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best plus size bras

A good plus size bra can be hard to find. In this article, we’re discussing what a plus size bra is, what the difference between full busted and full figured is, and where to buy plus size bras.

What is a plus size bra?

Plus size bras are designed for voluptuous women. The sizing for plus size bras ranges from 38-54+ band sizes and A-K+ cup sizes. Plus size bras typically have design elements that enhance the comfort and fit of the bra. You might find wider straps, vertical boning in the band to keep the bra from rolling, stabilized straps and wider bands with additional hooks for extra support, sturdier fabrics (like power mesh, for example), and inner or outer slings to shape the bust.

It’s worth noting that it’s possible to be both full-busted and full-figured. A woman who wears a 42F bra, for example, would be considered both. Unfortunately, these terms are often used incorrectly. Here’s how to tell the difference.

What’s the difference between full busted and full figured?

Full busted typically refers to a small band size and a large cup size (28-34DD+) and full figured typically refers to a larger band size (36-54+) and a D or larger cup size. You can probably see how someone could get the terms confused, but there really is a distinct difference between the two.


Related: Where To Find Plus Size Lingerie


what is plus size bra

Ava Unlined Wire Bra P5372 | Ava Bikini P5373 in Black Floral

Why don’t more brands design plus size bras?

This is a common question that we hear and it’s not easy to answer because the reasoning is different for every lingerie brand. Plus size bras come with their own unique challenges, just like any other bra.

There are a few reasons why a lingerie brand might not want to design plus size bras. Some brands have a core size range and are not interested in changing it or they’re not ready to increase the size range. That being said, two of the most common reasons are cost and demand. Cost can be a factor as it can be expensive to grade new sizes, construct new samples, and hire new fit models. Demand is also a factor – if the brand isn’t receiving requests for other sizes, then they may not consider expanding their size range.

Where to buy plus size bras

Your local lingerie boutique is one of the best places to shop for plus size bras. They cater to a wide range of customers and stock a wide range of sizes.

If you’re used to shopping at Victoria’s Secret and you’re frustrated with the bras you’ve been buying, lingerie boutiques are a great alternative to Victoria’s Secret. The shopping experience at a lingerie boutique is different from shopping at a chain store. Lingerie boutiques have trained bra fitters on site that are happy to help you find supportive and comfortable bras that fit well. They want you to look and feel your best, so they’ll never try to sell you a bra in a size that doesn’t fit because the bra size you need is out of stock.

Lingerie boutiques have close relationships with the brands they stock, so they may be able to special order a size or style for you if you need it. We’ve had nothing but great experiences shopping at local lingerie stores. And, between the personalized customer service, cute bras, and knowledgeable staff – what more could you ask for?


Related: 8 Rules For Buying Plus Size Lingerie


where to buy plus size bras

Sandrine Unlined Wire Bra P5352 in Cameo Rose

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Dusty Rose/Black

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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