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Where to Find Large-Cup Bras Online

Updated on March 12, 2015
Yep, Amazon's fashion section includes full-cup bras.
Yep, Amazon's fashion section includes full-cup bras.

In the full-cup bra world, we call it the "bra matrix." It's easy to find bras in the AA-DD cup range, in band sizes 32-38, and very hard to find anything else. And most people, when fit properly, won't fall into that range. Many end up needing bras in band sizes 30 or below, and cup sizes E and above.

There are a few places where you can get large cup bras in person, like...

--Specialized boutiques, like Bravissimo in the UK or Town Shop in New York. You can check here for a list of stores in your area that understand good fitting methods and carry bras from popular full-bust brands, like Panache (including Cleo by Panache), Freya, Elomi, Pour Moi?, Curvy Kate, and Tutti Rouge, just to name a few. Most boutiques have online shops as well.

--Nordstrom. The only department store that regularly stocks bras in larger cup sizes (along with its little sister Nordstrom Rack). Your Nordstrom may or may not have a great selection of them; most of their bras are still going to fall inside the matrix. You can of course shop online from these as well.

--Your Friend's Closet. All of us bra-affiiciandos are hanging on to a ton that don't fit. And desperately trying to get rid of them. Trust me.

But to get the best prices, and the best selection, you have to go online. Here are the best stores.

Amazon

You can get just about everything from Amazon, and large-cup bras are no exception. Amazon carries just about all of the UK and US full-cup brands, like Freya, Panache, and Elomi, as well as brands like Natori and Betsey Johnson who have some styles available in D+ cup sizes. And, as you probably know from buying other things from Amazon, they often have lower prices than other online retailers. They often have bras on sale, too, especially in certain colors and sizes; you can find bras that retail for $60+ for $30 or less, if your timing is right, and most will go on sale eventually.

The best part of shopping for bras on Amazon, besides the huge selection and discounted prices, is that if you're a Prime member, you can get a ton of the bras with free shipping and free returns. Many full-cup bra-hunters will order a bra they like in many different sizes, try them all on, and return the ones that aren't the best fit. Genius.

You can find Amazon's bra selection here.

eBay

The gold-standard of bargain hunting. eBay has a big variety of bras in both Auction and Buy it Now options, in many full-bust sizes. You can even find bras from Polish brands (which a lot of bra-lovers adore for their construction and uplift compared to British brands) if you're patient. Shipping costs can be steep for any non-UK customer, since a lot of the bras will be shipping from overseas. Because of this, shipping can be slow as well. But the steep discounts often make it more than worth it.

If the idea of buying used bras grosses you out, don't worry; a ton of bras on eBay are NWT (New with Tags) and sell from online stores rather than individuals, though those will of course be pricier than NWOT (New Without Tags) and lightly-used bras.

If buying used bras doesn't gross you out (detergent exists, guys!), your online shopping options open up even more...

Find ebay's bra selections here.

Bratabase

Literally a database of bras. Bratabase is a great resource for all bra-shoppers. You can compare the measurements of a ton of full-bust bras to see what bras will fit you based on ones you already have, you can use bras that fit you to help determine your shape (and therefore find new bras that will work), and you can read reviews on just about everything in just about every size.

And you can also browse their listings. People list bras that don't fit them, often with good shipping rates and big discounts, and it's easy to contact them with sizing questions. Want someone to measure the band fully stretched out? Want someone to tell you how deep the cups are? Done. Try getting that from an eBay seller. People on Bratabase know their stuff.

Speaking of knowing their stuff...

Braswap

So cute.
So cute.

If you're on reddit (and if you're not, consider joining--signing up takes literally seconds, and they don't send you spam emails) /r/braswap is a dream come true. You can browse listings, with several new offers listed every day, ask tons of questions, and even post requests for specific bras or sizes that they're looking for. If you're on a tight budget, there's also /r/RandomActsofBras, where people post bras they'll give away for free or very close to it, often for only the cost of shipping. This is a great place to give away your old bras and help people find bras in their new sizes, too!

A great thing about Braswap is that, as the name implies, you can trade your old bras that don't fit for new bras that do. And, like Bratabase, it's a great and easy way to sell your bras for some quick cash, too.

And of course, while we're on the subject of reddit, I always recommend the sub-reddit /r/ABraThatFits for sizing advice! It's a great resource for people at any stage of their bra journey, for any size.

And lastly, there's always...

Directly from the Manufacturer

If you want a new bra the second it's released, and you don't mind paying full price, this is often the best way to get your hands on it. And for some brands, including popular Polish brands Avocado and Ewa Michalak, it's your only option, short of a second-hand score. Manufacturer stores usually have shipping costs, which may steep if you live in a different country--i.e., anywhere but the UK.

But this is a great way to show support for the brands you love (buying second-hand doesn't help them, or show them which bras are the best sellers), get new styles quickly, and, from manufacturers like Ewa Michalak, get bras in custom sizes or with special modifications (different cup heights, gore heights, etc).

Hopefully this helped show you that, while full-bust bras aren't as easy to find as those in the matrix, it's far from impossible to grab bras that will give you the best fit. And remember, if you don't think full-bust guidance applies to you, measure yourself! You'll be amazed how well your bras can fit.

So...have you properly measured yourself?

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