The Quest to Fit My Small-Band, Large-Cup Breasts: A 3-Week, 35-Bralette Journey

Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Racie Racerback Bralette

Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Racie Racerback Bralette

Soon after receiving my first few bralettes, I noticed that the ones from Cosabella's curvy collection seemed to look - and fit - the best. Of all the ones I tried, the Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Racie Racerback Bralette ($38-$75) is my absolute favorite because it actually lifts and separates with no dreaded uniboob situation.

The brand's curvy line starts at a 28-inch band width and goes up to an H cup, so there are plenty of options both smaller and larger than me (and the same version of the "Racie" bra in a noncurvy alternative). My size overlaps with their suggested range for small and medium, and I preferred this in a small since its racerback style doesn't allow for strap tightening. I've since purchased it in a second color and especially love how pretty it looks if I'm wearing something with a partially open back, too.

Morgan Ashley Parker

I've spent the past eight months getting very comfortable being comfortable in my apartment. I passed on 2020's photo-worthy matching sweatsuits, confidently insisting my new daily uniform of flowy nap dresses would always be more cozy (and chic) than bunched-up sweatpants. But, when friends bragged about not wearing a "real bra" for months, my heart filled with longing for a bralette of my own because, seriously, no one likes poky wires.

In the past, I'd never allow myself more than a passing glance at little lacy undergarments with triangles that wouldn't cover a soda-can top and straps the width of a straw. I already struggle to find pretty, everyday lingerie or secure sports bras that fit my large-cup/small-band size since I'm bigger than the Ds (and DDs) at the top of most ranges. Not only did something without a hook-and-eye closure feel out of the question, traditional small, medium, and large sizes didn't help when my body is a small . . . but my breasts are XXL.

As others dove into closet reorganization and raising sourdough babies, I decided to make it my personal mission to find a bralette that fit my frame and my breasts, now that I had nothing else to do. It started out with one order for two items and, before long, I needed to create a spreadsheet to track all my purchases . . . and returns. Come along on my journey and, spoiler, this story has a happy ending where I tried 35 and found not one but three that bring a smile to my face (and support that would practically make my shoulders grin as well). Plus, if you don't have the same blessings, each of these bralette styles also come in noncurvy alternatives, too.

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