Their full coverage lingerie and full figure Vanity Fair bras have wide straps and wings and more generous side and back for that little bit of extra coverage, smoothing and support that every plus size girl needs.
It’s a well known fact that women shouldn’t be wearing just any old bra when they exercise, because large breasts need a lot more support during physical activity than at any other time.
Proper fitting sports bras are even more important for those with large breasts as bigger breasts can be cumbersome enough during every day, low-impact activities, and not being properly supported throughout more vigorous exercise can almost certainly result in injury.
Torn breast tissue, neck, shoulder and lower back strain are just a few of the reasons why sports bras for large breasts are such a necessary piece of kit.
Clear back bras are a great alternative to going braless.
We’ve all tried on slinky dresses or tops that are cut low on the back, and wondered how we were going to make it work without bra straps hanging out all over the place. Well, believe it or not, such a revelation has been under our noses the whole time as dance wear manufacturers long ago created a bra which has a clear back strap and sometimes even clear shoulder straps, so that dancers could have all the support they need, without ruining the look of their costume.
This is Australia’s Top Selling everyday bra from Berlei, and it’s a must-have staple for any woman’s wardrobe. The Berlei Barely There Bra is the great everyday bra, virtually unnoticeable under clothing because of its smooth, seam-free cups and concealed under wire. And you’ll agree that it’s fantastically comfortable all day long. Wider straps provide extra support and the light padding is soft against the skin. Available in a variety of colours and styles.
1. Bra Shopping 101: Know Your Size
Ok, so knowing your bra size may seem like a no-brainer, but it seems that far too many of us are walking around wearing the wrong size bras and don’t even realise it. You probably think you’re not one of those women, and you may be right, but whenever you go shopping for new bras it’s a great idea to get yourself sized again, because changes do happen whether we’re aware of them or not. Getting a bra fitting in store by somebody who knows their stuff is a great option, but if you’re too scared to get your kit off in front of a stranger, you can simply measure yourself at home beforehand, and take those measurements with you.
Bra sizes, as with the majority of women’s clothing, can vary greatly between manufacturers and countries of origin. Some manufacturers and retailers provide online calculators to help you figure out what size bra is the right one for you. But the margin for error with these calculators is fairly large, so rather than provide you with a half-baked bra size calculator, we’re more than happy to recommend a more reliable, albeit old-fashioned method – Going to your nearest lingerie store and getting a proper professional fitting.
Having larger breasts, I used to wonder to myself what the purpose of a plus size push up bra would be. I figured, if one has larger breasts, you wouldn’t really need them to be more prominent than they already are. But I have discovered that it’s all about breast placement, and cleavage – lots of cleavage.
A great push up bra basically increases your visible cleavage by angling the bra cups in such a fashion as to guide the breasts inward and upward. ‘Chicken fillets’ or other types of padding are used to push the breast tissue up to create that ideal eye-popping cleavage. A push up bra is essentially a plunge bra, but with the addition of some form of fixed or removable padding to create the ‘push-up’ effect. Read on…
Having a fuller figure and requiring plus size bras is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Women with a little more meat on their bones and the classic hourglass figure have never gone completely out of style and it’s likely they never will. Part of what can help a full figure woman get that gorgeous voluptuous shape is to wear good quality, well-made plus size bras.
Fuller figure women have unique needs when it comes choosing an appropriate bra. Regular bras can be incredibly uncomfortable on a plus size woman. They simply don’t offer enough support in any of the right places. Read on…
Shopping for plus size bras and Maternity bras is a little different, but there are only few extra bits of advice to keep in mind when the time comes to choosing your first maternity bra.
Firstly, your breasts are not going to stay the same size throughout your pregnancy, luckily most nursing bras are able to accommodate your changing needs. You will however need to get professionally fitted once you begin to outgrow your current bras, perhaps around 16 weeks gestation, but you’ll know.
Your bra cups are not the only part of your bra that will need to grow to accommodate your changing form. It’s likely you’ll also need a larger band, so when you’re trying on maternity or nursing bras you’ll want to be sure that it fits comfortably on the tightest row of hooks, so that you can let it out as your pregnancy progresses.
Are under-wires safe for pregnancy breasts?
Something to keep in mind when shopping for maternity bras is that most professionals (including the Australian Breast-Feeding Association) advise against bras with harsh metal under-wires. The concern is that when you’re pregnant or lactating, your breast size and shape will change throughout the day, and those metal under-wires could become very uncomfortable and compress the breast in such a way that they could cause blocked milk ducts or even mastitis.
I’ve heard that bras with more flexible plastic support called flexi-wire are available, and could be a more ‘breast-friendly’ alternative for those who must have a few fashionable supportive maternity bras.
How many Maternity Bras should I buy?
Now this is definitely not a silly question. If you’re used to having quite a large drawer full of bras then you should of course buy as many as your heart desires. But for practicality, I would suggest at least 2 or 3. If you experience any breast leakage or a baby vomiting all over the front of you, then it definitely makes sense to have spare or two as everything gets messier when you add babies to the mix.
We love HOTmilk, Womama and Cake Maternity Lingerie – all of which are currently available at BellaForma
Zodee also have Condessa, Glamourmum, HOTmilk, Lovable and New Beginnings Maternity Lingerie.
Shopping for bras isn’t always a simple task. Every woman owns at least one pair, and over a lifetime she’ll purchase countless others, all the while keeping her fingers crossed that they’ll be supportive and comfortable enough to see her through to her next purchase.
And as buying bras is an inevitable part of a woman’s life, buying expensive top of the line bras all the time isn’t always practical, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality and comfort when shopping for bras within your budget. Buying lesser-known brands, and bras that are just downright cheap can be a lifesaver when you’re short on cash. You might even surprise yourself and stumble upon your new favourite bra. Read on…