Of course you can’t have one bra that does it all. Each bra is a specifically tailored garment that has been designed for a particular kind of application. Whether it’s purpose it is to give more lift, give greater support, or minimize cleavage and bulge, your bra is the support system that helps your neck and back. When you’re busty, this protruding weight pulling down on your chest can be difficult to deal with in the way of fashion. Button downs lose buttons, gauzy blouses outline every ripple, and plain t-shirts reveal cup spillage. There are bras that make these troublesome scenarios easier, I promise. Here are 7 bras that every busty girl absolutely needs to have in her closet.

1. T-Shirt Bra

This style of bra has been my life saver more times than I can count. T-shirt bras are intended to be a smooth solution for thin fabric tops. These bras have a design that makes for a flattering and uniform texture through your top. Well equipped with delicately contoured and optimally shaped cups, your T-shirt experience will undoubtedly be optimized. If you are looking for ease of wear and the most versatility of any bra you own, this one will be your go-to. This bra likely won’t be your first pick if you’re looking for an active wear bra, or for shape under a backless or strappy top. However, straps can (sometimes) be conveniently changed out for invisible or clear ones, in a pinch.

Many seamless options are available, as well as broad side bands that keep extra breast tissue in check and not peeking around the band. Different types of closure can alter how smooth your T-shirt look is! Trying a front closure bra might be a better alternative to a traditional back closure one. No crumpling  or bumpiness in the back, and a smooth looking torso all around.

2. Push-Up Bra

For those times when you want extra lift to show off a little, a push-up bra is your best friend. The secret about push-up bras and how they add to your volume is the extra padding along the bottom of the cups. This padding can be made out of a variety of materials such as gel, foam, cotton, water or air. With the padding addition, this bra is able to magically lift and create a fuller and more voluminous bust. Since we’re talking about us busty ladies, we don’t want to add too much volume. For us, only go up one size; adding too much volume to your bra can easily overwhelm an outfit or make you look heavy everywhere else.

Varieties of push up bras can be strapless or even adhesive. These styles of push-ups tend to offer less in the way of support or volume and can be extremely tricky to size. Some styles will have less padding, and work more to lift and emphasize what you’ve already got going on. Underwire is another bra attribute that you most likely will see, but sometimes will be absent. Know what kind of bra characteristics you like before you go shopping. Sometimes the range of options can be extremely overwhelming!

3. Sports Bra

For physical activity that demands nothing less than the most support, sports bras are a must have in your bra collection. As a busty girl, you might even have two for double the security. There’s nothing worse than the strain on your back after something like cardio or HIIT, and sports bras were developed to help. By simultaneously  minimizing and securing your breasts as close to your body as possible, sports bras are a must have in your closet.

When shopping for a sports bra you will find there are a dozen variations and then some. Some have padding, some are strappy and minimalist, others have underwire and push-up components. When it comes to me choosing a bra, I like the simple approach. I choose a quick drying material because I sweat like a pig, without padding, wire, etc. I am sure to pick one with a broad and tight enough band for extra tata security when I’m reaching over my head at a yoga class.

This takes us to my most important note on sports bras, and really any bra. Try it on! This will sound ridiculous, but put it on and do some reaching over your head and across your body. Go for jumping jacks while you’re at it, too. It’s the best way to be absolutely sure you like it.

4. Minimizer Bra

This style of bra is designed with a full coverage elastic cup, for a thinner and even distribution of breast tissue. The minimizer bra is best suited for women who want to shrink the appearance of their bust by 1-2 inches. Whether it’s a top that won’t cooperate, or you really want the ladies out of the way for the day, this bra is your key to success. Shrinking your bust sometimes has the effect of making you appear a little smaller, or less top-heavy.

Of course, with every other style of bra, there are slightly different variations of minimizer bras. Some are more mesh material, others are cotton. Some offer more minimization than others. Bring in your most problematic top and try on a few. See which one gives you the most flattering and desirable results before you take it home.

5. Plunge Bra

For low-cut dresses that leave you with the option of either going braless or having your go-to bra hanging out, the plunge bra is here to save you. The design of the bra is simple, it smooths the appearance of your breasts and has an extremely low front center panel. The downsides of this bra include the fact that it doesn’t provide much support, if any at all. The general idea is that you won’t be doing your daily calisthenics while wearing whatever outfit you need this bra for. With this in mind, it is a good bra to keep in your arsenal of useful articles of clothing.

For super low cut tops, you don’t usually want your breasts protruding out from your body. It can look trashy very easily. The plunge bra adds a relaxed and classy touch to a potentially overly-provocative outfit. Plunge bras can be found typically with straps, or as an adhesive bra. Other varieties exist, too. Find one or two that work best with your favorite low front tops or dresses and make sure to bring it along when you hit the dressing room!

6. Full Cup Bra

If you’re longing for a comfortable full coverage bra, this is your winner item. This bra design has the most comfort and support than most any bra on the market. Equipped with a cup for complete breast coverage, and thicker straps for supporting your chest weight, these bras sometimes get a bad rap. The full coverage bra isn’t typically anyone’s definition of “sexy”. But seduction isn’t usually in mind when you throw everything out the window for the ideal comfort bra!

You might want to avoid this style of bra if you have particularly shallow breasts, if you have very firm breasts, or if you like less coverage bras.

This bra design is idea for women who have especially large chests, and need nothing but the best support. The full cup bra prevents things like quadraboob because of the complete coverage cup. Quadraboob is a no-no. If your breasts are less firm, or you worry about sagging or loose breast tissue, give one of these a try! It is a particularly good option if you need a break from your usual daily bra. The full cup is perfect for anyone who wishes to have a more modest and conservative look, too.

7. Strapless Bra

Always a difficult bra to make work with a large bust. Regardless, the strapless is a must have in your closet for those special outfit occasions. For off the shoulder tops or strapless dresses, the strapless bra is your champion bra. How does it work with no straps for support? These bras a re designed with thicker bands to provide their support in other ways than the tradition bra with straps.

For women with especially large busts, you should consider wearing a longline strapless bra garment. It extends down the waist to allow for more support, smoothing of the sides without over stressing your back. They have a fantastic slimming effect for the waistline, too.

These bras can be found with lacy accents, conservative and plain designs, or in outrageous patterns and covered in sequins. You can definitely find one that fits just about any occasion. As with any new bra, make sure to try it on and wiggle around in it. Does it feel secure? Is the band fitting snug enough (especially important with this style of bra.)? Does it require constant readjustment? Be sure!

Bra Summary

With these 7 bras you can handle just about any outfit occasion. Being busty doesn’t mean you’re stuck with only one kind of high security bra. The lingerie market is quickly evolving in our favor, keep giving new styles and brands a try. You’re sure to find one of every kind you love!

If you enjoyed this article, then we're probably very similar. I'm Victoria Melo, and I know what it’s like to be busty and struggle finding the perfect bra. Not long ago, I was just another girl wearing the wrong bra size. When I finally discovered my real size and found great bras for my busty figure, it felt like a miracle. Now, I'm a bra fitter helping hundreds of women like you find their own miracle. Click here to read my lists of my favorite bras for you.

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