Did you know that in the United States, the average bra size is 34DD? When it comes to having a large bust, you may encounter some challenges in finding the right bra. The reason for this is that all breast shapes are unique and many bra brands tend to cater to those with smaller bust sizes, so for some, it's nearly impossible to find the most comfortable bra for a large bust.

Some women end up wearing the wrong bra size or wearing an uncomfortable or unflattering bra in their search for support. Of course, this is not ideal, especially if you have to wear a bra for a long period of time throughout the day. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can make sure that you're picking the right bra for the size of your bust.

Keep reading and learn more about how to choose a comfortable bra for a large bust below.

Find the Right Bra Size for You

Many women don't know that they're actually wearing the wrong bra size for their busts. Many women might end up choosing a relatively random bra size because the bra is comfortable and accessible enough. However, sooner or later, you will find yourself encountering all sorts of bra problems if you are wearing the wrong size.

Bra sizing has everything to do with how the bra cups and band fit your body. Many bras are quite elastic, so they can stretch to accommodate a slightly larger body shape. However, if you find that your entire bra is stretched out all the time or digging this may be because the bra you're wearing is a size too small.

If your bra is too small, you will encounter all sorts of problems. For example, your bra won't end up having a long lifespan or be as flattering. Another problem that many women have is spillage when wearing a small bra.

What You Need to Know

Spillage is quite an uncomfortable problem and it doesn't tend to look very good under clothing. A bra that is too small will also likely have shoulder straps or a band that digs into your body. If this happens, the bra could leave indentations on your body and it might even cause chafing. 

On the other hand, if your bra is too large for your bust, you will still encounter some problems. When buying a bra for a large bust, you will want to follow a bra buying guide such as this one, otherwise, you might find that your newest bra doesn't fit as well as you thought it would. If your bra is too large, you will find that it won't give you the support you need. 

This is especially true for the band and cups. Cups that are too large will leave you swimming in them and they won't hold and support your bust in the way a bra is supposed to. If the band is a bit too loose, this will also affect the bra's support in a negative way. 

The best way to make sure you have the right bra size is to measure yourself or get yourself professionally measured. Once you're wearing the right bra size for your bust, you shouldn't have any trouble finding the right bra for you, even with a large bust. For Rhonda Shear bras, just "Shop Your Top" or choose what you would wear in a top or blouse.

Underwire or No Underwire?

You don't necessarily need to spend a fortune on an expensive bra to get a good bra. Instead of considering the price, you should spend more of your time considering the make and style of the bra itself. In particular, you should consider whether an underwire bra or a wireless bra is better for your bust. 

Many women with larger busts find that underwire bras are essential for them. Why might this be, you ask, and why might wireless bras not be ideal for those with large busts? First, it is important to understand what an underwire is in the first place. 

An underwire is nothing more than a U-shaped wire, usually made of steel, that rests at the bottom of the cups of a bra. The underwire is usually quite small and thin, but it can do a great deal of good when it comes to supporting the structure of the bra and your bust. Some women find that underwire bras are uncomfortable and that the wires tend to dig into their bodies, but this is usually only the case if you're wearing the wrong bra size. 

As long as you're wearing the right bra size, the underwire should rest firmly against your body and it should not dig in or chafe. The thing about underwire bras is that they provide the support that wireless bras can only dream of providing. When you have a large bust, you will find that each breast weighs a lot. We don't carry many underwire styles, but those we do have are award winning for their comfort, stretch, and support. 

The Details

This weight of your bust can cause back pain and cause an ordinary wireless bra to dig into your shoulders. But with the support of an underwire, a bra will have the strength to support your bust without too much of an issue. This is not to mention that underwire bras have better shaping power giving you a rounded shape.

What about wireless bras? Wireless bras like our Ahh Bra are famous for being very comfortable, however, some may not be supportive as underwire bras. Keep in mind that there are always some exceptions to this rule, and we work hard to provide support options without underwires. 

While many wireless bras are designed to fit those with smaller busts, there are some that are made in a way that can accommodate larger busts. This is made possible by adding extra padding and structure throughout the bra without adding any underwires. In particular, you will find that many wireless bras have an extra layer of (sometimes removable) padding where the underwire would typically go.

If you really can't stand underwires, try to find a wireless bra that has some padding or knit in support. You don't have to sacrifice comfort or support for a bra. 

Choosing the Right Type of Bra for Your Bust

When it comes to bra types, there are many to choose from. Some of the most popular are plunge bras, strapless bras, and padded bras. Most women have at least one padded bra in their closets for those va va voom days. 

Padded bras are full of benefits that other bras may not to have. As the name suggests, padded bras have an extra layer of padding in the cups and sometimes in other parts of the bra such as the shoulder straps for more comfort. An extra layer of padding can also provide your breasts with an extra layer of support and shaping, giving you a smooth and rounded look. 

Padded wireless bras are quite comfortable since they are designed to fit the shape of your bust as closely as possible. Some padded bras include removable pads. This is ideal for those who would sometimes like padding and would sometimes like to go without it. They can also be an excellent option for women using prosthesis after mastectomy as the pocket keeps everything comfortably in place.

Padded bras provide a great shape under clothing because of the natural shape of the cups. Plunge bras are similar to padded bras, but they do have a few slight differences. In particular, plunge bras have cups that dive lower than an average bra, showing a little more cleavage than more full coverage styles. 

Because of the shapes of the cups, the bra may have a v-neck appearance. This type of bra is ideal for those who want to show off their curves. In particular, this bra is great if you want to wear a shirt or dress that has a low neckline. 

Types of Bras

Both padded and plunge bras can be very supportive, with the comfort of no wires. Even if you have a very large bust, you shouldn't have any trouble wearing these bras. 

This is because, whether or not they have an underwire, these bras are constructed with a padding that provides plenty of structure. The structure of these bras should be able to support your bust no matter its size. Strapless bras, on the other hand, can be a bit tricky. 

Strapless bras are designed to be worn with strapless dresses or shirts. Depending on what kind of strapless bra you get, they can be supportive or not supportive at all. If they don't provide the support you need, you'll find that you'll need to keep pulling your bra up throughout the day. The Rhonda Shear Underwire Bandeau has been named "Best Bandeau Bra" of 2022 by Cosmopolitan Magazine because it combines comfort and the support of an underwire in an amazing stays-in-place design.

Travelling or too tight strapless styles are not a great look and certainly aren't comfortable when your bra attempts to slide down your torso. However, if you get a strapless bra in the right size and one that has a good structure, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. Keep in mind that strapless bras are usually best when they have an underwire. 

That way, the underwire can accommodate for the lack of shoulder straps and provide the bra with an overall improved sense of structure.  

Choosing the Right Bra Fabric

When choosing a bra for a large bust, many people forget that the right bra fabric can be quite important. The bra fabric isn't just an aesthetic choice but it can also make a big difference when it comes to the comfort and structure of the bra. When choosing a bra made of a particular fabric, you will want to choose a fabric that has both the right look and feel. 

Nylon, for example, is one of the best bra fabrics that you can choose from. You will find that many bras are made of nylon to a certain degree. Most are not made of 100% nylon but instead mixed with other materials such as spandex or polyester to give the bra the right kind of fit and feel. The reason why nylon is so great is that it is very sturdy compared to other bra materials.

Bras made of other materials tend to be too flimsy or too uncomfortable. Nylon, however, is both soft and durable. To make it even better, many bra manufacturers end up mixing the fabric with polyester or other materials. That way, the bra will have the perfect fit and feel. 

Spandex and Polyester

Spandex is another important fabric to look for. Spandex is a very stretchy fabric that is perfect to make sure that a bra is comfortable on your body. Styles like our Ahh Bra have enough stretch that you can actually step into them. Most things are not made of 100% spandex because the garment would have far more stretch than necessary and the resulting product wouldn't be all that comfortable. By adding a small percentage of spandex to a nylon bra, for example, you would find that the bra would be very comfortable as a result. 

Another common bra material is polyester. Polyester is similar to nylon and you will find it in a variety of clothing items. It is a very lightweight yet sturdy material while still being affordable.

The Most Comfortable Bra for a Large Bust

Choosing the most comfortable bra for a large bust may not be easy for some, but it isn't impossible. All you really need to do is consider some important factors when choosing your next bra. For example, try finding the perfect bra size for your bust, find whether or not you would like your bra to have an underwire, choose the right type of bra, and choose the right bra material. 

As long as you consider all of these factors, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find a comfortable and supportive bra. To learn more about bras, contact us here

June 30, 2022
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Elizabeth Rigolosi said:

Where are your bras with pads you can take out in 4X?

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