Tank Tops for the Well Endowed Among Us

tank tops

Earlier in the week I posted a photo of myself on Instagram, declaring how I love tank top weather. And I do. There’s nothing I like more than a hot spring or summer day, lazing around in a tank top and shorts and flip flops. It’s the best. A friend commented and requested a post about tank tops for those of us who are a bit more well endowed.


That is a topic I can certainly speak to, ahem.

You will see me wearing a lot of sleeveless tops and tanks in my Daily Mom Style posts during the summer months, but you’ll probably notice they are all structured in a similar way.

For one thing, I always make sure the straps are wide enough to cover my bra straps. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT, people. Especially at my age.

I also don’t ever wear racer-back styles, even though I think they’re super cute. Because I refuse to wear them with my bra straps showing, and I have yet to find a racerback bra other than a sports bra that does its job.

Speaking of bras, a proper fitting bra is KEY. Droopy girls do not a good look in a tank top make. Or something like that.

I also try to find tops that aren’t too terribly low-cut. I never want to send the wrong message to male friends or even the mailman. How bare is too bare is, of course, is up to each individual’s comfort level and conscience, but I do try to find that fine line between styles that I enjoy and those that I feel might be too provocative. I always figure it helps that I’m a total goofball and couldn’t flirt if I tried. I don’t think I’m one to give anyone the wrong idea, but men are visual and it doesn’t hurt to be considerate with our clothing choices.

So, to sum it up! Here are the rules, or my rules anyway. And some affordable shopping suggestions through my affiliates.

Tank Top Rules for the Well Endowed

1. Cover your bra straps, yo! This means selecting tank tops that have wider straps. How wide depends on your bra. Which is the perfect segue.

2. Wear the right bra. You want a bra that is supportive but not massive enough to show around the edges of the tank top. It used to be hard to find supportive bras in larger sizes that weren’t grannie bras, but nowadays there are lots of choices. Also, make sure you’re wearing the right size bra. See my post on how to find your bra size.

3. Pay attention to the neckline. Tank tops with a modest V-neck or scoop neck are flattering, just makes sure that they’re not too low-cut. This does take some trial and error, as everyone is built differently.

4. Consider the fit. As always with matters of style, fit is key. Don’t buy tank tops that are too tight. What is “too tight” will vary from person to person, and as I’ve gotten older, I’m more picky about this. Five years and ten pounds ago, I would wear my tanks pretty tight. But now I try to find the ones that aren’t quite so figure-hugging. I like material that doesn’t have so much spandex so I can stretch them out a bit. If they’re too tight when I put them on, I just give a tug in a few strategic places, and that fixes them right up!

Sometimes a looser style is nice, like the kind with the banded waist, or a flowy tunic-style — it all depends on your personal style aesthetic and what is flattering for your body type.

5. When in doubt, layer. I have tanks that I keep only for layering under a cardigan or jean jacket, and I have others that I will wear alone. You can also layer a tank top over another tank top, so if you have one you like that is too low-cut, or it’s more flowy and always shows too much when you bend over, consider wearing a more modest tank underneath.

Best Tank Tops for Larger Chested Women

1. Banana Republic Timeless Tank. I’m a huge fan of this tank. I have at least 10 of them, probably 14. Literally! I buy a couple every year. I have 3 in black alone! It looks like they’ve changed the styling a bit. I have this style. I have a few in medium and a few in large. The medium ones are definitely a bit snug, but they do stretch out if you tug at them a bit. The large is a little too long in the straps for me so I think the medium really is my size.

timeless tank

The newer style looks like it actually has a wider strap, which could be very nice. I can’t wait to try these on. They have it in several nice prints as well as white, navy and black. Unfortunately they have yanked up the price on the new style, but today they are 40% off with the code BRSUMMER so if you’re in the market, stock up! I’m going to order a couple of the new styles to see how I like them.

timeless tank new style

2. J.Crew Outlet. If you have one nearby, they always have a large selection of basic tanks in lots of trendy colors. I have several of their tanks, and I like them a lot, although their straps are a tad on the skinny side — at least they were last year; they probably change the styling a bit year to year. They aren’t quite as body-hugging as the Banana Republic ones, and because they’re at the outlet, the price is usually nice. I can’t find them online but I wear this orange one a lot.


3. Target Long & Lean Tank. This one is better for layering (in my opinion) because it’s ribbed and fits pretty tight. Plus it’s long, making it a nice layering piece. But it is nice in that the straps are wide, and it’s not too low-cut.

Target Long & Lean Tank

4. Lands End. If you are a larger woman or particularly modest, Lands End has lots of tank tops that have wider straps and aren’t as low-cut as those I’ve featured here. AND right now they’re running their Friends & Family sale, so you can get 25% off with the code FAMILY.

Women's Plus Cotton Tank Top Lands End

5. Old Navy. I have a lot of luck at Old Navy for tanks and not just the basic ones. In the photo at the top of this post, I featured a few from past years. This slub knit pocket tank is adorable and would be easy to wear. In fact, I think I might order one!

slub pocket tank

This is where I’m going to look to my readers for help. Anyone have some good tank top recommendations??? Please leave them in the comments. I’m sure there are lots of other options out there. I just haven’t looked too far because I’ve found a couple that work for me and I just go back to the old faithfuls.

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  1. says

    Love tank top weather too! I have a few of the Target and Banana tanks but also like the Old Navy pop color tanks for layering. They are long and fitted but have some stretch.


  2. says

    I am VERY well-endowed. My basic camisoles are from Avenue, that I wear under things. For wearable tanks, I like Christopher and Banks. Some of their shells have necklines that are way too high, but the scoop necks have very wide straps and are not cut too low for me.

  3. Melanie Dorsey says

    I buy most of mine from Target. I agree the long and lean is best for layering because the fabric is thin and too shear at the point of cleavage! There is another Mossimo brand at Target that is thicker and I wear that alone sometimes.
    I’ve tried the Loft tanks but they are too low cut.

  4. says

    I’m so glad you posted about this! This is a problem I have too. Most tank tops are too low cut at the top so I struggle to find one that feels appropriate. The Merona tanks at Target are awesome. They come up high enough and are a little thicker than a traditional tank. I also love Banana Republic’s tanks!

  5. says

    This was such an interesting post an so well-put together. Loved reading about your favorite tanks, and the only other one you haven’t tried that I have recently discovered are the Liz Lange tanks from Target. Yes, they’re Maternity but no, I’m not pregnant and they don’t have side ruching or any other maternity details. But they are thicker than Long & Lean tanks (my other favorite) and a little longer as well. The side straps are also thicker and I think you’d like the scoop neckline (not too low or too high).
    Gina — On the Daily Express

  6. says

    I definitely have the “well-endowed” problem and I always feel weird wearing just a tank top. But that Old Navy style looks right up my alley. Loose in all the right places!

  7. says

    The secret to the ones with the too-narrow straps is to layer more than one….I hardly ever wear a single tank by itself…there is def comfort in the layers. I also often layer a stretchy-fitted cami under one to give me a little coverage and to smooth out the bumps and adds a pop of color under a neutral tank.

  8. says

    Great post Jo-Lynne! I hate the summer heat but love wearing tank tops. I have 2 nude color bras that I religously wear in the summer with my tank tops; Victoria Secrets bra with clear straps and Calvin Klein racerback bra (very feminine and comfortable!)


  9. Janell says

    I just recently found your blog, and I love it!

    I rarely wear tanks alone, and now I realize it’s because I’m not wearing the right ones!

    I just bought my first pair of colored jeans and capris. I’d love to see a post on how you style yours!

  10. says

    Yes! I second all of your rules and abide by them myself. I actually prefer tanks that have a really wide strap…more true sleeveless than “tank” maybe? I hate when my bra straps show and do not think that’s a good look for anyone. The only issue so far I’ve come across in my search for good tanks is that if they do have the super wide straps they are usually super tight crew necks and good grief I wish I could find some that were modest scoops or v-neck….like the one you posted from Land’s End LOVE that one!

  11. Claudia says

    I love the Banana Republic timeless tank!!! I get a new color every summer and replace the black and white ones as needed. I’m so bummed they’ve changed the style! The original tank is still available in black and white only. The new style, which comes in a couple of fun colors in stores and stripes, has a built in shelf bra!?? Tried it on for kicks and the fit is awful…frumpy and the back is much too low! I need a bra when wearing a tank and I also like to layer them if I need to. The shelf bra kind of limits that. Sorry for the rant but I truly hope Banana Republic doesn’t stop making their best selling tank.

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