Shopping for bras in general is never easy, but it can be even more challenging to find a plus-size bra that offers both support and style.
If you’ve been searching for your perfect fit for quite some time and are ready to throw in the towel, we feel your pain. But we also happen to have a few handy tricks to share, courtesy of three amazing bra experts. Applying their insight, we’ve also sourced 13 bra options to help you look and feel your best.
Full figure bras
Women of all sizes struggle to find the perfect fit, but great plus-size bras can be particularly tricky to track down.
“The bra industry tends to generalize weight with size, and for plus-sized ladies, that means starting with a general sense of your size is key,” Athena Kasvikis, founder of Behave Bras, told us. “By this I mean your general measurements and how they equate to cup and band sizes. Then, you’re prepared to start hunting for how bras work for you based on your preferences.”
We all tend to get frustrated when we discover that we’re multiple sizes in different brands, but the pro recommends paying more attention to how something feels than what the label says.
Think a bralette is out of reach when you have a larger bust? Think again! “A plus-size, plus-bust gal can wear any style that fits well and feels comfortable. You’re not relegated to the grandma bra just because you’re bigger. You may have to devote a little more time and money to the search, but stylish, sexy bras are out there for you,” Jenette Bras CEO and bra fitting expert Jenette Goldstein said.
This subtly sexy bralette from Lively has caught our eye and offers both fashion and function with its mesh lining, adjustable straps/band and supportive structure. It also comes in eight versatile shades (our favorites are called Smoke and Plum).
If you’re looking for the best fit, Goldstein recommends paying attention to how snug your bra is. “90 percent of the support comes from the band, not the straps. For these contraptions to work, the band has to fit close, low across the back, tacking to the breast bone,” she said. “Everyone has a different tolerance for tightness, but just know that the looser you go in the band, the more weight is going on your shoulders. Look for the feel of a supportive hug. You’ll know it’s working when you feel the weight come off the straps.”
Available in eight colors and a plethora of sizes (up to 50H), this front-close bra is a force to be reckoned with and has 13,000+ five-star ratings. The lacy detailing offers plenty of sex appeal, while the side bust control shapes and supports your best assets.
Lau suggests looking for bras that offer handy solutions like “uplift in the cup to help lift the bust, no bounce with containment and back/side smoothing features.”
This affordable option focuses on upper bust control with its full-coverage unlined cups, and it also puts a premium on comfort with its two-way stretch back and breathable material. In other words, you’ll actually feel excited to tackle your next workout in this sporty style!
Part of finding the right fit is paying attention to the placement of the straps on your bra. “Straps that are placed closer on the shoulder will help reduce strap slipping. Straps should preferably have a V-shape on the back, closer to the hook and eye,” Lau explained.
We love how this Unibra pick has lightly padded straps, built-in support panels and soft cups that offer excellent coverage. It also comes in 10 colors ranging from neutrals to bold hues, so there’s something for everyone.
Wondering how to find the right fit for your unique shape? Lau offered up a few helpful tips. “Try on a few different cup and band sizes to see what fits best and is comfortable. Use numbers as a guide and be sure to try on different brands and sizes to see what gives you the most amount of comfort. Comfort is key to feeling confident and being able to wear a bra the whole day,” she said.
We fell for this flirty T-shirt bra the minute we laid eyes on it and think you will, too. The adjustable straps, molded cups and smoothing back are major selling points, along with the bra’s striking array of color options available.