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How To Handle Large Breasts

Updated on October 13, 2009

Having large breasts can be problematic, especially if your frame is not built to take the weight of them. There are also social consequences in the form of men addressing your chest exclusively, and women behaving with typical female passive aggression because your chest is a direct threat to their mating chances.

For some women, having large breasts can quickly become a heavy burden to bear in more ways than one. If you're a woman struggling with large breasts, use some of these tips to minimize the impact of your mammaries. 

1. Invest in some good quality bras. Ideally your bra should remind you of a cloth version of a suspension bridge. It takes some serious engineering to create a bra capable of supporting DD breasts or larger. Forget about those pretty little bras with wispy straps that drift over the shoulders like gossamer. Your bra straps should be reminiscent of soviet tanks. It might be annoying to wear these kinds of bras, but the added support really is invaluable, and can save you a great deal of back pain.  

2. V Necks Minimize, Round Necks Emphasize. It's one of those things that seems to make little sense. You don't want to display your breasts to the world, yet covering them up makes them seem somehow larger. Many women with large breasts buy clothing that covers the upper chest entirely, resulting in prominently displayed breasts. If you want to minimize the effect of large breasts, wearing a v neck style top will actually make them seem a little less large.

3. Wear jewelry high. Have your necklaces sitting at the height of your collar bone. There is no need to have sparkly shiny things nestled in your cleavage if you are trying to take attention away from your breasts.

4. When exercising, wear a sports bra. That ideally means something that requires three assistants and an astrophysicist to get into. The best kinds of sports bras tend to have cross over straps that create an X over the upper back.Stay away from sports bras designed for smaller women, they will not aid you and can lead to tearing and bruising during vigorous exercise.

5. Leverage your breasts for greater wealth and power. 



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    • Mardi profile image

      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      9 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      I am sending this to a friend who has this "problem". Thanks for your wit in giving some helpful advice. I particularly like the line about how bra straps should be like soviet tanks. My vote is for sports bras always comfortable.

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      10 years ago

      Number 5 is ridiculous!

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      Misha, down boy ;)

    • Misha profile image


      10 years ago from DC Area

      You have some sweet peek on them on your avatar though :P

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      LOL no Misha, I tend to keep my breasts off the Internet if at all possible.

    • Shirley Anderson profile image

      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No one ever asks me questions like that. Of course, I don't have large breasts. One of my sisters does though, and she has told me about the back aches, the bra straps digging into her shoulders, the price of bras, etc. She has generously offered to give them to me if I want them. :) I'm going to tell her about this hub, so she can come and read it.

    • Misha profile image


      10 years ago from DC Area

      I just love #5 Hope :) So true, especially for USA, where men seem to be over-obsessed with breasts. Is it because it is out of fashion to breast-feed babies?

      Either way, nice breast always gets my vote, too - be it big or small :)

      BTW, is it yours on the photo? ;)

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      Wow.. people ask that? With the real and the surgery thing? I think the only truly appropriate response to that question is a Klingon death grip.

    • Lgali profile image


      10 years ago

      good tips to handle nice stuff

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very good advice. Any advice for the question "are they real or did you have surgery?" I hate that question!!! I cannot believe that some people are bold enough to ask you that looking hypnotized at your breast... I always feel like slapping them!

    • Trsmd profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Thanks Hope Alexander,

      But to tell you the truth the only thing that is going to make you feel better is to accept that you have larger breasts. It is something we have to accept and work on becoming comfortable with.

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      I'm tempted to do the same to be honest, but they don't have quite the same visual appeal as the more lacy ones, so I generally save the sports bra for the gym :)

    • glassvisage profile image


      10 years ago from Northern California

      Great tips! The necklace one makes a lot of sense. Sports bras are so underrated... I just wear them all the time because they're more comfortable :)


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