Comfortable Bra for Busty Gal

Q. I love reading your website, so I thought I’d reach out with a question of my own.  I am tall (5’8) and have large breasts (D/DD).  I really need a comfortable bra that will support me.  Right now most of my bras are comfortable, but unsupportive or a pushup style that leaves marks.  Is there a happy combination of both?  I haven’t had a lot of luck with chain stores, and am hoping you can recommend a specialty store where they will fit me (I live in Boston.)  I’m willing to pay whatever it takes for a bra that I will use over and over again.   I’m also in my 20s, so something cute would be much appreciated.

-Cute and Comfy

A. You’ve got to start with the best pieces underneath your clothes so you feel comfortable and confident with what you wear on the outside. And with busty gals, there’s no need to sacrifice support, comfort or even being sexy. A few tips when shopping for the perfect fitting bra:

  • If breasts spill out on the sides go up a cup size
  • If the cup has any wrinkles, go down a cup size
  • If straps leave marks, look for wider straps that are cushioned and adjustable
  • While underwire generally works best, there are plenty of new designs and technology that will still give support without the wire

As for Boston bra fitting experts, here are a few to help you with your shopping dilemma that are highly rated:

  • Lady Grace in Brookline
  • Intimacy of Boston in Copley Plaza
  • Lingerie Studio on Newbury St. in Boston

Some suggestions online:

 Bali: No Poke Wire® Seamless Underwire BraBali "Passion for Comfort" Minimizer Underwire BraLilyette® "Fit for You" Lace Wire with Sew Free Wing Panache: Inferno Convertible Underwire Plunge Bra

 Olga: Satin Edge Underwire Bra Le Mystère: Dream Tisha Seamless Full Fit Bra Bali: Seductive Curves Underwire Bra

1. Bali No Poke Wire® Seamless Underwire Bra, $24 at barenecessities.com

2. Bali "Passion for Comfort" Minimizer Underwire Bra, $32 at macys.com

3. Lilyette "Fit for You" Lace Wire with Sew Free Wing, $31 at macys.com

4. Panache Inferno Convertible Underwire Plunge Bra, $53 at barenecessities.com

5. Olga Satin Edge Underwire Bra, $32 at barenecessities.com

6. Le Mystère Dream Tisha Seamless Full Fit Bra, $68 at barenecessities.com

7. Bali Seductive Curves Underwire Bra, $24.80 at barenecessities.com

for even more optiions, check out our Ultimate Bra Guide

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