How To Shop For Plus Size Bras and Bralettes
Shopping for plus size bras and bralettes doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. The key is to know what you’re looking for — when you don’t, you can end up feeling overwhelmed and indecisive (and furthermore, end up taking home bras you never wear).
Luckily, we’re letting you in on some smart shopping tips for plus size bras and bralettes!
Get a bra fitting
There’s no doubt about it: A proper fit is the most important factor when it comes to buying plus size bras. If you haven’t been fitted in six months or more, it makes a lot of sense to try on bras in person at a department store or local boutique. That way, you can also get a professional fitting while you’re shopping. An expert bra fitter can not only determine your correct size but take a wide range of factors into account in suggesting particular brands or styles that might be well suited to your needs. In other words, these pros can make bra shopping a whole lot easier.
If you’re shopping for plus size bras and bralettes online, it’s still a good idea to get an in-store fitting first, unless you’ve had one recently.
Know your sister size
Did you know that every woman has more than one size? This alternate size is called your sister size, and by knowing yours, you’ll have a lot more options when it comes to bra shopping. This is because different brands won’t necessarily fit the same, so you may find that your sister size provides a better fit in particular styles. Discover that a product you love is sold out in your size while shopping? Don’t fret: Your sister size may work just as well.
Seek supportive features
There are certain features that you’ll likely want to look for when shopping for plus size bras and bralettes. A three-part cup system with artful seaming, as well as molded cups, will lend shaping benefits if that’s a concern. Underwire isn’t the only way to get ample support from a bra, either — a wide band can work wonders.
When it comes to bralettes, keep in mind that adjustable shoulder straps and a hook-and-eye closure system in the back will go a long way in terms of achieving the perfect fit as well as getting adequate support. You can also find bralettes that have seamed cups and/or separated cups as well.
Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Black
Don’t be afraid to splurge
Trust us: It’s worth it to shell out for quality bras — they’ll last longer, feel more comfortable, and make your clothes look and feel better. It’s not just about higher quality materials, either — bras that were artfully constructed can offer a multitude of advantages, including support, shaping, lift, etc. A well-made bra will be able to do so much for you. Plus, a sturdier construction means you’ll get far more wear out of it.
Consider your wardrobe
You definitely want to think about what’s in your closet while shopping for plus size bras and bralettes. For example, demi cup bras might make more sense (as will plunge bras) if you have a lot of low-cut tops and dresses in your wardrobe because they feature less coverage, so they’re less likely to show. Or, if you have a lot of button-down blouses in your wardrobe for work, consider that a minimizer bra can distribute your breast tissue more evenly across your chest, thus preventing that unsightly gaping that sometimes happens between buttons.
Learn your shape
One of the main reasons why it’s crucial to know your breast shape is that it really comes in handy when choosing a bra style. For example, molded cup bras are perfect for asymmetric breasts, as they can make them look even in size. And shallow, slender breasts may want to try push-up bras or balconette bras to get some much-needed lift.
Naturally, finding the right plus size bras and bralettes for you will depend on your unique body type, breast shape, and personal preferences. By following this guide, though, you’ll be able to figure out which bras are best suited to not only your physical needs, but also your wardrobe and lifestyle.
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Sky Blue
We Highly Recommend
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!