(Closed) All big busted women, I need you!!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@undercover92:  I’m a 38Dirty Delete. I’m wearing the allure 8634. It’s a plunging vneck. Although, I will be making that “plunge” a lot more modest. Anyways, i think Vnecks look best on us “well endowed” ladies. I think it elongates the area. As for a bra, I’m having Cups put in the dress by I’m not sure that will be enough. I’ll tackle that when the time comes.

Post # 4
314 posts
Helper bee

I would suggest you go shopping first and just take your regular bra. I suggest this b/c u dont know what kind of dress you will get so why waste money if the bra wont work with the dress? ie lower back etc

Post # 5
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a 36Dirty Delete and I told myself I wasn’t going to get a strapless sweetheart neckline, but I actually wound up with just that! I didn’t have to wear a bra. I had cups put into the dress, but the corset was plenty to hold me in. I also had my seamstress cinch in the curve in the neckline a little bit for a bit of extra support. 

Post # 6
1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m a 30G and had a strapless Casablanca dress with no bra. The boning and integral support in the dress ended up being enough once the dress was fitted to me exactly.

You’ll want to take a well-fitting, sturdy strapless or multi-way bra with you to go dress shopping, however. You never know what kind of dresses you’ll want to try on, and you’ll want to be prepared. Off-the-rack dresses won’t fit properly to support you and may need to be clipped onto the bra, plus you’ll want modesty if there is someone helping you into gowns.

My favorite are Freya Deco Multi-Way and Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless. Look online at places like Bravissimo.com, FigLeaves.com, and HerRoom.com for good strapless bras for large chests.

Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@undercover92:  Hi! While I’m not shopping for a dress…or engaged LOL I CAN relate to your ‘big bust’ issues πŸ™‚ I juust went for a new bra fitting about a week or so ago (at a store that really knows what they are talking about IMO. they have beautiful stuff and give excellent fittings) the saleslady mentioned to me something i thought was interesting (I had mentioned to her how because of my size I had to have thick straps)–straps don’t matter when you have the proper size bra. The support is in the band NOT the straps…if your straps are supporting you the bra does not fit right and will cause back issues. I am around the same size as you and she was telling me that as long as i had the correct band/cup size she could cut the straps on any bra and the girls would not move. I was hesitant but after trying on the proper size/quality bra I can totally see what she meant πŸ™‚ SO to answer your question: I agree with other pp..don’t buy the bra until you buy your dress. To add to this though I would say after the dress, go to a really great store and have a professional fitting/consult if ya can because I bet you will be able to find something! IMO don’t worry too much about straps (I always thought I would have to too until I talked to the bra fitter haha). Ps. I love the brands pleasure state and freya.

Post # 8
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am a 36/38 Dirty Delete. When I went shopping I just brought my regular strapless bra. I have found the dress with the corset is much better to keep everything where it needs to be πŸ™‚ I ended up with the Allure W 302. It’s a strapless with a sweet heart neckline and corset. So I will probably go braless on the big day. I also found that David’s Bridal didn’t have dresses big enough in the bust area. Maybe it was just the location that I went to though

Post # 9
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a 34F.  I took my regular strapless bra with me to try on dresses, which was fine.

I purchased a long line bra thinking it would work after I picked out my dress.  At my first fitting, the back of the bra was massively sticking out.  In the excitement of everything, i had ordered this bra long before my dress came in, so there was no way to return it.  Such a brain fart.

My bridal salon was able to order a long line that was low enough in the back and it will be velcroed to my dress.  I’m ticked I spent money on my bra, but I had no idea the salon would order me the bra at no cost because they couldnt do built in cups in my size.  Ugh!


Post # 11
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a 40F and I ended up going braless under my gown. I was freaking out at the thought but once I had the dress on with no bra, there was enough structure in the sides that it held the girls up nicely.

For trying on, just bring a bra in your size so you are comfortable.  When I tried dresses on at DB they only went up to 44Dirty Delete in their bustier. I actually bought it but it just never fit right. I’m glad I went braless in the end πŸ™‚

Post # 12
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@undercover92:  Don’t be entirely beholden to what your think your size is, because each company is different.  In a regular bra, I’m a 38DDD/E/F (it varies so widely), in a long-line bra, I’m a 42 Dirty Delete.  As a PP said, the support is under your bust, not in the actual cups.  Sweetheart dresses are typically great for a larger bust, because the shape usually covers and helps keep everything in place.  With a good strapless bra, it needs to fit your torso first.  Its a bit of a different feel to get used to.  When you have a larger size bust, a regular strapless bra isn’t going to do you any favors, and it won’t provide support.  Girls with a smaller cup size can pull these off, but larger bustlines won’t get the support they need.  I agree about the corset back (unfortunately, I didn’t want one for my wedding gown), they are really flattering and you will actually feel very supported.  I do NOT recommend having cups sewn in, although many people will tell you that its a great option, don’t do it. 

I purchased this one a few years back for a wedding I was in.  Surprisingly, I loved it so much I wear it regularly.  I brought it with me when I tried on gowns and it did very well.  I won’t be wearing it with my gown, however…I will most likely be purchasing a longer bra.  πŸ™‚


There is a microfiber/foam one that I do not at all recommend for a larger bust.  It’s molded foam and the cups (being molded) just don’t fit quite right.  It also takes up like an inch of space in the dress…which is about a size…

This one is lovely, longer, and low-backed.  http://www.laurensilva.com/Lace_Low_Back_Plunge_Strapless_Brasselette_p/domi-7749.htm

There are a few really good websites you can purchase from, I just know that lauren Silva has a great selection, so its the one I know I can find good samples at.  I don’t work for them or get kickbacks or store credit (unfortunately!). 

I definitely recommend getting one to get used to before the wedding, wear it around, get comfortable in them, it is totally possible.  I don’t recommend spending a ton though, because the style of your dress will dictate what you need for a bra.  You can feel free to message me about it if you’d like.  πŸ™‚

I worked at a David’s bridal, have done a lot of fitting on larger busted brides, know a lot about their fabrics (well, fabrics in general) and bras.  It is definitely not as easy at it seems.  πŸ™‚

Good luck!

Post # 13
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@undercover92:  I’m a 34 F/G and I took my strapless bra with me. At several of the shops, though, I eventually just took it off entirely because the lace-up backs offered enough support and gave me a better idea of how the dress would actually fit.

At David’s Bridal they actually handed me a long-line bra (admittedly a few cup sizes too small) to wear while trying on their dresses.

My dress has straps and a v-neck. I actually got it at David’s, which surprised me, after visiting four fancy-pants boutiques. 

Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I found that simply wearing a sturdy strapless bra & some shape wear helping me to comfortably fit into the samples. I thought I would need straps but they ended making me look more bulky on top. I ended up going with a corset top, sweetheart neckline. 

Post # 15
8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@undercover92:  If you go to David’s Bridal, they’ll most likely give you a bustier type thing to wear.

Definitely find a dress with boning and possibly a corset. You’d be surprised how good a strapless dress can look on women with bigger boobs.

Post # 16
1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I read online before I started looking for dresses that sweetheart necklines and v-necklines were best for large-chested women. I am between a 36D-DD depending on the brand. My first dress was a v-neck. It support built in. Maybe this is called an internal corset? That thing tightened my stomach and held my breasts up nicely. I couldn’t even wear a bra with it b/c one was built in. But the v-neck wasn’t my style. My current dress is strapless with a corset back. The consultant gave me a strapless bra to try on with it but it was uncomfortable and it was visible. Tried it on without a bra and its beautiful…works just fine as long as the corset is tight. So I will be going strapless…I don’t need cups sewn in either.

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