The lingerie shopping experience is all too familiar: You walk into a store, lured in by the lace and tulle and embroidery and silk and perhaps the smell of cotton candy or amber in the air. But it’s like the personality is slowly sucked out of the air the farther in you go. The decorative designs seem to disappear after you pass the B-Cups, and you’re left invariably with full coverage beige bras that you could imagine on a solemn grandmother figure, but never you. Bralettes for D-cups? A pipe dream, surely. Demi-cup frame bras? Give me a break, you say. It’s like everyone in the world is a 34B (blatantly untrue) and you’re thrown scraps.
I assure you, this does not have to be the case. In reality, there are plenty of excellent bras and retailers out there specifically for full bust people, and no, they are not ugly. We spoke to professional bra fitters, designers, and full-busted women themselves on where to find lingerie for larger chests that do not look like the beige crayon incarnate. Here we go.
For the largest size range:
Bravissimo stocks cup sizes D-L, and while they do have a beige bra on the front page of the site at the moment, this is not the stock par du jour. (Anyway, it’s also very cute, so all is forgiven.) Says full bust blogger Sweet Nothings NYC, “This is the #1 resource for not only full-bust bra fitting advice, but also for an overview of the major full-bust brands available.” They have cute basic sets, but also nursing bras, bridal, swimwear and loungewear in a full gamut of sizes in backs and cups. Their in-house brand is full of variety, but they also sell a large range of popular full bust brands, too.
For the styles:
Miss Mandalay is one of the only brands that makes me wish I had a bigger bust, because the styles are great and they aren't inaccessibly priced.
For plus-size shoppers:
Full bust does not go hand in hand with plus size, despite assumptions otherwise. Full bust refers to cup size, and starts around DD cup (bra engineering changes after D). Plus size refers to band size and starts at about a 38 band. For people looking for a larger band size without sacrificing style, Elomi and Sculptresse are brands to flock to.
Freya is a good option if you’re looking for a Victoria’s Secret alternative, since the options are many and the styles are similar. Their shapeless options are actually comfortable, which is practically an oxymoron considering strapless bras are mostly the worst.
Panache Sport gives excellent support in a full range of sizes and it converts into a racerback. It comes in a pretty large range of colorways as well, so you don’t need to try any other bra and be disappointed.
For those on a budget:
Parfait has affordable bras that run the gamut of style from very pink and darling to sheer and sexy selections. They also come in a range of sizes from D-G and some go up to a K cup. It’s not just full cup bras and full coverage briefs, but longline bras, camisoles, and more.
For less lace:
If you’re less into lace and ruffles and more into leather and aggressive cuts, lingerie can feel like a losing battle. All Undone has you covered. They use simple lines in excellent colorways. No butterfly embroidery to be found.
For the splurge:
Harlow & Fox wins hands down. This is luxury lingerie from DD-G in french lace and Italian silks with perfect fit and absolute attention to detail.