Which type of bra is best for a heavy breast?

Megan Smith
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You probably know that not all bras offer enough support. So which type of bra is best for a heavy breast?

which type of bra is best for a heavy breastThe larger the cup size, the heavier the bust, and the more difficult it is to discover your best fit.

But there are ways to find which is the best bra for you!

Which type of bra is best for a heavy breast? Introduction

Let’s go through what you need when looking for a bra, especially if you’re heavy on top.

Lift support

Some cups have additional support under the cup that helps lift the bust.

For example, you’ll find a padded panel or strip under the cup that prevents the bust from pushing the cup downwards.

You must remember that there is a difference between lift and support.

Support suggests that the bra is held tight against the body and allows less ‘bounce’ when moving.

On the other hand, lift means that the bust is lifted to provide a good shape, and the bust doesn’t rest against your stomach.

Side support

If your breasts are somewhat apart, and you want to bring them closer and raise them towards the middle, you’ll undoubtedly want a bra with side support.

This support is placed on the outside of the cups to prevent the bust from ‘spilling out’ towards the sides and the underarms.

This kind of side support is extremely helpful for everyday activities.

It also gives a more slender silhouette as the bust appears smaller. You can find cushioned and unpadded side supports.

The padded side assistance does not add volume but has a more powerful effect than the unpadded version.

Side support centers the bust towards the middle.

If you have a big bust, this will prevent it from spilling to the sides and obstructing arm motions.

The back is essential for support: Which type of bra is best for a heavy breast

The back offers most of the bra’s assistance for your bust, so it’s a great idea to look for a style with a broad and firm back and sides.

The hook and eye attachment on the back should have three vertical hooks at the very least.

For maximum support, the bra should fit firmly around the body but not be so tight as to be unpleasant or leave marks.

The broader the back, the more area for support distribution, and the discomfort will be much less.

If you choose a lacy bra, make sure the lace is not too thin or delicate.

The bra should be lined for additional stability if it is fragile.

Whatever the size, your bra should feel comfortable

A big bust weighs a lot! It can weigh as much as 4.5 kg and so needs a quality supportive bra that can help lift and support, and eliminate back and neck pain.

Many factors determine just how much support a bra can provide.

For example, it’s not unusual to find that women look at the shoulder straps. They wrongly think that a broader strap means more support.

They only stop to see if the design is available in their cup size, and if it is, they’re already at the till.

A bra specially made for a heavy bust has many ways to offer support.

The essential thing is how the bra fits around the back, what material is used, and numerous other factors.

It’s not the shoulder straps that determine support, although they have their own role to play, even though the band is the primary support that keeps the bra in place.

Although their primary function is to keep the cups against the body, let’s explain it differently.

Picture a set of shoes with laces. They make the shoes fit much better, but if they are the wrong size, the laces are irrelevant.

As are the laces, the shoulder straps are accountable for about 25% of the bra’s support. If the bra doesn’t fit, the straps can’t do their job properly.

If you have a big bust, choose broad shoulder straps to help spread the tension over your shoulders.

A great comfortable plus-size bra design boasts cushioned shoulder straps that promote comfort and are gentle on the shoulders.

Most shoulder straps are not totally firm, and a small part of the shoulder strap at the back is generally elastic to allow movement.

The material of the cups is not all the same

A full cup is the most suitable for a heavy bust, as it captures the entire bust, and it doesn’t feel as if your breasts are going to fall out when you lean forward.

So choose a full cup for a safe and comfy feel all day.

A cup made from a firm material prevents the weight of the bust from stretching the material after prolonged use.

Check the feel and pull the fabric gently to see for yourself. Material that does not ‘give’ is not always comfortable.

If the cup is made from different materials, in some cases, the stretch factor may be placed on various parts of the cup.

The under cup, for instance, may have vertical stretch and the side of the cup horizontal stretch (or be positioned sideways).

Varying the direction of stretch in this manner rather than simply putting it in one place gives additional stability and scope for size flexibility.

Suppose the elastic material is placed both underneath and horizontally in the cup. In that case, the weight of the bust is dispersed much better.

This varies between different cuts of models and cups.

Selection tips for plus-size bras

When choosing your bra, look at the cup material. A bra with a full cup of firm material gives additional support.

Then there are cups with a firm under cup and an upper cup made from stretchy lace.

The elastic part will adjust to the bust, which is great if you have breasts of different sizes or are between sizes.

Tip: Read How can I measure my bra size at home? for some excellent tips on how to measure your own bra size.

Another recommendation is to choose a cup with cushioning. There are fully padded cups and others where only the under part is padded.

Contrary to popular perception, the cushioning does not provide additional volume to the bust but instead creates a firmer form and better support.

If you’re looking for more volume, kit yourself out in a push-up bra with pads in the lower cup or a maximizer that has a cushioning of about 1 – 2 cm or sometimes even thicker.

The most common material utilized in a timeless cushioned cup is a thin layer of less than 3 mm thick foam.

This is enough to give support and take the weight without increasing volume.

It feels light and comfortable and is the same type used for broad and cushioned shoulder straps.

On the other hand, you may prefer an unpadded cup in an elastic material, in which case you should opt for a lined design.

Especially desirable if you’re looking for a lacey bra. Just as with the padding, there are models where the entire or the under cup is lined.

The weight is distributed by the underwire

An underwired bra is also recommended since it offers excellent support and helps lift the bust.

It spreads the weight and distributes it to the sides of the bra.

The best support is given the higher up the side and in between the bust that the underwire goes.

It also separates the bust, as the underwire helps to keep the bra flat against the chest.

Even if you’ve heard differently, the underwire is never uncomfortable if you have the right size and design, as it spreads and rearranges the weight of the bust.

Tip: Read more about the weight of your breasts in our related article Does weight affect bra size?

Which type of bra is best for a heavy breast? Conclusion

Some bras are designed to have shoulder straps secured by fastenings and connected throughout the back.

There are also shoulder straps with a small hook or clasp that allows them to be connected at the back.

Adjusting the shoulder straps will ease the shoulders as the weight is redistributed.

Naturally, you don’t need to find a bra with all this to supply support, but the more you do, the better you’ll feel.

It’s also not just big and heavy busts that need support. Smaller chests still need help as support is not determined by size or volume.

Take care of your bust, whatever its shape. You won’t regret it.

About Megan Smith

Megan has been fighting overweight and her plus size since her teenage years. After trying all types of remedies without success, she started doing her own research. Megan founded Plus Size Zeal to share her findings. She also developed various detailed buying guides for plus-size people in order to make their lives easier and more comfortable. Read More