Like most people, I’m rife with insecurity about different aspects of my body, personality, and so on. But the biggest acceptance battle I’ve had to fight throughout my life has to do with my chest. It’s relatively substantial while the rest of me is … not.
I’m 4-foot-11, but I wear a 30G bra.
I’ve never loved having a large chest, but the feeling was especially acute when I’d spot those flimsy little bralettes with triangle cups fanned out in a rainbow of colors by the register at every mall store from Free People to Aerie. Every time I’d cave and take one of them into the dressing room, only to end up very nearly in tears.
Over the years I’ve tried several promising undergarments billed as bralettes for busty people. Still, something was usually off about them. The cups would cut into me at weird angles, creating visible lumps beneath certain tops, or the closures would more closely resemble an actual bra, making the bra less suitable to pair with backless tops or dresses with spaghetti straps. But then I came across the Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette.
This is a real bralette, with no hooks or wires and an easy pull-on silhouette, only it’s designed specifically for bodies built like mine (i.e. small rib cage, large cup size). Unlike similar styles made for smaller chests, the Cosabella bralette has adjustable straps, which are helpful for me and my short shoulder span. Mesh lining, an elegant sweetheart neckline, and hidden elastic around the band and the tops of the cups subtly shape your chest and provide the added support those of us with larger chests need.
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I own the bralette in black (goes with everything!), but there are 24 other colors available, ranging from Pink Lily to Tourmaline. The sizes currently run from petite to extra-large; Cosabella’s size chart says the extra large is meant for 38-40 G-H busts.
Of course, this bra doesn’t work under every kind of top or dress. Some of my clothing items are better served by the more pronounced lift and structure provided by an underwire bra, even if it’s less cozy. But the Cosabella bralette has been a true game changer in my wardrobe. It’s comfy enough to wear while lounging around at home and looks pretty underneath a light, airy top on a hot summer day.
Despite the minor drawbacks, the Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette is worth the $65.50 price tag. It’s cozy and sexy, but also much more supportive and attractive under clothing than similar styles I’ve tried.
Pros: Supportive, adjustable straps, elastic band, wireless
Cons: Expensive, size range could be expanded