I love bralettes. It’s an effortless, easy lingerie piece that lends itself to layering underneath scoop arm, oversized tanks and dresses. I am not the biggest fan of underwires, so I practically wear soft bras everyday – Noelle, Sierra, Mallori and other. I often receive the question, “Can larger-chested women wear soft bras?” While I can’t speak from personal experience, I have received tips from women on how they make soft bras work for them. Since wireless bras don’t have underwires, they NEED to get their support elsewhere.
Of course, if you’re a larger cup size and have additional tips, share in the comments below!
A longline bra has a frame and/or a band that extend further down that a normal bra (i.e. partial, full), and that additional fabric underneath the breasts adds not only coverage but support. Underwires anchor a bra to the chest wall, which gives support and lift to the breasts above it. Even though it doesn’t do as great of a job, the long band serves the same purpose. Compression and negative ease help too. The most common problem with wearing longline bras is the frame and band rolling up. An easy solution is to add channeling to the side seam. Even if you purchase a RTW bra, sew a strip of channeling to the ss. It works wonders.
LOOK FOR RACERBACK
A racerback bra has straps that cross or meet in the back to form an “X” or “Y”. Instead of pulling the weight straight up, which results in more bounce, the diagonal force of the straps eliminates this and thus makes the bra more comfortable. Some women have also said that it reduces chaffing.
There are soft bras with itty-bitty cups like this one and then there are soft bras with cups that have more coverage like this one. Ladies, if you’re one of the larger-chested size, don’t try to squeeze into teeny tiny things like Pamela Anderson. It wasn’t a good look in the 90s and it isn’t now.
I’ve received mixed reviews about thick straps. Some say that they’re sturdier and thus, hold their girls up better while other say that they result in the infamous back and/or shoulder indentations. So, I’ll leave this one up to your preference.
If you haven’t heard, I released a free pattern and will be hosting a sew along for one of my favorite bras. Where can you download it? How can you join the sew along? What is the hashtag? Click here to read all about it!