The Best Bra
As a big breasted woman, who fits comfortably in a 40DDD, 42DD, and 44D bra cup and size, I know firsthand the perils of searching for the perfect bra. The best bra for my fuller cup size is the Cacique Plunge bra, by Lane Bryant. The things that matter the most when shopping for the perfect bra is:
If a bra fits perfectly, looks great under a tee shirt and feels fabulous cupped around the breast- color and price are the other two elements, which are always sacrificial.
A rule of thumb to follow, when purchasing a bra is to get measured first either by a sales person or yourself, before shopping for the right bra for you. Never buy bras from a sales person who does not know how to properly measure you for a bra, or at a store that does not offer that service to its patrons.
*For your convenience a video guide on how to measure yourself for the correct bra size, has been included in this article.
How To Measure Your Bra Cup and Band Size
Big Breasted Women Need:
Big breasted women, without a doubt need more support from their undergarment. There is a lot of differentiating opinions on whether or not a woman's bra:
- Should have an under wire supported cup or just a reinforced elastic band.
- Have extra wide and comfort padded shoulder straps or spaghetti straps.
- Opens with a front clasp or in the back.
- Fit snug across the mid drift.
However as a big breasted woman, who has a physically challenging career, I suggest only wearing bras that clasp in the middle of your back. Chose bras that fit comfortably around the mid drift of your body, and do not bind or cut into your skin. It is also my recommendation that a big breasted woman, never wear a bra that cannot be adjusted at the shoulder straps, nor a bra that only has spaghetti straps for support. The average size shoulder strap should be at least inch wide for cup sizes larger than D. Lastly- I never, ever, ever buy a bra that does not have an under wire supported cup. The under wire not only helps hold the cup in place throughout the day, it also keeps the elastic band from creasing and tucking itself, uncomfortably under the breast tissue.
Back Pain Verses The Bra Price
As every woman knows, bras can be super expensive to buy. Woman often sacrifice buying a bra that may feel, fit and look great on her, for something that will suffice for a much cheaper price. If that sounds at all too familiar- then its time to stop doing that. Many chronic and painful back issues, which have been found prevalent among America's working females, are directly related to the undergarments, she is wearing on the job. Wearing an ill fitting bra causes unnecessary back strain, circulation issues and in rare cases has been linked to breast cancer. In a recent online article, plastic surgeon Dr. Broumand is put under attack for his claims that wearing a bra causes sagging.
According to refinery29.com Dr. Broumand claims: "On the surface, this claim seems plausible. For younger women, not wearing a bra will lead to increased collagen production and elasticity, which improves lift in a developing breast. Also, tension on the connective tissue and ligaments supporting the breast can be beneficial to prevent sagging."
The article goes on to say that the Mount Sinai medical doctor also claimed that the older women get, their breast start to naturally lose elasticity, and produce less collagen. In this case, Dr. Broumand said that wearing a properly fitting bra is medically beneficial to aging women for its supportive properties.
I also came across another interesting online article by Dailymail.com titled, Can your bra cause back pain? They argue that the since the Trapezius muscle actually connects the neck and shoulder together, it is plausible that a "badly fitting bra providing insufficient support causes this muscle to tighten" in order to take up the additional weight added by breast tissue. Their claim is that a poorly fitting bra can not only lead to back strain but, also to neck and shoulder pain. They suggested women should be wearing bras with "Extra-soft, cushioned and wide load-bearing shoulder straps to ease pressure, and do not dig in." They go on to say that women with larger breast sizes should choose bras, which can be fully adjusted up or down at the shoulder straps, to the fit their body. They also were recommending that bigger breasted ladies be wearing only back clasping bras, instead of front clasping bras because they offer greater support.
Cacique Plunge Bra
The Bra With the Best Feel for Big Breasted Women
My Favorite Strapless Bra
Hands down, my favorite strapless bra is manufactured by Modern Movement, and can be purchased at the Dillard's department store or online. It is completely seamless, made primarily of nylon and spandex. It is looks fantastic under sundresses and the smooth lines aides in the over all appearance of my tube tops, tanks and off the shoulder knitted tops. It is safe to say that in the summer months, I do not travel anywhere without my Modern Movement strapless bra. It feels great on, and because the cups are cut fuller, I can purchase a band size smaller than I normally would. I wear a 42DD in a Cacique brand plunge bra but, I purchase and wear a size 40DD in the Modern Movement brand. This keeps me looking like a lady all night and not like some fool, who is constantly trying to hoist her boobs up from underneath her outfit. An ill fitting strapless bra can be a miserable experience for you, and comic relief for others at your expense.
Fit For A Good Strapless Bra
- Fit- A good strapless bra will not fall down with movement. It should stay in place while walking or moving briskly. Most bra manufactures recommend going down in band size and going up in cup size to get the proper fit of the strapless bra. Adding silicone cup pads in the cup of a strapless bra, also helps aid in the over all support of the breast tissue.
- Construction- A good strapless bra for fuller cup women should have at least 3 back hooks in back. The stronger the band, the firmer the fit. If you wear a F or G cup, the strapless bra should have no less than 4 hook and eyes in the back.
The Importance of Knowing Your Cup Size
Ladies with cup sizes larger than a D cup, are subject to more challenges than women who wear the universally recognized smaller cup sizes. One such problem is due to the fact that manufacturers do not have a universal size chart for bra cups DD or larger. Ladies wearing an E cup size in a particular manufacturer's size, can expect that in another brand's bra that cup size, might be the same as a DDD cup or F cup size. If you do not know how a certain brand size fits, it is recommended that ask for the manufactures bra cup specification size chart, which can also be found online for most major brands. If your breasts bulge either over the top of the bra or out of the sides, it is too small for you.
For example (compared to similar shape and style): Modern Movement's 40DD is the same size as Cacique's 42DD. Delta Burke Intimates bra size 40D is comparable to Maiden Form's 38DD.
Kathe Jones from San Francisco Bay Area on October 22, 2017:
First of all, let me say that I love and respect women who have big boobs. Although I am not a woman, I do like to have a large bust at Halloween. (I like to wear a 48DDD bra) Therefore, it is very helpful to know which bras work best with my breast forms to avoid sagging "breasts" Thanks so much for this information!
Zimkhitha from South Africa on April 02, 2014:
Bravo! girl...us with them air bags do not always get this kind of assistance. Try asking for a shop assistant for bra help and they ask you if you are pregnant...really now!
Julie Grimes (author) from Columbia, MO USA on March 02, 2014:
You are so awesome!!!
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on March 01, 2014:
You knew that sooner or later I would have to comment on this hub just for the fact it said boobs, haha. As usual Julie, you make things interesting (even without the pictures, it would have held my interest). Anyone that truly knows me knows that I learn as much as I can about women in general so I am an asset to my woman, my wife. So I read about bras and woman's health and anything I come across to get wiser. My wife always laughs because so far everything that she has faced in 16 years of marriage, I have read and retained something about it. Well, thanks again for another interesting article. Love ya Lady. Bob.
Julie Grimes (author) from Columbia, MO USA on November 19, 2013:
Hahaha! You're too funny frog.
The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on November 19, 2013:
I always look good in red! LMAO
Nice write and I now know what a man needs to know.
The Frog Prince