Plus Size Bras
Defining Your Cleavage
Women of all shapes and sizes have been battling with their breasts for centuries; including myself. If anyone should wear a good bra it is plus size women. There is, after all, more to accentuate, manipulate and support.
It has been harder for plus size women to find undergarments; being limited in their style and comfort selections and usually relegated to the ugly whities our grannies used to wear. Today even our grannies would not be caught dead in them.
Today, even plus size bras come in hundreds of styles and colors, each with a different purpose. There are some to lift, some are to support, some are to shape, and some are to contain or minimize. Some are for every day wear and some are for special occasions.
Unfortunately, not every curvy woman can walk into any lingerie store and find a selection in her size. Luckily we have the Internet which has given us the access we so deserve.
Here you will find a collection of my favorite online retailers who specialize or offer plus size intimates for curvy consumers like us.
Citation: image courtesy of Hips&Curves.
What Gives You the Most Grief?
When you are shopping to find the perfect fit bra what gives you the most grief?
What Gives You the Most Grief?
Before We Even Try
Get out that tape measure...
Every time we go shopping it is important to dig out our soft tape measure and a notepad to do some calculations. One of the main reasons women are uncomfortable in their bra is because we tend to wear the wrong size, band, cup, and/or style.
Each intimates retailer has their own sizing information and I recommend you read it -- especially their bra sizing information. But you might want to read this how to fit article to you get started.
Remember this will be a guideline as each company has their own set of rules -- you may be a 44D at Lane Bryant but you may be a 44DD for another company or vice versa.
Addition-Elle - Progress makes perfect...
Addition-Elle was one of the first plus size stores I shopped in but they were a bit slow to the game of pretty bras. They have grown to become the Canadian leader for plus size intimates that are actually beautiful and have been developing their pretty bra line in leaps and bounds the last few years including a marvelous convertible style. And I love that they use models with a bit of flesh on their arms and bellies. They carry sizes 38B to 46DDD. They are a bit pricey at $49 to $55 but they often go on sale. They have reasonable shipping rates throughout Canada and the United States.
Citation: images curated from Addition-Elle and collaged by M. E. Wood.
A Love Hate Relationship
The love hate relationship that women have with their personal sling-slot devices and their breasts has been around longer than the last fifty years. They both have an interesting history.
Shopping on a Budget - Welcome to the world of ebay...
I ventured into the world of shopping for clothes on eBay a few years ago and I have to tell you it is a lot of fun and a great way to find great looking plus size clothing at a bargain. Even intimates. I have had both good and bad experiences shopping for intimates on eBay -- READ the customer comments for each buyer and take advantage of the ask a question feature offered.
"B is for breasts. Of which ladies have two; once prized for the function, now for the view."
~ Robert Paul Smith
Comfort made to your curves...
"Everything is made to order so you get the right size, color and fabric. If there is a problem with the fit, they will take it back and adjust it for you. Some items are in stock and are shipped in a few days while others are personally made by your measurements and shipped within two to five weeks."
Full Beauty - So pretty...
In the year I have been following FullBeauty.com they have become a contender very quickly offering a full range of bras from size 38B to 54 G. Styles include underwire, wireless, full coverage, front closure, sport, posture adjustment, t-shirt, strapless, and minimizers. They also have a growing selection of lingerie and swimwear. There are some good to find deals but there are also designer styles in the $70+ range. The lack of plus size models is disappointing and their website currently ships within the U.S. only.
Citation: images curated from Full Beauty and collaged by M. E. Wood.
Proper Fit is Vital
They are not all created equal. We use them to train, to minimize, to maximize, and everything in between. Some look like they are more for safety than aesthetics. The "bra lady", Linda Becker (Linda's Bra Salon) takes viewers through different styles and how they should fit larger breasts.
Lane Bryant's Cacique
The plus size Victoria Secret...
My all time favorite bras come from the Cacique line at Lane Bryant -- most of my underwire intimates are from here. In my opinion the Cacique line has been the leader in sexy and functional plus size intimates and other companies seek to emulate what they offer. Of all the styles the balconette is my favorite for coverage, support, and color options. Their line offers sizes 36C to 46DDD and they are on the pricey side but on the upside they often have promotions for buy one get one 50% off or even buy one get one free. They ship to Canada and throughout the United States for reasonable rates.
A Few of My Reviews
Over on my plus size blog I have had the opportunity to review a few intimate brands. I hope you will venture over for a look. You will find my opinions on fit, style, and comfort.
- Coobie Review
I have mentioned Coobie in the past. They are my go to for work at home comfort. Recently they contacted me to review their full-size Coobie...
- Plus Size Every Day Underwire Review
Addition-Elle provided me with one of their daily wear ones for review. By daily wear I mean the ones we tend to wear more than any of the other...
- Comfort Choice Gel Strap Review
FullBeauty.com sent me one of their Comfort Choice Gel Straps to review for My Favorite Things readers. Now that I have worn, washed, and dried it I am...
- Playtex 18 Hour Review
This review is for the Ultimate Lift and Support style 4745 Playtex 18 Hour ones. Hanes/Playtex sent me two for review and this is the first of two...
Hips and Curves
Go ahead, get sexy...
"I would call their styling sexy glamorous. There are a few conservative styles but nothing your grandmother would wear (unless your grandmother is a hot tamale). There are not hundreds and hundreds of items to search through for each category. They've picked the best and most flattering pieces to offer their customers."
Intimate apparel for women of virtually every size...
"Her Room has to have the largest selection of plus size bras on the internet. There are over 80 styles from many manufacturers (like Calvin Klein, Only Hearts, Panache, Playtex and more) to choose from and they offer a variety of sizing. Style choices do decrease as cup size increases. The only real downside is that none of the models appear to be plus size."
Big Girls Bras
You know bigger is better...
Big Girls Bras offers an excellent choice of everyday styles and has more than a few bustiers. An interesting feature this site has is customer reviews. You can see an average rating as well as read individual reviews based on fit, pros and cons. There are many styles to choose from including Oprah's favorite pick, the Le Mystere.
"I just accepted them (my breasts) as a great accessory to every outfit."
~Jennifer Love Hewitt
Just My Size (JMS)
"A variety of choices are available including maternity. They are heavy on the Playtex and Glamorise side but also carry brands like Bali, Goddess and other famous-name lingerie. In addition to bras they offer a limited selection of panties, sleepwear, dresses, swimwear, active wear, tops, bottoms, jeans and maternity wear."
For Ultimate Support and Activity
Stunning and supportive...
If you are anything over a C cup than you need more support than the average coverage when you are performing rigorous exercise. If you are especially full on top do not choose a low cut style as you will spill out -- opt for a higher cut to keep the ladies contained when you are bending, jumping, wigging, or running. One of my favorites is available from Bigger Bras by the Goddess brand (also check out the Enell styles).
From Bigger Bras - Goddess Sport 5056
This one comes in the silver/white shown in sizes 34C to 48G.