Ok, I’m going to start with a little bit of a rant here but bear with me!
Apparently, 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. While this isn’t all going to be attributed to (mainly high street) brands not making lingerie in a size range that actually fits a large proportion of it’s customer base, it is a huge part of the problem.
I can’t buy bras in high street stores like Primark or New Look not only because of my larger cup size, but because stores like this are still conforming to the older style of measuring and as such only start their band sizes at a 32, despite stocking clothing from as small as a size 4. What’s wrong with that, you may ask? I’m a size 10 and I wear a 34 band so that sounds about right, you may say…
Well, while the older style of bra measuring meant adding 4 or 5 inches to an underbust measurement (your band size) this is no longer needed as fabrics have evolved and the stretch and give of lycra means that your actual underbust measurement IS your band size. Give it a go, I’m a size 10/12 on top and my underbust is 27.5 inches, making my band size a 28. Now, not only have high street stores failed to update their sizing but because so many of us don’t realise our true size, many bra manufacturers are knocking 28 and even 30 bands off their production because retailers won’t order them. It’s a vicious circle. You can’t buy the right size band so you end up in the wrong size, which in turn fools retailers into thinking there isn’t a market for smaller bands when there is. Here is a more in–depth guide to finding a better fitting bra.
Ok, now I’ve got that off my chest (geddit?) I’ve put together 5 of my favourite smaller band bras. I’ve tried to include styles that start at a 28 or failing that a 30, but it’s becoming more difficult for me to get my true size (28H) and I find that I have to sister size to a 30GG quite frequently now, if not a 32G.
First on the list is this fantastically sexy plunge cup from Freya. This set was actually gifted to me for review by the lovelies at Lazeme, you can read my full review here. It starts at a 28 band and goes from a C to an G cup, so there is a really good range of fit. The band could be a tad firmer but I really am not going to complain, especially as they’ve managed to get it pretty spot on. The shape is gorgeous and it has that sexy strap detailing that is so on trend right now. I absolutely love this bra and while I don’t wear it day to day it looks fantastic under shirts and low cut tops.
Curvy Kate Smoothie Wild
Next up is my new go to smooth moulded cup. I was lucky enough to be gifted this set to review from the wonderfuls at Brastop, and boy am I glad they did! My full review is here but I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found this bra. Starting from a 28DD and going all the way up to a 28J I REALLY hope Curvy Kate continue to offer such a fantastic size range, at least in their core collections. Great lift and smooth shape are my main plus points, but it’s also a bra I can wear all day, without really noticing it. The band is firm (so firm that when I bought myself the black colourway I had to get a bra extender as it was just that teeny bit tight!) so if you’re between a 26 and a 28 it’s definitely a bra to try!
Pour Moi Electra
Not everyone is a fan of moulded cups so my next offering is Pour Moi Electra balcony bra. It comes in two different versions of it’s underwired soft cup style, one is a regular balcony and the other is a side support version which is great for those with bigger boobs. I didn’t wear soft cup underwired bras for ages, I don’t know why, but Electra has definitely put a stop to that. I love the shape it gives and it’s supportive and pretty while still being really comfortable. It only starts at a 30 band but I find it on the smaller side so fine to sister size. The side support version starts at a 32 but again I think would be fine to sister size if you were a 30 band usually, and it gives a bit more of a cleavage. The lace detailing is so pretty and it comes in plenty of colours to choose from. A full review is coming soon.
Tutti Rouge Eva
I feel like I had to mention a bralette because so many of you ask about them and they are a fab alternative if you don’t want to wear a structured bra. I absolutely LOVE Eva, it’s supportive enough for bigger cups and is so gorgeous. The sizing at first glance doesn’t particularly look like its suitable for those of us with a smaller back (it starts at a 32 and comes in two different options, DD/E/F or FF/G) but it’s on the snug side and the 32FF/G option still gives me a good amount of support and lift. It’s versatility is fantastic too, it looks great worn under backless tops or even as a top itself!
Curvy Kate Princess
Starting at a 28 band and going up to a K cup in some of it’s colourways, the Princess balconette is non padded and pretty in stretch mesh. I find the band firm so again if you’re between a 26 and 28 you’d probably get on well with it, and the comfort and support it gives me means it’s another bra I don’t really notice too much when it’s on. As it’s a balcony style it gives a really decent lift, so if you’re a bit more bottom heavy it will give you that fuller bust look without padding. I also really love the ribbon detailing and polka dot flocking, it’s great to see every day lingerie for bigger busts with some effort put into the styling. I’m currently wearing this as I write, my only regret is not getting the matching knickers (I have absolutely no idea why!) and now not being able to find them in my size, so I will never match. Boo!
All reviews are my own and I was under no obligation to write favourable reviews for gifted items.