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The Best DD+ Bras For Busty Women Over Age 40

The girls head south as we get older. Great bras with a perfect fit that meet the needs of our beautifully aging bosoms? There just aren’t that many. But there a few that stack up. 

On occasion, I’m going to venture away from my traditional posts about food, farm, and agriculture. I’ve come to realize that I’ve learned a few things on the farm that aren’t related to marketing, production, or trends. 

Things of a more personal nature, like what boots to buy, what clothes to invest in...and WHAT BRAS TO WEAR! I’m not one to talk about my boobs, but given the amount of money I’ve spent on searching for the perfect bras that last and work for all facets of this life, I’m breaking that silence now. 

What are The Best Bras for Busty Women over 40?

In the last 15 years, I bought every bra made for women that wear more than DD. From $20 to $200, I’ve purchased it, worn, and worn it out. I’ve always wondered if a good bra for someone with a DD+ bust has to start at $60+ and if it can last longer than six months. Here are the bras that I now buy because they last at least a year with handwashing and are worth the investment. 


The One DD+ Bra You Should Own: CUUP Balconette – $68

CUUP is a relatively new brand to the market. I found them via a search for DD+ balconette to wear under dresses. Before I ordered it, I emailed their fit department to ask about sizing because some of the reviews led me to believe I needed to size up. The response back from customer service was the most detailed, responsive explanationI’d ever received in my life.

They explained how the bra fit, how they put the support in the band, and how the darker bras (black) tended to run a bit shorter. Based on the feedback, I went with 34 but also went up a cup size to make sure that I got all of the boobs in it (let’s face it, they are starting to head south at 40). I ordered both the plunge and the balconette to try. While I liked the plunge, the balconette was the winner, winner chicken dinner. 

This is the bra to take 5 years off the girls and lift them up just enough that they are saying “Hi!”. What’s more, the bra is extremely lightweight, while being supportive; it’s also SO DAMN SEXY (what I call the “end up on the floor bra”). I'm ordering this in black and leopard next. It’s not a wear-it-all-day bra in my opinion, and you’re definitely not riding, ranching or gardening in it. 


Fit notes:If you’re in between a 32 and 34, go with the 34. If you’re in between cups, say a full “F”, go with the “G.” Not an issue for short torso women!


The Best High Impact DD+ Sports Bra: Freya Active Core - $69

Sports bras have always been a challenge for me. Some don’t have enough support, some have too much compression and they bruise your ribs, and some simply were retrofitted for “busty” women, but they are not really made for them. If I’m doing something high impact (like horseback riding), I need something that is secure and has no bounce but doesn’t compress too much.

Having a short torso makes this challenging. The best bra for this is no longer made, and once I couldn’t get it on eBay anymore I moved toFreya Active Core and utilized the back hooks when on horseback. 

Fit notes:I love that this bra actually runs true to size, so I didn’t have to size up by band or cup. 

The Best DD+ Casual, Wireless Bra: Knix V-Neck – $55

Knix is another brand that’s relatively new to the market. Their V-Neck bra is something you’ve probably seen in ads celebrating women of all ages and races. I gave them a chance because I wanted a wireless bra that had support, didn’t cut, didn’t do the grandma uni-boob, and allowed me to relax at home without being braless. 

Since Knix bras are based on universal sizing, I felt I fell between two numbers. I ordered the smaller size and it was a miss. I emailed customer service, they told me to keep it and donate it and they’d mail me the next size up (how awesome is that?). I had a lightweight, sit-at-home, and work-on-my-computer bra.

You can wear it all day, but after a few wears, it begins to stretch a bit too much so it has to be hand-washed. I don’t know if it’s going to make it a year, but six months is okay given it does its job. If it stretches too much, I think I could find a way to repurpose it as a wrap for some farm project (seriously). 

Fit notes: If you think you’re between sizes, size up. For example, if you think you’re a 5, go with a 6. 

 

The Best DD+ T-Shirt Bra: Wacoal Basic Beauty - $50

TheWacoal Basic Beauty bra is my go-to, old school, been-wearing-for-over-five-years, t-shirt bra. I own it in every basic color you can imagine. It’s an underwire, full coverage, and can be worn all day. It’s pretty versatile so you can wear it in a lot of situations. It can be the stay-at-home bra, the work bra or a go-out bra BUT it’s not a ridem’, shoot em’ bra. 

Fit notes:Runs very true to size. If you hand wash, it’ll last just over a year. 


The Best DD+ Unwired Sports Bra: Panache Sport - $58

ThePanache Sport Unwired is my go-to for outdoor work, gardening, or yoga. It’s extremely comfortable, fits amazingly well for a sports bra and it just works. If you need something for everything from high-impact activity and special occasions, this is it. While it doesn’t have the underwire for separation, I don’t get the uni-boob effect with it. Also, if you use the back clasp, it takes your boobs all the way back to where they sat at 28 years old. Hello girls!

Fit notes: The band runs true to size, but the cup can be complicated if you’re in between cup sizes. If you’re a full “E”, you’re probably going to do better with the “F”.


The Best DD+ Splurge Bra: Simone Perel Eclat Full Cup - $120

Yes, you’re probably choking at the price tag...but split over three years, it’s only $40 per year (as long as your boob size doesn’t change)! I hands down love Simone Perele bras. They are made in France and not as commercially produced as the other bras mentioned here. They last me a long time because I don’t wear them regularly. It looks amazing under any dress you may own, and it’s also an “end up on the floor in five minutes” bra.

Fit notes:Full coverage, fits very true to size. Handwash only. 

Good Bras are Worth the Investment

As you can see, cheaper bras pretty much aren’t available for women with bigger boobs, at least none that will last beyond six months (I even bought those Amazon brands! Nope!). So if you’re going to make the investment in good bras that don’t cut, don’t wear out, and serve a purpose, go with the best you can afford. And don’t forget to hand wash only. 

Think I missed a good choice? Please share your favorites in the comments!

 

 

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