8 Great Bras For Wide-Set Breasts, According To A Bra-Fitting Expert
Bra shopping can be one of the most frustrating activities on the face of this earth if you don’t know what you’re looking for. People are all shaped differently, and especially if you’re trying to find a bra for one specific issue — the best bra styles for supporting wide-set breasts, for example — you need to head into the store knowing exactly what features are going to support wide-set breasts. If you don’t, you’re likely to leave with nothing at all. Or, worse, you might just settle for the wrong fit or style for breast separation.
For some expert help on the subject, I reached out to Candice Smith, chief lingerie stylist at Rigby and Peller. Smith had tons of great insights as to which bra styles help center breasts, and which features women should be looking for when their breasts are set further apart on their chest and tend to fall outwards toward the sides. “All of the parts of a bra work together to give you the best support and shape,” Smith says. “It is all about finding the right style to flatter your unique shape. Bras with side support are going to be the best at centering your breasts.”
If you’re having a really hard time finding something that works, Smith recommends “an appointment with a lingerie stylist who can make the process a lot more pleasant.” However, if you’re just looking to narrow down your options, so you have a better idea of which bras give you tons of side support, check out Smith’s top tips here.
1. Find Something With A Side Panel
“Women with full breasts want to look for seamed bras with a side panel that will direct the breast tissue forward,” says Smith. The ribbing and stitching on this Fantasie Lois underwire side support bra directs the breasts forward rather than sideways, giving you a natural shape without all of the bulk. It’s also got supportive underwire and a wide band that hugs the contours of your body.
2. Vertical Flat Seams That Shape And Support
The Freya Marvel underwire side panel bra is another one that works well for wide-set breasts because it’s got a side panel and a vertical flat seam that gives you loads of support under the arms. The low plunge center helps direct all the support under the breasts, rather than pushing them inwards and to the sides, and reviewers love that it’s ridiculously comfortable while still helping to achieve a rounded natural shape.
3. Get A Bra That Centers You
“Generally, women with wide-set breasts want to have a more centered look,” says Smith, “so we would recommend bras with more support on the sides.” The Bali One 'U' underwire bra is a full-coverage contour bra with a design that pushes your breasts inward toward the center using a thick band and side wire. The thin cups give you just the right amount of support, and reviewers love that it’s extra comfortable with no binding or pinching.
4. A Thick Band Is Where Most Of Your Support Comes From
When it comes to the most supportive parts of a bra, Smith says, “The most important element is the band, as this is where the majority of your support comes from. Your band should be snug (you should be able to fit two fingers under the band) and should sit low on your back (parallel or below the front of your bra).” For a thick band that’s great at lifting up and forward, the La Isla front closure full coverage is a wonderful option. It’s got a cushioned under-bust sling for added support, and the front-hook closure is a great feature that helps you to position your breasts forward while putting on your bra.
5. Every Feature You Need For Wide Breasts
The Bali 'Comfort Revolution' front-close bra offers just about every feature that Smith talks about: a thick supportive band, a plunging neck, structured sides, and cups that push inwards. It’s also got a front closure feature, which helps women to position their breasts inward, and it still manages to be supportive without all the padding and extra bulk.
6. Underwire Is Your Best Friend – Just Make Sure It’s Comfortable
“We always recommend an underwire for the best support,” says Smith. “The larger your breasts, the more important the wire becomes.” The Olga signature support satin bra has a really innovative design, because it lines the underwire with silky satin and padding to ensure the most comfortable fit. It’s also got a padded foam sling that gives you added forward support, and the bands are thick, comfortable, and lifting.
7. Push-Up And Plunge Features Help To Center
“For the more average bust woman, a push-up bra or plunge style will also help center the bust,” says Smith. The extreme support push up bra has tons of memory-fit padding on the sides, as well as a thick contoured side band, that helps push your breasts up and together. It’s also got a gorgeous lace design, a plunging style, and a comfortable racerback for added support.
8. Get Coverage Without Pushing Breasts Down And Away
Because of its side boning and side padding, the Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte padded push-up bra also helps you to achieve a centered look. The satin neckline gives you coverage without pushing your breasts down, and the powernet back allows for support and lift without riding up. It’s a really good option for larger breasts, and reviewers are thrilled that they finally found something pretty that fits well.
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