The Full-Bust Bride: Gorgeous D+ Bridal Lingerie

So, look, I am the first person to shriek “just because it’s white doesn’t mean it’s only for brides!” A. you can wear white lingerie any time you feel like it, even, brace yourselves, if you’re single (hello fellow singletons!), and B. even if you are getting married, there is no reason you HAVE to wear white lingerie on your wedding day. You can wear any color you want. Actually, related to part B., anyone who tells you that you MUST or SHOULD wear Spanx, a corset, a seamless thong, a strapless bra, a bustier, stockings, a garter or any other particular item of lingerie is 1. wrong and 2. most likely trying to sell you something. Wear something you like that does what you want it to do under your outfit for the day– that’s really the main consideration.

White or ivory lingerie can sometimes be impractical: it shows under sheer or light-colored clothing, it stains easily, and it can feel a little boring or basic. In spite of these considerations, I feel like I’ve noticed a strong uptick lately in thoughtful, creative designs across a range of brands, sizes, and price points that take white lingerie from simple to spectacular. While these styles can appeal to anyone at any point in their lives, if you are in the market for something special for the big day, these full-bust designs have you covered.

Most brands in this post use U.K. cup sizing, which progresses as follows: C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K. As a reminder, while it’s totally understandable to want a specific style on your wedding day, I urge you to prioritize your comfort when making your purchasing decision. Weddings can be all-day events that involve standing, talking, getting up and down to greet and hug people, dancing, etc. etc. Whatever style you choose to wear, make sure you feel great wearing it.

This is a long post, but I like to present as many options as possible, because hey, we all come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and budgets.

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Panache Black Serenity

Serenity basque and thong by Panache Black, 28-38 D-H, XS-XXL. £89 (about $136)

Serenity basque and thong by Panache Black, 28-38 D-H, XS-XXL. £89 (about $136)

Panache Black has taken over from Masquerade, Panache’s former higher-end label, and the Serenity collection transitions easily from the old brand to the new. The collection includes a basque, strapless bra, plunge bra, brief, thong, and suspender belt, all in sizes 28-38 D-H and XS-XXL. I reviewed the collection here, and I can tell you that it is BEAUTIFUL. It’s seriously like fairy-tale-princess beautiful.

Serenity strapless bra and brief by Panache Black, 28-38 D-H, XS-XXL. £58.50 (about $89.50)

Serenity strapless bra and brief by Panache Black, 28-38 D-H, XS-XXL. £58.50 (about $89.50)

When I think of classic special occasion/bridal lingerie, I think of something like this: floral embroidery, ivory satin, and delicate lace details. There don’t seem to be many US retailers with this collection in stock, especially for the basque, which is unfortunate. I’ll also note that when I tried both the bra and the basque they ran quite small in both band and cup, so I’d strongly recommend trying more than one size if you can. Regardless, it’s a really, really special collection.

Panache Evie

Evie basque by Panache, 28-38 D-H. £49 (about $75.50)

Evie basque by Panache, 28-38 D-H. £49 (about $75.50)

Evie is like Serenity’s more relaxed cousin. The collection still feels bridal, but it’s a little less glam and a little more casual. The lace is more delicate, and the tulle and mesh are subtler than the shiny satin of Serenity.

Evie strapless bra by Panache, 28-38 D-H. £35 (about $53.50)

Evie strapless bra by Panache, 28-38 D-H. £35 (about $53.50)

I tried the basque a few years ago and it wasn’t quite right for my body, but one of my good friends (of Project Wedding Cake fame) wore it for her wedding and she looked and felt smashing in it. The Evie basque is also a little more flexible than Serenity, which might be appealing if you’re not used to full-body lingerie pieces.

Elomi Maria

Maria strapless bra and brief by Elomi.  34 G-HH, 36-42 DD-HH, 44 DD-G, 46 DD-E, 48 E. $76. Brief available in sizes M-4X

Maria strapless bra and brief by Elomi. 34 G-HH, 36-42 DD-HH, 44 DD-G, 46 DD-E, 48 E. $76. Brief available in sizes M-4X

Maria is really one of the only full-bust/full-figure special occasions collections out there that is specifically targeted towards brides. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but the size range is staggering: the basque is available in sizes from 32D to 42HH to 46E!

Maria basque and thong by Elomi. 32 DD-HH, 34-40 D-HH, 42 D-H, 44 D-G, 46 D-F, 46 D-E. $118. Knickers in sizes M-4X.

Maria basque and thong by Elomi. 32 DD-HH, 34-40 D-HH, 42 D-H, 44 D-G, 46 D-F, 46 D-E. $118. Knickers in sizes M-4X.

The collection includes a basque, strapless bra, brief, thong, suspender belt, and babydoll. I reviewed the basque here and the babydoll here, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the babydoll is PERFECTION ITSELF and I really regret that it doesn’t fit me anymore. All pieces are available in black as well as ivory, in case you prefer your fancy undies in a more nocturnal hue.

Freya Deco Darling

Freya’s Deco collection, based around their popular molded plunge bra, is unstoppable, and I’m actually surprised it took them this long to design a bridal collection based on it.

Deco Darling strapless bra and high-waist brief by Freya, 28 D-G, 30 D-GG, 32-38 B-GG. $78

Deco Darling strapless bra and high-waist brief by Freya, 28 D-G, 30 D-GG, 32-38 B-GG. $78

The Deco Darling bridal collection includes a plunge bra, strapless bra, brief, thong, high-waist brief, suspender, babydoll, and garter, all in a warm shade of ivory with all-over rose embroidery and pretty crystal accents. Fuller Figure Fuller Bust recently reviewed the lovely strapless bra and high-waist brief.

Deco Darling babydoll by Freya, 28-38 D-G. £52 (about $80).

Deco Darling babydoll by Freya, 28-38 D-G. £52 (about $80).

I should also point out that if white and ivory aren’t your thing, there’s also a pretty black/pink colorway that I really, really like, although it doesn’t include the babydoll or garter.

Freya Deco Shape

Yet another Deco offshoot, the Deco Shape collection features the same great fit and support as the classic collection while incorporating shapewear elements.

Deco Shape longline convertible strapless bra and high-waist brief by Freya, 28 D-G, 30 D-GG, 32-38 B-GG. $79

Deco Shape longline convertible strapless bra and high-waist brief by Freya, 28 D-G, 30 D-GG, 32-38 B-GG. $79

The longline convertible bra (while not THAT long in larger cup sizes) offers more back-smoothing than a traditional strapless bra, there’s a great high-waist shaping brief, and the final piece is a really lovely strapless/convertible shaping slip.

Deco Shape slip by Freya, 32-36 D-GG. $108

Deco Shape slip by Freya, 32-36 D-GG. $108

One thing I really like about Deco Shape is that it’s a collection that can read as “bridal” but that’s not covered from head to toe in bows or ruffles or satin or lace. The digital floral print is a subtle nod to traditional bridal styles that feels much more streamlined and modern.

Fantasie Allegra

Ughhhh it’s so pretty. The Allegra collection has been available in black and red in previous seasons, but this season brings us a delicate, crisp white.

Allegra side support bra by Fantasie, 28 D-G, 30-36 C-GG, 38 C-G.

Allegra side support bra by Fantasie, 28 D-G, 30-36 C-GG, 38 C-G.

I wish the sheer vertical seam bra came in GG cups too, because I would 100% cheat on the size in order to own it.

Allegra vertical seam bra, suspender, and brief in black, 30-38 D-G. $76

Allegra vertical seam bra, suspender, and brief in black, 30-38 D-G. $76

I’ve tried on the red and black versions, and while Fantasie bras aren’t always my friends, this one is pretty divine. The white colorway is new for this season, and the super sheer style means the embroidery creates an almost tattoo-like effect against the skin.

Fantasie Mae

When we learned last year that Fauve, Fantasie’s more luxurious sister brand, would be folded and incorporated into Fantasie’s collections, I was curious to see how this would affect the main brand. I associated Fantasie with sweet, staid, or even stuffy styles; as I’ve been making my lingerie drawer more stylish, would I still be interested in Fantasie? I’ve been so pleased to see that this year’s collections have kept some of the classic Fantasie shapes while introducing more sophisticated and grown up materials, colors, and trims. This new collection, Mae, is an absolute stunner.

Mae half-cup bra in Champagne by Fantasie, 30 D-G, 32-38 C-G. $84

Mae half-cup bra and high-waist brief in Champagne by Fantasie, 30 D-G, 32-38 C-G. $84

Pictures do not do it justice– I was so impressed when I saw it at the trade shows. The floral flocking is lush and elegant, the ivory colorway has a romantic, vintage feel, and the collection includes a molded strapless bra, padded half-cup bra, classic Fantasie side-support bra, basque, brief, thong, high-waist brief, suspender belt, and garter– whew!

Bravissimo Lola Luxe

Lola Luxe basque by Bravissimo, 30-38 F-K, £50 (about $76.40).

Lola Luxe basque by Bravissimo, 30-38 F-K, £50 (about $76.40).

You may recall I reviewed it in scarlet for Valentine’s Day? It’s available in F-K cups, the suspenders are detachable, there’s this lovely ivory color, I tried it on when I went to London, and it is very pretty indeed. I’d love to see Bravissimo offer convertible straps if possible, but in its current incarnation I think it’s still pretty darn great. Two thumbs up, would totally recommend.

Harlow & Fox

Lots of people like to splurge on wardrobe choices for a special occasion like a wedding, and if you are one of those people, please buy yourself some Harlow & Fox so I can live vicariously through you. Fine silk, incredible laces (check out that gorgeous gold lace on the Ophelia collection below), and immaculate construction make this luxury brand worth every penny.

Ophelia robe, S/M, M/L ($650), bra, 30-38 DD-G ($286), and brief, XS-XL ($167) by Harlow & Fox

Ophelia robe, S/M, M/L ($650), bra, 30-38 DD-G ($286), and brief, XS-XL ($167) by Harlow & Fox

If you’re the sort of person who builds elaborate trousseaux, you really can’t go wrong with ANY of the collections so you should probably just get all of them, but if you want to stick with classic ivories and neutrals I’d recommend Eleanor, Ophelia, and of course the beautiful silk Anastasia kimono for a finishing touch.

Anastasia silk print kimono, S, M, L ($531), Eleanor silk bra, 30-38 DD-G ($257) and brief, XS-XL ($144) by Harlow & Fox

Anastasia silk print kimono, S, M, L ($531), Eleanor silk bra, 30-38 DD-G ($257) and brief, XS-XL ($144) by Harlow & Fox

Panache Envy

Maybe lace and silk and floral embroidery and appliques and jewels and fluff and fuss and whatnot aren’t your thing.

Envy bra and brief in Ivory by Panache, 30-38 D-K, $65

Envy bra and brief in Ivory by Panache, 30-38 D-K, $65

Maybe a nice houndstooth pattern with comfy stretch lace in a nice cool ivory is more your thing. Envy is a classic balconette bra that’s become a best-seller for Panache thanks to the great lift, easy fit, and rounded shape it gives. If you’re looking for a simple ivory bra that will keep you supported through a day of standing, hugging, eating, drinking, and dancing, this bra will be there for you.

Ewa Michalak

Look at this precious darling babydoll. It is SO CUTE.

Ewa Michalak Koszulka Babydoll Noc poślubna, band sizes 30-42, cup sizes D-KK depending on band size. 259.00zł (about $69)

Ewa Michalak Koszulka Babydoll Noc poślubna, band sizes 30-42, cup sizes D-KK depending on band size. 259.00zł (about $69)

Don’t worry, if babydolls aren’t your thing, there are also some really pretty white and neutral bras in the current collections that give great support in equally lovely style. I particularly love this delicate lace collection!

Comexim

I’m still new to Comexim, but I adore the Arizona bra I reviewed earlier this year. If I wanted a fabulously comfortable plunge bra for a special occasion, I’d go straight for the pretty Ginger collection.

Ginger by Comexim, band sizes 60-90, cup sizes D-J (depending on band size). 120,00 zł (about $31.72, although I imagine it will retail in the US for around $50 after fees)

Ginger by Comexim, band sizes 60-90, cup sizes D-J (depending on band size). 120,00 zł (about $31.72, although I imagine it will retail in the US for around $50 after fees)

Anna Pardal

I have been SUPER impressed with the fit of both Comexim and Anna Pardal, the special collection designed for Comexim by Anna herself.

Milk and Honey by Anna Pardal, 28-44 D-J, depending on band size. $68

Milk and Honey by Anna Pardal, 28-44 D-J, depending on band size. $68

While technically one of Anna Pardal’s “basic” collections, this gorgeous Milk & Honey bra looks extremely elegant, and it would feel comfortable and supportive on a big day. Erica reviewed Milk & Honey at A Sophisticated Pair; you can also order Anna Pardal and Comexim styles through her store.

Parfait Elissa Collection

Elissa collection from Parfait. Strapless contour bra, longline bra, and babydoll all in sizes 30-40 D-G, bikini brief and Brazilian thong in sizes S-XXL.

Elissa collection from Parfait. Strapless contour bra ($56), longline bra ($54), and babydoll ($69) all in sizes 30-40 D-G, bikini brief and Brazilian thong in sizes S-XXL.

As Mademoiselle K pointed out in the comments on this post, it IS a little odd that this new bridal collection is named for Dido, who famously died after famously not getting married to Aeneas, so that’s awkward. Nevertheless: it’s a longline bra that’s NOT A PADDED HALF CUP! A miracle! I’d love to see it go to higher cup sizes (dear anyone and everyone PLEASE where is my non-padded G+ longline bra?!?) but this is really, really lovely. I also like recommending Parfait since their price points come in a little lower than many of the other major full-bust brands.

Claudette Dessous

Dessous by Claudette in Periwinkle/Cream Soda. 28 D-G, 30-34 A-G, 36-38 B-G. $62

Dessous by Claudette in Periwinkle/Cream Soda. 28 D-G, 30-34 A-G, 36-38 B-G. $62

How about a little something blue? The Dessous collection from Claudette is super-sheer, light, breezy, and totally lovely. Yes, please.

Adina Reay

Bridal collection in Champagne by Adina Reay, 32-36 DD-G. £130 (about $199)

Bridal collection in Champagne by Adina Reay, 32-36 DD-G. £130 (about $199)

Adina Reay has been EXTREMELY quiet on the publicity front, and as such I haven’t heard any reviews about the fit yet. That being said, the materials and designs look absolutely exquisite. Custom in-house embroideries, sheer tulle, and a unique cut-out center gore make this new full-bust luxury brand one of the ones I’m most eagerly watching. I mentioned this in my preview of new full-bust brands for 2015, but Adina Reay reminds me most strongly of Fleur of England, a luxury brand I love but will never be able to wear. I’m extremely eager to see these pieces in person.

All Undone

I saved one of my favorites for last: I know many of you are fans of animal print, and I suspect that for a special occasion you would rather wear animal-print than flowers or ruffles, and for you, there is this utter, complete and total beauty from UK full-bust luxury brand All Undone.

Willa bra, brief, and suspender belt by All Undone, 28-34 D-GG. £95 (about $145)

Willa bra, brief, and suspender belt by All Undone, 28-34 D-GG. £95 (about $145)

The gorgeous textured silk leopard tulle is made in the UK, as is every piece of All Undone lingerie. This is crisp and sleek and sexy and sophisticated; it’s so chic I can’t even stand it.

*****

What do you think of these styles? Anything catch your eye? I was surprised while writing this post at how long it got, and how I even chose to leave some brands off the list in the interest of time. The full-bust market has grown so, so much since my first fitting in 2007– I’m so thrilled to see so many varied designs. What do you think is still missing? Obviously some brands’ size ranges are smaller than others, and there are lots of reasons for that (primarily economic), but I’d love to know: if your dream set isn’t on this list, what would it look like?

11 Comments on The Full-Bust Bride: Gorgeous D+ Bridal Lingerie

  1. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    June 2, 2015 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    First, there are some absolutely stunning pieces here, and I totally agree the Elomi Maria Babydoll is simply amazing. Those cascading ruffles! It’s so funny because we were located next to a bridal store at one point, which did not carry any support garments, and I thought we’d see so much interest in lovely, decorative pieces like this. Every now and then we do, but most women buy whatever colored lingerie they like for the honeymoon and true support pieces for under the dress, like waist cinchers, shapers, etc. They care more about how they will look in pictures than having something sexy on underneath, so we had to adjust our buying plan. Oh, and a word of caution for some of the basques/bustiers: The fit on these can be really tricky depending on body shape. You are essentially trying to fit two different body parts, which doesn’t always work as well as buying two separate items like a strapless bra and waist cincher. Plus, the boning on them is not as firm, and some women think that they’ll get a lot more tummy support under their dress than what the piece gives.

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    • Sweets
      June 2, 2015 at 11:40 am (4 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY AGREE on basques being tricky little things. Every single one I’ve tried has fit differently, and they all fit differently than a corset. That is such a good point. Especially if someone’s looking for lower tummy support, I’d recommend a different piece of shapewear.

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  2. Lee Rivers
    June 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

    This is a great roundup! I agree with comfort being the super important part- many brides spend hours getting ready, then the ceremony can take fifteen minutes to two hours depending on what kind of ceremony it is and how long-winded the officiants and speakers choose to be, then the bride gets to have to schmooze with all the guests for several hours, and probably dance sometime too.

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  3. Charli
    June 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm (4 years ago)

    I bought the Evie basque for my wedding when first trying on dresses, then i bought a dress with straps and bought a blue and pink floral set from Gossard instead. I still have the basque though, and absolutely swear by it!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Katherine
    May 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    This is by far the most informative piece I’ve found on beautiful bridal lingerie for large busts! Even in 2016, I’ve no better info. Great post! Thanks!

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  5. Jenna
    November 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m currently shopping for wedding lingerie and I despair of finding a strapless bra or basque with a very low back. I’m a 30E, which means I have to resort to sister sizes and even then I’m only seeing the one option from Va Bien. Help meeeeeee!

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    • Sweets
      November 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Girl honestly for low back AND strapless there just isn’t much out there, Va Bien is truly one of your only options. Can you DM me a pic of the gown? And are you UK 30E (so, like, DDD or whatever)? You might also take a look at Le Mystere, as I’ve heard it can run super tight in the band. You may need to try a couple of sister sizes to get the fit right, but the back looks pretty low in this model image. I’m so sorry you’re having trouble! We will find an answer 🙂

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      • Jenna
        November 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

        I’ve tried Va Bien before and wasn’t crazy about it, but I’ll give it another go. I’ve ordered two different sizes from Le Mystere and I’ll keep my fingers crossed. 30E is such an impossible size. Thanks for the suggestions!!! <3

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        • Sweets
          November 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

          You’re very welcome! The person I’m thinking of who tried Le Mystere sized up two full band sizes, so even though they start at 32 you may be in luck!

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  6. Sherry Griffis
    April 8, 2017 at 11:54 am (3 years ago)

    Hello, I sent a comment yesterday but I have weird luck so in case it did not go through I wanted to send another message. I need a bustier for my wedding in May. Im not a rediculiously overweight individual but I am very much a bust size 34GG UK but I have recently recovered from some health issues causing me to loose a lot of wheight fast. So by May 12 I will be a 32GG UK most assuridly. I need someone to possably respond with a recomendation. The dress is a srapless, corsett back, I can send images. I live in Washington State so please let me know if I should call and speak to someone to find just the right piece. I have never owned anything like this before but I really like the way your website is laid out and it looks like you could have just what I need.

    Appreciate some aasistance. Sherry Griffis

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    • Sweets
      April 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Dear Sherry, thank you for your kind words! I think, though, there may have been a mixup: I didn’t get a message from you yesterday, and I think it may be because you’ve mixed me up with a retailer. This is just a blog; I don’t actually sell any lingerie on this site. For size 32GG I recommend looking at bridal lingerie from Fantasie, Freya, or Panache. You can find these brands sold in the US at Nordstrom, Bare Necessities, and also from Figleaves’ US website. Good luck!

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