Where to Buy Bras Bigger than a D Cup

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Sweet Nothings turns 4 years old today! I still can’t really process my good fortune to have started a project that’s brought me so much joy and has given me the chance to meet such interesting, passionate, smart, talented people, from my readers to designers, retailers, other bloggers, and brand reps. You all are such straight up cool people: I’ve learned SO MUCH from you, both about lingerie and about life (oh my gosh, sometimes I go back and read my earliest posts and I’m like oh you sweet summer child, you were funny but you didn’t know as much as you thought you knew). Whether you’ve been reading since the beginning (hi sis!) or today is your first visit, thank you so much for being here.

With this anniversary in mind, I thought it would be nice to go back to basics for a hot second and do a refresher on where you can find bras in bigger cup sizes, since that’s sort of my whole raison d’être. I would be lying if I said this post weren’t in response to some click-baity Buzzfeed-style articles I’ve seen floating around social media lately bemoaning an absence of D+ bra sizes in stores like K-mart and Victoria’s Secret. And right off the bat, let me be clear: for people who don’t have regular access to the internet, some disposable income, or access to a credit card or some means of participating in e-commerce, then yes, the lack of affordable bras in a wide range of sizes is a genuine problem.

However.

Y’all.

These posts make me want to wail and gnash my teeth and screech to the heavens “HATH YE NEVER GOOGLED BEFORE?”

I’m for sure going to tell you about some great places to find bigger bras online, but allow me to be old real quick: you kids today have no idea what I suffered. Let me take you way, way back, to the far-distant past of 8 years ago, when some people still blanched and said it was “weird” that I ordered underwear online, and many retailers large and small had minimal to nonexistent web presences. Instagram or Twitter accounts? HA, no. I had been fitted for the first time at a Nordstrom in Virginia, and I was super-jazzed about finding new bras, but once back in New York I struggled to find a large retailer that stocked D+ sizes. I was new to the city and didn’t yet know about the smaller local boutiques, so, being a millennial, I began surreptitiously Googling at work. I found brands. I found stores. I found Bravissimo. I found message boards. I found so many options. My beautiful people of the internet, I love you with all my heart, but I beseech you: type “buy [your size] bra” into Google and go live your best lives.

That said! Let me Google that for you.

Here is a handy-dandy primer for finding bras bigger than a D cup. Some lingo: bras in these sizes are often referred to as full-bust bras; occasionally full-bust sizes will overlap with plus sizes, but not necessarily. This list is US-centric and skewed towards stores with a national presence and a robust e-commerce model with accessible return/exchange policies, but I will include some of my favorite independent and smaller boutiques at the end. There are, of course, many many retailers stocking D+ bras besides the ones on this list; however, these are all stores that I’ve had great experiences with. All stores provide options AT LEAST up to a UK G-cup, if not higher. If you’re new to these stores, you may need to try brands you’ve never heard of in sizes that are unfamiliar. Finally, if you feel like you’ve seen these before and you’re still not finding a bra you like, why not take a glance at my review archives? Over the last four years I’ve tried lots and lots of full-bust bras from small and large brands alike, and I always link to retailers that have the bra (or others like it) in stock. Let’s go bra shopping!

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NORDSTROM

I have a soft spot for Nordstrom, since I had my bra fitting epiphany there back in 2007. While you will find the omnipresent Wacoal, Chantelle, and Felina that make up the bulk of most US department stores’ lingerie inventory, you will also find SO. MANY. GOOD. BRANDS. There’s Freya! Fantasie! Claudette! Panache! Elomi! Seriously, so much goodness, NYC can’t get its Nordstrom flagship opened fast enough for my liking.

My picks:

Carmen by Elomi, 34-44 bands, D-HH cup sizes

Carmen by Elomi, 34-44 bands, D-HH cup sizes

Kali babydoll by Cleo by Panache, 30-38 bands, D-J cup sizes

Kali babydoll by Cleo by Panache, 30-38 bands, D-J cup sizes

Pulse by Freya, 30-38 bands, D-G cup sizes

Pulse by Freya, 30-38 bands, D-G cup sizes

BARE NECESSITIES

Bare Necessities is one of the major US-based lingerie e-retailers, and their inventory is massive. With tons of continuity (available all the time) and fashion (limited-edition or seasonal) styles from tons of brands, you can find bras in sizes from 28DD to 44N to 56H. If you want lots of options, from maternity to strapless to basics to special occasion, you have a good chance of finding it at Bare Necessities. They have great swim options too!

My picks:

Boardwalk Bikini by Pour Moi, 32-38 band sizes, D-G cup sizes

Boardwalk Bikini by Pour Moi, 32-38 band sizes, D-G cup sizes

Panache Sports Bra, 30-38 band, D-J cup sizes

Panache Sports Bra (reviewed here), 30-38 band, D-J cup sizes

Amelia by Elomi, 34-46 bands, D-HH cup sizes

Amelia by Elomi, 34-46 bands, D-HH cup sizes

Della by Cleo by Panache, 28-38 bands, D-J cup sizes

Della by Cleo by Panache, 28-38 bands, D-J cup sizes

FIGLEAVES

Most of this list is US-centric, but I’ll include a few that are UK-based, just because the UK remains leaps and bounds ahead of the US in terms of the development, marketing, awareness, and fitting of full-bust bras. I’ve had consistently great experiences shopping from Figleaves over the last few years. Furthermore, Figleaves has a US-based returns center, so even though your order will ship from the UK, if you need to do a return or exchange you can send your return to a US address and avoid dealing with customs. Score! Figleaves stocks tons of the most popular full-bust brands across a huge range of sizes and price points, and they also carry several in-house brands that are exclusive to them.

Bali Bikini by Midnight Grace, 30-38 bands, D-GG cup sizes

Bali Bikini by Midnight Grace, 30-38 bands, D-GG cup sizes

Lois by Fantasie, 30-44 band sizes, D-J cup sizes

Lois by Fantasie, 30-44 band sizes, D-J cup sizes

Figleaves Lulu Tout Antoinette B-G Bra and Short

Antoinette by Lulu Tout, 30-38 band sizes, D-G cup sizes

Cabaret by Curvy Kate, 28-38 band sizes, D-J cup sizes

Cabaret by Curvy Kate, 28-38 band sizes, D-J cup sizes

BRAVISSIMO

Bravissimo is like the fairy godmother of full-bust bras, and it was the first website I ever saw that made me feel genuinely excited about the lingerie shopping experience. Real talk: returns are a pain, but that’s mostly the USPS’ fault. Bravissimo stocks many of the major UK brands, but they also have their own in-house label (with some styles up to an L cup!), bra-sized swimwear, supportive nightwear, camisoles with built-in bras, and a sister brand called Pepperberry that sells clothing designed for those with fuller busts.

My picks:

Alana by Bravissimo, 28-40 band sizes, DD-L cup sizes

Alana by Bravissimo, 28-40 band sizes, DD-L cup sizes

Strappy Top by Bravissimo, 30-38 bands, DD-J cup sizes

Strappy Top by Bravissimo, 30-38 bands, DD-J cup sizes

Breeze longline bra by Cleo, 28-38 bands, D-H cup sizes

Breeze longline bra by Cleo, 28-38 bands, D-H cup sizes

PJ Cami Top by Bravissimo, 30-38 bands, D-E, F-G, GG-H, HH-J cup sizes

PJ Cami Top by Bravissimo, 30-38 bands, D-E, F-G, GG-H, HH-J cup sizes

BRASTOP

Brastop is the final UK-based retailer on this list (like the others, they offer international delivery). They’re a major retailer for Curvy Kate (I believe they share owners), and they also stock a selection of lingerie and swim styles from other popular UK and European brands. They’re a particularly useful resource if you’re looking for past-season styles on sale, although as with any international e-tailer, be sure to read the return policies and shipping rules carefully before purchasing.

My picks:

Luxe Strapless bra by Curvy Kate, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Luxe Strapless bra by Curvy Kate, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Tease by Curvy Kate, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Tease by Curvy Kate, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Glossies by Gossard, band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-G

Glossies by Gossard, band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-G

AMAZON

When I started writing my blog some of my friends were horrified that I bought underwear on Amazon; now the retail behemoth is actively and aggressively building out their lingerie business. Simply typing your bra size, a brand name, or the name of a particular style into the search window will return a range of results, both from Amazon’s own shipping centers or from smaller retailers who sell via Amazon’s platform. If I notice that a product listing reads “ships from and sold by [a small boutique]”, I usually try to visit the boutique’s site and buy from them directly, but Amazon is a good resource for seeing what’s out there, picking up a past-season style or colorway at a discount, or even adding a bra or two to your order of bulk cat food and baking chocolate (wait, just me?)

My picks:

Minnie by Cleo by Panache, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes B-J

Minnie by Cleo by Panache, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes B-J

Kayla by Goddess, band sizes 34-46, cup sizes D-N (US, so a JJ in UK sizes)

Kayla by Goddess, band sizes 34-46, cup sizes D-N (US, so a JJ in UK sizes)

Jasmine by Panache, 30-38 bands, D-K cup sizes

Jasmine by Panache (reviewed here), 30-38 bands, D-K cup sizes

Chi Chi by Sculptresse, band sizes 36-46, cup sizes D-HH

Chi Chi by Sculptresse, band sizes 36-46, cup sizes D-HH

KOHLS

This one may be a surprise: even though they don’t carry as many brands or sizes as some other stores, Kohls actually has a semi-decent range of full-bust offerings, including from Fayreform and Curvy Kate, as well as a huge collection of styles from Parfait by Affinitas.

My picks:

Danielle by Parfait (reviewed here), band sizes 30-40, cup sizes D-G

Danielle by Parfait (reviewed here), band sizes 30-40, cup sizes D-G

Francesca by Fayreform, band sizes 32-42, cup sizes E-J

Francesca by Fayreform, band sizes 32-42, cup sizes E-J

Carole by Parfait, band sizes 30-40, cup sizes D-G

Carole by Parfait, band sizes 30-40, cup sizes D-G

And now to some of my favorite full-bust friendly indie retailers:

BREAKOUT BRAS

I’ve ordered from Breakout Bras A LOT, both for myself and for friends, family, and clients. I have had consistently EXCELLENT customer service, lightning-fast shipping, great fitting advice, and they’ve even let me place pre-orders. Many product listings including detailed fitting information about specific models and styles, along with recommendations for similar styles if you fall outside a given bra’s size range. So helpful!

My picks:

Blake by Cleo, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Blake by Cleo, band sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J

Maria babydoll by Elomi (reviewed here), band sizes 34-42, cup sizes E-H

Maria babydoll by Elomi (reviewed here), band sizes 34-42, cup sizes E-H

Olivia by Panache (reviewed here), band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-K

Olivia by Panache (reviewed here), band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-K

A SOPHISTICATED PAIR

So. much. love. for. A Sophisticated Pair. Erica Windle, the owner, is so amazingly knowledgeable about fitting all kinds and sizes of bras, and her Burlington, NC-based store is a welcoming, approachable place to get a bra fitting and amazing customer service. You’ll find bras, hosiery, some clothing, and a selection of lingerie items to complete your underwear wardrobe. Erica’s blog is a phenomenal resource for bra reviews, and the site also features a bra size calculator, seasonal trend overviews, spotlights on local businesses, personal essays, and insightful looks at the challenges and rewards of running a small business.

My picks:

Cate by Elomi, band sizes 34-46, cup sizes E-JJ

Cate by Elomi, band sizes 34-46, cup sizes E-JJ

Charlotte by Parfait, band sizes 28-40, cup sizes E-GG

Charlotte by Parfait, band sizes 28-40, cup sizes E-GG

DeeDee by Sculptresse, band sizes 38-46, cup sizes E-H

DeeDee by Sculptresse, band sizes 38-46, cup sizes E-H

ZATHIYA

Zathiya is a Texas-based e-boutique that specializes in Polish lingerie. Why Polish lingerie? Many Polish lingerie brands, especially Ewa Michalak and Comexim, have a reputation for offering a fit that is unmatched by any other brands (the underwires are narrow and the cups offer a lot of projection), in wide size ranges and beautiful, bold colors. For Americans it can feel intimidating or risky to order from overseas if you’ve never tried a brand before, but since Zathiya is based in the US, exchanging is a breeze! Aisha, the owner, offers great fitting advice, has her own bra size calculator, and she is a pleasure to speak with.

My picks:

Annika Plunge Bra by Comexim, band sizes 26-44, cup sizes E-K

Annika Plunge Bra by Comexim, band sizes 26-44, cup sizes E-K

BM Szmaragd by Ewa Michalak (reviewed here), band sizes 28-40, cup sizes D-K

BM Szmaragd by Ewa Michalak (reviewed here), band sizes 28-40, cup sizes D-K

Saint Tropez Bikini by Ewa Michalak, band sizes 26-36, cup sizes E-KK

Saint Tropez Bikini by Ewa Michalak, band sizes 26-36, cup sizes E-KK

DEAR SCARLETT

Dear Scarlett is another US-based small retailer specializing in fuller-bust bras. As with the other smaller retailers on this list, you won’t find hundreds and hundreds of options; instead, there’s a curated collection of tried-and-true brands, shapes, and styles that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear. Online orders arrive packed in beautiful, eco-friendly packaging, and if you’re in the San Diego area you can make an appointment for an in-person fitting and shopping experience. You can also pick up some lovely hosiery and loungewear to complement your new bras.

My picks:

Fishnet by Claudette (reviewed here), 28-38 band sizes, cup sizes A-G

Fishnet by Claudette (reviewed here), 28-38 band sizes, cup sizes A-G

Envy by Panache (reviewed here), band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-K

Envy by Panache (reviewed here), band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-K

All Wrapped Up by Scantilly, band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-H

All Wrapped Up by Scantilly, band sizes 30-38, cup sizes D-H

Thank you so much for making the last four years such a blast. Have an awesome week, and happy shopping!

13 Comments on Where to Buy Bras Bigger than a D Cup

  1. DDtop
    May 2, 2016 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

    Hi you also have Herroom.Linda the bra lady.
    Brand wise have Goddess.Elila who have a great range now and more coming.Prima Donna and Empreinte both do large cups and back sizes also.Glamorise have a large range.
    Figleaves is part of the JD Williams company

    Reply
  2. Julia Lambert
    May 2, 2016 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! Happy anniversary!

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  3. Lee Rivers
    May 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy anniversary! Yay!

    I love all these stores, have not tried the last two yet (or Kohl’s online, for that matter). I keep looking at Zathiya for something with average-to-wide cups (the half-cups by Comexim, someday!) but I haven’t seen something in my size yet. I should email her, and I should just keep an eye on Dear Scarlett.

    Thank you for everything you’ve taught me and I’m sure many others over the past few years.

    Reply
    • Sweets
      May 5, 2016 at 9:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so, so much! If you do wind up trying a half-cup by Comexim, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

      Reply
  4. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    May 3, 2016 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    First, congratulations on your four year anniversary! <3 I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last few years and always find myself learning something new from your posts. Second, thank you so much for including us in your round-up. You brightened my week. It's also great to see some other small businesses here like Zathiya and Dear Scarlet here too. Thanks again!

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    • Sweets
      May 5, 2016 at 9:13 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Erica! Keep up the amazing work!

      Reply
  5. J-Cup Jedi
    May 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Congrats on your Anniversary! A word about changes at Nordstrom.com. I have been noticing that they have stopped carrying the upper end of cup sizes in many Cleo, Elomi and Panache styles. In styles that I KNOW COME IN HH and J CUPS! For instance, I have been dying to try Freya Hero and I know it comes in my standard size of 36J which they do not have. I communicated with customer service about this and they told me “check out our plus size section.” LOL. Really? I am most perturbed because Nordstrom online with free shipping and returns is is a great option for those trying to find their size. or wanting to try a new brand.

    For those of us that are H+ PLEASE do not take this change without complaint to customer service. Yes, they still stock some standards in the full cup size range but are definitely consolidating.

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    • DDtop
      May 4, 2016 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

      Hi forgot to say Happy birthday to the site.
      Yes many places seem to like “Cherry picking” on sizes they do in lots of other items also footwear’s another!as a guy i find it in our things also as if your in the “middle” your ok start to step either side and your out of/or pot luck if you find things.
      I can to a degree understand as carrying all sizes is expensive but big stores buy in bigger lots@far better price than your high street shops can.
      but to me if you want to sit/stay in the kitchen then you have to put up with the heat!
      I prefer to give my business to the little guy/high street shop when can but not always easy being male for fittings but lucky i guess that reasonable easy size 42G/44F but know many females in much smaller sizes that struggle or get fobbed off with wrong size as “that’s what we have” mind many don’t realise that there brand does go to there size as one lady on twitter was asking about finding sports bra in 34J i said Elomi do.
      Im in UK so guess your USA so slightly different to us.
      but complaints can motivate them as don’t like bad rep mind some places now ive found can’t leave neg comments as won’t publish!
      But do think a lot of these sizing issues are going to change as more European brands coming along like the Polish ones etc so will have to up there game play mind never tried the polish brands yet have a few on my radar!
      Mind im still growing so maybe on “new” size!

      See alot of new/interesting things on twitter (im DDtopX)

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    • Sweets
      May 5, 2016 at 9:12 am (3 years ago)

      I have noticed that Nordstrom occasionally only orders a reduced size range; Bare Necessities does this too. It’s a real disappointment, and I’ve emailed once or twice to ask for my size, with no response back. The response you received isn’t great, and I wish it were better; sadly intimates is such a specialized field I’m not overly surprised a customer service representative didn’t fully grasp what you were asking. I hope they don’t dwindle down to being a D-G retailer (or even D-DDD) like the other major department stores have done– it’s such a disservice!

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      • DDtop
        May 5, 2016 at 10:01 am (3 years ago)

        Hi Sweets another thing we have over here is that many large places like Debenhams/Evans etc etc are only stocking likes of Elomi/Goddess online only many in limited range of sizing so if go in store have to buy store brand tat more!
        I only buy/wear real brands so support them and jobs not far eastern Chinese types etc mass produced low QC’d stuff.
        But maybe you should start a bra revolution to get proper sizing back!
        once started many brands etc take note as we have the power in our pockets!
        As why should we have to stand for 2nd best as we have need and cash so we should be able to buy what we desire.

        Keep up the great work love your blogs

        Reply
  6. Patricia McCaw
    May 6, 2016 at 8:15 am (3 years ago)

    Congratulations on your first four years! I really appreciate the creativity in each one of your posts, you have your own style to “tell” a story.
    Love your photos and comments, very informative. My favorite one -the Bolero Dresses review- very grateful for including and showing us the amazing fit of our Big Busts dresses in your blog!
    Cheers!

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  7. DDtop
    January 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi got one of those Polish bra’s from GAIA pretty impressed with it as build quality is very good nicely stitched with good fabrics
    Plus it wears great.

    Also got a couple of Primadonna Madison bra’s was in a sale took a chance in “42I” cup thought might be too big as in Deauville norm 42G/44F but fits great no wrinkling etc or wires poking there my first in that model ive had must say very impressed nice and snug feeling.

    Happy New Year to you all.

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