If you have a fuller bust, you probably find it easy to explain why it’s so important to wear the right bra. From a health and wellbeing perspective, it provides proper support, comfort, prevention of back and shoulder pain, and better enjoyment of exercise. From an aesthetic perspective, a great bra can change your entire silhouette and improve your overall appearance immeasurably. I can say from personal experience that a quality bra is absolutely worth the investment. However, once you’ve got that far, it can be tricky to know exactly which to choose.
I often talk to customers about which are the best bras and I believe a crucial starting point for selection is to think what you’re planning to wear it with. Is the clothing tight or loose, strappy or strapless, long or cropped and crucially, what is the neckline like?
Monica Harrington is a leading lingerie stylist with over 30 years’ experience. She works with top global brands including Triumph, Marks & Spencer and Adidas. Monica’s mantra is, “Fit. Form. Fashion”, representing the three principle factors within lingerie selection. Here, Monica has kindly offered her expertise to recommend some of the best bras (and knickers where necessary!) to go with different clothing pieces from the Alice Fawke collection:
Considerations: Strappy, square neckline
I would recommend a strapless shape with this dress, which will eliminate any risk of bra straps showing. As the Lucy dress is fitted around the bust line, I would suggest strapless styles without seams to ensure the bra texture doesn’t show:
Comfortable everyday pants without any seams will look great with these strapless styles:
Considerations: Wide, scooped neckline
A balcony style will look great under the Nana top. The balcony styles create a narrow look to the bust and give a great uplift which will work well due to the top’s wide scooped neckline. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, for example navy suits many skin tones and a great alternative to black:
Considerations: Deep v-neckline, fitted through the waist
I find a plunge bra looks wonderful with a deep V neckline:
I would also suggest a body shaper to wear under this dress to nip in the waist and create a smooth silhouette. The style I have chosen allows you to wear own bra style. I find this shapewear style works well especially if you have a fuller cup size as you can keep your favourite bra underneath:
Tina Wrap Shirt
Considerations: White fabric, v-neckline, pulled in at the waist
A great everyday T-shirt bra is a must in your lingerie wardrobe and will compliment the everyday Tina wrap shirt. I would always suggest a shade of nude, depending on your skin tone, to wear under a white shirt if you want your bra to be completely invisible:
About Monica Harrington’s lingerie styling
The quickest way to look and feel your very best is to invest in a personal lingerie styling session. Whatever your usual style, shape or size, perfectly fitting lingerie will maximise your look and boost your body confidence; guaranteed.
Before we meet, we’ll have a 15-minute chat on the phone to discuss your lingerie needs, favourite lingerie, usual outerwear, budget and body shape. I’ll then research items which I think will be appropriate before meeting you with a range of items at your home or in a private room at a department store. I can also source loungewear and swimwear.
Our meeting takes around an hour, and my only goal is to find lingerie, loungewear or swimwear which makes you feel fabulous. You don’t need to buy anything if you don’t want to – it’s totally your choice and I will not put any pressure on you.
After your session, I’ll send you an email detailing what we discussed during your fitting, anything you bought and links to suggested styles if relevant.
I can offer expert advice and personal lingerie shopping services for all manner of lingerie including shapewear, seductive, bridal, pregnancy, post-baby, sports and post-surgery. I also offer services for teens, maternity, post-surgery and transgender and lingerie to underpin occasion wear.