The struggle is real, especially in the summer, if you have big boobs. Or, you know, any boobs. We asked our resident fairy godmother, lead Bra Fit Expert Mette Iacouvou (a size 34I, for the record), to divulge her smartest bra solves for even the stickiest of situations.
1. Two words: UNDERBOOB SWEAT. How to manage sweaty boobs:
“It’s really hard to avoid boob sweat in the summer months, so I would definitely recommend a spacer bra,” Mette says. “The breathable, light and thin 3-D material is kind of like a honeycomb. Unlike a dense foam, the contoured cups are designed to let air circulate, which keeps your girls cool.”
A few of Mette’s favorite spacer bras:
- Wacoal Basic Beauty T-Shirt Bra
- Fantasie Rebecca T-Shirt Bra
- Elomi Amelia T-Shirt Bra
- Simone Perele Andora T-Shirt Bra
Or add these Wick’em bra liners to your favorite bras. Barring that, some ladies even swear by a strategically placed slick of antiperspirant.
2. A side of ARMPIT BOOB BULGE with your tank top.
Spillage from your chest out the sides of your shirt is not exactly the most appealing look, so seek bras with extra side support.
“If you’re in the correct bra size, this shouldn’t be an issue,” Mette says. To make sure you’re in the right size, take a look at our guide on how to measure your bra size at home and our Fit 5 bra fit checklist or call our Bra Fit Experts at 877-728-9272, x4 for a complimentary over-the-phone bra fitting and advice.
Bras that battle the bulge:
You can also try a firm-control camisole with a built-in shelf bra.
3. REVEALING TOPS that keep you teetering on the verge of a wardrobe malfunction.
Wearing a halter, racerback, backless or plunging top? Proceed directly to this blog post on lingerie essentials.
4. NIPPLE HEADLIGHTS under a thin T-shirt.
To prevent flashing your high beams, look for a bra that has a lining or padding in it.
“I love this T-shirt bra!” says Mette of the Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage T-Shirt Bra. “It’s super-thin and made out of space mousse that reminds me of the foam in pillows. It covers and molds to your skin. It feels like it was tailor-made for your body.”
Fuller busts can go with the Clara Full Cup Bra by Panache. “It uplifts and supports. It brings you in and up for an almost personalized fit,” says Mette. “It’s magic. The gore tacks perfectly, which virtually never happens for me, and it’s extremely flattering under clothes.”
And Commando Top Hats nipple concealers work with or without a bra to obscure how your nipples really feel about, say, the blasting air conditioning.
5. Finding the unicorn otherwise known as THE PERFECT STRAPLESS BRA.
The never-ending battle: Strapless bras always slide down; you’re always tugging ’em back up. To that we say: Refuse to settle! The Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra is a Bra Fit Expert pick for good reason.
“At my size, the question is always ‘what the heck kind of strapless bra can work for me?’” says Mette. “But the Red Carpet Strapless doesn’t go anywhere! It comes with straps, too, because many women find it so comfortable, they want to wear it more. Like every day.”
Mette’s parting words of wisdom: “Invest in your breasts. Now’s the best time to find what really works for you because you can’t go without. Not only will your breasts be happy, you’ll be happy wearing them.”
Mauricio Gonzales, Bare Necessities designer, is the brains behind this brilliant illustration. Read more about him in the “Boys of Bare Necessities Bare it All” blog post.
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