How to find the best bra for a fuller bust

So, you don’t wear incorrect fitting shoes, so why would you wear an incorrectly fitting bra.  There are many aspects to a bra, whether it is lacey, balconnet, t-shirt bra, with wires or without and so forth.  There’s a lot that goes into a large cup bra, no pun intended.  There can be up around 76 sizes of one style and some cases even more.  The difference in cups and bands can be marginal, but make all the difference for the overall fit and feel of the bra and can sometimes make or break your day.


Firstly some questions for you…

What’s the reason for needing this bra?  Are you looking for a lacey number for date night or do you have a horse riding adventure coming up?  Maybe you just need some more bras because your old ones are worn out.

What will this bra be worn under? Will you be wearing tight tops, Lycra tops, sweaters or blouses?

What is the main activity being done in this bra?

What is my size?

There are many bra brands out there that make amazing bras for larger busted women, so how do we figure out which ones are good and which ones are just for show.

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a braand here are some things to look out for:


If you can touch and feel the fabric, make sure it feels sturdy and also feels nice to touch.  Remember this is going against your breasts. Don’t be afraid to give it a tug and a pull.  Make sure you like the feel of it.

If you are looking for something with support, the lower cup (the section that is beneath the nipple) should have minimal stretch.

When shopping for lacey bras, it’s a good idea to check that the holes of the lace are not too big and there won’t be any flesh popping through these (not a good look)

Hot tip:  Double layers in the back section are always a good idea.



The straps should be wide enough to be displacing the weight from your breasts onto your shoulder.  These should be a short stretch, as in not much stretch at all to inhibit them cutting into your shoulders.

If you are short waisted then make sure the straps are not too long, as you will most likely want them at their shortest.

If you are tall, then make sure the straps are not too short.

Hot Tip:  Some bras have 2 straps joined where the front strap is rigid and the back strap is the adjuster.  These can be problematic for shorter torso women.

Wires and Side Bones: 

To wear a wire or not to? That is the question.  Do you prefer your wires to be completely stiff and supporting, or do you like a little bit of movement throughout your day. If going for a wire, see if you can easily bend and twist when wearing it.  If you feel it digging in at all when you’re in the change room, more than likely you will be super uncomfortable at the end of the day.

Most wired bras also have side boning so make sure this isn’t digging into you either.

Hot tip:  If you are larger busted and looking for a wire bra, check and see if the wires are close together at the center front (between the cups).  If yes – great.  If nearly overlapping – even better.  If they are 2 cm apart – walk away….


Wash and Care:  When washing your bras, if they have wires, make sure you only wash them with cool water.  Wire channeling has a tendency to shrink, even for the best brands, and this can cause the wires to pop out.  We don’t want that.

Now that you’re a bra expert, you can focus on something else for the day.  Hopefully these tips have made it easier to purchase something that will suit your purpose.


Like many women out there, Katie Brooker is an avid multi-tasker.  Apart from being the head designer and fit technician for Sugar Candy, she’s the mother of 2 diverse young girls.  Her goal is to provide comfort and support to breastfeeding mothers and to help them achieve this with beautiful bras that will fit and endure that rigorous path.  See more of her designs at follow her on @sugarcandy.

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Yes, that’s my bra. 

As a blogger, stylist and plus size clothing store owner, I know it’s important to see outfits on different body shapes and sizes. It’s how we relate, and also how we are inspired to step outside of our personal comfort zones when it comes to style. This is why I am so excited to introduce you to Selina – a fashionista, body positive advocate, and all around girly girl.

We got together to create an outfit that totally stirs things up – something amazing that pushes the boundaries a little. Once we had all accessories in place and she looked at herself in the mirror she said, “I WOULD TOTALLY WEAR THIS TO A CLUB!”. I gotta say, she was stunning. And her confidence was radiant.

Ok, so let’s go through each item.

The shoes. These are a pair of Madden Girl pumps that Selina picked up on sale at Town Shoes. Total princess diva. For this outfit, any number of pumps would have done the trick, or even a blinged-out flat if you’re not into heels.

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Next, the brassière. This is the Geo Dot Print Soft Touch Bra (Déesse Collection) by Additione Elle. And I must say that Addition Elle’s bras have come a LONG way in the last few years. Their bras are not only beautifully designed in the most lovely prints, but they are well structured and supportive. And they’re frequently on sale, so you can’t loose.

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Jewelry. This statement necklace is a piece that Selina brought from her personal collection. The coral color was a perfect way to pick up the colors of the bra, and complement her hair. Don’t be afraid of big bold pieces. The way I shop for jewelry is if I like it, I buy it. Don’t hesitate. Because when the time comes that you need a necklace to complete a look, you won’t be able to find it. That’s just Murphy’s Law.


Next, the Perfect Crop Leggings from SexyPlus Clothing; perfect because they’re slinky soft, opaque, high waisted so they don’t ride down your bum and reach all the way under your bra. Such a simple garment but essential for completing so many looks.


And finally, the item that makes this outfit so dramatic, feminine and FABULOUS is the lace dress cover by SexyPlus Clothing, designed by Joseph Ribkoff. A versatile piece that can be worn as shown, or over a simple tank dress (of any color I might add), or as lingerie, or as a swim cover…And yes, her bra is intentionally showing – what did I say in my last post, make your own rules right?

Undergarments can be sensually stylish and exposed when tastefully coordinated with your outfit.

See how nothing is actually showing but so much is implied? That’s sexy.



Isn’t she gorgeous? 


This post wouldn’t be complete without sharing Selina’s “beauty bible”, a Victoria’s Secret pouch filled with essentials like mascara, Taylor Swift mini perfume, Sephora mat stain lipstick, makeup wipes, eye brow pencil. She takes it EVERYWHERE not because she has to, but because she wants to. If a dash of this and a touch-up of that makes you feel good anytime, anywhere, then it IS good.


I really loved working on this project with Selina, and I hope you enjoyed the outfit and seeing a guest curvy gal (5’8″, size 20/22) on my blog. And ladies, Selina is not a professional model; she’s just a girl who has learned – and makes a concerted effort – to treat herself kindly, to spoil herself occasionally, to look at herself in the mirror and think nice things. It’s all part of her commitment to loving herself.

And that hair!!!! Selina provides professional extensions so get in touch with her if you want to experience movie star tresses.

Please comment below – did this outfit inspire you? Could you wear an outfit showing your bra? I would love to hear from you. And I kinda dare you. 😉


SassyPlus Stef



Lace dress cover by SexyPlus Clothing – available in store in sizes 14 and 18

Perfect Capri Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing – here or full length here

Addition Elle Bra – Geo Dot Print Soft Touch Bra, Déesse Collection here

Addition Elle entire lingerie collection here

Madden Girl Pumps at Town Shoes – sold out, shop current selection here

Photography by me! 

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