It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the retro lingerie aesthetic. In a world of strappy black lingerie, I’m the one who still reaches for crazy prints and girly lace.
I put together a list of some of the best vintage inspired bras for those of us with an extra helping of curves. While it’s hard to find truly authentic feeling vintage lingerie in this size range, there is lots of great stuff inspired by past eras out there. There’s something here for everyone, whether you want to add to your current collection, channel your inner Agent Carter or just dip your toe in vintage inspired waters.
Curvy Strawberry Bra by Buttress & Snatch:
I could pick only three places to buy lingerie at for the rest of my life, Buttress & Snatch would be at the top of my list. Their pieces are exactly what curvy lingerie lovers have been begging for at a truly impressive quality level. Their bra shapes are unusual, their materials are top quality (and frequently are vintage themselves), and their designs are eminently flattering. I’ve ordered several sets now and have yet to be disappointed.
I love this strawberry inspired bra for summer because it’s thematic, but also because of the vintage details. The shape is unusually vintage, while the trim is vintage. If strawberries aren’t your thing, it’s also available in red gingham.
Lace Longline Strapless by Elila:
This longline bra makes the list for two reasons: It’s vintage shape and the fact that it’s simply the best strapless I’ve ever worn. It’s comfortable and supportive, despite all of the channels and boning. I’ve worn it for eight-hour parties and haven’t had it move once, but I could still eat and move around. I also love that it looks just like the bras that you see classic starlets wearing.
Clara Bra by Panache:
The Clara bra is one of those bras that doesn’t stand out in photos but pops in person. That’s ‘why I own three of them. They release it in gorgeous new fashion colors every season, but it also comes in basic continuity colors. The impression in real life is gently metallic with a light and beautiful sheen.
Breeze Longline by Cleo by Panache:
Longlines are quintessentially vintage, but it can be hard to find ones that will fit you if you’re curvy. Cleo makes great options every season, but this Breeze version has been popular enough to be produced in several colorways. I love the white based floral print this season, as it feels 70’s inspired to me.
Retro Chic Bra by Wacoal:
The Wacoal was the only “pretty” bra that fit me as a teenager, which doesn’t make me feel that fondly about it. However, it is nicely retro inspired and has stood the test of time. I love that it now comes in an excellent range of colors and goes up to an I cup, making it a great choice for someone who wants a basic bra with a slightly retro look.
Sophia Bra by Katherine Hamilton Intimates:
The Sophia Bra is another excellent choice for those of you who like your underwear with a hint of retro style. This luxurious full bust bra from Katherine Hamilton Intimates combines vintage style lace with modern construction techniques to produce a bra that represents the best of both worlds. This line is only currently available in black and white, but should have fashion colors coming soon.
Panache Chi Chi Bra:
This bra reminds me so much of one of those vintage postcards, so it obviously had to make this list. If you like the Jasmine/Envy bras by Panache but can’t quite fit into their size range; you’ll love this full-figured version as well. I tried it the first season and fell in love with it, even though I fit both lines.
Convertible Underwire Bra by Ashley Graham:
Ashley Graham Convertible Underwire Bra Available in Bands 36-44, Cups C-DD via Nordstrom
This rose-colored bra incorporates lovely vintage style lace into a modern design that can be worn two ways. The little padlock charm on the gore is adorable as well!
Curvy Antoinette Bra by Buttress & Snatch:
Another set from Buttress & Snatch, but this one a more boudoir oriented take on their line. I own this and love it (and tend to wear it under regular clothes). The gauzy top is insanely romantic, and the raspberry color pops in real life.
Thea Bra by Panache:
This romantic floral bra from Panache has a soft 70’s influence and is perfect for summer. This a new bra from Panache so I don’t know how it fits yet, but they’ve had so many hits in the past few years that I’m sure it’s a safe bet for those of you who already like the brand.
What do you think of these vintage inspired bras for fuller busts? Which would you wear?
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