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As a full cup woman, I often write about finding fabulous fashion styles in sometimes hard-to-find sizes. Over the years, however, more and more brands have expanded their size ranges or new brands have been created to fill this gap in the market. When perusing through the questions on The Lingerie Addict tumblr page, I found one that sparked my interest and investigation of another area in the market lacking quality fashion options. One of our readers commented about the challenges for the larger band/smaller cup population. My assumption had always been that the full cup market had the most limited options and that this group would fall into either the abundance of “average” bras found in most stores or in the well-represented plus sized shops. Boy, was I wrong!
I started my research scouring through site after site. The sites featuring plus sized styles mostly began at C cups whereas the average styles stopped at 38 bands. In places where the sizes were accommodated, the options were limited. In looking at the breakdown by sizes on Bare Necessities, I found that size 40A only had 14 options while 42A only had 10. This increased significantly when B cups were added. I was shocked to find that this paled in comparison to the 23 styles for 28F and the 100-plus styles for 32H. Options were further limited when fashion was the goal. Most of the bras in these size ranges fell into the dreaded white and neutral t-shirt bra or sports bra categories. A black bra wasn’t impossible, but where were the colors, prints, laces, and embroideries? Was this mission impossible? Not quite, but just about. Even Etsy, where I thought I would find more options given the number of indie designers in that marketplace, had no options for larger banded A cups.
In my research I did find one style that may work best for this group when it comes to fashion – bralettes. However, I understand the need or desire for more structure or support in coverage, so I focused my findings in that direction.
Here are the Top 5 fashion finds for the larger band/smaller cup group this season. It was quite the struggle, and admittedly most include B cups vs. A. We talked on the site before about the challenges for brands to expand size ranges, but I do hope more brands do because women of every size should have the option of a fashion-forward bra in their size.
The Prima Donna Madison bra is a real winner! In a summery peach, this molded, three-part bra provides excellent support and shaping, especially for women with extra breast tissue under the armpit, as indicated on the site. The stretch Leavers lace across the cups provides a gorgeous, feminine look.
Conturelle is a brand worth investigating if you have a larger band size and smaller cup. There are not A cup options (that I’ve seen), but a wealth of B cup options. This style, Eternity, features an intricate lace embroidery on the cups and straps in English Rose.
Another style from Conturelle, Joy, is in a rich navy blue and features an eye-catching geometric embroidered mesh along the top of the cups. Side support through panels and boning create a beautiful and supportive shape.
Amoena is known as a brand specializing in mastectomy bras, however, I do think this style, the Lina Wire-Free bra, could be worn without utilizing the mesh pocket feature. This vibrant Coral Red truly pops in this simple, but classic style. As one of the few larger band brands I’ve seen accommodating an A cup, I imagine this brand could be a go-to.
This vibrant green from Chantelle is a great choice, especially for summer! Stand out in this stunning, three-part cup bra made of sheer stretch lace for the ultimate in comfort while being fashion forward. Merci is correct!
What’s your favorite? Do you have brands or stores that meet the needs of this group that I missed? If so, please share! And if you aren’t following The Lingerie Addict on tumblr, you should start. Great questions over there!