It occurs to me that in my book, I have failed to mention swimsuits. A lot of us are used to S/M/L sizing for swimsuits, but in reality it’s not difficult to find a swimsuit top that’s in your bra size. I had no idea how much better I’d look with a bikini top in my real size.
Overall, I think my favorite swimsuit brand is Freya Swim. They have a wide range of sizes and styles, and you can find plenty that don’t look exactly like a bra (though you can find several that do).
Of course, there is my old standard of sister sizing up and then shortening the band. You get a lot more choices from American brands that way. They’re often easier to find at cheaper prices.
A warning to those of you who want to buy a bra-sized swimsuit – the band is usually not adjustable! You usually get exactly one size, so make sure you choose right. Unfortunately, I erred on the too small side on my last bikini top, and it’s a bit uncomfortable. But hey, at least I look great in it!