Treasure Chest: Three fashionable lingerie brands whose beautiful bra styles for full-busted women are as good as gold.

Empreinte Ophelia Corset

Exploring the topic of bras for large-breasted women is very personal for me. Not only did I sell high-quality bras in large cup sizes for years at my store in Grand Central Station, but I wear them every day so anything I say about the subject is near to my heart, quite literally!  Bras are some of the most technical garments in a woman’s wardrobe. They have many components that work together to support women so when you’re buying one, think of all its parts as a team collaborating to achieve one goal: your comfort. No single component should be doing the lion’s share of the work, mind you, so the best bras for full-busted women are the ones that strike the perfect balance between features so that functionality and comfort are achieved. A sense of style doesn’t hurt, either. Support is crucial, of course, to avoid strain on your back and shoulders so it’s important that the straps are set wide and the fabric on the sides should fit comfortably to keep the bra in place in the back so it doesn’t ride up. However, you don’t want the bra to fit too tightly, so be sure to examine yourself in the rear to conduct a dig test. If your bra leaves red marks on your back then you’re not wearing the right size for you or perhaps you should be trying a different brand. I’ve sold – and worn — some great brands that performed beautifully for me over the years, giving me great support and a long wear life. Two of my most dependable brands, Empreinte and Simone Perele, happen to be French. The lingerie trade in France really understands the needs of the full-busted woman and they support her in very sexy style. The third brand is a hot newcomer that I’m very excited about: Claudette. That said, here are my picks from their beautiful wares that support and flatter women with an ample chest.

Maud Demi Cup Bra by Empreinte

Empreinte Maud Demi Bra 

Empreinte has a rich history of serving the full-busted women with stunning designs and luxurious quality. The brand is the epitome of an investment piece, giving women lasting wear. The Maud Demi Bra is a beautiful molded underwire demi cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. Designed with three-part cups, a low neckline and wide-set shoulder straps. The brand’s cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.  If you like corsets, I urge you to try their Ophelia lace style.

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra 

I love the elegance of Simone Perele. The Romance Demi Cup Bra is a classic French demi with embroidered floral and lace accents.  It’s sheer and flirty, with microfiber on the sides and back for a comfortable and flattering fit. Romance features elegant double shoulder straps with floral accents and embroidered band. Available in cup sizes up to E, it’s both supportive and pretty.

Dessous Sucre bra by Claudette

Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra by Claudette 

For a lush, pin-up girl look, Claudette is hard to beat. The brand has lots of fun with color and patterns and offers cups up to size G. The Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra is wonderfully girly and retro and provides great coverage and support. The pink trim and center bow are a perfect finishing touch.  You might say it’s spot-on.

These bras so pretty and supportive, I hope you’ll invest in one or more to wear under your holiday party outfits. I promise you’ll feel like a goddess no matter which one you pick.



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