Big Boob Styling Tips: Bra Straps and Tank Tops

It doesn’t have to be a struggle

Ah, summer. What a time to be alive! Sleeves are gone, your pits are out and proud regardless of your shaving habits and there’s not a care in the world…unless you’ve got major boobage and you’re of the camp that feels most comfortable in a bra.

Tank tops and maximum-support bra straps are not known to be besties, so what’s a girl to do? Embrace, innovate and experiment with the ladies, because after a subway ride spent staring at every braless woman in spaghetti straps with longing, you begin to feel a little creepy.

Keeping the Heavy-Duty Bra On? Layer:

Reformation tank over Everlane tank, Tory Burch pants, Ancient Greek Sandals shoes, Gucci sunglasses, Anine Bing scarf, Christie Nicolaides earrings

I love spaghetti straps. They’re sexy and breezy, but bras ruin the look of those great little lines. If you’re up for a bra-less bonanza regardless of boob size, great. Party on. But if you prefer to heft up your chest, start with white or black sleeveless tee to act as a canvas for those simple, slinky ties.

Don’t Burn Your Bra, But Maybe Do Step Outside Your Box:


Frame Denim overalls, Uniqlo x Inès de La Fressange jacket around waste, Robert Clergerie shoes, Dannijo earrings, Mansur Gavriel clutch, NARS lipstick in “Dragon Girl”

There are some days when, for whatever reason, you just can’t do underwear. I get it. I get it because sometimes, I don’t want to wear a bra, either. But recall that comfort-wise, I prefer to. So.

On such occasions that demand you free (one layer from) the nipple, opt for a thick-denim bib that’s tight enough — and wraps around the side enough — to hold you in.

This is best used for lazy days where you know you won’t be doing any physical activity besides eating brunch. It’s totally worth the weird-ass feeling of not wearing a bra in public.

Want that Bra Back On? Embrace Tanks With Wide Straps:


Trademark tank, Alexa Chung x AG denim skirt, Mansur Gavriel bag, Miu Miu sunglasses, Mochi earrings

They’re just as cool as a spaghetti-o. Besides, do I look like my mom in the ’70s? YES. Do I love it? YES. Does it matter what my bra looks like which means I can wear the oldest one I own? NO! Therefore, I’m a happy camper.

And hopefully you fellow big-boobers who like a little support are, too. Strap ’em up and hug your shoulders — it’s time for summer.

Photographed by Elizabeth Tamkin; styled by Elizabeth Tamkin and Krista Anna Lewis.


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  • Krista you look so great!

    • Pia Sophie

      this type of comment might get old (but deal with it krista): i agree. i’ve never been jealous of other people’s boobs before but this story (and especially that first outfit!) makes me wish i had yours.

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  • Julia

    yo– can we use this exact same beautiful woman to do some sort of bathing suit post?? she and i have very similar bangin body types and bathing suits are always a major struggle unless I want to go all Terry Richardson with it. Which, for the record, I do not.

    • Amelia Diamond

      we have a story coming up with Katie Sturino who has big boobs too!

  • mary

    look 2 look 2! all i want to wear all summer. you’re a one woman mood board for ladies with substantial ladies.

  • Aydan

    Into it! Jumpsuits are seriously the answer to large chest and wanting to wear no bra (or at least try a bralette for a day), highly recommend!!

  • Yet another reason I was angry that Old Navy discontinued their “Perfect” tanks – they were the only ones I’ve ever bought that covered up my granny-ass bra straps!

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      Gurl, this is my current fav for a rib like tank that covers those straps: still not Old Navy prices but their fun little pay what you want sale makes up for it in my mind. (also size down like two sizes if you want it to be tight. they stretch but are cut loose).

      • Thanks! I’m definitely going to check those out! I picked up some Hanes tanks recently, and they were garbage – I need quality!

    • zincink

      I was wondering where they went!! Maybe someone will write to them to bring them back. NY&CO has some comfy tank tops that were similar to those Old Navy tanks.

      • Thanks! I’ll have to check them out!

  • Beatrice

    Those Gucci slides are making me weep

    • They’ve been lurking in the back of my mind since I saw them here on MR. I think I’m going to treat myself to them for my birthday this year…because life is short and YOLO, right?

      • Beatrice

        I’m starting to feel similarly

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      SAME. When I took them off I cried a little.

      • Beatrice

        For $585 all my Marie Antoinette 2016 vibes would be possible!

        • Krista Anna Lewis

          You get me.

  • Amelia Diamond

    K Money and that Day One Outfit, both a great ska band name if anyone is looking and also, a great outfit krista

  • Went bra shopping this weekend, and now I’ve managed to spend the whole of Monday upset at the shape, the discomfort, and frankly just the bra in general. Nice bralettes just aren’t always made for bustier ladies.

    • zincink

      Did you ever order from Bravissimo? I think they are in England.. I wanted to check out their bras because they literally have everything made for us including clothing.

      • Oh I haven’t!! I will check them out. I need new bras badly.

  • Natty

    Wacoal makes a strapless bra that actually works. It is a feat of engineering… a modern miracle. I wore it with a slip dress recently, which NEVER would have been possible prior to this discovery (I’m a DD)

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      I am very intrigued but very scared.

  • Lina

    I don’t even like overalls but Krista, you look hella sexy and fantastic in it! I almost considered wearing one myself…
    How about colorful bra straps and make them visible on purpose? I think that’s cool as well, especially when it’s too hot out to layer your tops 🙂

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      I totally agree! I just need to find some colorful bras (I only wear black and blue tehe)

  • Danielle

    Where can I buy those fabulous blue earrings in the last outfit? They’re glorious!

  • Lisa

    i was so happy when bra straps showing were not a faux pas anymore–growing up in the 70’s-80’s until madonna came along–bra straps were something to hide. i also just bought my first strapless bra and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Emery Joy

    Awesome post! Love it! You inspired me to start my own blog!

  • Sarbonn

    !!!!!!these three looks make me wanna

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      Literally me in those overalls.

  • soniadelvalle

    I have total heart-eyes for you in that last top, Krista.

  • Senka

    Denim overalls are very men repeller, yet you made them look very sexy and pretty too. Love all the looks and your bangs too.

  • Ahh if only I had this problem haha x

  • Jwaxywax

    God bless you Krista – I hope these posts are on the regular

  • hungrycat

    those tb pants are truly bitchin

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      I was so sad when they went back to Tory.

  • Emily Pasin Brandenstein

    Re photo 5/13: do your lovely denim-wrapped “waist” justice and change the spelling of “waste” to the spelling that doesn’t simulate notions of rubbish (I’m not British but I am partial to the sound of that word.)

    If anyone from Team MR reads this comment (lol) please know I am VERY much for hire as a twenty-something-grammar enforcement officer (will work for Gucci horsebit loafers).

    Oh, and Krista, enjoyed the post BTW!

    • Kate Barnett

      Ack! Thanks, Emily – fixing now. As the for the second part… drop us a line at careers (at)!

      • Emily Pasin Brandenstein

        Will do, Kate! Thanks for your response!

  • Becky Sleepmachine Young

    fuck that . i have huge knockers . the general public can deal with a bit of bra strap .

    • Katrina Lee

      Was literally about to type a response about not giving a shit about my bra straps. Strap on! Wait… phrasing.

  • Kay

    So got 2 of those crew neck tanks, and my closet is transformed. Every dress I own looks better now. THANK YOU. And the no-bra jumpsuit thing looks so amazing, who would have thought? Again, thanks!!!!!

  • kellymcd

    I have this exact same Reformation tank (except in black) and I made the somewhat bold decision to go braless whilst wearing it out one evening. Spontaneous dancing instantly became a struggle and an old(er) “gentleman” decided my chest was a Jackson Pollack piece he had to stare at long enough to “understand the meaning”, if you catch my drift. I can now take it back out of my closet and embrace it fully whilst and wear proper support for dance parties (planned or not) because of this article.

    Long story short, THANK YOU for this.

  • I fall in the big boob boat, and absolutely take advantage of thick tank straps…and sometimes when I need to go bra-less, I resort to tape (throwback to “Now & Then” circa ’95). Gotta do what you gotta do!

    You look awesome, btw.

    Christina |

  • Hadear Kandil

    yoooooo THANK YOU for this whole big boob styling section. just discovered it and i’m a little too excited to even put intelligible sentences together, but thank you.