Like many full-busted ladies, I’m on an eternal quest to find the perfect swimsuit. So many full-busted designs are unappealing to me because they tend to be both unpadded and look like bras. When I wear a swimsuit, I want to have cleavage and enough open skin to not get awful tan lines. I also don’t want to look like I’m wearing a waterproof bra or have my nipples show through (as they inevitably will given how cold pools tend to be). While I don’t think those requirements are too unusual, there are shockingly few suits in a sister size that come anywhere close to meeting them! Full bust companies, why do you not make any padded halter tops? I’m not asking for push-up padding here, just a little lining.
Anyways, when I saw the South Pacific bikini at Boux Avenue, I was incredibly intrigued. It looked like a normal bikini. Boux Avenue is roughly equivalent to a UK Victoria’s Secret with a wider size range, so I was excited to see how their items ran. I ordered this bikini in Coral in 30E with a size 6 tie-side bottom.
First off, I just want to compliment Boux Avenue’s packaging. It was adorable, and really added a luxury touch to a product at a fairly affordable product (the top is now only £16, the bottoms are now only £9). When I opened the box, I was a bit shocked at the color of the suit. It’s much brighter in real life (unfortunately I couldn’t capture that). It’s also a very, very pink neon coral. I really don’t care for neon colors, and I would have chosen a different color had I known how bright this one would be. The bow on mine is also sort of awkwardly tied, and I haven’t managed to get it adjusted in a way I like yet.
So, good news here: the bikini has the perfect level of padding as the cups are sewn of a lovely thin foam. Every thing feels quite sturdy and well made, and I’m quite impressed with the fabric (other than the neon-ness). It’s wonderfully thick, and has a nice texture to it. Definitely this is a suit that looks more expensive than it is! As far as fit goes, the cups are quite narrow and projected at the apex. They’re 4.9 inches (12.4 cm) wide and 8.9 inches (22.6 cm) deep. The cups are a bit tall for me at 5.75 inches (14.6 cm) tall.
So you can see here that the shape given by this top isn’t quite round. I think that the top section is a bit too tall and too closed off for an optimal shape on me, but if you’re looking for a fuller coverage bikini it should work wonderfully with that. I think that the natural shape overall works fine with the retro styling of the suit. Three part plunges/balconettes don’t tend to be an optimal shape for me (I’m a halfcup girl), so I’m not surprised that this one isn’t my favorite. This top would be best for a breast shape that has the majority of its projection at the apex, as it doesn’t have a lot of immediate projection.
All together the suit does look pretty cute! For my personal tastes, I wish the top was lower coverage. But, I recognize that a lot of fuller busted ladies want more coverage, and this would be great for them! For me, these bottoms are perfect. I love low cut side-tie bottoms because they’re such a flexible fit and they don’t leave as large of tan lines. This suit is also sold with a cute high waist bottom if you want to really follow the retro look of the top.
Sigh, I just wish that top section was shorter and more open! This suit is so close to what I’m looking for, but it’s just too covered up for me. I do think it’s a great option that’s unlike what most full-bust companies are coming out with. The bottoms are fairly true to size. I’m between a UK 4 and UK 6, and these fit a bit large on me (but can be tied tight enough). For reference, I have 33-34 inch hips.
So you can see here that the band is way too big for me. It runs true to size for a 30 band, stretching to exactly 30 inches. The closure is a single, plastic clasp, so there’s not too much room for error on the sizing. I tied the back into a knot to keep the top from floating away from my ribs, but I’d alter it if I were going to keep it. You can see here that the bottoms are pretty cheeky and my butt is eating them. This pretty much always happens on me, so I’ve just learned to live with it. I took a billion pictures, and they all ended up like this.
Have any of you tried Boux Avenue? I’m quite impressed with the quality at this price point, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for their new styles! I appreciate that they’re putting out “normal” bikini styles in full busted sizes. I also appreciate that they’re now shipping internationally! 🙂
You can buy this suit online at Boux Avenue.