We here at Big Girls Bras love to help out our shoppers with all of the information we’ve accumulated through our 15 years in business! We’re happy to help you when you reach out to us via social media, such as our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages, and we strive to provide you with useful information on our site and blog. As an extension of that mission, we’re starting a new project: Friday Q&A! Send us all your fit, shopping, brand questions – or something else entirely! – and we’ll answer them every Friday to help not only you, but all our other shoppers who might have similar questions! So without further ado, here’s our first Friday Q&A question:
Question from an Anonymous Shopper:
What kind of bra should a woman wear if she has large breasts? Help! I have 36DD or DDD breasts (depending on bra brand), and I can’t seem to find a bra that offers enough support. Not only do my bras not lift enough, but I often bulge out of them and they stretch out within 6 months or less. I’ve tried MaidenForm, Victoria’s Secret, and Playtex. Nothing has worked so far.
I can totally relate to this problem! It seems like there are a couple of things going on here, and first and foremost is poor fit. If you’re bulging out of the bra, the bra isn’t the right size. If you’re overflowing the cups on the top or the side, the cups are too small. The underwire or the edge of the cup should rest against your rib cage under the breast, and curve around the side of the breast against where the breast meets the chest wall. The center gore should lie flat against your rib cage between the breasts. From what you’re describing, it sounds like your band size is too large and your cup size is too small, which is the most common fit problem. Check out our bra fit guidelines, and measure yourself for a proper fit – that will make a huge difference in how the bra fits and getting enough support from it! This graphic says a lot about fit, and I think it shows the problem you’re having:
If you want some recommendations for brands that offer great supportive bras in larger cup sizes, some of our favorites are: Panache, Fantasie and Le Mystere. Although really, you can’t go wrong with most of our brands!
To the second part of your question: “they stretch out within 6 months or less” – there are a couple of factors at play here.
- First is the fact that the fit is wrong to begin with, and since the bras don’t fit properly, you won’t be able to wear them as long before the fit becomes completely unbearable.
- Second, how often are you wearing the bra? Ideally, you should have several bras that you rotate through as the week goes by. To ensure the longevity of your bras, you shouldn’t wear the same bra two days in a row – wearing a bra for one day and then storing it flat so it can retain its shape helps prevent stretching and prolongs the life of your bras. We recommend a minimum of 3 or 4 everyday bras to wear during the work week, and maybe some sports bras or casual bras for the weekend, to stretch out your bra wardrobe and help things last longer.
- Third, quality does matter. Playtex, for example, is a great value brand, but it’s not designed with the same high-quality materials as some of our pricier brands. The lower price tag for Playtex reflects the fact that it doesn’t last as long, so you’ll need to replace it more often than, say, Panache or Fantasie. It’s totally fine if you love the way a Playtex bra fits, or if you want a bra at a lower price point, but you should be prepared to replace it more often.
Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any further questions, or need any more clarification on the answer. And all you other ladies out there, send us your questions! Post comments here on the blog, or ask us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!