When you have large breasts, it sometimes feels like your bra options are severely limited. It can be really challenging to shop for bras without underwire for big boobs that aren't just another sports bra, and (imagine this) come in more colors than white, tan, black, beige, and "nude," whatever that means. The perpetual search for quality, comfort, and style is enough to make you want to give up and never wear a bra again.
And then, just as you've lost all hope, you finally spot, from across a crowded lingerie store, the magenta lace bra of your dreams. You risk injury and battle the crowd to get your hands on it and — wonder of wonders — discover it comes in your size. You're willing to go into debt to make this bra yours until you spot it: underwire. Again. Yet another bra with underwire designed to lift, separate, and shape your breasts.
While there are certainly times when you may feel like unleashing your inner Sophia Loren and pushing the girls up, up, and away, underwire bras are not your only option if you have large breasts. These popular bras are celebrated for not having underwire and for still being super comfortable and cute.
1A Full Coverage Bra With A Shiny Floral Design
With a flexible cup design, banded frame anchors for extra support, and wide straps, this 4.6-star rated bra is lauded by women with larger cup sizes for being "surprisingly well made" and providing "great support," despite a lack of underwire. One reviewer who wears a size 40D bra says this bra allows her to move with ease and that it is adjustable so she can alter it to suit her needs.
If you long for color, you've got it. In addition to its sweet, subtle, shiny floral design, the Vanity Fair wirefree bra comes in six shades: Damask Neutral, Star White, ivory, Grey Whisper, Midnight Black, and a pretty light blue shade called Summer Rain.
2This Lightly Lined T-Shirt Bra For Everyday
This wire-free T-shirt bra has contoured cups, a small keyhole cut-out, light padding, and no-dig wings that provide greater comfort and a smooth look that works well under snug shirts. The obvious draw here is that this bra, which earned a 4.6 out of 5 star Amazon rating, can be worn comfortably all day and doesn't have lacy elements or designs that can look lumpy under a basic T-shirt. It comes in Butterscotch and white, which should both work well under white T-shirts?
So, how does it hold up? One reviewer who wears a size 42C says she hates bras, but wore her Olga wire-free bra all day and that it was the real deal: a truly comfortable bra. And another reviewer who sports size 36-38DD says it provides great coverage, "washes like a dream," and that it has a "wonderful soft stretch" that allows you to stay true to your cup size.
3A Va-Va-Va Voom Push-Up Bra
There are days when you may crave the effect of a push-up bra, but have absolutely no desire to achieve that look with an underwire. The good news is that bras like this beautiful La Vie En Rose Wireless Push Up Bra can do the impossible: deliver the goods with demi-cups with integrated push-up pads, adjustable straps with a racerback hook — and absolutely no wire whatsoever.
This bra, which can be purchased with a matching tanga thong or bikini panties, is one of the brand's bestsellers and comes in four shades: black, floral, white, solid black, and beige.
4A Playful Bralette That Doubles As Loungewear
This gorgeous and playful bralette from Addition Elle's Déesse Collection can be worn with or without a bra and is perfect for layering and as a sexy undergarment to wear under a top with a plunging neckline. It's one of Addition Elle's bestselling bralettes and comes in two shades: mint with black polka dots and flower vichy.
5This Sport Bra That Offers Support During A Marathon Or Yoga
This unique double layer sports bra combines a seamless wire-free inner bra with an outer panel that actually lets you adjust to four levels of bounce control so that it suits any activity, low or high impact. A two-way stretch back keeps you comfortable when you move and its moisture wicking fabric keeps sweat off your skin so that you stay cool and dry. The bra comes in black/grey, white/grey, solid white, and orange/pink.
One reviewer who wears a size 36G gave this 4.1 star rated bra five stars because she says she can "run, jump, do jumping jacks" and in this bra her breasts do not shake or move at all. Judging by similar stories, it may be worth the investment, whether you plan to wear it at the gym, school, the grocery store — wherever.
6A Seriously Sexy Strappy Bralette
When you have no idea what kind of bra to wear under all of those open-back tops, along comes this sexy plus-size black bralette, which is seamless and has adjustable straps and double-layered fabric for extra support. Customers describe this beauty as "freaking amazing," and say "it isn't too tight or restricting and the straps fit well." Unfortunately, it only comes in black at the moment, but surely more colors will be added to the line soon given the demand for comfort and sexy functional style this bra provides.
7A Pretty Bandeau-Style Strapless Bra
One of the most difficult bra styles to score when you have larger breasts is a wireless strapless bra that offers support and comfort — this one by Glamorise is kind of like the unicorns of bras. Its back closure (with a five-row hook) can be adjusted to fit your cup size, a top silicone band keeps it in place, and shirred elastic prevents it from rolling and curling. The bandeau style bra runs small though, according to reviewers, so when in doubt order one size up.
8A Convertible Bra With Light Lift
A 4.3 star rated bra, this one has light lift pads that won't create major cleavage, but will sit flat beneath a form-fitting T-shirt. With adjustable cushioned back straps that can easily convert to criss-cross straps, the Warner's Women's Play It Cool Wire Free Bra gives you tons of options and comes in a variety of colors like Button Blue (shown here), Hot Magenta, Royal Blue, Dark Grey, Toasted Almond, and white.
Reviewers say this bra's straps are slightly larger than average, which makes them ultra comfortable, and that the cups don't squish breasts together like a traditional push-up bra.
9The Alternative Eco-Friendly Bra Of Your Dreams
If you're fed up with bras or need a break from them and are looking for a bra alternative, Breast Nest has your back (literally) with a soft camisole designed for cup sizes DD through H that comfortably supports your bust without underwire and can actually take the place of your bra or serve as loungewear. This alternative is catching on, as its 4.5 star rating and more than 140 reviews prove. This top is made with stretchy, eco-friendly fabric and moisture wicking to keep you dry and it comes in two styles: a full camisole and breeze, which cuts off under your bust.
One reviewer called this the most comfortable garment she has ever worn and another fan says the fabric is "soft and smooth and the width of the shoulders keeps your neck entirely stress free."
10A Bra With Patented Magic Lift Technology
A 4.5 star rated bra, this Glamorise wireless bra features the brand's patented Magiclift no-wire design, cushioned inner-bust band that supports large breasts, and jacquard design fabric cups. The back straps are fully adjustable and the scalloped edges along the bottom of the bra are romantic and pretty, but are also made out of elastic so that they're comfortable.
One reviewer who wears a 42H bra size says this bra "is so comfortable you almost could forget you're wearing one."
11A Bra That Supports Active Lifestyles
More than 1,200 women weighed in with their thoughts on this 4.5 star rated Playtex wireless bra, which boasts wide cushioned straps, breathable, moisture wicking fabric, and molded seamless cups. It may be plain in design, but it comes in five functional shades: Lilac Garden (shown here), white, light beige, black, nude, and white.
One reviewer who wears a 42D bra says this is her favorite Playtex bra and is made for women with active lifestyles — it certainly doesn't hurt that it holds up after multiple washes.
12The Perfect Bra For A Plunging Neckline Blouse
This plunge bra, which can be worn as a sport bra for light-impact workouts or with your most amazing plunging neckline blouse, features mesh inner layer cups, four way stretch fabric for optimum comfort, and an elastic closure with back cross straps. Sure, it's a sexy plunge bra, but it's also so much more than that, according to reviewers that helped this one nab a 4.3-star rating.
"This bra is attractive as hell and comfortable as hell," said one reviewer who wears a large 34C. Another reviewer who says she wears a DD cup said it not only looks great on, but is "super supportive" and made out of a great material.
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