The best bras for large busts—supportive styles that won't let you down

We've found the best bras for large busts, with styles up to a size KK

three of w&h's best bras for large busts on a lilac background
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Anyone above a D cup will know that finding the best bras for large busts is no easy feat. It can take years of trial and error to settle on a style that works for you in terms of support and comfort—and then comes the aesthetics of it. Historically, bras for big busts have had a reputation of favoring substance over style—looking quite plain and unattractive, opting for full-coverage looks over sexier fits, and offering a limited scope of practical styling solutions such as strapless or multiway styles.

But these days, some of the best bras on the scene are suitable for larger bust sizes, so whether you're looking for non-wired comfortable bras, sports bras, sexy bras, or the best strapless bras, there are now impressive choices on offer for a wide range of sizes. From sports to strapless and that all-important T-shirt bra, our guide to best bras for large busts is packed with flattering styles that you'll love to wear.

How to choose the best bras for large busts for you

When you're shopping for the best bras for big boobs, it's still important to take a few factors into consideration to make sure that you are properly supported, so it's important that your bra has at least one of the following:

  • Strong underband—provides the basis of support
  • Wide straps—adds comfort and prevents digging
  • Side support—creates a nice shape
  • Underwire—not essential, but can help to support breasts in the absence of other features
  • Push-up padding—again not essential, but can help to support breasts and create shape in the absence of other features, particularly with non-wired styles

And always make sure that you're wearing the correct size, as wearing the wrong size—especially if you have large breasts—can put strain on your back, neck and breasts while causing headaches and bad posture. If you don't have the time to be professionally fitted, you can find your bra size at home with our guide to how to measure bra size, which is packed with expert advice from professional bra fitters. Once you've successfully fitted yourself at home, you can get cracking on the fun part—treating yourself to some new bras.

The best bras for large busts as reviewed by our experts

Figleaves Juliette Lace Non-Pad Bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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Specifications
RRP: $33/£25
Sizes: 30B-38GG
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
Reasons to buy
+Pretty design+Great support for a fuller bust +Natural-looking lift
Reasons to avoid
-Fussy straps

This dainty lace bra may look like it's only suited to smaller busts but it's actually a top pick for big-breasted women. It comes with a thick and sturdy underwire that supports the bust, while the double lining creates a natural push-up effect that makes boobs look perky and lifted. It's also one of the prettiest bras we've come across and is smooth enough to get away with under clothes so makes for a nice all-rounder.

See our full Figleaves Juliette Lace Underwired Non-Pad Bra review

M&S Collection Printed Mesh Underwired Max Support Bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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2. M&S Collection Printed Mesh Underwired Max Support Bra

Specifications
RRP: $30/£18
Sizes: US 32E-US44GGG/UK 32F-44J
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
Reasons to buy
+Supportive+Pretty designs+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Too sheer to wear under sheer clothing

If you like to wear a full cup fit but aren't a fan of padding and want something less frumpy and a little sexier and playful, this Marks & Spencer style is a great choice as it features a wide underband with three hook-and-eye fastenings for ample support. The comfortable mesh cups have also been made using four separate parts in each to ensure that support is evenly distributed throughout the cups and you're provided with enough coverage. It also comes in four different styles so you can have fun shopping the ones that suit your fashion sense best.

Fantasie Impression Bralette, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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3. Fantasie Impression Bralette

Specifications
RRP: £28/$48
Sizes: S-XL
Wired: No
Padded: No
Reasons to buy
+Up to an H cup+Soft against skin+Wide underband 
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing can be confusing

If you've ever stuck between bras vs bralettes, then this Fantasie style is a way to get the support of a bra with the look and feel of a comfortable bralette. A great comfortable bra for large busts, this features a wide underband for support while the soft lining on the inside of the cups holds breasts up without the need for padding or wires.

It comes in black, white and beige so that you can use this as a practical option to wear underneath a number of different looks—but you will have to use the brand's size guide to figure out your sizing, as it uses a different sizing scale to the typical bra.

SPANX Breast of both worlds bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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4. Spanx Breast of both worlds

Specifications
RRP: $42/£34
Sizes: XS-3X
Wired: No
Padded: Optional
Reasons to buy
+Stretchy material+Supportive+Removable cups+Nice shape+Can wear two ways
Reasons to avoid
-Plain design

SPANX has always been a go-to for many of us when looking for the best shapewear, so it's no surprise that they make one of the best bralettes around that works wonders for big boobs too. Using the same soft but sturdy SPANX material that they use on their shapewear, this bra holds up breasts without the use of a wire or padding and manages to create a lovely shape even without the removable cups—which you can pop in for an even perkier look. What makes this an even more brilliant pick for large busts is the added layer of stabilizer support that comes in sizes XL-3X. A reliable option for those looking for a comfortable bra for large busts—and the reversible function will help it last longer between washes too!

Triumph Doreen bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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5. Triumph Doreen Bra

Specifications
RRP: $46/£35
Sizes: 34B-48H
Wired: No
Padded: No
Reasons to buy
+Non padded+Full cup
Reasons to avoid
-Not very attractive

For those who struggle with saggy boobs but still want a comfortable pick, this is a great option. This Triumph favorite is a go-to for women with large breasts thanks to its supportive straps and underband that hold up the boobs without causing any discomfort. The full-coverage fit and sectioned design almost act like a holster for the breasts too, which lifts them for a firmer and perkier shape.

Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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6. Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra

Specifications
RRP: $75/£55
Sizes: 28D-40H/42E
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Good support+Flattering shape+Moulded to reduce spillage
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in smaller cup sizes

Buying sports bras can be tricky for the bigger-busted among us, as we're often left with a lot of "spillage" coming out of the sides and back of the bra. But this Runderwear option is one of the best sports bras for larger busts, as it uses a unique design to encapsulate your breasts, with molded cups to them up and reduce spillage. The smooth fabric and padded shoulder straps—which are adjustable as well—also prevent digging and bulges, making this one of the best bras for back fat too.

Curvy Kate Victory Balcony Bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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7. Curvy Kate Victory Balcony Bra

Specifications
RRP: $62/£33
Sizes: 30D-44KK
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Double layered mesh lower cup for support+Wider underband for F cup and above
Reasons to avoid
-Bridge comes quite high up

This is a great balcony bra for larger busts as the four-part seamed cup and side support create a perky look while the sturdy underwire holds up breasts without too much digging. The mesh material also gives this sexier look than most of the typical best bras for large busts and creates a smooth finish under clothing, while the relatively full cup means that you won't be left with any spillage.

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Specifications
RRP: $54/£40
Sizes: 30D-38G
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Stays in place well+Creates impressive cleavage 
Reasons to avoid
-Feels slightly restrictive

Finding a strapless bra that will hold up large breasts can sometimes feel impossible, but the Ultimate Strapless Bra from Wonderbra has long been a favorite among the big-busted community thanks to the unique design that literally holds up boobs with a hand-shaped underwire inside the cup. The supportive underband is also helped by small silicone dots that keep it in place without budging—however, we will admit that this isn't the most comfortable bra out there as the rigid underwire can feel quite restrictive. But it's a must for any important engagements where you need support, shape, and an invisible look.

See our full Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra review

Elomi Matilda Plunge Bra, one of w&h's best bras for large busts

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9. Elomi Matilda Plunge Bra

Specifications
RRP: $69/£42
Sizes: 32GG-46DD
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+High coverage shape
Reasons to avoid
-Sheer design can be limiting

This Elomi bra is a reliable option for anyone who wants support and comfort from a bra that looks good too. The wide underbrand is brushed with smooth fabric for a super comfortable layer of support while the mesh cups and constructed to have their own shape already for a perky look that seems impossible from a non-padded bra. It also has thick straps that sit nicely on the shoulders without digging or creating any bulges and comes in several different colors that you can wear for an invisible look under outfits. Just maybe don't wear this under a sheer top...

Curvy Kate Superplunge Multiway Padded Plunge Bra

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10. Curvy Kate Superplunge Multiway Padded Plunge Bra

Specifications
RRP: $66/£30
Sizes: 28D-40HH
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Good range of sizes+Wide straps for extra support
Reasons to avoid
-Can't be worn without straps 

If you're looking for the ultimate style solution for larger busts, then this is it. As is typical of Curvy Kate bras, it features a wider underband for a good basis of support. It even comes with an extender that lets you lower the back of the bra if you're wearing something that's low-cut at the back. The sturdy straps are fully-adjustable meaning that you can go for whichever look suits your outfit and the satin-like cups are comfortable on the skin, look smooth under clothing, and are sturdy enough for a natural lift.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what to spend your money on. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including, Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.

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