(Closed) In Need of a Big Ol’ Bra. Suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You could try Macys. I have a terrible time finding my size and they had quite a selection when I went. I didn’t try any of the strapless ones though. I suggest going to their site and using the find in store option.

Post # 4
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was going to recommend Bravissimo but if you don’t have time to order it online that won’t help much.  But they may be a great option for a strapless bra for the wedding day if the one you find isn’t totally comfortable.

I’ve heard good things about Nordstrom’s selection of larger sports bras.  Maybe they have good strapless bras too?

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Purmission Lingerie

18 W Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, Ca 93105


get a fitting- it will make a world of difference

Post # 6
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you are near a Nordstrom’s, that’s the place to go. The more experiencecd sales women are especially knowledgeable and helpful. They have the best selection of brands for the over-D cup sizes. You proabably want a “longline” style that I read about in these threads.

Post # 7
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just saw some at Kohls if you have one close to there.  JcPenny carried them as does Dillards and Yonkers.

Post # 8
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Unless you need a regular strapless for sundresses, etc., don’t invest in an expensive one until you buy your dress.  You may need something completely different.  With your bust size, you will probably need to go longline for support issues.  If you do buy a longline, I got mine at David’s Bridal, but it’s Dominique which is also sold on-line at several websites.  They have a very good range of sizes (I’m a 32DD).  I liked that one because it is longer–some of the longlines hit right about the belly button and push all your pudge down into an unattractive bulge below.  Even if you don’t really have pudge…

Post # 9
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

specialty bra store. i went to a place called Ann’s in st louis–they sell online, by the way!

Post # 10
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Birdie Love: I would recommend that you get fitted if you haven’t bought a bra or strapless bra in a long time–DEFINITELY get fitted once you buy your dress.

You can go one of two ways: cheap (which is fine, especially if you don’t know your size and if all you want is something just for trying on) in which case any department store is fine or expensive (which I think is the better way to go because everyone could use a good strapless anyway–BUT if you’re going to invest, you should get fitted for your proper size). In the latter category, would recommend a specialty bra store (as a PP suggested)–you will pay more and they’re not as convenient in terms of shipping etc., but they are more likely to have a variety of sizes. Online purveyors that have a variety of sizes include Fig Leaves, Linda’s Online, and La Petite Coquette. I recommend Linda’s for the more “utilitarian” as opposed to “frilly” lingerie needs.

One tip a fitter once gave me is that if you are blessed with more on top, go down a band size and up a cup size for strapless bras–for you, that might mean a 34F/34FF or G. It’s very close to your usual size, but you need the band to be tighter to give you more support from below.

Post # 11
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I second the recommendations for a longline and for a fitting. While Bravissimo has some great choices, it’s a pain to ship back and forth from the UK if it doesn’t fit.

If you don’t have time to go to a speciality store before your first dress trip I would wear a well fitted bra with straps. Personally, I would be more distracted by sagging from an ill-fitting strapless (since some stores lend you one to try) then from straps,

Post # 12
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would say Nordstroms…  My favorite place to go bra shopping… and I am a 34DDD.

Post # 13
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve heard Nordstroms is a great place to go…I also really like Fredericks of Hollywood.  I tend to shop there frequently (considering many other places, including Victoria Secret don’t have my size.)

They’ll do measurements for you, and have a lot of good sizes.  And whenever I go to the stores, the sales people are always pretty helpful. 

I know that strapless don’t always work well for the bigger gals, (well, speaking from personal experience) though it seems like many wedding dresses have a lot of internal support (I was surprised how supported I was when trying them on).  So, maybe getting an OKAY enough bra will work the day of.

Good luck though!  And definitely get measured and make sure you feel comfortable! 🙂

Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here’s 10 36DDD Strapless bras:



Here are 8:



Freshpair has great customer service.


Post # 16
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Great thread, had no idea Nordstroms sold larger bras. I’m so going there today. 🙂

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