Why Soft Cup Plunge Bras Are Better Than Padded

Plus, my favourite plunge bras that define my cleavage and keep me secure.

I was 20 when I bought my first plunge bra. It was red, made from a synthetic satin-like fabric, and had padded cups. I had bought it especially to go with a dress of mine, with a plunging neckline. But, because it was a last minute purchase, being New Year’s Eve, I was less concerned with the fit of the bra, and more worried about having enough time to get ready before pre-drinks. 

When I was shopping for it at the time, the only options I saw in-store were plunge bras with padded cups, some with extra padding to create more lift. So, it didn’t occur to me that they could be designed differently, therefore I wore the same uncomfortable style for the next 4 years of my life.

If you have ever owned a padded plunge bra you’ll know they’re specifically designed to bring your chest to your chin and create a defined cleavage. But, if you have a fuller bust you’ll know that they come with a few annoying hiccups…

  • Because padded cups push your boobs together, there’s always a high chance of your boobs spilling out of the middle, AKA the dreaded four-boob. 
  • You can see a ridge from the edge of a padded cup underneath your clothing. 
  • Yes, padded cups hold your boobs, but not necessarily in place. I was forever reaching down, scooping my boobs up and readjusting them. 
  • When you wash a padded bra they lose their shape. Mainly because you’re meant to hand wash them, but who has time for that? 

It wasn’t until last year when I discovered soft cup plunge bralettes – an absolute game changer for fuller busts.

You might be thinking, there’s no way a bralette would be able hold a H-cup bust and provide enough lift to create a defined cleavage. But, trust me when I say, they work wonders. 

I find soft cups provide a more natural look, because they’re designed with more space for my cleavage to sit, rather than being pushed together. They also create a smoother silhouette, so from the side it doesn’t look like I’ve just installed a shelf. Having a longer and thicker underband helps too, covering my back fat, which is great if I’m wearing something tight. 

Here are some of my own recommendations below from Savage x Fenty (XL) and Tutti Rouge (34FF/G), which is the one I’m wearing in this photo (although I have to admit I did cut the strap detailing off).

READ MORE: All Of The Best Bras To Buy If You Have Bigger Boobs

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