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9 Tips For Shopping DD+ Bras & Repping Your Fuller Cup Pride In Comfort

If you have a large bust, then you know how challenging finding the perfect DD+ bras can be. From getting properly fitted to finding the right kind of support, DD+ bra shopping can pose a unique set of challenges, and it can be tempting at times to admit defeat and settle for a lifetime of ill-fitting, boring designs in basic shades.

For a long time, I viewed my substantial chest as a major inconvenience. I longed for a small cup size, self-supporting boobs, and wispy, insubstantial bralettes. I hated how matronly I felt in the designs that were available to me, as well as the fact that it was almost impossible to find an H cup in most standard lingerie boutiques.

Over time, however, I learned the art of shopping for large breasts, and found ways to appreciate and celebrate my unique body just the way it was. I discovered amazing lingerie companies that actually make fun DD+ designs, and developed an understanding of specific styles and designers that work well for me. If you’re frustrated with the difficulties and complexities of navigating lingerie for the majorly busty, check out the tips I’ve acquired that can make living the DD+ life a little bit easier.

1. Get Professionally Fitted

Glamorize Elegance Front-Close Bra, Sizes 34D – 48G

It’s time to get yourself to a serious lingerie boutique. I’ve had very good experiences with Nordstrom, but any specialized shop with a wide selection of sizes and knowledgeable staff is a good bet. Knowing your correct size should make all the difference between a disappointing shopping experience and a great one.

Bra sizing is more than a question of appearance; wearing the wrong size bra can contribute to back, neck, and shoulder pain, especially for larger sizes. The vast majority of the support in a bra should come from the band, allowing your entire abdomen to support the weight of your chest, instead of relying on straps that pull and tug on weaker shoulder muscles.

2. Know What You Want Before You Shop

Freya Deco Delight Molded Plunge Bra, Sizes 28DD – 38G, ₦12,630.00, Whispers nigeria

It’s easy to walk into a store with a vague idea of what you might be looking for, only to become overwhelmed by the sheer variety of styles, colors, and sizes that are immediately thrust upon you. Shopping for DD+ bras is a serious undertaking. Before I start, I like to know not only my current size and the style of bra I’m looking for, but also the outfit(s) that I intend to wear this piece with, and the max budget I have to spend (good bras can get pricey).

Walking into a lingerie boutique armed with all this information keeps me from becoming distracted or unexpectedly splurging; it also limits the number of designs I have to try on, because getting in and out of structured undergarments can be exhausting. For example, if I know I’m looking for a multi-way or strapless for a formal event, there’s really no point in bothering with full coverage or sporty styles. Setting clear expectations for a shopping session can help minimize frustration and confusion later on, giving you a better overall experience.

3. Get To Know Different Styles

Seduction Lace Demi, Sizes 36C – 44H,

The language of lingerie can sometimes be more confusing than helpful. Balconette, plunge, multi-way, demi-cup, T-shirt bra: What do all these terms even mean? And more importantly, how will these styles make you look and feel? Although at first this language can seem arbitrary and jumbled, these different bra styles are made to offer you unique benefits depending on what look you’re hoping to achieve.

T-shirt bras are a great option for everyday support and comfort. These are usually designed to disappear under casual clothing, and are generally pretty simple in construction. Full coverage bras are great options if you like a lot of support and zero spillage. Balconette and demi-cup styles tend to do the opposite; they offer less coverage and push boobs up for maximum cleavage and sexy goodness; great for parties and your fave LBD, not as helpful for low-key or office environments. Finally, multi-way refers to a bra’s straps, not the cups. These bras should allow you to rearrange your straps in a number of ways (i.e. crossed in the back, T-backed, strapless, etc.) so that you can get maximum outfit potential from a single item.

4. Try On New Bras Under Clothes

Shadow Stripes Contour Flirt Bra, Sizes 38G – 42H

When you’re trying on bras, don’t forget to check out how different styles look under clothing. A bra that looks hella sexy on its own might create odd lines under the blouse you had planned on wearing it with, and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting home with some new lingerie only to find out it’s a no-go the next day when you’re getting dressed for work.

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