Though bralettes have been around for over 100 years, they’ve never been as popular as a traditional underwire bra—especially if you have a bigger bust. As bralettes have climbed up the totem pole in recent years (spurred mainly by our growing love of comfort), more and more women are reaching for bralettes as their go-to bra for daily life. While women with big busts may have ruled bralettes out for not being supportive enough for everyday wear, we’re here to tell you that supportive bralettes for larger busts exist and are even better than you’d imagine.
To help you discover the most supportive, comfortable and flattering bralettes, we’ve highlighted the best ones for larger busts below. These top-tier bralettes are ideal for those with D-plus-sized breasts and are so comfy you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
Read on to find the best bralettes and crop top bras for large busts.
What is a bralette
If you need a refresher: Bralettes are typically (but not always) wire-free bras with minimal or no padding. Thanks to the lack of significant padding, they’re lightweight and made of soft, breathable materials that are incredibly comfy. While they don’t have an underwire, many bralettes have moulded soft cups that offer support and smoothing. These ultra-comfy bras come in a range of designs, from smooth fabrics and delicate lace to natural nude hues and bright, bold colours. So no matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a bralette for you.
Does a bralette provide support for a larger bust?
While it’s true that bralettes don’t offer as much support and lift as a traditional underwire bra, they can still be supportive enough for larger bust sizes. As with any bra, if you choose the right fit, a bralette will provide ample support for everyday wear, which is important for your well-being and confidence throughout the day. You also want to look for key features, such as a wider band, that will provide support and structure while remaining comfortable to wear.
Because bralettes come in various designs, only some styles will be ideal for larger cup sizes, which is why browsing online and in-store can be tricky. Luckily, at Bendon, we have styles specifically crafted for bigger breasts. Our bralettes for larger busts have features such as 2-piece cups, reinforced bottom cups, adjustable hooks, and cups with excellent coverage to keep the breasts secure and prevent spillage—all these features ensure security, support and, most importantly, comfort.
What sizes do bralettes come in?
Bralette sizes will vary depending on the brand. At Bendon, our bralettes come in band and cup sizes (the same as traditional bras), making transitioning from your trusty underwire bra to a bralette much easier. We also have S through XL sizes that fit many body shapes — check out our size chart to get an idea of how to work out your cup sizes in these types.
When to wear a bralette
One of the things that make bralettes so compelling is their versatility. They are perfect for relaxing days at home when you want a break from underwire, but they can also be a great go-to option for everyday wear. Bralettes might not be professional enough for fancy events or meetings, but you can always reach for them in casual settings when your breasts don’t need to have optimum support or structure.
You’ll also find bralettes in sexy fun designs that are ideal for a date night or when you want a little bra peeking through your outfit. Last but not least, bralettes are a brilliant option for pregnant women since they don’t have any underwire that can feel constricting and uncomfortable.
The best bralettes for larger busts
Comfit Wire Free Bra
Why you’ll love it: If you’re looking for an everyday bralette, consider the Comfit Wire Free Bra. The double-layered fabric provides flexibility, letting it fit your body perfectly. Meanwhile, innovative bonding technology along the bust provides extremely comfortable non-wired support. This bralette is also seam-free, so it’s nice and smooth under clothing. Wide soft finish adjustable straps can be worn in multiple ways depending on your outfit, and you won’t get any cutting in on your shoulders. The 4-row hook offers bonus support along the back. Comes in black, peach, coral and mocha.
Wear it with: Keep things cohesive by pairing it with the matching Comfit Collection Midi Brief.
Sizes: Cup sizes A/B to F/G
Here’s what our lovely customers had to say about this style: “So comfortable and beautiful … I barely realise I’m wearing it.” – Elissa
“This bra provides as much support as a bra with wire and is super comfortable.” – Lou
Fayreform Ultimate Comfort Front Closure Bra
Why you’ll love it: The Ultimate Comfort Front Closure Bra comes in a stunning pink champagne colour that’s great for everyday wear, especially if you plan on wearing it under light-coloured blouses or tee shirts. Support-wise, this bralette is unmatched. 3-piece cotton-lined cups give your bust a similar shape and support to an underwire bra. The wide straps help relieve shoulder pain and are fully adjustable. Front hook-and-eye closures make this bralette easy to get on and off. Thought it couldn’t get any better? You’ll love that the elastic back moves with you as you go about your day, so you can kiss those old suffocating bras goodbye!
Sizes: Cup sizes C to G
Here’s what our lovely customers had to say about this style: “I highly recommend this bra, it’s so comfortable I forget I’m wearing one.” – Lynette
“I have never had such comfortable bras, the difference between underwire vs no underwire is phenomenal.” – Anne
Comfit Crop Top Bra
Why you’ll love it: This bra is a game-changer for women who want a long-lined comfortable bra they can go from day to night in. The Comfit Crop Top Bra has moulded, double-layered fabric cups for flexible shape and support – aka it won’t give you a ‘uniboob.’ The seam-free fabric is perfectly smooth underneath clothing, so you can wear it with most things in your wardrobe. An added lace detail transforms this simple bralette into something truly special. We especially love it as a lightweight everyday bra that’s easy to wear — just throw it on, go, and feel comfortable all day. Comes in wearable black and peach.
Wear it with: The Comfit High Cut Brief for a seamless, flattering fit.
Here’s what our lovely customers had to say about this style: “Very comfortable and way more supportive than your average crop top bra. I am a DD and happily use this as a daily bra.” – Helga
“I am obsessed with this bra. It is amazing. So, so comfortable, completely seamless and still gives shape. The only bra I will wear.” – Rosalie
More must-have bra styles for larger busts
Need some more recs? We’ve got you. Here’s our top picks:
While some bralettes are supportive enough for daily walks or light activity, we don’t recommend wearing them for exercise. For high-intensity exercise, larger busts may feel more comfortable in a high impact sports bra.
Bralettes with multiway straps can be tailored to fit different silhouettes, but a supportive strapless bra is a must-have in any women’s wardrobe for those moments when you need to go strapless. Try this strapless push up bra for a sleek fit that offers superior lift and hold.
We love a basic bra for daily wear, but if you want to add some colour to your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with this plunge push up bra.
Try out our range of larger bust bralettes