Despite what pop culture would lead you to believe, DD cup bras aren't as big as it gets. In fact, millions of women wear bras from DD cups all the way up to N cups. Your larger breasts are perfectly normal, and in the right size bra they will look fantastic! While there are DD cup bras available in a wide variety of styles, a little bra knowledge will help you find the most flattering styles for your body.
Both molded cups and seamed fabric cups work fine for larger cup sizes, so the type of bra cups you choose is a matter of personal preference. Many women with larger breasts prefer seamed bra cups because the seams are great for shaping. The most popular designs for DD+ bras are full coverage bras
and balcony bras
. A balcony bra is halfway between full coverage and demi cup, so that you have less coverage without giving up support. Balcony bras are great for petite women with larger busts because the shorter underwire won't poke under the arms. I also recommend that women with larger breasts have at least one minimizer bra
. This type of bra makes your breasts appear smaller, which is useful under button down tops and clothing that is a little too snug at the bust. Another bra style that I recommend to DD plus women is a sleep bra
, which alleviates the discomfort of your breasts shifting while you sleep.
The number one most important bra tip for women above a D cup is to be fitted properly by a professional who specializes in hard to find sizes. In the correct size, the bra band should be snug to lift the breasts until they are halfway between your shoulder and your elbow. The underwire should completely surround your breast without poking or digging in to your breast tissue. The cup should lay flat against the bust without a bulge coming out of the top. Ideally, the bra band between your breasts should sit flat against the chest, although this may not be possible with some types of bras. If this doesn't sound like your bra, it's time to try a new size! My Bra Fit Hot Line is a wonderful fitting resource for women who do not live near a good specialty bra store. You can reach a trained bra fitter at 1-888-262-4887.
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