Aerie has been growing in popularity as a place to buy lingerie, especially for younger women who favor Aerie bras because the company doesn’t retouch its models. The chain, which is part of clothing manufacturer American Eagle, is becoming so popular that their US stores have been seeing huge sales increases!
In 2014, Aerie made the news by announcing “Aerie Real”; a campaign that made it the first major American lingerie manufacturer to not to Photoshop its models. In an effort to connect with millennials, Aerie no longer retouches any of its photos, saying that its lingerie models are beautiful enough without the use of Photoshop, and that women deserve to see models in their true form.
Aerie has also been appealing to young women by introducing more comfortable lingerie such as bralettes, which are now one of the most popular Aerie bras sold. As a result, Aerie has been stealing business from Victoria’s Secret and the younger Victoria’s Secret PINK, which heavily Photoshops their models and focuses more on sexy lingerie.
One of the cool things about Aerie’s website is that you can see photos of models wearing your actual bra size to get an idea what the bras look like on girls with your size. It’s called “Real Fit. Real Size.”, and it’s a cool feature considering that Aerie doesn’t retouch its photos. Most traditional lingerie stores only show thin B-cup models, leading those of us who are bigger on top to wonder what the bra would look like on us.
Much like Victoria’s Secret, however, most Aerie bras are not made for women with large breasts. Aerie uses the old-school bra fitting method that puts most women in ill-fitting 34B bras and makes them think a D cup is “huge” and only worn by women with gigantic breasts. For my money, this poor fitting method makes Aerie bras in the traditional cup sizes of A to D which does not reflect modern bra sizing.
Let’s take a look at each of their bras to see which ones might be good for fuller busts.
Aerie offers a huge line of bralettes; they even say “Bralettes… we did them first, we do them best”. Bralettes cater to girls who want a comfortable fit without underwires, which isn’t good for bustier girls who need support.
Aerie offers a wide array of bralette styles, including high-neck, triangle, halter, racerback, plunge, longline, bandeau, and classic styles. Every single one of these styles is sized not by band and cup size, but by traditional clothing sizes of extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large.
Not only do I not recommend these XS-XL sizes for women with large breasts, but many of the bralettes offer T-backs or other flimsy straps that further limit the amount of support the bralette can provide.
Are Aerie bralettes available in DD+ cup sizes? No
Lightly lined bras
Bustier girls who want minimal padding might consider Aerie’s line of lightly lined bras, which include the Sunnie, Katie, Blakely, Hannah, and Audrey models.
The Sunnie full coverage wireless bra is only available up to a D cup, and even then only up to a 36 band size, which means it’s not a good fit for girls with big boobs. Most wireless bras aren’t.
The Sunnie demi bra – called the “softest new fave” by Aerie – is available in a wider selection of band sizes, going up to 40, but still only comes in A through D cup sizes. One reviewer said that her boobs felt like “they were resting on a piece of heaven” in this bra. (She was a 30D)
The rest of Aerie’s unpadded bras do come in DD cup sizes, but nothing larger. The Sunnie Full Coverage bra is a soft T-shirt bra that won’t show through clothing, and is available in DD cups from 32DD to 40DD. For some odd reason, they also sell a 32DDD, but no other DDD cup sizes.
The Katie full coverage bra is sold as a “go-to everday bra” and is also available in full figure sizes of 32DD, 34DD, 36DD, and 38DD. They claim it is available up to 40DD, but I couldn’t see any in stock.
Aerie’s Blakely bra is a demi bra that also promises to be your “everyday bra”, but with a lower cut. It comes in different cute designs including lacy T-backs and longline bras. Although I still prefer other bras for fuller cups, his is one of Aerie’s best bras. It is available in DD and DDD cup sizes from 32 to 38 band sizes. However, when I went to look at the model photos for each cup size, the DD cup size model looked less busty than the C cup and D cup models for some reason.
The lightly lined Hannah bra is made out of soft cotton, and comes in DD cup sizes, but not DDD sizes.
Lastly, the Audrey convertible and strapless bra has largely been out of stock, but does promise DD cup sizes up to 38DD. However, only 34DD was available when I checked online; you might be able to find more stock in stores, although I’d doubt Aerie carries a lot of large bra sizes offline.
Are Aerie’s daily bras available in DD+ cup sizes? Sunnie Full Coverage, Katie, Blakely, and Hannah bras up to a DD cup; the Audrey bra up to a DDD cup
Aerie has three levels of push-up bras: “Perky”, “Perkier”, and “Whoa!”. They used to have a “Double Whoa” push-up bra that promised to add two cup sizes – similar to Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Bra – but this was discontinued when they focused on a more authentic look.
The Sunnie push-up bra is the padded version of the lightly lined full coverage bras above. It offers the Perkier level of padding, which adds about half a cup size and offers some lift for moderate cleavage. As far as push-up bras from a mall store go, the range of sizes is decent, with DD cups up to 38DD. Like the other Sunnie bras, it offers DDD sizes only for 32DDD for some strange reason.
The Brooke push-up has a plunge silhouette and is a longline bra with all-around lace and a really cute look under the front gore. It’s also part of the Perkier collection which means you can expect decent cleavage, and it’s available in DDD sizes from 32DDD to 36DDD. DD sizes are available in larger bands up to 38DD. Again, the C cup model’s boobs look HUGE while the DD cup model looks more normal, leading me to wonder if Aerie’s “real cup size” photos are accurate.
The Harper bra is made of memory foam, although my experience makes me think Aerie’s bras aren’t that high quality and the memory foam wouldn’t work too well. Either way, it is a cute lacy bra, but it’s only available up to a DD cup.
For maximum lift and cleavage, the Emma bra is one of two bras with “Whoa!” level push-up that Aerie claims will add one full cup size. However, it is only available up to a D cup… bad news if you wanted your DDs or DDDs to be a full size bigger.
The other “Whoa!” bra is the Ella Gel bra, which is made of gel padding that adds a full cup size and that features the same “C cup” model with gargantuan boobs. Like Emma, Ella Gel comes in very standard sizes from AA to D cup; no gel padding for DD or DDD cup sizes.
If you want less push-up, the Bridget bra offers a Perky look with standard light padding. It’s available from 32DD to 38DD and from 32DDD to 36DDD.
Also offering less push-up is the strapless Summer bra, which offers four ways to wear it. Again, I don’t expect top quality from Aerie, so I wouldn’t recommend a strapless bra or convertible bra from them if you have big boobs. Just in case, Summer has limited availability in DD sizes up to 38DD.
Are Aerie push-up bras available in DD+ cup sizes? Sunnie, Brooke, Harper bras add half a cup size up to DD cup; the Bridget bra adds gentle lift up to a DDD cup
Aerie’s offers three sports and yoga bras: the Chill, the Play, and the Move. And first two appear to offer very little support, which is supported by the fact that Aerie suggests you can wear them from the gym to Sunday brunch. As a busty girl, I wouldn’t want to wear my sports bra to brunch or anywhere else I want to look great.
The Move bra appears to offer a bit more support, although I don’t believe it would offer the “medium to high impact support” Aerie promises for larger bra sizes. Move bras feature zip fronts, which can be good, but I’m still dubious of the support it offers.
The bigger problem with Aerie sports bras is that they are sized XS-XL, rather than with band and cup sizes like normal bras. Even Victoria’s Secret sports bras come in normal bra sizes like 34DD rather than the generic “small”. I would avoid Aerie sports bras for this reason alone.
Are Aerie sports bras available in DD+ cup sizes? No
Are Aerie bras good for large cup sizes?
The bottom line is that Aerie does offer some bras in large bra sizes. However, my general advice as a bra fitter is to avoid the mall stores that everyone else shops at. If you have large breasts, you’ll be best off wearing a bra designed for large breasts rather than a mass-marketed bra.
Stores like Aerie tend to design their bras for the “standard” 34B size and then simply make each subsequent size a bit larger. This means the cups aren’t really designed for bigger boobs, and even their DD and DDD cup sizes won’t fit too well.
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