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Ladies with big boobs know: finding a comfortable and supportive bra is a damn hard process. One that sometimes, after a lot of effort, leaves you defeated or worse, unsupported. From cups in the E, F, G, and H range to uncommon sizes like a 32DD, big boobs require more out of a bra whether the goal is to lift, smooth, shape, or all three. Nowadays, more and more brands are catering to the specific needs of busty women from the straps to the cup and band design, creating fits that are comfortable, functional, and, stylish. Ahead, 12 of the best bras for big boobs from full-coverage styles to balconette silhouettes and convertible designs. Plus, expert advice on what to look for from fabric to fit.
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“An underwire bra will provide the best support and shaping for larger breasts, keeping the breasts forward and lifted,” says Cathy Devine, Vice President of Innovation at Soma. She recommends the Stunning Support collection as her top choice for larger-breasted women, which comes in a wide range of sizes from 32D to 44G and in a variety of silhouettes from full-coverage to balconette and convertible styles. Key features of these bras include a unique C-shaped, anti-poke wire and patented cups with thin, molded pads that lift and smooth with stretch for a super-comfortable fit that lays flat and disappears under lightweight tops.
“Cups that are rigid enough to lift, hold, and shape the breasts but that have enough stretch to accommodate different breast sizes and provide a smooth transition at the neckline edge are essential to helping you look and feel your best,” she adds.
24/7™ Perfect Coverage Bra
Ra’el Cohen, Chief Creative Officer at ThirdLove, says full coverage is key for busty women. “It’s smart to consider your fabrics and the overall construction of the bra,” she adds, such as ultra-thin memory foam which ThirdLove incorporates into the straps and cups of their designs. Cohen also recommends a smoothing double-layer band for a flattering and supportive fit, suggesting the 24/7 Perfect Coverage Bra as a comfortable, everyday bra.
Promesse Full Cup Bra
For a sexier take on full-coverage, Simone Perele offers semi-sheer lace bras that feature three-part-cup construction and adjustable straps.
Rigby & Peller
A feminine take on the every day bra, this three-section underwired bra has firm, deeper-cut cups that comfortably lift breasts with higher-cut side sections for extra support.
ELLE.com’s Style Director, Nikki Ogunnaike, swears by these bras for any type of workout she does. “I was introduced to this brand about five years ago and I’ve never looked back,” she says. “Whether it’s boxing at Rumble, a HIIT class, or training and running a half-marathon, this is the sports bra I reach for.”
Emma Plunge Molded
Known for its focus on size inclusivity, Parfait Lingerie has an incredible size range of bras for women with full busts, which Kristoffer John Cardona, Head of Marketing, says is all about the straps. “When it comes to finding the best bras for a full bust, it is very important to have wide straps for both comfort and support. If the strap is too narrow, it is likely to dig into the shoulders causing discomfort and possibly mark or dent the skin.”
For best in shaping, Cardona recommends contour bras that incorporate a layer of padding or foam without adding size, like Parfait‘s Emma Plunge Molded Bra, which create clean, smooth lines under clothes while providing more support.
For breast shapes that are bottom-heavy, this balconette bra by CUUP is made from sheer power mesh with a lightweight, flexible underwire. Choose this for a sleek and supportive everyday option.
Lace-Trim Underwire Bra
“Busty girls no longer need hot, heavy-duty pads and straps in order to achieve their desired fit and shape,” says Jessica Pfister, Vice President of Le Mystere. “We now have microfibers, meshes, and lace available to us that are beautiful, have a super-soft hand feel, but are also incredibly supportive.” Recommending the Le Mystere Light Luxury Spacer as her top pick for large breasts, Pfister says the space cups keep you cool while providing shaping and support all in a pretty package.
Thin Microfiber Non Padded Bra
Featuring microfiber mesh wings and lace trim, this non-padded bra by Déesse is the ultimate in lightweight support.
Visual Effects Minimizer Bra
Wacoal’s Visual Effects Minimizer Bra features full-coverage lace cups with sheer mesh lining for added comfort and style.
Dahlia 4-Section Cup Unlined Bra – Tango Red
Paramour by Felina specializes in bras for full-figure women with full busts. To find the right one for you, Willy Mrasek, Creative Director of Felina, suggests three key fit components: The band should sit level on your back and feel snug, but not tight. The straps should stay put without slipping or digging in. Cups should always fit smooth across the chest without spilling or gaps. Mrasek’s top two picks include the Tempting Plush Contour Bra which uses power mesh at the center front and wing anchors of the bra, and the Dahlia 4-Section Cup Unlined Bra which features features additional paneling to lift and shape the bust up to a 42H cup.
Amelia Space Cup Bra
This breathable spacer-cup bra features high-power mesh sides to hold you in with lightweight foam cups that shape sans bulk.
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