The bralette took off in 2016 but I largely ignored it. However, the changes in the bra industry, it is clear that bralettes are not going anywhere. And for that reason, this post is long overdue!
When it comes to bras, the most important thing to consider is support. This is especially if you are a full-figured and plus size woman like me. Why should I compromise on supporting my already difficult-to-deal-with breasts just for fashion’s sake? I may just as well wear a skimpy top with a shelf bra and go about my business. And oh girl, I was wrong.
While not all bralettes are the same, I’ve come across a couple designed specifically for plus size women, usually from G cup or bigger.
Is this Article for You?
If you have been looking for the best bralettes for big busts online only to find listicle articles from mainstream media that do nothing but offer suggestions that stop at DD, I wrote this article for you. If you are in the market for bralettes for big busts (and your band size is 38+), you should also read this article.
Bra vs. Bralette: What is the Difference?
When you search for “bralette” online, you may find everything from longline bras to a dainty little triangle bra being marketed as bralettes. In fact, I dare say that the term “bralette” is among the most misused terms in the bra industry. That, together with the demi-cup bra.
Cora Harrington from The Lingerie Addict offers a great definition:
“A bralette is an unstructured bra. It’s usually unlined, unpadded, wire-free”
This makes the most sense for me. The “-ette” added to “bra” comes from French and is used to refer to a smaller version of something.
If we go by this definition, then you already know that bralettes can be a huge problem for full-figured women.
When you have big boobs, they need all the support they can get.
On the other hand, unstructured bras do not offer support.
To determine the best bralettes for big breasts, we’ll have to expand our definition of bralettes a little bit. Here is what I’ve come up with:
“A bralette is a type of bra that is designed to be worn as outerwear, has an often-lacy decorative element, and has less structure than a standard bra.”
From the above definition, our bralettes are going to include those that have some sort of adjustability, for example a strap or band. I’ll also feature bralettes with straps with center-pull (like halter or racerback styles). Finally, bralettes with floating underwire and lining will also make it in this post.
Like is the case with buying a bra, you should look at features that will support your breasts in a bralette. Consider the following:
- Look for wide bands
- Search for full-coverage options
- Look for wide straps
- Get bralettes that have cups with vertical seams and double linings where possible
Why Wear a Bralette?
Bralettes are another scope of “innerwear as outerwear” trend. You can wear them with any types of clothes that look good when layered. Good examples of such clothes include those with large armholes or wide necklines.
Bralettes can also be worn well under sheer or loose-fitting clothing. Depending on the clothes and bralette style, they can even be worn on their own.
What to Remember Before Wearing a Bralette
Bralettes have less structure than regular bras. Therefore, do not expect to find bralettes for big busts that will make your G cup breasts look perky.
If you have found a bralette that lifts your boobs, it’s most likely a crossover of a bralette and a bra. I’ve included a number of these in this post.
What makes a good bralette? The bralettes should adhere to the following:
- You should not feel strained when wearing it
- It should hold your breasts at the breast level or just below the IMF (inframammary line)
- The breasts should not look like they are heading far sideways
- The bralette should fit you properly
Best Bralettes for Full Busts
Cosabella – Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette
Available sizes: cup size DD – H and band sizes 28 – 40
The Cosabella Never Say Never bralette has large cups and is available in over 10 colors. This bralette can be worn by both women with a small band and full bust.
The bra has no adjustability in the band since it’s a pullover. Across the width, it has a soft “shelf-bra” style elastic that enables it to keep its shape.
You may not think the bra has a lot of structure on first glance. However, there are many things going on underneath.
The Cosabella bra also has power-mesh lining to hold your breasts in place.
Asos’ Rita Bralette – Small Band Size, Big Cup
Available sizes: Cup size F – HH and band size 30 – 38
The Asos bralette for fuller busts come with an adjustable band and straps that make it easy for you to find the right fit. The bra features a simple triangle cut, which shapes it a little bit. There is also a brilliant deep red lace that makes the bralette look great when worn with any colors.
Ellesmere Lingerie’s Blue Fig Bralette (Splurge)
Available sizes: Cup DD- G and band size 30 – 36 (UK sizing)
This bralette features a beautiful design. Its cups are made of lightly-lined non-stretch lace that provides support. The straps and the band are also adjustable. The keyhole between the cups looks gorgeous.
Cleo By Panache’s Lyzy Triangle (For Projected Breasts)
Available sizes: Cup sizes D – G and band sizes 28 – 38
The Panache Lyzy Triangle is a cute bralette for bigger buts with excellent support. The bralette has adjustable straps and a wide band that offers shelf-like support. I’d recommend the bralette for women with center-fullness although I think it is definitely up to the task of supporting bigger breasts.
The bralette has a lot of room on the undercup that allows immediate projection from the band.
Ellice Lydia’s Mae Bralet (Cute and Casual)
Available sizes: Cup size AA – GG and band size 22- 42 (UK sizing)
The Mae Bralet has a white triangle cup that is highlighted by a tulle lace that sits on top if it. The bra has a wide adjustable elasticky band and double straps that make it look good. You can also customize our bralet from Ellice Lydia. Therefore, you are sure of getting a bralette that will fit your size.
Impish Lee (Customizable Bralette)
If you are looking for a cute lace bralette for full figure, I’m sure no other wear beats the Impish Lee’s varieties. The brand makes gorgeous bras and bralettes in different sizes. You will look elegant effortlessly when wearing one of the brand’s bras.
The Customizable Bralette comes with adjustable straps, an adjustable band, and a J-hook. This triangle bralette has a single seam on the cup that shapes the boobs. The bralette band is attached to it in a manner that will flatter the natural curve of your underbust.
Looking for a plus size bralette made of velvet? Impish Lee has a few varieties for you. For a different option, check the Vanna Strappy Longline Triangle Bralette.
The best thing about Impish Lee is that you can create your own bralette and bra designed and get them shipped to you. If you love a particular fit, you can have your custom-made bralette in your home in under a month.
Rosa Lace Essential Easy Fit Bralette In Apricot (Minimal Structure)
Available sizes: XS – 3XL
You can get custom-size clothing, including excellent plus size bralettes, from NYC based clothing maker Uye Surana. If you prefer custom clothing and don’t want to spend more than $100 for a bralette, check the options available from Uye Surana.
The Rose Lace Essential Bralette is a non-size option. This fuller bust bralette features stretch lace and a wrap-around adjustable band that makes fitting easier, even if your breast size fluctuates. At the back, the straps crisscross to ensure proper weight distribution.
If you are not sure whether the bralette will be good for you because of the lack of cup sizing, you can email the company with your measurements to confirm your size.
Athleisure – Lively Bralettes
Available sizes: Cup sizes D – DDD and band size 24 – 38
There was a time when thousands of busty women had signed up for the waitlist of the Athleisure bralette for big busts. However, the once popular size range bralette has been overshadowed by other brands that offer bralettes with bigger cup and band sizes.
While the Athleisure may be limited in sizing, their bras are of good quality and offer value for money.
Best Support Bralettes
If you want a bralette that will also offer support, there are various options to choose. Some of the bralettes have the support structural elements you have come to love in bras. Moreover, you can wear the bralettes are outerwear or under some layers.
Racerback bras are an excellent option if you want bralettes that have a standard cup structure and an embellished back. Otherwise, you can go for the following bralette hybrids that offer support”
Curvy Couture’s Crochet Lace Halter Bralette (Most Supportive Bralette)
Available sizes: Cup size C – H and band size 24 – 46
I love the Curvy Couture’s Crochet Lace Halter Bralette because it goes way past the standard definition of a bralette. This lingerie has a wide, adjustable band and will ensure your boobs are well lifted through its halter neck. Moreover, the bralette offers some support and shaping through its underwire. The best thing is that the underwire does not go all the way to the edge of the bra.
Ashley Stewart’s Butterfly Bralette (Back Support)
Available sizes: 1X – 5X
While the Butterfly Bralette does not have an underwire, it offers excellent support to the breasts. The bra comes with adjustable bands and straps and its padded cups are removable. This bra has double wrap panels, i.e., two bands on the back each having four hooks.
The bands provide excellent support without making the bralette look dull.
Adriana Pearl White Lace Non-Wired Longline Bralette
Available sizes: Cup sizes D – FF and band sizes 30 – 42 (UK sizing)
The Adriana Pearl bralette has beautiful lace at the front. If you want more support in the cups, especially on the side, you should get this bralette. The band is adjustable and lace covered from behind.
Pour Moi Cherish High Neck Underwire Bralette (Bras as a T-shirt)
Available sizes: Cup size C – G and band size 32 -38 (UK sizing)
If you’ve been searching for camis or t-shirts with built in bras, the Pour Moi Cherish High Neck Underwired Bralette is for you. This bralette has a high neck halter-style lac and a molded cup underwired bra. The lace extends below the band and gives the bra a mid-line look.
You can probably wear this as a top depending on the shape of your torso and what you are pairing the bralette with.
Freya Soiree Lace Bralette (Bra as a Cami)
Available sizes: Cups sizes C – G and band sizes 28 – 38
An alternative bralette to the Pour Moi Cherish is the Soire Lace by Freya. This bralette looks sleek and will make you look beautiful flawlessly. Technically, this a plunge-cut long line bra but is supportive and a great alternative for a basic bralette.
If you are still not sure which bralette to go for, sports bras or wirefree bras can also help you achieve similar looks and level of comfort.
Here are my top recommendations:
Seven ‘Til Midnight Plus Size Seamless Cage Sports Bra
Available sizes: 1X to 4X
Alice Non-Wired Full Support Sports Bra
Available sizes: Cup sizes DD – G and band sizes 30 – 40
If you are looking for bralettes or hybrid bralettes, you can also check the collections form Lane Bryant and Torrid. Both brads produce bras for large breasts and cup sizing.
Make sure you read the fine print though, since some of the models pose with plunge or strapless bras. This means that the fit of the bras may not be properly represented.