We asked 8 women from a 34A to a 38DDD what bathing suits they’d be wearing this weekend


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I sit here writing this story from a coffee shop very close to the beach, but not actually at the beach because a) I am on the clock and b) I can’t imagine the glare from the sun would lend itself to a productive writing session. Or maybe it would, but I would be typing the words from my brain but they would come out as like, misspelled gibberish. So while I am cooped up across the street from the Pacific, staring wistfully out the window like I’m waiting for Ryan Gosling to appear, dreaming of being on the beach and drinking rose, I decided to poll a variety of people to see what swimsuits they’re planning to wear this weekend. You know, for inspo. And work. Definitely for work, not because I want to shop for bathing suits.

The poll-ees graciously answered my query, serving up a variety of suits at a variety of price points recommended by a variety of bust sizes. I don’t know if you got this, but there are a variety of options to choose from. (What’s a thesaurus?) It’s a veritable smorgasbord of swimsuit options. Keep scrolling to shop the Fourth of July bathing suit picks.

Image: J. Crew

J. Crew Scoop Bikini Top, $48.99

“I’m slowly collecting the full rainbow of the J. Crew scoop bikini top. It’s chic, it’s sporty, it stays put, and there are no straps or ties or clips to deal with.” —Ella, Well+Good senior video producer, wears a 34C

Image: Target

Shade & Shore Women’s Current Lightly Lined Keyhole Knot Bikini Top, $29.99

“My boobs are set really far apart, so I’m constantly looking for something that’s going to lift them up and push ’em together for a little bit of beach cleavage (I like to let the girls out to play. Sue me.). This suit, from Target, fits the bill. It’s not only affordable, but every time I wear it I just feel *so* confident. Two thumbs (and I guess, two boobs?) way, way up for this little number.”—Zoë, associate beauty and fitness editor, wears a 30D

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Kenneth Cole Belted V-Plunge One Piece, $127

“This summer, I’m all about the wrap dresses, and this one-piece is the closest water-proof item I’ve found to one so far. Also, I love how the silhouette of this suit is accented by a belt!” —Kells, Well+Good news writer, wears a 32C

Image: Target

Xhiliration Women’s Lace-Up Back Bralette Bikini Top, $14.99

“As someone who lives at the beach—and who wears swimsuits almost as often as regular clothes in the summer—I’m always hitting up Target for cute, yet super affordable options. I’m about to click “add to cart” on this one, which has a UPF 50+ rating for sun protection. It’s basically the bikini equivalent of that leopard print midi skirt everyone’s wearing right now.” —Erin M., Well+Good contributor, wears a 32C

Image: Summersalt

Summersalt The Intercoastal, $95

“I have small boobs and a major fupa from not being able to work out all year for health reasons. Summersalt suits are extremely flattering on the tummy area, so I think this is my best bet for not looking like a pregnant boy this weekend. Plus, it’s on theme!” —Erin B., Well+Good contributor, wears a 34B

Image: Lee + Lani

Lee + Lani The Rio Signature Top, $90

“The straps are detachable so you can either keep it simple for the beach or dress it up for pool parties. I’m a 34A, and the cupped top is flattering for small chests, plus it fits well.” —Annie, storyofmylife.com, wears a 34A

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Peek & Beau Curve Exclusive Textured Knot Front Bikini Top, $35

“First, the color of this swimsuit is incredible and the knot adds some pizazz (for lack of a better term) without being too much. Second, the cut is very flattering and supportive. The wide straps provide support without compromising how cute the suit is or having to be completely covered up.”—Maggie, legal intern, wears a 38DDD

Image: Andie

Andie The Catalina, $95

“As someone with not-small boobs, finding a swimsuit that doesn’t go completely see-through when I dive into the surf is key. Thanks to its removal cups, underbust elastic, and slightly higher neckline, the Catalina gives me enough support to feel confident without going full swim-team. The burgundy color I have is sadly no longer available, but the red poppy color is total Baywatch babe gets a chic update, thanks to the suit’s elongating high-cut leg.” —Abbey, Well+Good managing editor, wears a 34D

Continue gearing up for July 4th with these expert-approved healthy dishes. Plus, Target has the biodegradable tableware you need for all your summer fêtes.

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