Bralettes are super “in” right now for several reasons. They are casual and stylish, they can sometimes be shown as part of an outfit, and they tend to be quite comfortable. But there are pros and cons to bralette bras. One being that they aren’t usually designed to serve or support a full bust or fuller figured person. In fact, one of the requests I get a LOT from bra fitting clients with a D cup and up is “where can I find a bralette or cute, lacy wire-free bra for my big boobs that actually works!?” Never fear. Kimmay is here.
Below are a few options to help you get started on your full bust bralette shopping journey. I’ve put my 14+ years of bra fitting expertise to work for you and curated a list to buy and try yourself, all with the intention to help you say hurray inside, outside, and underneath™!
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Kimmay is wearing the Dalis Bralette from Parfait. More info below!
What is “full bust” exactly?
First, it’s important to know a few things about “full bust”. Technically speaking (from my many years as a bra fitter since 2005), “full bust” means D cup and up in the lingerie business. But did you know that a D cup in a 30 band is much smaller AKA has less volume than a D cup in a larger band? That’s because cup size is relative to band size. So not all “D” cups are the same. In fact, I currently wear a DD cup, and in a 32 band. So while I’m technically “full bust”, I wouldn’t usually categorize myself in that way since I’m used to supporting people who most often wear an F or G cup in a 36 or 38 band size and up. My clients typically have a fuller or larger bust than I do, which means their bra needs to be designed to lift more bust than mine (if we want a similar level of support, that is.)
That being said, I too struggled to find bralettes that fit both my band (where the support really comes from) and my cup (they were typically designed to support a smaller bust than my own). So…you’ll see options for various ranges across the “full bust” spectrum here, and several band size options.
Need help with sizing? If you’re not sure about which current bra sizes will suit you best, check in on your bra size starting points to learn more about what sizes you can start with. The sizes are just a place to start, as always. So watch my free class to check on the fit of your bras and take your first step toward saying hurray inside, outside, and underneath™!
Kimmay is wearing the Montelle Cup-sized bralette. More info below!
What is a bralette, exactly?
A bralette is usually (again, technical bra fitter talk, here) a wire-free bra undergarment. From a design standpoint, it is typically “less bra”, very casual, and sometimes quite dainty. It’s often a fashion item and not meant to be a full support undergarment. However, there is a big demand these days for both the casual and fashionable aspect of the bralette, and the supportive and adjustable features of a more traditional, everyday bra. So below you will see examples of bralettes and wire-free bras that range from casual and non-adjustable, to super duper supportive – all with a focus on fashion so you can wear your bralette as part of your stylish outfit. I wanted to give you options so (as always) you can make a loving and informed decision about what you are wearing over your heart.
By the way, I often find that bralette bras do not offer adjustable straps and band. But the band of the bra offers the most support, and adjustable straps can help your cup stay flush and lifted. Being able to adjust the bra to fit your unique and beautiful body is the key to a good fit. And in my opinion, a good fit can help you say hurray! So, some of the wire-free styles below are “bralette-esque” with more traditional adjustability and even some internal support. Take a look and see what you want to buy and try yourself!
Full Bust Bralettes & Wire-Free Bras
Parfait – Dalis Bralette
- Size range runs 30-4 bands, D-G UK cups
- The material of this bra is 95% modal and feels like BUTTER
- Lace trim on the top of the cups and the straps
- The band is wide and offers several hooks and eyes for a firm, but cozy fit.
- Included in this bra’s straps is a j-hook that you can use to convert the straps from straight back to criss-cross (or racerback)
- Comes in many pretty colors
- Find out more about this style in my Hurray Highlight of the Dalis.
Another Parfait style to buy and try:
- Adriana Bralette – I’ve shared this bralette on Canadian TV in a 34G and blew people’s minds. This is one of the most supportive bralette style bras you’ll find! And it features the j-hook on the straps. 30-42 bands, D-G UK cups. This one runs very snug so size up!
Explore more information and bralette options from Parfait on their website. Use code KIMMAY at checkout for 20% off your purchase.
Montelle Cup-Sized Lace Bralette
- Size range runs 30-40 bands with B/C, D/E, and F/G cups (I wear the 32D/E)
- Sweetheart shape cups are all lace so you can let it show if you like
- Slight longline style band made of super soft lace
- Adjustable lace back and thinner fully adjustable, convertible straps make my day!
- Low/Moderate price of about $48
- Comes in several pretty colors
Panache – Andorra Wire-Free Bra
- One of the most vast size ranges you’ll find, this bra runs 28-40 bands with D-J UK cups in each one
- Sweetheart shape cups are lined and seamed for a more projected (forward) shape
- Breathable power mesh back is supportive but soft
- Adjustable back and fully adjustable straps
- Moderate price of about $60
- Comes in a limited amount of colors (I’ve actually only seen the light pink!)
Cleo by Panache – Lyzy Bra
- Full busts often get plain options for comfort bras but this one is SO pretty and fun!
- Seamed, wire-free cups are made of gorgeous soft lace with side support in the cup and an extra layer for support
- Adjustable band and straps allow for a comfortable fit (because a good fit equals comfort!)
- Wide band hugs into place without annoyingly riding up all day
- Amazing size range! Up to UK H cup (aka a US K cup!)
Cake Sugar Candy Lounge Bra
- This bra ranges from XS-XXL and is designed specifically to support 28-40 bands and F-H UK cup sizes
- Casual feel because it’s made with a seamless, soft knit material
- Inner support slings provide more lift than a typical stretch cup bralette
- Adjustable back with 6 columns and 3 rows and fully adjustable straps
- Moderate price of about $60
- Comes in a few basic and fun colors
Elila – Lace Softcup Bra
- This bra has an incredible size range with 36-52 band and C-K US Cups!
- Supportive seams and firm lace won’t stretch out
- Inner support slings provide more lift from the inside
- Unique v-front band underneath the center gore won’t roll up
- Adjustable powermesh back and non-stretch fully adjustable straps
- Low/Moderate price of about $48
- Comes in a few basic and fun colors (I like the blue and pink!)
Cosabella – Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Soft Bra
- Size range runs Petite (which is smaller than XS) to XL, so no bra sizing on this one but their site says they fit 28DD to 40H.
- Fuller coverage cups offer light support and a sweetheart neckline
- Non-adjustable back is a pull-on style (though they might have a new style with hooks and eyes in limited colors here)
- Moderate price of about $65 (or less for past season’s fashion colors)
- Decorative lace straps are adjustable!
- Comes in a variety of colors to match almost any outfit
More from Cosabella to buy and try:
- Never Say Never Curvy Racerback Bralette – does not have an adjustable band OR straps
- Savona Curvy Longline Bralette – I just helped a client into this who typically wears a 32G and it was great! I don’t see many color options for this one, though.
- Longline Plunge Curvy Bralette – love the longline style of this one!
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Here to support you! You may also want to explore:
- The Pros and Cons of Bralettes
- When to Wear a Wire-Free Bra
- Wire-Free vs. Underwire Bras
- What to Wear Underneath Plunging Necklines
- What to Wear Underneath Low Cut Arm Holes
Your Turn: If you have a full bust, have you struggled to find a bralette? What are you looking for from your bralette? What styles did you buy and try here? What makes you say hurray about wearing bralettes?
Credits: I took these photos on the jazzy wallpaper of myself while on a recent trip to Paris at Hotel Josephine! The other images are provided by Amazon or the company website.