Having been blessed (or cursed, depending on how I’m feeling and what I’m wearing) with a colossal bust, I have been wearing bras since I was about 9 years old. Maybe even younger. And I completely bypassed the cute training bras and went right for the regular bras. I was so ashamed of my chest until I was 13 or 14 years old, and would wear the baggiest T-shirts I could find, usually borrowed from my 6’6″ dad. Not the best look. And not the best time for my confidence, when my peers were teeny tiny with washboard chests.
Pretty soon, my girls outgrew the cute Victoria’s Secret bras and I had to go straight to the ugly beige bras. At my largest, I was a 36F. Today, my size is 34DDD. Fortunately, today more and more companies are catering to those large busted ladies who want beautiful bras too.
The first thing you’ll want to do when getting started is to get measured if you haven’t already to make sure you’re wearing the correct size.
Your bra(s) should fit snug around your ribcage, and the cups should hold your entire breasts without any spillage (think the 4-boob look). If one of your girls is larger than the other, buy the size that fits the larger breast. It’s MUCH better to have a gap on one side than to have spillage.
Next, try on bras that appeal to you and decide what you do and do not like. There are so many types of bras out there – T-Shirt bras, Balconette bras ( not my favorite because they’re prone to spillage), Push-Up bras, Strapless bras, Bralettes, and more.
My tried and true favorites in each category:
I swear by all three of these sports bras. I generally wear the Lululemon bra to yoga as it is a lower impact bra, but I sometimes also layer it underneath the Victoria’s Secret or Shock Absorber bra for a little extra support when I run.
Strapless bras can be so tricky! They are known to ride down, pulling your girls with them. Not these ones. I have owned the above Natori bra for 5 years and it is still perfect. It does not move. For those dresses and tops that plunge, the Fashion Forms bra is perfect. It’s easy to stick your girls in their place, and they will not move.
These bras are all Wacoal. They are by far my favorite designer of bras for larger chests. Wacoal makes beautiful bras for just about every size, which I love. I can’t go without my nude Basic Beauty Bra – I have it in two colors and I just love it so much. It molds to my chest, and gives a great amount of lift. It is not a bra to show off, but it is perfect to make your girls look perky and round underneath just about any piece of clothing.
I am not including bralettes in this post because really none can be worn on their own with larger natural breasts, at least in my opinion. When I wear bralettes, I always wear a nude strapless bra underneath.
Bras to avoid or be cautious of with a large natural bust:
+ Bralettes: Bralettes are usually made without an underwire and with very minimal support. They are so pretty, but I have yet to find one that I can wear without extra assistance. The bralette pictured above is my absolute favorite. It has an underwire, but it is still not supportive enough to be worn on its own. I wear a nude strapless bra with it and let the bralette peek out of what I’m wearing, hiding the strapless bra. #Bigboobproblems
+ Balconette bras: Balconette bras are shaped to show off cleavage, which is great, however they don’t usually mold to your breasts. In my experience, with balconette bras, they give great lift, but my boobs just sag down flat into the bra. Think about two very full, padded cups with hot dogs lying in each one. Having a bra that molds to the shape of your breasts is so important.
What are your favorite bras?