Shopping for bras can be exhausting, especially if you’re fuller-chested. In addition to facing the challenge of finding a style that actually comes in your cup size, the best bras for large busts should achieve that often-elusive trifecta of being supportive, comfortable, and cute. To help you find the right bra for you, we tapped three experts for their professional advice.
“For so long we’ve been taught to think our boobs were the problem, when all along it’s really been bad bras,” says Ra’el Cohen, co-founder and chief creative officer of ThirdLove. “Every person will have their own unique criteria for what makes a bra fantastic, but it ultimately comes down to looking and feeling your best.” Preach.
“A customer with a larger chest should never have to choose function over style,” adds Tracy Freno, senior manager of customer service at Bare Necessities. “Breast shapes and sizing can differ from woman to woman, so even among women who fall under the ‘big bust’ category, a certain style of bra might prove to be more comfortable and supportive to one woman’s shape as opposed to another.” With that in mind, Cohen and Freno both suggest being patient with yourself and the process, and keeping your options—and mind—open. “What works best for someone will depend on their unique breast shape, size and needs…take the time to consider which style fits you, your life, and your style the best,” Cohen says.
Angie Front Close Minimizer Bra
Made with padded wide straps and a back panel of leotard mesh, this front-close bra comes in sizes ranging from a 32C to 44H. It’s also a minimizer for buttoned-up days or times you want the illusion of a slightly smaller chest.What people are saying: “This one fits beautifully and is comfortable. It covers my breasts, and when I bend over and shake, I don’t fall out of it. This is the first time in years I’ve been able to wear a front-close bra, and I’m loving that! It also greatly reduces the visible size of my bust, which is what I am always looking for.”
Comfort Fit Seamless Minimizer Bra
The seamless design of this minimizing bra is a great choice for full coverage and a molded look, with sizes ranging from 30A to 44H. The nylon and spandex band works with the polyester cup to minimize the chest size without compressing the body.What people are saying: “I’ve been wearing this bra for about two years now. It’s probably the first bra that has provided uplift and support for my DDD size without hauling up the straps so tight they put grooves in my shoulders.”
Full Coverage Underwire Unlined Minimizer Lace Bra
With over 23,000 reviews and a four-star rating, this inexpensive option from Delimira should support you and look good while doing it. One ELLE writer personally bought this bra and instantly noted the subtle underwiring and breathability.What people are saying: “I am in love with this bra, I swear I’ve never known my actual bra size until I put this on. I’ve never had a bra fit me this well.”
Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra
This retro-inspired bra, available in sizes 32D through 46H, is made to keep your boobs in place with full-coverage cups and has a stylish lace design that doesn’t sacrifice sex appeal. Keep in mind that although this is an underwire style, it lacks padding to give a more natural look and fit.What people are saying: “I always feel confident that the fit of this bra, regardless of color, will be perfect; I was not disappointed!”
Brooklyn Leopard Lace Side Support Bra
This full-coverage bra, which comes in sizes ranging from a 34E to 46L, has a four-row hook closure and thick bands to support your sides and avoid spillage. Longtime users of this bra are a fan of its construction.What people are saying: “It provides full coverage and reliable support. The sizing is spot-on and cup construction ensures minimal movement. The back material is generous, which prevents that annoying ride-up that many bras have.”
Full Figure No Bounce Back Close Sports Bra
Exercising can be difficult with a larger chest, and not all sports bras work the same. Glamorise provides an easy solution with its styles that come in sizes 34C to 50L. This wire-free design has molded cups and features a mesh camisole layer for extra coverage and sweat-wicking benefits.What people are saying: “I have 36H breasts, and finding a bra is nearly impossible in person. It was surprising and awesome to be able to find a fairly comfortable bra that I can jump, run, and even do push-ups in!”
24/7® Perfect Coverage Bra
The balconette is one of sleekest styles to wrap one’s chest in, and this one from ThirdLove is a prime example. Sizes range from a 32B to a 44H, with many reviewers raving about the cuteness of the style and the comfortability of the fit for large chests. Thin cups are made to provide a more natural look, while the memory foam straps help boost wearability.What people are saying: “Hard to find a pretty bra for D cup and bigger! Love this one. Makes me feel sexy!”
The best bras are essentially a second skin. They’re worn every day, morning to night, with a rare balance of comfort, support, and style. Between new lingerie brands entering the market and tried-and-true favorites improving their size ranges, that trifecta is easier to find than ever before in bras for large busts.Whether you’re looking for a high-impact sports bra, a lacy bralette, or a smoothing minimizer bra, “Swap out the frills and excess to focus on simple, modern, and timeless materials that you need and want for everyday,” CUUP director of fit Tania Garcia says. High-performance details like power mesh, memory foam, and padded underwires will gently lift and shape your chest; three-part and five-part cups are also key for a supportive, wear-all-day-fit in sizes DD and above.“The more comfortable the bra, the more supported, confident, and sexy you will feel,” Garcia says. Whether you’re getting dressed for a special occasion or just to lounge on the couch, there’s a soft bralette, sheer balconette, or everyday T-shirt bra that’s comfortable and high quality. Ahead, shop the 22 best bras for big busts, from CUUP to ThirdLove and beyond.