Life savers for a larger bust

An ample bosom is one of the most sought-after features of femininity, but anyone with a large chest will tell you that a cavernous cleavage is not all it’s cracked up to be; shapely curves come at a price.

Here are our top tips to help well-endowed ladies manage their burgeoning assets.

Secret support

Not everyone likes wearing a bra and, even if you do, there are times when you just want to feel a bit more comfortable. So why not try a vest top with inbuilt secret support instead? Looking just like a camisole, these vest tops feature a subtle, integral bra all of their own, which means you don’t need to wear a bra underneath or fuss about revealing double straps. Depending on your size, secret support tops might also offer padding and/or underwire for extra lift. They are also comfy enough to wear as a pyjama top in bed, and can help with backache for those with more ample bosoms.

We recommend M&S Secret Support Cotton Rich Bra Vest and Bravissimo Lightly Padded Underwired Strappy Top.

Something sporty

There is only one thing worse than watching a pair of big breasts flying all over the place during any form of sport, and that’s the pain you know the owner of the bouncing boobs is experiencing. Many busty ladies shy away from physical activity for this reason alone, and yet if you are larger all over it is exactly what you should be doing in order to get in shape. Invest in a well-fitting sports bra and you’ll never fear sore boobs from exercise again.

Made from breathable material, a good sports bra will draw sweat away from your body as well as supporting your breasts. Boobs generally follow a figure of 8 as our body moves, but certain sports can emphasise more of the sideways or up-and-down action, so it is important to do your research and get the appropriate support to suit you and your preferred activity.

We recommend Panache Sports Bra and Enell Sports Bra.

Less is more

Some high-neck outfits and fitted work shirts are more suited to a flatter chest, but rather than avoiding them, you can contain your puppies with a minimiser bra and expand your wardrobe choices. Previously something awful your nan might have worn, modern minimisers are attractive and come in a variety of styles and colours to give you greater clothing options.

We recommend M&S Textured Lace Lace Minimiser C-G Bra and Berlei Underwired Minimiser Bra.

See a specialist

If you really want to maximise your curves, visit a specialist shop such as Bravissimo. Not only will they be able to give you a proper fitting and advise on the style of bra which would suit you best, but they can also help out with clothes designed for the fuller figure. Choose from work shirts and dresses to strappy tops and nightwear, all geared toward giving you extra space in the bust area according to their sizes of “curvy”, “really curvy” and “super curvy”.

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Beat back pain

Any self-respecting woman should ensure that she is wearing a properly fitted bra, but it is even more important for a larger bust, otherwise you can end up with severe back pain. Even with the right bra, bigger breasts are often linked to back pain, so it is sensible to take proactive precautions such as maintaining good posture, having regular massage or chiropractic adjustments, and strengthening the back muscles through exercise.

Eliminate rashes

Larger breasts provide a breeding ground for Candida, the yeast which lives naturally on the skin. When perspiration is trapped in one place and the skin rubs together, the natural balance is upset and a yeast infection, or sweat rash, can occur. Symptoms include sore red skin, itching and discomfort. To keep on top of sweat rashes, wash well, especially after exercise, dry yourself thoroughly and apply a topical cream to soothe inflamed skin.

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