Understatement of the century: it's harder than it sounds to find a great bra - no matter what your cup or breast size is. However, it's fair to say it's probably more of a struggle for bustier ladies, as ideally they need a bra with plenty of support as well as the comfort, good quality and cuteness factor...am I right?
Well, you're in luck! TheList.com has shared with us some great options that are just right for busty ladies, and we reckon you're going to love them just as much as we do!
1 Flawless Smooth Wirefree T-Shirt Bra
$68 at Brayola.com
For bustier gals, finding a great t-shirt bra can feel a lot like stumbling upon the Holy Grail.
Curvy Couture's Flawless Smooth Wireless T-Shirt Bra is a favorite of Orit Hashay, CEO and founder of Brayola, a personal bra shop that helps women discover their next favorite bra, without having a fitting. "Not only does this bra provide amazing support and all-day comfort, it totally disappears under clothes," she told me. "No more bumps, lumps, or even a glimpse of your bra."
2 Perfect Plunge Bra
$62 at CurvyCouture.com
Let's face it. Many bras designed for bigger-busted women just don't cut it when it comes to sex appeal.
Model Melinda Parrish is also a big fan of the Curvy Couture brand, especially when it comes to bras that make her a little sultry. One of her favorites of the line: the Perfect Plunge.
"This is the best date night bra," she told me. "With its low center front and smooth cups, this plunge provides both support and wears well under more revealing garments, and a variety of fabrics! Looks great by itself too."
3 Awareness Seamless Full-Figure Bra
$39 - $65 at Wacoal.com
Speaking of sexy, I love a bra that looks smooth under a tight little black dress. For that, Hashay recommends Wacoal's Awareness bras. The Awareness Underwire Bra features cups with a hidden inner sling for shape and support, as well as hidden underwire for added comfort.
Hashay likes the seamless version of this bra even more. "It's made with double layer cups that are molded, which support and shape without bulk," she told me. "It is designed with lined cups with plush BodySuede Ultra fabric and free of padding with support panels and hidden underwires between inner and outer cups for extra comfort. Plus, did we mention it comes with a breast self-exam?"
As part of a breast cancer awareness campaign, Wacoal also donated $2 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every Awareness bra sold. Comfort, style and the opportunity to support a great cause? Sign me up.
4 Red Carpet Bra
$65 at Wacoal.com
If you're on the search for a strapless bra that won't leave you (or your girls) hanging, Wacoal also measures up. In fact, Kate Brooks, the editor of TheBraGuide.com, who also happens to be a professional bra fitter, often recommends the Wacoal Red Carpet Bra to her clients.
"Busty women often have trouble finding a strapless bra that works for them," she mentioned. "This bra by Wacoal was made specifically for bigger busts, so the right size will fit like a glove. It doesn't slide down throughout the day or evening, and it gives a lot of coverage for a strapless bra."
5 Panache Tango Balconette Bra
$56 at BareNecessities.com
If you're anything like me, then you've probably never met a demi cup bra that you liked. While usually adorable on other women, I have never found a demi bra that won't leave me with a boobage spillover by the end of the day. So when bra fit expert Dionne Morrison, who also owns the boutique, Baba's Lingerie, recommended the Panache Tango Balconette Bra, I immediately jotted it down on my mental shopping list.
This bra gives the perfect demi lift while covering just enough to reveal a sexy fit, explained Morrison. "This underwired unlined bra is made from a sheer microfiber mesh fabric and has leaves motif embroidery," she told me. "It is available up to size K as well."
6 Panache Andorra Bra
$29.99 - $63 at BareNecessities.com
Lingerie expert Kim Caldwell, who's also the face behind Hurray Kimmay, had great things to say about Panche bras, as well. Her favorite is the Panche Andorra. "I love it because of its small band options (down to a 28!) and full cup options (up to a J!), but also because Panache is known for great support," she told me. "One of the best aspects of this bra, however, is the gorgeous lace. It can be hard to find a beautiful lace bra that is also really supportive. I have fit many women into this bra, and it's a favorite among my full bust clients."
Darlene Campbell, founder of Hourglassy.com also recommends this bra to her clients. She told me, "Seamless bras are hard to come by for women who wear beyond an H cup because molding such a deep cup for breasts that extend so many inches out from the chest is impossible technologically. At some point the fabric must yield to gravity. That's why most H+ cups rely on seams." She added, "For Hourglassy's former columnist Mia Carroll, who wears a 32J, her throw-on-in-a-hurry-never-have-to-think-about-it bra is the Panache Andorra. It lifts beautifully, and its stretch lace across the top of the cups is both pretty and functional in the way it contains voluminous breast tissue."
7 Perfect Lounge Bra
$34 at Shefit.com
I'll be the first to admit that one of my favorite parts of the day is getting home and taking off my bra. Do I love frolicking around the house bra less? Not really, especially when I'm waiting around for a pizza or sushi delivery. The truth is, I just haven't found a bra that's worth lounging around in, at least until now.
I recently had the opportunity to test out Perfect Lounge Bra by Shefit and I must admit, this one's a game-changer. "Most seamless bras offer the same — nonexistent — level of support as a t-shirt," Sara Moylan, the founder and creator of Shefit, told me. "We've created an uber-comfy, yet supportive option."
Besides intentionally designing the rib band slightly tighter than standard to give a curve-hugging fit, Moylan worked with a design team to engineer shoulder straps that are significantly shorter, providing a comfortable lift for bustier chests. "If you've ever thought you actually sag more when you put on a seamless bra, the support from the Perfect Lounge Bra is for you," she said. "Honestly, it will be the one thing you'll want to put between you and that favorite comfy t-shirt."
8 The Perfect Fit
Dr. Karen Erickson, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, agreed, explaining to me that finding the right bra is about much more than aesthetics. "A bustier woman needs a bra to support the weight of the chest, and distribute it to the strong back muscles," she said. "The cup needs to have coverage, and the width of the band under the cups should be wide enough to provide support without cutting in. The straps should be wide enough to carry the weight without digging in."
Finally, Hashay added, "Your bra is something that's with you all day, and there are some days that are longer than others. Knowing that, comfort is everything and the first step to compromising comfort is not having a proper fitting bra." Luckily, now all of us have the option of finding the perfect fit for perfect comfort.
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