Today’s round up review focuses on my attempt to find the best bras for sagging breasts. I wrote an article detailing my own struggle with sagging and deflated boobs which you are welcome to check out. In it, I go through some of the common causes of sagging, the viability of options that we have to reverse it, and some ways to prevent, or at least minimize sagging.
Anyone with breasts can always benefit from a bra that is more supportive. I’ll be evaluating these bras from my perspective, which is someone who no longer has self-supporting breasts. I’ll be looking at options that are ideal for settled breasts and breasts that are pendulous and no longer full. If you are a woman with full, self-supporting breasts, you can still benefit from these styles, but you also have a wider range of options.
Best bras for large breasts
Supportive bras come in all sorts of shapes and colors these days, but the best performers have a few things in common:
• Straps that are narrowly-set
• Strong fabric that doesn’t stretch or have too much ‘give’
• Cups with T-seams
• Cups with full coverage
• Boned/Reinforced Siding
• Wide, sturdy band
Ideally, the bras you should be looking at will have all seven of these features, if you want the best support there is. Of course, most people (including myself) enjoy having various styles of bras, so I will be reviewing some bras that only have some of the features, but still provide a good level of support.
I’ll be reviewing each of these bras a little differently today. Instead of focusing on all the parts of the bra the way I usually do, I’ll be evaluating the bras looking at the seven criteria listed above, and will work in comments about comfort and look, of course!
In instances where all seven criteria are not present, I will only evaluate the ones that are. For example, if a bra has no underwire, I’m not going to evaluate it on this measure.
ELOMI WOMEN’S CAITLYN UNDERWIRE SIDE-SUPPORT BRA – FULL REVIEW
This is my top pick when it comes to supportive bras. This bra provides the side support through the inclusion of ‘inner slings’, or rigid fabric that is used to line the bra cup for extra support.
Not as narrowly set as they could be, but they do not slide off the shoulder. They’re placed about 2/3 between the center of the cup and the outer edge, and do provide some center pull.
The bra is 55% polyester and 35% nylon, and has a little give provided by elastane. The cups feel sturdy enough to keep my boobs in place, and when I pull on the cups, they don’t stretch out much.
As with all T-seams, there will be varying degrees of visibility through shirts, so you won’t be able to wear it with everything. Your boobs won’t look totally conical, but there is a bit of point to these cups.
LEVEL OF COVERAGE
Nothing pops out of the top when I bend over (yay!). The cup comes right up to the top of my breast.
It is a full coverage cup, so you won’t be able to get away with wearing it under low cut necklines, but you should still be able to manage it with most.
As I mentioned in the intro to this bra, it does not have side boning. Instead it has good side support provided by extra fabric lining the inside of the cup, and high sides.
The underwire is on the wide side. However, the front construction of the bra, like many Elomi bras, has an arched center panel. This feature means it’s great for women with high tummies.
The band is a good sturdy width and comes with 2-3 hooks depending on your size. It does a good job of back smoothing as well.
PRIMA DONNA DEAUVILLE FULL CUP BRA (016-1810) – FULL REVIEW
This is the sort of bra you won’t want to take off. It’s comfortable, it’s sexy, and it’s supportive. Usually, in bigger sizes, it feels like you have to sacrifice style for the sake of comfort, and support for the sake of sexiness. The further you go down the alphabet, the less faith you have that a bra like this that will fit you even exists. Fortunately for us, a bra like this does exist. It has restored faith in me, and hopefully it can do the same for you. If I could pick two number ones for my list, I’d select this bra as well. Consider this a very, very close second, as it is definitely one of the best bras for sagging breasts out there.
This bra has beautiful, embroidered straps, but they’re as narrowly set as the Elomi. While they are supportive, you won’t get as much uplift from these straps.
The fabric of this bra is composed of 55% polyamide, 30% polyester, 10% cotton, and only 5% elastane. This mix makes the fabric very sturdy and has even less give them the Elomi.
Although this bra qualifies as a cut and sew, it only has a horizontal (diagonal) seam, which does provide some lift, but not as much as a T-seam. The vertical seam is off to the side and helps to provide some good shaping to help keep your breasts in front of you.
LEVEL OF COVERAGE
This bra comes up quite high in the cup, but not as high in the Elomi. My breasts don’t stay put when I bend over upside down, but they it does provide a good level of coverage on top.
Like the Elomi bra, the Prima Donna doesn’t have any side boning. With the help of reinforced side support panels, the bra does provide good side control, which helps to give you a slimmer look.
The underwire on this product is possibly more comfortable than the Elomi. Because it doesn’t come up as high on the sides, it’s probably more suitable for women of all heights. Bonus, Prima Donna encases all of their underwire with a layer of rubber, helping to make it more comfortable.
As with the Elomi, it has an arched center, making it a good choice for those with high stomachs.
The band on this bra isn’t quite as wide as the Elomi, but it does come with 2-3 hooks as well depending on size and stays in place when you put it on.
PANACHE: TANGO II BALCONETTE BRA – FULL REVIEW
This is a balconette bra, a category of bras I don’t usually invest a lot of stock in. I’m the kind of person that prefers bras that I can wear and break out into a spontaneous run without embarrassing results. This usually means that my comfort zone tends to extend as far as full cup bras. This bra is a pleasant exception, and actually the first properly-sized bra I ever owned.
The straps are not as close set in the front as the Elomi, but are about on par with the Prima Donna in terms of how narrow they are set in the back.
The material on this bra is 75% nylon, 20% polyester and 5% elastane. The cups feel sturdy and don’t stretch much at all.
This bra has the standard T-seam which does well to lift the girls. You won’t have the perfect roundness of a t-shirt bra when you put this on, but it doesn’t seem obviously pointy. After some time in a few washings, this will definitely go away.
LEVEL OF COVERAGE
This is a balconette bra, so the cup doesn’t come up all the way as high as the first two on the list. I can say that it feels like like a ¾ cup and makes me feel more secure than I do in most balconettes. Despite the cup not coming as high, they are roomy, so I didn’t have any problems with spillage when I put this on. Less coverage also means more options to pair this with in terms of necklines.
Side support on this bra is excellent, with boning along the side of the band. While the boning has never been an issue for me, some people might find it a bit too stiff, depending on where it sits on your body.
This bra was built to last, and like the side phoning, the underwire may take a bit of getting used to. My breasts sit well within them though, and the bra is well-cut for high stomachs.
The band on this bra is fairly wide and has 2-3 hooks as well, depending on the size chosen. No slip-ups here, it felt sturdy and stayed in place.
CHANTELLE: C CHIC SEXY PLUNGE BRA
Plunge bras are a good option for women who have some sag, but aren’t totally pendulous. If you still have a bit of fullness on top, a supportive cut and sew plunge can be an excellent option that creates some great cleavage without any padding at all. This bra takes me out of my comfort zone, but I like how it fits and love how it looks!
The straps on this bra are narrowly set as well, forming a nice pronounced U-shape on the back.
Although the fabric in this bra has high amounts of Spandex compared to the other bras on the list, the cups on this bra seem to run a little small. The top of the cup is done in lace, but the bottom part is made of sturdier material (as it should be) and it doesn’t stretch out too much.
Like the Prima Donna, the bra features on vertical seam and a diagonal seam for side lift. Despite the seam, there is no pointiness going on for me at all, so those who prefer a rounded look will be pleased.
LEVEL OF COVERAGE
This is a plunge bra, so expect less coverage than the balcony cuts and of course the full coverage bras. My breasts don’t feel fully contained by the cup though. This is fine when I’m sitting around, but any vigorous movement, and I’d be worried about quad boob.
That said, it because it is a plunge, you have way more options when it comes to what you can wear it with, and it creates some awesome cleavage, comparable to the Panache Tango II.
The bra has great underwire support on the bottom and the sides, but because of the nature of the bra, the in part of your breasts is not going to feel as lifted. The gore does tack nicely on this bra and separates well.
Regardless of size, all you get are two hooks, something which does make me uneasy. The band does fit rather snugly though, and still manages to feel supportive though it’s nowhere near as wide as the Elomi.
Breasts with a mild level of sag. If you have fullness on top, this bra will work well for you regardless of your level of sagging.
Regardless of how supported your breasts are, there will probably come a day when you’ll have to wear something that’s not full coverage. Will this bra give you maximum support? Definitely not, but this is one of the better bras out there in the plunge style and it will make you look hot as hell. Chantelle bras can be a little tricky to size, so make sure you check their sizing guide.
FREYA: DECO PLUNGE T-SHIRT BRA
Deep in your heart, you probably knew a Freya bra was coming along at some point. T-shirt bras are normally a no-go for me because I’m not full on top by any measure. I need, need, need those seams for lift.
This is another bra style that takes me out of my comfort zone. Most of the time with Freya though, I know I’m in good hands. This bra’s sturdy construction has made fans out of many women who have sagging breasts, and I have to say I am one of them. The only downside though, is that I wish it came in a broader range of sizes. I’m literally at the end of their line.
The straps on this bra have a thickness I like that reminds me of the Freya Gem (discontinued sadly). The straps don’t come in as narrowly as I’d like, so there’s not a lot of center pull action going on, but the Deco makes up for it a bit with the wider strap.
These cups are wireless contour style without any stretch. They are lightly padded but don’t add much bulk at all.
LEVEL OF COVERAGE
Like the C Chic, you won’t get full coverage in this bra. It does seem to run a bit big though, so your breasts will fit well inside the cups. While the bra contains me with no spillover when I’m sitting or just walking and doing light activity, I think vigorous movement is probably worth avoiding in this bra.
The trouble with t-shirt bras for me, as I have expressed previously, is that there’s not enough support at the top for my breasts, so they don’t end up having a rounded shape, or much shape at all up top. The result of this is that my boobs kind of lay flat up top (imagine a teacup shape) and do all kinds of jiggling.
The underwire shape seems to suit my breasts well, as they can lie completely encased within the cup. The material surrounded the underwire feels well-reinforced, making it comfortable to wear. This bra does manage to tack fairly well on me and the underwire doesn’t come up too high, which I appreciate in this style.
The band is a bit optimistic. At 2 hooks for all sizes, it could stand to be a little wider in order to make it feel more supportive.
Full on top, moderate sagging.
Again, like the C Chic, this style cannot give you the utmost support. The bra is sturdy in all other areas, which is why I put it on the list, but I’ve accepted the fact that t-shirt style cups just aren’t right for my shape. If you must wear a t-shirt bra though, The Deco Plunge T-Shirt bra definitely delivers and is one of the best out there. It’s certainly worth checking out the other bras in the Deco line as well, there is literally something for everyone