A Starter Lingerie Guide for H+ Cups

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Size range: 28F through 38K

Size range: 28F through 38K

The D through G lingerie market is booming. More brick and mortar stores are picking up great bras in a variety of styles and sizes, which is making it easier for full busted women everywhere to try on lingerie. Sadly, if you’ve discovered you fall into the H+ cup range and need to start a lingerie collection, your life is going to be a lot harder.



H+ cups are still relegated to incredibly rare speciality stores and internet retailers, many of whom are located overseas if you live in the US. Today I’ve put together a guide that includes a ton of information including recommendations, where to buy bras at a discount, how to find y0ur correct bra size and more. Read on to find out more about how to build a basic bra wardrobe if you’re in the H+ cup range!

To Start, Check Your Size:

Before you invest in a bunch of new bras, you may want to double check your size. Even if you’ve been sized in a boutique, I encourage you to double check. Not all boutiques are familiar with larger cup sizes and sometimes they get it wrong. To check, all you’ll need is a measuring tape and access to the internet. I highly recommend both the bra size calculator at A Sophisticated Pair and the calculator at Butterfly Collection. If you’re new to all of this, it’s also good to look at ways to tell that your bra doesn’t fit and what to do about them.

Size range: 30D to 38K

Size range: 30D to 38K

Start With the Basics:

I am the queen of crazy and colorful underwear, but everyone runs into those outfits and days where you need something basic that fits really well. If you’re new to buying lingerie, this is also a good place to start.

Some basic bras that are popular are (besides the Envy Bra by Panache pictured above):

Size range: 28DD to 40L

Size range: 28DD to 40L

Size range: 34H to 44G (also comes in beige)

Size range: 34H to 44G (also comes in beige)

Size range: 28D to 40K

Size range: 28D to 40K

For Trendy or More Colorful Options:

Size range: 28D to 40J

Size range: 28D to 40J

There are lots of those too! Standout brands in this size range are Curvy Kate, Elomi, Bravissimo, Panache and several brands out of Poland. Most of these can be found at any major online retailer.

Bravissimo bras are sold only through their site and are well worth the investment and international shipping. You can also check places like Brastop and Zulily for sales and discounts to try new sizes and styles. If free returns and free shipping is important to you, Amazon also carries tons of lingerie these days.

There are also several places to buy bras informally, such as the Clothes for Boobs group on Facebook and the swap/sell function on Bratabase. If you see something you love but are unsure about sizing, you may be able to pick it up cheaply in an older colorway to try it. This can also be a way to source non-US brands that don’t yet have distribution here.

On Sourcing Polish Lingerie:

Size range: custom sizing available

Size range: custom sizing available

In this size range, it’s impossible to talk about where to buy lingerie and not mention Poland. Several Polish brands carry this size range; sadly, some are easier to buy from than others.

If you’re new to lingerie, I’d suggest starting with some bras from various Zulily sales and swap groups. While they aren’t returnable, Polish bras in this size range are easy to resell. Older Kris Line, Comexim and Ewa Michalak bras should be available fairly easily through swap/sell groups and flash sales.

Another new option is to order Comexim through the partnership between Anna Pardal and A Sophisticated Pair. Erica is an expert on sizing and can custom order any sets that you want, as well as talk you through all the alterations that Comexim offers. She also stocks several basics so you can try them for size and not worry about international returns.

Several promising Polish brands that cater to larger cup sizes don’t have distribution here yet and are more of a challenge to buy from, namely Avocado and Samanta. If you’ve fallen in love with one of their sets, you may be out of luck as a US buyer.

A Note for L Cups and Beyond:

Size range: 30E to 40L

Size range: 30E to 40L

If you’re larger than a K cup in UK sizing, then your two sources for bras will be either Bravissimo or custom Polish bras. This severely narrows your selection. Many women in this size range are having success ordering custom bras over email from Polish companies, although you may have to make friends with someone who speaks the language to be able to communicate effectively with some companies.

If you are in the H+ cup range, I’d love if you would leave a comment and let us know what your current favorite bra is! It would be great to have more recommendations for women who are new to this size range.

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9 Comments on this post

  1. Katie says:

    I was able to successfully order an Ewa Michalak bra and panty set from their website. The set fits really nice and is well made. They are Polish too I believe, and I highly recommended them!

  2. Dana says:

    Have you looked into Ulla (http://www.ulla.de/en/home.html)? They’re pricey but tend to hold up much better than brands like Curvy Kate and Change. They’re a German company, and some local boutiques may stock them, though they can be difficult to find, up to an N cup in some of their styles, as well as bra-sized swimwear.

  3. Sophie says:

    Firstly, thank you so much for this blog; it is so so so so helpful and I wish I’d found it sooner!
    I’m a 30 HH, and I have a lot of trouble finding (nice) bras that are bigger than an H cup, let alone bras that are bigger than an H cup and smaller than a 32; but Bravissimo ticks all the boxes (except for price), and I love anything by Panache – pretty, comfortable and incredibly supportive! They also do fantastic sports bras (although I have to go a cup size down as they stop at H, but it still fits very well and is more supportive than anything else I’ve worn.) Several flatter-chested friends have seen my sports bras and joked that people skydiving wear fewer straps, buckles and clips…

  4. Olive says:

    Overall I think this list is very good, though there’s one thing I have a problem with as a 36JJ cup (approx, it varies) bra wearer; thin straps and thin bands. Like the Curvy Kate bra there, it’s one of the better bras I own but it still doesn’t provide enough support in the band (i think this is also partly due to the fabric) and the straps tend to dig in and get twisted. I have this problem with all bras except those that are intentionally thick strapped and banded (the Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte is the best bra I own right now, the straps are probably double wide and it has four hook closures). It would be great to see bras with thicker bands and straps too as they’re very difficult to find. Also maybe this is just me but I cannot wear bras that don’t have padding as they end up causing a huge amount of pain, i’m not sure if this is a support issue or the fact that wearing a band tight enough to support my bust and not ride up means the whole thing digs in painfully or what, and i’d be interested to hear if other big busted bra wearers have this problem.

  5. Darby says:

    I’m a huge Curvy Kate fan girl. They are one of the few brand names that I can find the thicker “modeled cup” bras in 28HH because the thin fabric cups just aren’t as comfortable or supportive for me at least. This article gave me hope and I’m super excited that there might be more venues to procure bras (like the ones from Poland) in the future since styles and colors are so limited in my size. Thanks for writing this!

  6. Samantha says:

    I’m a 34J and I love Curvy Kate’s Daily Boost as its both lined and a three part cup. Fits me like a dream!

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  8. Anna says:

    Holly, thanks so much for including Anna Pardal in this piece! Not to be salesy, but we are really excited about the partnership with Erica and also retail through our own site. With a lot of possible customizations available we’re hoping to create the best possible fit options for ladies looking for H cups and beyond. We’ve been really thankful and excited about the response so far :)

  9. Jamelia says:

    I’m a J cup and my favourite brands are Elomi, Panache and Curvy Kate.

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