How to Find The Perfect Fitting Bra for Woman with a Big Chest

There should be no bulging out of the breast. No matter how large your chest is, your breast should have a flawless rounded look in your bra.
There should be no bulging out of the breast. No matter how large your chest is, your breast should have a flawless rounded look in your bra. | Source

Okay, here is more than I normally admit, but I am naturally a 34DDD also known as 34G. I'm not going to tell you tales of back aches, name calling, or anything like that; but having a larger chest is not all that it's cracked up to be. I'm lucky that I don't appear as big as I am with clothes on. That being said, my freshman year in college I complained to a friend that my chest went up a cup size. A girl that lived across the hall peeked her head in the room goes, "Are you talking about Angie's breasts, yeah they're big." I was then a 34D. Add two D's at the end of that and... well...

Another story, my daughter when I first adopted her said to me at the dinner table shortly after she moved in, "How come you have such big boobs?" My husband excused himself as I could see his back shaking with laughter. Still, I will say I am fortunate, for the most part, that I don't look as big as most triple D girls do.

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How To Find The Right Bra

TIPS IN BUYING THE RIGHT BRA

Now, after ten years of bra hassles and annoyances, I have finally started being able to buy a bra in my size that looks cute for my husband and for me, while also not costing me a pretty penny. Here are my tricks:

First Make Sure It Fits Well: I strongly recommend getting measured, and not just by anybody, but someone who is experienced at measuring sizes. I always try to pick the Victoria Secret lady I recognize, which means they have been at it longer. Then once you are measured look for cute bras in your size and try them on.

Things to look for when trying bras on: When trying on a bra, you need to make sure it looks good as well as fitting in the proper places. Here is a very basic list:

  • The straps are snug on shoulders, but if you pull them off your shoulders, you are still being supported. The straps should be there for extra comfort and perkiness, but should not be the sole support system.
  • The band around your chest should be snug, but not tight around your chest. The band should also be parallel to the ground not riding up your back. If it rides up your back then you need a smaller band width. For instance if you are wearing a 40 and it is riding up your back, then go to a 38 and see if it's snug but comfortable.
  • The portion in between the breasts should be flat on your chest. If you can drop a quarter in it like it's a slot, then it's not the right bra for you. There should be no gap between your chest and the little portion between the cups.
  • The breast cups should contour perfectly to your chest. There should be no gap between the pad and your chest, nor should you have what my friend so eloquently calls "butt boob" where your chest literally bubbles out of your chest. This is actually the hardest part for those of us who have larger more shapely breasts. Some of us rounder, some of us more oblong, so what fits one person with your size, might not fit you.
  • How Does It Look Under A T-shirt put on a light t-shirt over your bra to see how it looks with a t-shirt on. This is so incredibly important, because there are bras I thought were good, then when I put them on, I noticed I had some overflowing action happening.

If you are like me, Isabella Snow has an awesome website that gives great bras that would be excellent for those who are skinny, yet larger chested. I also have placed three of the bras she recommends for bigger chested women that I found on Amazon throughout this page if you are interested.

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Make Sure There Is No Gap Between You and Your Bra

By having the portion of your bra that is in the middle of your breast flat to your chest, will give you the best support. If there is gap, then you need to be fitted for a better fittin bra.
By having the portion of your bra that is in the middle of your breast flat to your chest, will give you the best support. If there is gap, then you need to be fitted for a better fittin bra. | Source

Big Chest Insecurities

Bathing Suit Shopping: Of course, in a bathing suit, I can't hide my natural endowedness. In fact, I don't like wearing swimsuits unless they are intended for grandmas, but you also just don't feel sexy in a grandma bathing suit. My dad's comment came while wearing a bikini that I was initially excited to find. It was my first and last bikini I ever bought.

Bathing suit shopping is akin to having a pelvic exam. No, I take that back, even my pelvic exams do not lead to the same embarrassment often found during bathing suit shopping. All for the same reason as everyone else, the tummy, but also because my chest does not fit in typical bathing suit tops.

Triangle tops look ridiculous. A larger chested woman must choose between covering the nipple or the bottom of the breast. Because a typical triangle top will not cover both. The square top looks great, but often you must buy a much larger size top than bottom. Unless the top and bottoms are sold separately, you are out of luck.

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Make Sure to Clasp Your Bra Well

Make sure you are able to fasten your bras well, especially for the bigger cupped woman. You don't want any sagging.
Make sure you are able to fasten your bras well, especially for the bigger cupped woman. You don't want any sagging. | Source

Modesty For Bigger Busted Woman

I Had To Throw Modesty Out The Window... To A Degree: Now, I know some girls would really love to have a large chest. I'm lucky, and in someways, I'm happy with my size. But I will have to say, shirts never look as cute on me as they do the thinner flatter chested woman. Now, I am thin. I have large hips, large chest, but my stomach is flat and I am well in my range of healthy weights.

I used to be completely modest and refused to wear anything that was slightly low-cut, because I would have cleavage. Low to a degree that smaller chested women would not have cleavage and it would look modest on them, but I was constantly feeling like I could not find cute clothes.

It was several years after I got married that I gave up on trying to be completely modest, because it was nearly impossible when you have a large chest. People think tight shirts and low cut shirts are immodest. Unfortunately, if you get a shirt that is loose on the top, your waist drowns in it, and you look much heavier than you would with a more form fitting shirt.

Then there's the low cut issue. Seriously, find a non-low cut, non tight fitting shirt that does not make you look huge, and I'll buy it! Unfortunately, they don't sell. I have found myself forever addicted to camisoles under low cut form fitting shirts. Since I don't want to say peek-a-boo to everyone, camisoles are a must.

Gawkers: Since I gave up trying to be completely modest, I do find there are shirts I don't feel comfortable in. When you are larger chested, if you choose to show it off, guys and girls alike will stare. When that happens, the shirt goes in the Goodwill pile, and I make a mental note on not buying that style again.

Now, I know that people don't gawk at my chest just because they are lusting after me, but because well, they are there and it's like looking at someone with a big zit on their face, and you're trying your hardest not to stare! Fortunately, empire waisted shirts are a good look on me that does not encourage gawkers, does not drown my waistline, and coupled with a cami can make a very modest choice.

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Tips for a Good Fitting Bra

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The back of your bra should go around you evenly similar to a belt. The back should not ride up your back, if it does, you need a different size bra. The straps should gently lay on your shoulders. They should not dig into your shoulders. Also, if you were to slide the strap off your shoulder, your bra should still be somewhat supportive. The straps should not do majority of the work.
The back of your bra should go around you evenly similar to a belt. The back should not ride up your back, if it does, you need a different size bra.
The back of your bra should go around you evenly similar to a belt. The back should not ride up your back, if it does, you need a different size bra. | Source
The straps should gently lay on your shoulders. They should not dig into your shoulders. Also, if you were to slide the strap off your shoulder, your bra should still be somewhat supportive. The straps should not do majority of the work.
The straps should gently lay on your shoulders. They should not dig into your shoulders. Also, if you were to slide the strap off your shoulder, your bra should still be somewhat supportive. The straps should not do majority of the work. | Source

Bra Shopping

The Bra Buying Issue: I think the worst part of all this is bra shopping. DD is common for 40DD people, but when you are thin and larger chested, forget it. IMPOSSIBLE. I have less fingers and toes than how many times I have gone bra shopping and left crying.

I remember the first time I went from 34D to 34DD and actually I was pushing DDD right then. The Victoria Secret Lady said, "I'm really sorry, we don't have anything in that size. Really? Nothing in that size? You are Victoria Secret for goodness sakes. It was about three years after that they started selling my size, and only one bra that was cute. Since then, they have begun marketing to us more awkwardly shaped, skinny ribs, larger chest. I partly think it's because of the increase in breast implants or my mom thinks that girls today are growing bigger boobs because of hormones in meat. For whatever reason, Victoria Secret finally sells my size with more choices to choose from.

© 2010 Angela Michelle

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Comments 37 comments

jessica 17 months ago

Pretty good piece of advice. I have HUGE boobs but could not EVER find the right fit. This piece has helped me A LOT to find the right size. Thanxx!!!!!!!!!


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks!


Jo 5 years ago

Great and practical advice.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks!


caleb smith 5 years ago

Great advice!


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

I'll check it out. :) I hope others do too. :)


Caroline 5 years ago

another option that is really not as expensive as youi might expect is a custom madde bra.. surf on over to my website www.personaldesignbras.com and you can see photos of some of the work I've done for women all over the world.. a majority of my clients are women with small ribcages and large breasts... it is just plain difficult to buy pretty bras in styles and sizes that suit that body type.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Your welcome!


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

Thanks for this good advice.


jayshri 5 years ago

this bra is exellent.


Moons 6 years ago

Cool. :)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

If only the smaller chested women had any idea how we feel about our bigger tatas! :) I would have loved to been on the itty bitty titty committee. Not that I haven't grown to love my body breasts and all.


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

No dear girl it was truly not a cry of happiness. When you are big busted gravity has a way of doing not so nice things and I hated having to spend so much just to bring those babies back up to where they are supposed to be!! (-; Ha!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Well, welcome to the big busted bra party!!! I'm happy to know that I'm not the only one who has cried when getting fit for a bra. Although, I have a feeling your cry was for a different reason. Maybe not. Not a fan of the big busted bra, although the big bust is okay... most of the time. :) LOL


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

I'm a little later coming to this Bra party, but I do empathize with you. I wasn't always been the size I am now. I'll leave it at that. And it's not because I've gained a huge amount of weight. There is a store here in Birmingham that will fit you and I have made my way there and cried when I bought my first (way too much to spend)bra that truly fit. Great hub, thanks for the info Angela_Michelle!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks!!! :)


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breakingnews 6 years ago from Pakistan

Good sharing to how a lady can select good bra when she is at home


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Actually, I have the hardest time, but then that's just me I guess. :)


cemlosd 6 years ago

Exactly right - so easy to buy large cup sizes for large chest


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Yes, i am so thankful for the Internet, I just wish that all 34DDs fit the same. I have figured out by looking at the shape of the cup to see if it's going to be the right fit for me. :)


alicewaverley 6 years ago

Exactly right - so easy to buy large cup sizes for large chest measurements, but where I live, anything above a C cup for my 32" size, and you can forget it. Thanks goodness for the internet eh? A great hub Angela, thanks.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

solar! haha, I would NEVER have gotten implants. I don't think. I'm actually pleased with my size, but it's really hard to look good in clothes. Smaller chested women have a LOT easier time!


SOLAR383 6 years ago from BRADFORD UK

Just imagine the savings you made on breast implants, not all are gifted so those who are gifted should walk around with a smile not worry about those who are not.

34E is a perfect size in or out of cloth at least not fake which create discomfort after paying so much...


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Hey Elizabeth thanks for stopping by! I might check out your website sometime. :)


Elizabeth Jones 6 years ago

I just wish someone would share! It amazes me how many different ways there are to measure for size. (padding haha)

By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions here is the topic about this:

http://opinion.ezwingame.com/topics/is-there-a-gre...


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Actually they still don't do 30DD, but they do do 32D. Total Discrimination, right? LOL.

Oh, the t-shirt idea is a good idea, I will have to add that in my hub!

I think I know what you mean about the not big boobs thing. I never thought of mine as that big. I've gained a little weight, and now I think I really do, but I have been surprised how many people will say I do have a large chest. Who cares really... I'm happy with me and that's all that should matter. It is nice, my husband is happy with me too. :) LOL>


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat (size 30DD, but almost always wearing a 32D) says - wonderful Hub and you do have my sympathy.

I don't live in the USA, but on a visit a few years ago I tried Victoria's Secret and was told very firmly that they don't do bras in THAT size. I guess maybe thay do now.

The thing is, I don't really have big boobs (well, I don't) but have a TINY back

One other fitting tip - take a cheap,thin tee shirt, to try on over the top of the bra you are trying on. It is a good way to check whether your boobs are poking out over the top of the bra. (Trust me, this is not a look you want).


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks kachis! I think a well fitting bra can also make you look slimmer as well!


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kachis 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria.

That's a lesson for the chubby ladies, welldone michele.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I would not exactly cal it a cross to bear. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

We all have our own cross to bear. I can think of worse things. Thank you for sharing. :-)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Interesting. I fortunately am not so big I need a harness bra. I don't think I would ever want to have to wear a corset.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

Very honest, interesting Hub. I ran into a lady last week who paid over 100.00 for a "Harness bra" for her daughter who had to have one custom made. I used to wear a back brace due to an injury and I know how it feels to be in a corchet.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

KFlippin,

haha, very funny.... Glad it at least interested you.

Sincerely,

Can't Find a Bra


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Jayjay... :) Happy Bra Shopping! Angela


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

I read through this with great interest, but try as I might, I simply can find no sympathy for a woman so well endowed, none, zip, nada. :)

Sincerely, 34B, barely..... Great hub!


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Great advice for us larger ladies and thanks for sharing.

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