Someone Finally Realized That Large Breasted Women Need Strapless Bras Too


Strapless dresses can be difficult to wear, and it doesn’t help that so much about the strapless dress is blamed on the bust of the woman wearing it. A woman with small breasts is told she doesn’t have anything to hold the dress up, while a woman with bigger breasts is told she can’t wear them because her breasts are too big. But truly a strapless dress is supposed to hold itself up, and anybody can wear one. Finding a good bra to wear with one, however, is a different story. But now a company has finally started producing strapless bras for women with very large breasts, and strapless dresses can be enjoyed by everybody.

The “Naturally Close” bra by JD Williams is trumpeted as the “world’s largest strapless bra.” It’s a convertible style that can be worn like a regular bra, racerback, asymmetrically, and even as a strapless model without any bra modifications, and it’s available up to a size 50L.

And unlike a lot of large bras, it’s really pretty. It’s made of semi-sheer fabric and has a silicone elastic under the band and across the top to help make sure it stays in place. There is extra boning in the sides to help “enhance the bust shape and profile,” according to The Daily Mail.

The size expansion is good news for customers, and for the company because large bra sizes are the fastest growing market in the segment. The average size in the U.K. is reportedly a 34DD, but while a 34A or B can find any kind of bra in any style she might want, large-breasted women still have an inordinate amount of trouble finding attractive bras that fit well and offer enough support in sizes like J, K, and L. Hopefully this will help, because it’s summer and the world is full of strapless and spaghetti-strap dresses that shouldn’t be the sole purview of small-breasted women. And if this bra sells well, it’s almost certain that other companies will follow in short order.

(Photo: JD Williams)

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    • Samantha Escobar

      This is another one of those situations–much like plus-size fashion–where retailers and designers refusing to make these sizes just strike me as stubborn, silly and self-righteous. It’s still seen as “low-class” to have large breasts or to be fat, so designers refuse to manufacture clothing in those sizes; whenever they claim it’s for money reasons, it’s hard to believe them considering the massive demand for those sizes in such a growing market.

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    • HenryJMorton

      It’s a convertible style that can be worn like a regular bra, racerback, asymmetrically, and even as a strapless model without any bra modifications, and it’s available up to a size 50L.

    • amelisha

      And yet they won’t make SMALLER BAND SIZES. Not everyone with big breasts needs a 34 band! The day I can buy a strapless bra for my absurd 28Fs…

      I know plus-size women have it tough too but if you’re going to offer something like this, why not make smaller bands too?!

      • DeanaCal

        I feel for you on this SO much! I actually AM a 34, and 95% of the retail stores in my area top out at 34C. Any cup D or larger is automatically a 36 band or larger. I cannot imagine how difficult it is for you!

      • originalrjc

        Freya has a pretty good strapless bra for 28s. My sister had it in 28F and loved it, I believe!

      • JennyWren

        I hear you. Freya and Panache both make strapless bras in a 28 band, though they are pricy and can be difficult to get in the States (you have to order them online and they can take a while to arrive). I wear almost the same size as your sister and I get very frustrated at how little choice there is for ladies of our proportions.

    • Steph

      I’d love to see smaller band sizes. I’m not always out of luck when getting a bra, but some stores don’t bother to carry 32DD.

    • simoneutecht

      I have found that most British clothing/lingerie companies are most accommodating for women with larger breast sizes and for reasonable prices. Most offer free or cheap shipping also.

    • Larin McDuffie

      For anyone with a large cup and a small brand, try Bravissimo! They’re a lifesaver for me (30DD) and as a plus the models aren’t airbrushed beyond believability