Large cup bras are hard enough to find - add a wedding or formal event into the mix, and it can be nearly impossible to find the perfect fit for The Big Day. We have been getting a lot of questions about this lately, so we are breaking it down into two categories:
While we will be referring to weddings in this blog post, our recommendations apply to any formal event, fun night out, or night at home with your special someone :)
Our recommendations are based on fitting a variety of customers. We are listing our favorites for band size 28-48, cup size D-J. Keep reading for our best recommendations, and as always, please shop at your local bra boutique!!
BONUS: Everything we list is under $100! Please note that different boutiques price based on location, sale items, etc. Price also depends on the color, because some past season colors are discounted at a later time - you might get lucky and find something on sale!
Recommendations for under your dress
It's hard enough trying to find a dress, but then your seamstress tells you to get a better bra to wear underneath. Where to start?
First things first - let's start with a few tips:
Onto the bra recommendations.....
--- Luxe by Curvy Kate ---
This one comes in two strapless options - the longline basque comes out this month (August 2019). The basque will be available in black and ivory. For the strapless, this has been our recommendation for YEARS. It is amazing, so I'm sure the basque will live up to the same standard. We have been hard-pressed to find a better option - we have seen women do cartwheels in a 36H strapless bra, and Luxe stays put! Straps are removable and convertible, so you can wear this one in multiple ways.
One thing to note about strapless for women with wider-spread breasts - sometimes this one can gape out at the sides if you are REALLY full and have more side tissue. We still recommend giving this one a try!
Comes in black, biscotti (nude), and ivory (off-white) - see photos below
Recommended for: women of all shapes and sizes, especially those with less side tissue. Warning on the basque - if you have a fuller tummy, it may be hard to clasp - go for the strapless bra if this is the case.
Retail Price: $75 for strapless, and around $95 for the basque.
--- Smoothing by Elomi ---
We love this style because it works really well for women with a wider-set bust, or for those who have larger band size. Smoothing comes in black and nude, and both are beautiful. This one is a multi-way bra with removable straps, but our favorite part is that there are TWO strap positions available (one set closer in, and one set wider out) to accommodate different necklines.
Comes in black and nude.
Recommended for: Band sizes 36+, especially women with wider-set breast tissue (this one is AWESOME for those Hawaii ladies who need a hula option)
Retail Price: $69
--- Adelaide by Goddess ---
We love Adelaide because she is available in one of the widest ranges of sizing available for a bridal basque. As an added bonus, this one is sexy enough to be worn on the wedding night :) One thing to remember about basque styles is that they can be difficult for women with a larger tummy - you may need a little help getting this one on. This particular style, while flattering, has fabric that is a little less soft than some of the other options listed. BUT, we've heard it's comfortable enough to be worth it! We love that this one has removable garter straps and shoulder straps, so you can customize it for your desired look.
Comes white and black.
Recommended for: Nearly all common band sizes, but especially those with 36+ who need tummy control.
Retail Price: $79
Recommendations for the wedding night and/or boudoir photo shoots
This one is really tricky because all women have different ideas and preferences for what they consider "sexy." This will be a quick glance with general ideas, but we won't be as thorough with these because there are so many of them!
Sarah Rice is a former bra store owner who still has a passion for bra fitting. All recommendations are based on her personal experience with fitting customers.