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This one’s for all the full-busted women: Because let’s face it, bra shopping is no easy feat. I should know — as a DDD cup, there was a time when instead of looking forward to a shopping trip, I dreaded having to pick out some new unmentionables. That, of course, was before I knew which styles worked for me. Because the fact of the matter is that particular types of bras work better for different cup sizes.

If your cup size lies somewhere between D and K, you have certain needs your bra must meet. Here are some of the top styles you can choose for looking — and feeling — your absolute best.

Contour bra

what is a contour bra

The cups on this style contain a thicker lining (meaning maximum nipple coverage) and maintain their molded shape even when you’re not wearing the bra. Therefore, contour bras offer a clean line under any ensemble. The right molded cup bra not only lifts the bust but lends supreme shaping and sculpting benefits as well, making your bust look as symmetrical as possible.

Minimizer bra

best minimizer bra for dd

When you’re seeking the appearance of a smaller bust under a particular pieces of clothing (such as a button-down shirt), reach for this style. By lifting and redistributing the breast tissue more evenly across your chest, minimizer bras can potentially take 1 to 1.5 inches or more off your bust line.

 T-shirt bra

what is a t shirt bra

This bra style is designed to provide a smooth line underneath — you guessed it — T-shirts (and other form-fitting knit tops), making it an everyday favorite for obvious reasons. T-shirt bras feature seamless molded cups as well as underwire, resulting in a nicely rounded shape.

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Unlined wire bra

parfait unlined wire bra

While this style can vary a bit from demi-cup to full-cup, regardless, it’s a phenomenal pick for those who value support but prefer not to have any padding. Lightweight and comfy, the unlined wire bra offers excellent lift and a natural shape.

Full cup bra

best full cup bra

You can’t beat this bra style in regards to coverage. As the name suggests, full cup bras feature cups that contain your full breasts. Full cup bras may or may not be lined, but either way can lend a lot of support.

Longline bra

plus size longline bra

The differentiating factor with this style is the extra fabric that extends farther down your torso past the band (either just a few inches or closer to your hips). And this feature makes longline bras an excellent style to have in your collection, as they lend a little extra support, minimizing strain on your shoulders and back, while also smoothing out your silhouette at the waist. Did we mention this vintage throwback also looks impossibly sexy?

Convertible bra

black convertible strapless bra

If it’s versatility you’re looking for, then search no further. It’s safe to say that every woman should have a convertible bra in her collection, as it can be worn a multitude of ways, so you’re bound to get a ton of wear out of it. You can disconnect the straps and then transform them into a criss-cross, halter, or one-shoulder style, or remove them entirely for strapless tops and dresses. Luckily, this type of bra also comes in a range of cup styles, from convertible push-up bras to convertible contour bras, so you’re bound to find one that fulfills your individual needs.


Building your bra collection shouldn’t be a chore, no matter what cup size you wear. So as you’re shopping, consider these aforementioned styles for a well-rounded arsenal that accommodates any wardrobe. Just one last tip: Be sure you’re wearing the correct size before investing in some fun new pieces. If you haven’t had one recently, a professional fitting is always a good idea for guaranteeing that no matter what style you choose, it looks flawless on.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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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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