My search for the best bras for big boobs has spanned my whole pre-teen and adult life. I've been seeking to hide, minimize, and distract from my big breasts ever since I quite suddenly sprouted to a C-cup as a 13-year-old midwestern middle school student. I've since grown to a 32DD, and in the intervening 17 years have tried all manner of rack-control techniques, à la Christine Ricci in Now & Then — sports bras, snug tank tops layered underneath all of my clothes, "full-figure" bras special-ordered online that had more complex infrastructure than a suspension bridge. After much research, many dollars spent, and lots of trial and error, my boob-management game is on point.
I generally seek out bras that hold everything in place, create a smooth line underneath a snug T-shirt, and disguise rather than emphasize my chest in a way that makes my clothes fit better and my figure look pretty well-proportioned rather than busty and top heavy. It took a long time to realize that I could achieve these goals while wearing bras that were comfortable, sexy, and even lacy. After, er, breast-driving dozens of options over the years, here are 8 of the best bras for women with big breasts.
Moving Comfort Fiona
I’d always wanted to be able to wear those lacy, silky, flimsy bras that smaller-chested women wore, and the first time I tried on a Huit bra it was a revelation. How could a garment that looked like this and felt this feather-light still offer me the support I needed? Next up on my Huit splurge list? Their Broadway, Manhattan, and Mrs. Wang underwire bras. Could they be prettier?
Continuing to preach the gospel of Huit — buy a couple of these in nude and a couple in black and you’re pretty much set for life. The cup (go for the non-molded one) is soft and silky, the straps can be switched to a racerback, and the little patch of mesh at the center keeps it sexy.
Wacoal Seamless Underwire
This bra specifically caters to “full-busted” women like myself, who have a rib cage measurement of 34 or below and a cup size of DD or above. It’s a workhorse bra — nothing particularly exciting about it, but it does a stellar job of holding everything in place seamlessly.
Freya Plunge Balcony Bra
On the other end of the spectrum, there is nothing subtle or tight t-shirt-friendly about this sheer, lacy brassiere. You’ll spill out of this thing like Jessica Paré in a GQ photo shoot, so I’d recommend saving it for the bedroom — but it sure looks hot.