By Marcy Montgomery Jones
For women, there’s a fine line between loving big breasts and loathing them. Your beautiful silhouette has been adored and captured throughout the ages by our most revered artists and sculptors. What their great works don’t reveal, however, are stories about the pain and discomfort that can accompany large breasts. Below are the top five things to look for in a bra that will help you live with your full chest more comfortably and confidently.
A properly-fitted bra that includes underwires will divide and separate your breasts. Although soft cups (any cups without wires) may be more comfortable, they tend to push plus-sized breasts together, producing what’s conventionally known as the uniboob. But, believe it or not, this Cyclops look isn’t the biggest problem. Big breasts tend to become hot, and sweat more easily, than smaller ones. With movement throughout the day, chafing can result. I’ve met many full-busted women who’ve developed tricks to stop this problem. Some swear by cotton bras since their fabric will wick (or pull away) the sweat from their chests. Others use baby powder to prevent perspiration from accumulating on their skin. But by choosing a bra with underwires, you’ll ensure that your girls are separated, and that the improved air flow will result in a cooler, drier, and less-irritating experience.
The Bottom Band
Let the bottom band do the heavy lifting. A properly-fitted bottom band should do 90% of the work of supporting your breasts; the straps should do the rest. The band should fit snugly around your torso and lie horizontally to the ground. This will translate into “sanctuary” for your red and raw shoulder dents. With less pressure placed directly on your shoulders, your posture will improve and any back pain will diminish.
Wide Comfort Straps
Make sure to choose a bra that has wide comfort straps. A comfort strap has a convex shape that spreads the pressure exerted by the breasts over a wider area of the shoulder. In addition, comfort straps are typically made with fiberfill or gel encased inside them. This extra padding also helps to reduce the pressure placed on your shoulders.
Power Knit Fabric
When shopping for bras, the presence of power knit fabrics will separate your finalists from the rest of the pack. To determine whether your bra-to-be is made from a power knit fabric before you take it to the fitting room, perform this simple test. Unhook the bra, place one hand next to the underwire, place your other hand on the eye side of the back of the strap, and stretch the fabric. The area you’ll be stretching should be the wing. While all bras will stretch to some degree, a bra made with a power knit fabric will try to retract. You should be able to feel that pull in the fabric. That retraction’s technical name is “modulus.” It’s the most important ingredient in a high-performing bottom band. A band shouldn’t be spongy; it should spring right back when pulled.
Look for seamed cups, not molded cups. Molded cups are constructed by removing the majority of the stretch from the foam and fabric. This means that the cups won’t conform to your body; your body will have to conform to them. It’s the reason that women with breast implants can’t get a good fit when wearing molded cups, as the flexibility of their implants is restricted by their very nature. When a bra cup is seamed, different grain lines of fabric and multiple plies can be used to sculpt any shape desired. All full-busted women – those who need D, DD, DDD cups and beyond – will benefit from wearing seamed, three-section cups. Each section has different properties to lift, readjust, and contain breast tissue, resulting in the best, most comfortable fit possible.
Please use some or all of these tips to make your life a little better. If you’re a big-busted sister, spill your tips and tricks in the comments section below.