The Quest to Fit My Small-Band, Large-Cup Breasts: A 3-Week, 35-Bralette Journey
I've spent the past eight months getting very comfortable being comfortable in my apartment. I passed on 2020's photo-worthy matching sweatsuits, confidently insisting my new daily uniform of flowy nap dresses would always be more cozy (and chic) than bunched-up sweatpants. But, when friends bragged about not wearing a "real bra" for months, my heart filled with longing for a bralette of my own because, seriously, no one likes poky wires.
In the past, I'd never allow myself more than a passing glance at little lacy undergarments with triangles that wouldn't cover a soda-can top and straps the width of a straw. I already struggle to find pretty, everyday lingerie or secure sports bras that fit my large-cup/small-band size since I'm bigger than the Ds (and DDs) at the top of most ranges. Not only did something without a hook-and-eye closure feel out of the question, traditional small, medium, and large sizes didn't help when my body is a small . . . but my breasts are XXL.
As others dove into closet reorganization and raising sourdough babies, I decided to make it my personal mission to find a bralette that fit my frame and my breasts, now that I had nothing else to do. It started out with one order for two items and, before long, I needed to create a spreadsheet to track all my purchases . . . and returns. Come along on my journey and, spoiler, this story has a happy ending where I tried 35 and found not one but three that bring a smile to my face (and support that would practically make my shoulders grin as well). Plus, if you don't have the same blessings, each of these bralette styles also come in noncurvy alternatives, too.