts.. Better for your skin. Good example for our kids, mine at least, all of whom wear swim sorts. And much easier to fit. =) It took me a long time to figure this out but I can pick up something cheap and my good bras aren't damaged by the pool.
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