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Essentially since they came on the scene, push-up bras have been known for their ability to create jaw-dropping cleavage — a sought-after quality for small-busted women. As such, many women with larger breasts have shied away from push-up bras. But are push-up bras only for small cup sizes? And if not, what features should you look for in a push-up bra? In this handy guide, we’re busting a common bra myth, plus offering some helpful tips on how to shop for push-up bras if you’re full-busted.

Are my boobs too big for a push-up bra?

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: push-up bras are for every woman. It’s just a matter of seeking out one that suits your body and your specific needs. And luckily, more and more brands that cater to larger breasts are making push-up bras, so you have plenty of options that are both supportive and sexy to choose from.

While push-up bras can certainly enhance your cleavage (and make you bust line look bigger, depending on the way it’s constructed), that’s not the only benefit to this style. A well-made push-up bra can provide ample support and shaping, making your bust line look lifted as well as nicely rounded. Not all push-up bras are designed to make you look two cup sizes larger. To find the right one for you, you’ll need to consider your breast shape, wardrobe, and overall priorities.

Related: 8 Reasons To Try A Push Up Bra

How to find push-up bras for full busts

The first thing to consider with a push-up bra is how much padding you desire. Some of them feature all-over padding, which can be advantageous for shaping (acting like a contour bra). However, if you’re just looking for some light lift or if your breasts are fuller on the bottom, pick out push-up bras with graduated padding. These feature padding solely at the bottom of the cups, and won’t add quite as much “bulk” all over.

Full-busted women may want to choose push-up bras with wide straps, as these can minimize strain on the back and shoulders by distributing the weight of the breasts more evenly.

If you’re mostly concerned with lift, you may want to look for a cut-and-sew push-up bra. A push-up bra that features three-part cups, for example, can be highly effective at bringing the breast tissue inward and upward.

Those with pendulous breasts or breasts that are much fuller on the bottom than on the top may prefer a balconette or demi-cup style push-up bra. These have less coverage (with cups that only cover about ¾ of the breasts), so you won’t have to worry as much about filling out the top of the cups.

If back rolls are an issue for you, look for push-up bras with wider bands (that have at least three rows of hook-and-eye closures), as these can have a smoothing effect.

Are your breasts wide set or splayed, or do they (or the nipples) point outward? Then opt for push-up bras that have some side boning — that additional support will help to keep the breast tissue centered, pushing it inward. A higher center gore is also ideal for wide set breasts, while a narrower center gore will work better for those with close-set breasts.

If you have larger breasts, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you’ll benefit from buying push-up bras made by brands that specialize in full-busted styles. Moreover, it’s crucial that your push-up bra fits perfectly in order for you to fully take advantage of all of its support, lift, and shaping capabilities — so be sure to book a professional fitting before shopping if you haven’t had one within the last year!

Related: Demi Bra vs Push Up Bra: What’s The Difference Between A Demi Bra and A Push Up Bra?

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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