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Want to Go Wireless? These 11 Comfortable Bras Actually Support Big Breasts

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Show of hands: Who’s regularly worn a bra during the pandemic? I sure haven’t. And after almost two years at home, going totally bra-free 99 percent of the time, I’m far from ready to start wearing bras again. But most of us have busier social calendars than we have in many months. We’re seeing people again, and for some of us, that means putting on a bra.

Unfortunately, I have really large boobs (size 40G boobs), so going braless in public isn’t an option I’m comfortable with. Thankfully for me and all big-boobed people who don’t like traditional bras, there’s a compromise between the restrictive bras of our past and ditching bras for good. The solution: wireless bras.

Wireless bras have been around for a long time, of course. There are bralettes, sports bras, and bras that look traditional but simply have no wires. Until relatively recently, though, wireless bras just couldn’t support bigger busts. They were too flimsy. But bra technology is catching up with a push for more extensive sizing in all facets of fashion. Now, there are several companies making actually supportive, wire-free bras for people who have big breasts.

I tried several of these brands on, wearing them around the house and out to drinks with friends to see just how easy a wire-free life can be. Happy news: It’s great. If you’re dreading having to wear bras again, I recommend trying one of the below brands.

What to look for in a wireless bra

"If you’re full busted and you want to wear wireless, go for it!," says bra expert Jenny Altman. Thanks to new fabrics and technology, wireless bras can support all sizes. But not all bra brands are made equal: Altman recommends looking for brands that understand full-busted women and are created specifically for C-cups and larger. Here are some other things to keep in mind when shopping for a wireless bra for big breasts:

  • Fit: Ensure you have a good fitting bra. "There’s nothing worse than a bra that’s too big OR too tight," says Altman.
  • Band: Regardless if a bra is wired or wireless, bra support comes from the band. Make sure your band has a secure fit, firm but not too tight.
  • Cup: "Large cup girls need support throughout the cups. Don’t shop for cup sizes that are too small, you want good stretch and good coverage all around the breasts with no spillage," says Altman.
  • Back support: Back support is important for large breasts, so pick bras with a wide band that has strength through the back to help with posture.
  • Support and stretch: You'll need both in a busty bra. Altman says, "Stretch gives you comfort, but you still need a workhorse that keeps you lifted and supported in light of the bra being wire-free.

Best wireless bras for big breasts

Davy Piper The Nellie Simply Wireless Bra — $45.00

I found Davy Piper through a targeted Instagram ad, and I’m so glad I did. Davy Piper promises extensive sizing and amazing support, and delivers on both. Their sizing even includes a “busty” option in addition to the S/M/L/XL/XXL sizing we’re used to. The busty option extends any band size (from 30 to 44) into bigger cup sizes (G, H, and I/J). All of the bras I tried were super soft and comfortable, with some including padding in the cup area to avoid visible nipples. One of the bras (the Nellie Simply Wireless in XXL-busty) even came with a band extender to add more length if needed. In addition to extending the cup coverage, the busty bras use a more supportive fabric and wider straps to give heavier boobs and the shoulders that hold them up more support.

We recommend: the Nellie Simply Wireless ($45) or the Carol Racerback Bra ($35).

Sizing: Small to XXL-Busty

Negative Underwear Sieve Non-Wire Bra — $65.00

If you want something sexy and see-through, but still supportive, try Negative Underwear. The brand has a plethora of mesh bras, some with wires and some without. Typically, sexy mesh bras like these are too flimsy to hold up bigger breasts, but Negative Underwear has developed a section of their best-selling bras with added support for DDD-G cups. The busty bras have an extra swath of fabric at the sides and thicker, more supportive straps.

We recommend: the Sieve Non-Wire Bra ($65) and the Sieve Bra Top ($65)

Sizing: Bands from 30-40 with cup sizes from A-G

Pansy Bra — $48.00

If you prefer wearing clothes made from certified organic cotton with all-natural dyes, Pansy is a great choice. The bras have a homemade feel, made simply with cotton and elastic. All of Pansy’s underwear is sewn locally in California. I tried the full bra, cross bra, and sports bra — all of which are available in larger band and cup sizes. Although Pansy’s bras offer less lift than others on the list, they’re very comfortable and provide full coverage.

We recommend: the Full Bra ($52) and the Cross Bra ($54)

Sizing: Bands from 28-42 with cups from A-M

TomboyX Lounge Bralette — $31.00

TomboyX is a great LGBTQ+-owned brand that makes bras and compression tops for all genders and gender expressions. Similar to Pansy, TomboyX’s bras are less likely than others on this list to lift your breasts (especially if they’re heavy), but are extremely comfortable. These bras come in lots of fun prints and colors (some of them even glow-in-the-dark!) to fit any style. I found them great for when we had people staying at the house and I wanted just a bit of coverage.

We recommend: the Lounge Bralette ($31) and the Essentials Soft Bra ($32)

Sizing: 3XS-6XL (sizing is based on measurements instead of band and cup size)

Torrid 360 Back Smoothing Lightly Lined Everyday Wire-Free Bra — $50.00

Torrid has long been a go-to for plus-size women. The brand makes clothes for sizes 10-30. Catering to plus sizes, Torrid is used to making bras for bigger bands and busts, so it’s no surprise that Torrid has an excellent selection of supportive wireless bras. Their wire-free section has bras in many different fun patterns, as well as classic black and beige options.

We recommend: the Back Smoothing Lightly Lined Everyday Wire-Free Bra ($50)

Sizing: Bands from 40-46 with cups from B-H

Okko Signature Bra — $42.00

Okko only has one bra, but it’s a great one. With extremely stretchy fabric, soft and padded cups, and adjustable straps, the Okko bra is an amazingly comfortable, full-coverage wireless bra. This was one of the first wireless bras I wore out in public. While I was worried it wouldn’t be supportive or that my boobs would start bulging out, neither was true.

We recommend: the Signature Bra ($42)

Sizing: Bands from 28-44 with cup sizes from A-DD (though the XXXL fit my G cups well)

Knix WingWoman Contour Bra — $60.00

Knix is a king of cozy, with everything from super soft loungewear to absorbent and stretchy period underwear. In the name of comfort, Knix doesn’t offer anything but wireless bras, whether you’re looking for a sports bra, nursing bra, or everyday bra. Their lace WingWoman Contour bra was one of the most supportive wireless bras I tried, with extra coverage on the sides. This bra can fit up to a size 42G, though some of Knix’s bras can fit up to an H cup.

We recommend: the Wingwoman Contour Bra ($60) and the LuxeLift Pullover Bra ($50)

Sizing: Bands from 32-40 with cup sizes from A-H

Kindred Simply Sublime Nursing Bra — $45.00

Kindred Bravely is a sister brand to Davy Piper that focuses on nursing and maternity bras. Like Davy Piper, Kindred Bravely has extensive sizing, even offering a whole page of “busty sizes.” The company recommends trying a busty size if you’re a DD/E or above. I’m not pregnant nor a mom, so I can’t speak to their nursing or pumping bras, but I did try one of Kindred Bravely’s sleep bras, which was very stretchy and comfortable. Their nursing and pumping bras get very good reviews from other buyers, who like the soft but still supportive fabric and how easy it is to unclasp to breastfeed.

We recommend: the Simply Sublime Nursing Bra ($45) and the French Terry Racerback Nursing and Sleep Bra ($35)

Sizing: X-small to XXXL, with busty options from XS-busty to XXL-busty

Lively The Busty Bralette
Lively The Busty Bralette — $45.00

Lively makes bras, undies, swimwear, and more for breasts of all sizes, A through DD. The company is committed to sustainability and partners with non-profit I Support the Girls to provide essentials like bras, undies, and menstrual products to women and girls in need. This bralette was made for D cups and larger. “If you’re smaller in the band but full in the cup, you’ll love this option. The deep v front and nylon cups keep it feeling light, while the power mesh and supportive inner slings give you the lift and support you need,” says Altman.

We recommend: the Busty Bralette ($45)

Sizing: 30DD-40DD

Le Mystére Smooth Shape 360 Smoother Bra
Le Mystére Smooth Shape 360 Smoother Bra — $68.00

Talk about inclusivity: Le Mystere boasts a super wide range of bands and cup sizes (32A-44H). You can find a bra for every occasion — lounging at home, going out, maternity options, and more. Altman says this wireless bra has 360 degrees of stitch-free, smoothing technology, and supports up to a G-cup. “The smoothing contour cups are created with super soft foam and are engineered with a built-in comfort frame. Best of all is the wide and supportive double ply back wings which target problem areas from the underarm to the back,” she adds.

We recommend: the Smooth Shape 360 Smoother Bra ($68)

Sizing: 32B-38G

Felina Paramour Altissima Convertible Demi Bra
Felina Paramour Altissima Convertible Demi Bra — $34.00

With bra sizes up to 44H, Felina has plenty of options. This demi-bra has easy sizing (small-3XL), to make it easier to find your perfect fit. “This wire-free comfort bra offers soft, smooth support replacing your less-than-comfortable t-shirt bra. Bonus features include a sweetheart neckline, convertible shoulder straps and 4-row hook and eye closure,” says Altman.

We recommend: the Felina Paramour Altissima Convertible Demi Bra ($34)

Sizing: S-3X (34A-44G)

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