What is a Full bust and Full-figured bra?
At Hourglass Lingerie we specialize in Full bust and Full-figured lingerie because we know finding the perfect fit isnt easy for us girls with curves. So what exactly is Full bust and Full-figured? Full busted is described as someone who has a small band measurement and a large cup size measurement. For most brands this starts at a D cup and can go all the way up to a K cup and for some brands a N cup. For band sizes, full busted customers tend to range from 26 to 34. Full-figured is the Plus size version of full busted. These customers are plus size, but exceptionally curvy. Band sizes for full-figured lines usually start at a 36 (occasionally at a 34) and go up from there. Cup sizes start at a D cup and up.
Some of the best plus size bras we carry here at Hourglass Lingerie are the Goddess Keira and Goddess Kayla Collection. Keira and Kayla are available in underwire, soft cup, longline and nursing, and in a variety of beautiful and fun colors and prints! Keira and Kayla offer Full cup coverage, and a wide back band that helps to smooth out your figure and the arched center panel gives even more comfort for higher tummies, setting this bra as the ultimate fit for any full figured gal! Goddess is US sizing and available in large cup bra sizing up to a N cup! Elomi Cate is another great option when looking for plus sized bras. Elomi Cate provides full coverage, a superior lift, side support and mesh sheer top cups to keep you cool and confident. The inner sling and firm wings provide extra support and forward projection while the wide back strap and center pull provide a nice smooth silhouette. Elomi is UK sizing and available in large cup bra sizing up to a K cup! If you are searching for full busted bras you will wanna check out brands like Curvy Kate, Panache, Parfait, Freya, Fantasie, and more! Full busted styles focus on large cup sizes with smaller frames, you will find a lot of plunge and balcinnet styles in this range. Full busted bras have all of the supportive features as full figured but are made to flatter a smaller frame: with features such as shorter wires, narrow bands and a shorter gore. Parfait Charlotte 6901 and Curvy Kate Princess Plunge CK6001are just some of the fabulous styles we offer for full busted ladies. A fabulous every day essential is the Anita Twin 5490, this is a lingerie drawer must-have. At Hourglass Lingerie you will ALWAYS be able to find fashion, fun and comfort for your every last curve.
How a Bra should fit!
The band is about 80% of the support of your bra. It should fit comfortably around the torso and be parallel to the ground. The band should be snug and you should only be able to fit two fingers between the band and your skin, and should never ride up your back. The straps are about 20% of your support and should stay in place. Straps should not dig into your shoulders. No matter the style you should not have any spillage over the top, sides or bottom, if this occurs you will need a bigger cup size. If there are wrinkles in the bra fabric you will need a smaller cup size. The gore (center band of your bra) should lay flat against your sternum. If your bra does not lay flat against your sternum you will need larger cups. Your underwire should competely surround your breast and lay against the chest wall. The underwire should never dig into chest, underarms or breast. When you first purchase your bra the hooks should be set on the loosest row, this allows you to tighten the bra as the elastic relaxes over time.
What is Sister Sizing?
We all need a sister to fall back on, right?? Welll guess what, your plus size bra has one as well!! This is a secret most women don't know about, your natural bra size has a sister! Sister sizes are alternate sizes where the cup volume stays the same although the band and cup size changes. While sister sizing opens a door of opportunity for more sizes and choices, your sister size might not always work depending on the style and fit. Visit our Sizing Guide to find out your natural size, then we can find out your sister size!
How do I find my sister size?
Sister Size DOWN: One size smaller than your current band size and one letter larger than your current cup. Example: If your natural size is a 42D, your sister size would be a 40DD. ( When doing this always check if the bra you are wearing is U.S. sizing or U.K. and then refer to the sizing chart for the next letter size up or down.)
Sister Size UP: One size larger than your current band size and one letter smaller than your current cup. Example: If your natural size is a 42D, your sister size would be a 44C. ( When doing this always check if the bra you are wearing is U.S. sizing or U.K. and then refer to the sizing chart for the next letter size up or down.)
*Use chart below to find YOUR sister size!
Follow the chart horizontal to see all of your sister sizes!!
*Chart is based off UK sizing.