Sweating This Summer? Try Tanks!
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Not until my second child did I learn that nursing tanks could actually be an option for people with a large bust. The shirt is the bra, and yes! It will support a heavy bosom. Imagine my surprise to learn that there are tank bras for non-nursing women with large breasts?
Maybe you're like me and you also weren't aware that such a thing existed. It's understandable--if you shop at box stores, you've probably seen something flimsy with a shelf bra and laughed right along with me at the idea that this meager top could work as a supportive bra.
Levana Bratique has got you covered. Literally. We've got supportive tanks for all bust sizes, and we've got them for lactating women as well as "regular" breasts just looking for a lift.
One of our best-selling nursing tanks is by Dynashape Intima. It doesn't look very sturdy, what with its spaghetti straps, but I've worn a half dozen of these in several colors and felt secure and comfortable, even when my post-partum bust was measuring 36J. The entire front drops down with the nursing clasps, which was great for both nursing and pumping. This tank offers gentle support, so it felt snug around my post-partum stomach, yet it's made from a lightweight, soft material. At just $27, it's hard to beat the price!
The smart folks at Dynashape have also released this cami in a non-nursing version. It's a wonderful layering piece, offering the same gentle support across your mid-section with a wire-free bra. At Levana Bratique, we love a versatile product, and this tank fits the bill: the straps can be unhooked to criss-cross in the back, offering versatility with necklines. No wonder it's a best-seller!
Our other top nursing tank is the Bella Materna hands-free nursing and pumping cami (pictured above). This tank has a shelf covering the bust so that it can slide down over pumping flanges, allowing you to be hands-free. The nursing clips also let you drop the front of the cami for easy access for a nursing baby.
The full breast is never exposed--just the part that needs to be for successful pumping. Gentle compression offers comfort and support for your post-partum abdomen and full bust support means that all you need is this tank - no need to wear a bra underneath - even if you are a J cup! We love that the design of the top means you can keep your button-down or blazer on while pumping at work, letting you move quickly from breast pump to board room.
This tank is also available in a non-nursing version! Here, our bra whisperer Judy is modeling it for us with her own J-cup bosom. Doesn't she look fantastic?
Removable bra cups give the perfect shape every time and an extra layer at empire waist gives extra bust support. It’s also great for casual, everyday wear and warm weather. The tank can be worn without a bra - it's super supportive and is even comfortable enough to sleep in. And, of course, the straps unhook, giving you the ability to criss-cross them for a racer-back style.
Don't just take our word for it that bra-tanks can rock your world this summer. Come on in and try one on! If you're not local to Pittsburgh, you can try our Virtual Bra Fitting® Bra Sizing Service to find the best tank for you.