Busty Swimsuits to Look Forward to in 2015

Goodbye Summer 2014! Here are some of the amazing swimsuits to come in 2015. There’s also my recent Miss Mandalay report.

 Kris Line

Just because this print is beautiful.

kris line swim 2015 4Curvy Kate

When I saw this color-blocked tankini, I begged the designer for a matching rash guard.

curvy kate color block tankini ocean drive

Ocean Drive. 30-40 D-K.

curvy kate color block ocean drive plunge bikini

Ocean Drive padded plunge bikini. 30-40 D-J. There’s also a halterneck bikini in the chameleon shade that you see on the bottom (30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G). Available in April.


cleo swim 2015

My camera died and I had to use my cellphone for this tiny photo of the models having fun posing at the end of a long day.

Cleo swim Cassie longline bikini high waist pant back

Like the Cindy this year, you know this new padded longline called the Cassie is going to sell out fast. 28-38 D-H.


panach swim Britt red spot bandeau high waisted pant

Panache Britt. The padded bandeau comes with detachable straps, and in GG-H it has cross back wings with a swan hook fastening. That’s a removable bow on the high waisted pants! 30-38 D-H.

Curvy Kate

curvy kate luau love bandeau bikini black

The Luau Love–they simply turned their highly anticipated strapless into a bandeau! It also comes in the flamingo (pink) color you see in the padded bikini below. Black available this December, flamingo available beginning in February. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G.

Luau Love profile

They tested their strapless on a trampoline, and when their 30GG model did a cartwheel in it, everything stayed in place. They also tested the swimwear with cannonballs and back flips!

curvy kate pink luau love padded bikini

Padded bikini. 30-40 D-K. There’s also a tankini.


empreinte one piece

I realize this is a simple black one-piece, and Empreinte swimwear only goes to an F. But I’m impressed that the internal soft bra lining works all by itself without relying on the outside fabric for any support or compression. They’ve also made the seams of the lining super flat so that they don’t show through.



empreinte balconette bikini top

Empreinte balconet bikini top.

Curvy Kate

curvy kate cocoloco bandeau

Cocoloco bandeau. Available beginning in February. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G. (There’s also a padded plunge bikini, 28-40 D-J).

curvy kate shock wave tankini

Shockwave halterneck tankini. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G. April. (Also padded bikini 30-40 D-K and halterneck bikini same sizes as tankini.)

curvy kate shockwave tankini backKris Line

kris line swim 2015 2

Some of the prints that caught my eye.

kris line swim 2015 3

Their ombre tankini that is their most popular design in the upcoming season.

Continuing My Fight Against Full Bust Frumpiness

If you read my experiment with skirt length and top tightness last June, you probably felt like I had a long way to go in my fight against frump. So did I, and I found the comments on that post to be super helpful. As a result, I’ve spent more time in the petites department, where I found this Lauren Ralph Lauren polka dot faux wrap top in size Petite Large. Although I liked Malica’s suggestion to change the shape at the bottom of my denim skirt, it was simpler to have my skirt taken in by two inches at the waist.

The pictures below don’t exactly compare melons to melons–the pose and shoes are different, plus I’m tanner and a few pounds lighter–but I think it’s instructive. What makes the biggest difference in fighting frump? The same answer we’re told over and over again: fit. Besides that, what else do you think helps? And what more should I do?

full bust frump fight comparison


Curve-Testing Two Roland Mouret Dresses at Banana Republic

Since Katy Perry’s go-to designer is Roland Mouret, I had to go to to Banana Republic to see how curve-friendly his dresses would be on me. I immediately gravitated to the “strappy sheath” in chroma pink. On the hanger, the boob room looked promising, and I knew the wide straps would conceal bra straps.

curve friendly? roland mouret pink strappy sheath on hanger

I’ve been able to fit size 8 and 10 in some brands recently, but not in this line. Good thing I’d also taken a size 12 to  the dressing room. It was super fitted and hard to zip up past the narrowest point in back, but once on, I loved how the thick, stretchy woven fabric held me in.

big bust friendly? roland mouret pink strappy sheath front

If I were serious about buying this dress, I’d also try it with a balconet or demi bra to accommodate the deep, square neckline.

I was also impressed that the darts hit exactly where they’re supposed to, and there was minimal boob-smashing. For reference, I’m wearing my Fantasie 4520 in 32G here. On the other hand, while the bodice may be curve-friendly, this view shows that the neckline isn’t necessarily work friendly.

bust friendly? roland mouret pink strappy sheath side 1Here I tried pulling the bodice up a bit, so you can see how much extra fabric would need to be trimmed from the straps. The bust dart placement is still fine. It could work.

working with cleavage in roland mouret pink strappy sheath pull up straps

Here’s what the back looks like. I like the black grosgrain ribbon detail behind the zipper, although it sometimes got caught inside the zipper.

roland mouret pink strappy sheath back zipper

Next, I gravitated to the leather-like lace sleeve sheath because it’s something I can imagine on Tina. Unfortunately, the highest size available was a 10, and a lot of other women have liked this dress because there’s nothing larger than an 8 in regular sizes online.

roland mouret lace sleeve on hanger

While a size 12 would probably have been less boob-smashing, something tells me there would still be an issue with too much cleavage for 9-5.

ultra cleavage in roland mouret lace sleeve front closeup

roland mouret lace sleeve side

Even the model shows plenty of cleavage in this dress.  I adore the way the designer treated the bust dart on this dress. Since I doubt Roland Mouret will ever make this dress with enough coverage for the DD+ woman, I’d love to see dart-smart DD Atelier do something like this for us in the future!

closeup of bust seam roland mouret lace sleeve sheath

Finally, I also gave the Sloan sheath a try while I was there. It’s the same fabric as in the Roland Mouret dresses above, and if I were in the market for a simple LBD, this would make my list.  Sweetheart necklines are made for big bosoms, and the neckline depth is more demur.

sloan sheath front


Perfect Cami Giveaway!

So only a lucky few of you could participate in our clothing swap raffle, but guess what? Ann Victor has made one more Perfect Cami prize available to Hourglassy readers far and wide. The winner can choose any cami she likes from the collection. I happen to own the navy one below, which you know I love.


For one entry into the raffle, answer one of the questions below. For two entries, answer both.

1. Besides black, what color camis would you like to have for the fall/winter?

2. What is your biggest complaint about camisoles?

For those of you who wonder about the Perfect Cami sizing chart, here’s some good news: Ann is experimenting with attaching bigger fronts to smaller backs. I love how responsive she is to customer needs. This means that your answers to the two questions above will really make a difference.

You can also help make a difference to Hourglassy. After our writer’s brunch before the swap on August 2, we are brimming with ideas for future events, one being, what if we were to organize something in YOUR area of the country? To do so, we  need to know the geographic pockets of the United States where our readers live, so for a third entry into the raffle, please answer question #3:

3. What major city is closest to your home, and how far away is it? (Feel free to expound if you live in different parts of the country for different periods of the year!)

Send your answers to giveaway [at] hourglassy [dot] com, and put “Perfect Cami” in the subject line. We’ll draw the winner via a random number generator after 11:59 PM EDT next Tuesday, August 26, and we’ll send an email to the winner.