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Tips to Find the Perfect Bra Online

Writing by Katie Brooker // photography by Sugar Candy

In today’s digital age, nearly everything has transitioned to the online realm – from attending virtual lectures and working from home, to purchasing clothing and shoes online without the need for physical try-ons. As the head designer at Sugar Candy, I take pride in our achievement of engineering bras specifically tailored for the fuller bust, that offer both support and comfort. Our bras are designed to accommodate fluctuating sizes, making online shopping for big boobed individuals just as easy as their smaller counterparts.

For those with fuller busts, finding a well-fitted bra can be a perpetual challenge. Traditional cup and band sized bras often fail to provide consistent comfort due to fluctuations in size. We address this issue by offering a multi-cup fitting design, ensuring a comfortable fit regardless of size changes. This innovative approach eliminates the need for a cluttered lingerie drawer (and subsequently landfill).

Unfortunately, the fashion industry frequently overlooks the needs of individuals with fuller busts, leaving them with limited options for fitted clothing and undergarments, especially when shopping online. This lack of consideration often results in returned items and feelings of frustration. At Sugar Candy, we understand these challenges and strive to provide inclusive solutions.

When it comes to finding the perfect fit, professional fittings can be beneficial, but they’re not always accessible. Fortunately, there are simple guidelines to follow when fitting a bra. Start by ensuring the band fits snugly and parallel to the floor, providing essential support. Then, focus on the cups, making sure they fully encompass the breasts without any spillage or discomfort. Finally, adjust the straps to ensure proper support and comfort throughout the day.

In a correctly fitting bra, two thirds of the support will be coming from the band and not the straps! So if your band is riding up your back or your straps are digging into your shoulders, it’s time to reevaluate your size.

While measurements provide a starting point for finding the right size, they may not always tell the full story. Factors such as breast shape and body type can influence the fit of a bra. Therefore, it’s essential to try on different styles and sizes to find the perfect match.

Multi-cup fitting bras offer versatility and support for individuals with fluctuating sizes or those unsure of their exact measurements. These bras are designed to adapt to various bust sizes, providing the necessary lift and support without compromising comfort. Those with fuller busts should look for features to enhance the overall fit and durability of the bra.

Fuller bust bra shopping checklist:

1. Double layered cups for durability, without the added bulk of padding (because we don’t need it!).

2. Reinforcement around the cups to lift and support, either a nice and wide underwire or added channels and layers in a wire-free bra.

3. Additional hook and eye closures for sizing flexibility, and to increase the longevity of the bra.

4. Ability to convert the straps to a racerback for additional support.

5. At least 5% elastane content for stretch recovery to ensure the cups stretch to accommodate your breasts, and snap back into shape afterwards.

6. Moulded cups for capacity and separation. No monoboob allowed!

Once you’re relatively confident you know your size, it’s time to start shopping online!

If you’re still feeling uneasy about taking the plunge, here’s some ways to ensure your purchase will be a keeper:

1. Read the reviews. Previous customer experiences will always be more accurate than what the brand says about their own product!

2. Check their presence on social media, particularly their tagged images, to look for other people your size wearing the products. Some brands say they fit a certain size when they don’t.

3. Reach out to their customer service to discuss which size would be best for you.

4. Check the return policy. Even if you do all your due diligence, sometimes a bra may not be for you! We offer free returns across Australia because we understand how subjective bra shopping can be.

The convenience of online shopping isn’t just for smaller busts! With the right knowledge and access to fuller bust exclusive brands like Sugar Candy, finding the perfect-fitting bra can be a rewarding experience, rather than a daunting one.

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