In spite of the adulation big boobs hold in today’s society and throughout history – think glamorous old Hollywood actresses, Playboy, Victoria’s Secret – the reality is that possessing big breasts is not at all rosy as it seems. As a large-breasted woman myself (I’m keeping my bra size close to my chest – pun intended), I’ve experienced many annoyances caused by the size of my boobs.

Don’t get me wrong, having big boobs is not all bad, but I’m pretty sure fellow big-breasted women can identify with these problems:

1. Finding bras that fit

Nicki Minaj says "I hate bras".
[Image Description: Nicki Minaj says “I hate bras”.] Via Giphy
Why is it that decently priced and beautifully designed bras only go up to size D? And when you finally do find bras that are in your size, they’re ill-fitting and they only offer black, white, and beige colors at a far higher price point.

On my bra journey, I’ve come across Bravissimo that has saved me from stuffing my mammary glands into itchy, uncomfortable bras. Their colors and designs are gorgeous – it’s taken me a while to find bras that fit, but I finally got there.

2. Bra straps digging into your shoulders

A woman wearing a gold superhero costume says "These new bra straps are killing my shoulders".
[Image Description: A woman wearing a gold superhero costume says “These new bra straps are killing my shoulders”.] Via Giphy
I now have indentations on my shoulders from wearing bras that have done their level best to support my boobs since my teenage growth spurt. The joys of being a woman.

3. Can’t wear cute dresses and tops

A man in costume says "it's a bit tight across the chest".
[Image Description: A man in costume says “it’s a bit tight across the chest”.] Via Giphy
Whether it’s thin straps, strapless, sleeveless, or backless clothes, they provide no purpose for women with big boobs who can’t wear these cute clothes. It’s either tight or it holds no support – it’s not fair at all!

4. Strapless bras are laughable

A woman in a cream sweater laughs.
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I tried a strapless bra once and it would gradually pull down throughout the day. I then have to do the awkward yanking and pulling movement to shift my bra up whenever I was dangerously close to exposing myself.

5. T-shirts are not best friends with big boobs

A woman sitting at a college desk wearing a red shirt says "They just draw people's attention".
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T-shirts that fit perfectly around the waist just end up tight around the boobs. What’s more, you struggle to breathe. Baggy t-shirt it is then…

6. Button-down shirts are a joke

A woman with blonde hair says "Ah, shirt".
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The bloody annoying gap in between buttons has had me fuming many times. It doesn’t matter how many safety pins you use, there’ll always be one annoying gap you’ve missed. I mean do clothing empires think that all women have small boobs?!


7. The thought of having to wear bras ALL DAY once lockdown is lifted

A woman wearing pajamas, sitting on the sofa with her laptop and saying "My boobs are loving this unemployed thing".
[Image Description: A woman wearing pajamas, sitting on the sofa with her laptop and saying “My boobs are loving this unemployed thing”.] Via Giphy
Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for the lockdown to lift, but I’m not looking forward to having my boobs strapped all day.

8. Big boobs hamper running or cardio efforts

Two women are running outside. One woman is holding her chest as she runs. The other woman says "Oh you look ridiculous".
[Image Description: Two women are running outside. One woman is holding her chest as she runs. The other woman says “Oh you look ridiculous”.] Via Giphy
Does it count as extra resistance in your workout if you have big boobs? Please say yes, I could do with a win on this.



9. Putting on and taking off a sports bra

A woman struggles to take off her black sports bra.
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I have been known to give up on my planned workout after putting all of my energy into clasping on my sports bra. My Fitbit told me I burned 15 calories in the process, so I called it a day.

10. Boob sweat

A woman holds a tissue against her chest and says "Boob Sweats".
[Image Description: A woman holds a tissue against her chest and says “Boob Sweats”.] Via Giphy
It’s gross but unavoidable, especially in the summer. I’ve found that deodorant can hold another purpose for me – I’ve sprayed it under my boobs when the temperature rises.

11. Back pain

A woman wearing a black evening dress places her hand on her back as she struggles to walk.
[Image Description: A woman wearing a black evening dress places her hand on her back as she struggles to walk.] Via Giphy
My back has never forgiven me for having big boobs. I now have a back massager to help relieve the muscle pain across my back and shoulders.

12. Food falling into your boobs

A woman with blonde hair is wearing a bikini and has packets of Doritos placed on her chest. She sways side-to-side.
[Image Description: A woman with blonde hair is wearing a bikini and has packets of Doritos placed on her chest. She sways side-to-side.] Via Giphy
You only find out once you’ve taken your bra off and you see crumbs, a cookie, chips…basically a decent meal can land in your boobs.


13. Constantly knocking things over

A man says "You got knocked the **** out".
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I can’t count the number of times I’ve knocked over drinks with my boobs. I’d like to consider this a personal skill.

14. Wearing tank tops to sleep

A woman wearing a white tank top runs.
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There’ll always be a boob hanging out to greet you when you wake up.

15. Can’t sleep on your front

A woman lies in bed and pulls a pillow over a face and squeezes the pillow in frustration.
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I don’t think I can even recall sleeping on my front. I can only imagine what that’s like. I envy my husband who can fall asleep on his front – how dare he?!

16. Eyes are up here

Betty White points to her eyes and says "My eyes are up here".
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Do people think we don’t notice when you’re staring at our tits? I can assure you, we even notice when you do the quick darting glance. We know your tricks and they’re not hard to figure out.

17. Babies think you’re their next meal

A woman wearing a printed bandeau top has pumps attached to her.
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I get quite apprehensive when I hold babies. They pucker their mouths in the hope you’re holding a lot of milk for them to consume.

Ultimately, boobs are great whatever size.

Kat Dennings is wearing a black evening dress and dances in front of a mirror.
[Image Description: Kat Dennings is wearing a black evening dress and dances in front of a mirror.] Via Giphy
We can always channel our Kat Dennings to make us feel good about ourselves.

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  • Rebecca Azad

    Rebecca Azad works in the creative and charity sector in project and event management, communications and as a content writer. She runs her own sustainable fashion blog. You'll usually find her in a cosy corner of a coffee shop sipping a latte whilst reading a novel or writing a new article for her blog or publication.

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