After 32 hours of research evaluating 200 products, we picked Natori Element Full Fit Contour Underwire Bra as our top choice.
Here’s a interesting fact: women will spend, on average, $4,000 on bras in their lifetime.
For those of you who are wary about shelling out all that money or simply want to start making smart bra investments, let’s talk about finding the best bra for your needs.
Here’s the deal:
Finding the best bra will give you the support and lift you’ve always dreamed of.
And of course, you will want the most comfortable bra you can find for everyday use. Choosing the best bra brands is key.
We got you covered, girl.
So, whether you’re looking for something to pair with that cute new underwear you just bought or you’re tired of fidgeting around with your ill-fitting bra all day, you’ve come to the right place.
The lack of quality, unlined bras for larger cup sizes is frustrating. They’re either too uncomfortable, dig too much into the breasts or shoulders, or they look like granny bras with super-wide straps and blah colors. That is not at all the case with the Jocie Unlined, which is a supremely sexy bra for women of (almost) all cup sizes!
After giving this one a test run for a few days, our editor was incredibly satisfied with the quality of the bra. While you won’t be able to wear this under a thin T-shirt and probably wouldn’t think to put this on when out running errands, it will definitely see some play when it comes to nicer events to attend at night… or for events that take place at home (if you catch our drift).
There's just something so nice about wearing this bra (and underwear). It will make you feel sexy but is also just a joy to wear. Soft, supportive enough, and breathable (which you don’t find in a lot of bras).
Because this is an unlined bra, your nipples are definitely going to show through, so you won’t be able to wear this under light-colored or thin clothing. Also, take note that the name of this bra changes based on the color you order. The one our editor tested was the Jocie which is why that’s the name we’ve given it here. That said, don’t be confused when you see some other lady’s name show up as you sift through the other colors.
They make this in an A through DDD cup. However, having tested this bra, we don’t know if it would look that nice on a very small A cup. In that case, we'd suggest something with more of a peekaboo element. For all other sizes, however, the lacy unlined cups are going to look and feel fantastic.
Don’t expect too much support here if that’s what you’re used to and need. There are unlined bras that will provide that, but you’ll need a solid cotton fabric to do that for you.
What can we say? We can't get enough of how good this bra feels. It’s super soft to the touch as well as against the skin. It also doesn’t seem to chafe the way you'd expect an unlined bra (or anything deemed “sexy”) to do. It also somehow makes looking sexy seem like a casual thing, like, “Oh, this old bra? Yeah, no big deal.”
Remember that when you buy a bra from AdoreMe, you also get matching underwear with it, so this is a fantastic deal.
It’s hard to find luxury bras that won’t break the bank but still look great on women with larger cup sizes. This Prima Donna bra was made specifically for those women and it’s one you won’t mind paying the extra money for.
It’s expensive. It also doesn’t come in any sizes smaller than a D. (If you wear a smaller size and are looking for a luxury-priced bra, may we suggest you check out the Simone Perele on this list?)
D-cup and larger.
This is the perfect amount of support for larger breasts. You’ll feel lifted but not stifled, so your shape will still look natural beneath clothes instead of uncomfortably squashed.
Because these bras are made specifically for larger cup sizes, the construction is tailored to carrying the weight of large breasts while not putting undue stress on the rest of your body (like your shoulders).
It’s expensive, but larger breasted women are already paying more for their bras anyway, so does it really matter if you pay a bit more for something that’s actually pretty and functional?
When you’re looking for something that will make you feel beautiful and give you the most flattering profile, the Simone Perele Andora 3D is a great choice. It’s soft, comfortable, and super light so you won’t even notice you have it on.
This is made for B to G cups, but previous customers warn that this bra really isn’t all that supportive or lifting for anything over a D-cup.
With minimal padding and a focus on the stylish details, this bra really wasn’t constructed to support larger breasts. That being said, those with smaller cup sizes feel like this bra provides more than enough support.
You’ve got spacer foam in here that amps up the breathability factor, and then you’ve got the super soft 3D knit which feels great against the skin even as it lifts to create beautiful cleavage.
We’d call this one the best luxury bra for smaller cup sizes if we could.
Too much lift, too much padding, too many crazy straps… Sometimes you just want a bra that’s simple in its mission. This T-shirt bra from Natori is a fantastic pick if you want something that will sit invisibly beneath the thinnest of shirts.
We also thought the ornately-designed straps were a beautiful touch. T-shirt bras tend to be on the over-simplified side, and that doesn't necessarily need to be the case, as evidenced by this one. Plus, the straps are good and wide which makes them a nice touch for women who have a larger cup size and need that extra support and lift.
Because this bra is built for incognito missions beneath your clothes, support isn’t a given. That said, you won't have to suffer through missing coverage or slipping straps. This bra will still hold everything in place, you'll probably just experience a little more bounce than if you were wearing a heavily padded bra.
Best for B to C. While it’s made in D cups and larger, it’s not going to be great in terms of support if your breasts need the extra assistance.
Supportive enough for smaller breasts or those that are naturally firmer and stand up on their own.
A good T-shirt bra should always be comfortable. Its whole purpose is to not advertise to the world that you’re wearing a bra beneath your clothes. Ideally, though, it should be a two-way street that leaves you feeling like there’s not much there except a thin layer of softness. Natori nails it.
This is a pretty expensive bra, but it’s just so darn pretty and comfortable that we think it’s definitely worth the higher price tag.
When you wear a larger bra size, you don’t want to have to worry about spillage or chafing or any other ill-fitting factors that lead to unsightly lumps and bumps and creases. The Soma full coverage bra ensures that doesn’t happen.
Some customers who ordered the B-cup say this bra is just a bit too much for them.
Available in sizes B through DDD.
Contour foam cups work to keep your breasts feeling secure and lifted. And because this is made with larger breasts in mind, the straps are super soft, no-slip, and chafe-free.
One of my favorite things about these Soma bras is the microfiber fabric they’re made from. We don’t know if we’ve ever owned a softer, more comfortable bra.
One of the most common complaints about bras made for smaller-breasted women is how close together the straps are and how the cups do nothing for support. That’s why we were delighted to find the Leia Contour Plus Bra from AdoreMe. With almost 1,000 customer reviews of this bra (and underwear, as it comes in a set), ladies can’t get enough of how supportive and great-fitting this bra is.
This is something our editors have experienced with AdoreMe and it’s something the company usually addresses in their sizing guide: AdoreMer bras have a tendency to run small. Be sure to check the specifications before you buy anything from them. Sometimes it’s the cups that run small or, in the case of this one, the band is one size too small.
Size: Band sizes 38 to 44 will find a trustworthy and sexy bra to love here. If you love the look of this but need a smaller size (cup or band), look for the non-“Plus” version of this bra.
Support: The way this bra is constructed is pretty brilliant when you take a closer look. Yes, it’s definitely a bra full of sex appeal, but every element of its construction was done to cater to the plus-sized figure. The straps are wider set for one, which is helpful in relieving pressure on the shoulders. The straps themselves are wider too, so you won’t have to worry about digging. The back is in the style of a racerback which also helps provide support. And customers also say that the front closure style is a nice touch for support and lift.
Comfort: For a nice mix of comfort and sex appeal, you can’t go wrong with this bra. Plus, the straps, cups, and lace were constructed with very soft materials, so you’ll be more than happy to put this bra and underwear set on.
Price: The price includes both the bra and underwear, which makes this a fantastic deal. (First-timers also get a discount, so be sure to take advantage of that if this is your first time with AdoreMe!)
Check out also our list of plus size lingerie, corsets, and sleepwear.
When you think of strapless bras, you might think about those backless ones that have been promoted all over Instagram lately (see the Komene strapless that made our list of best push-up bras). The problem with bras like those, however, is that they’re not a universally good choice for all breast sizes or shapes—like this one.
Having been huge supporters of Victoria's Secret bras for over a decade now, we at Faveable must say this bra is the absolute best. It can be worn with the standard two straps going over your shoulders. It can be worn as a racerback. It can be worn as a halter. And, yes, it can even be worn strapless (though we'd only recommend that if you wear a C-cup or smaller).
In addition to just being an all-around versatile bra, it's also one of the softest and most comfortable ones our editors have ever had the pleasure of wearing. It holds everything firmly in place, too, while giving the girls a good amount of lift. If you want a bra that's going to do it all, you can't go wrong here.
There are a couple complaints about this bra squashing breasts too tightly against their chest, which is likely the case if you're an A-cup. For larger breasts, your complaint is likely going to be the fact that you can't wear this strapless.
This comes in sizes A to DDD, which seems reasonable.
Even without straps, this convertible bra is all about the support with slip-proof fabric, a comfortable but not too thick band, and the perfect amount of padding to hold you in place. Also, there are four clasps on this--at least in the DDD--which provide just the right amount of back support.
Big breasts or small breasts, everyone is comfortable in this convertible bra. Plus, the versatility of this bra makes it a wear-everywhere type of bra.
Moderate pricing for a bra that works supremely well!
This bra hits all the high points: support, comfort, and looks. And the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra from ThirdLove does just that indeed.
After testing this bra for an entire week, our editor would say that this bra goes above and beyond on all of the above categories.
There’s only one real con with this bra and it’s for those of us that wear a larger cup size (I’d say probably a D and larger): don’t expect to be jumping around or briskly walking anywhere in this bra.
While it provides enough support for our smaller breasted sisters, it won’t do much to keep our breasts from bouncing up and down if we do anything over than walk at a normal pace.
They make this bra in sizes A to F, which sounds about right to us. Anything bigger probably couldn’t be supported by such lightweight cups.
We are perfectly content with the support provided by this bra through day-to-day activities. Unless you’re playing with rowdy kids in the backyard or regularly find yourself bee-bopping along to tunes as you ride the train into work, you shouldn’t have to worry about the amount of support provided.
Good Housekeeping had their testers take this for a trial run and they said things like "I pretty much forgot I was wearing it" and "I have never felt a bra material like this before." As we gave this bra a test run of our own, we were in total agreement with this. The underwire, the straps, the cups—you will barely notice any of it.
This might seem a little expensive compared to cheaper brands you can find on Amazon, but you likely won’t get those bras to last as long, feel as good, or make you feel as pretty.
Looking for a bra that won’t let you down? The Natori Element is the best of the best in all areas: comfort, support, fit, coverage, and more. And it also happens to play nicely with breasts of most shapes and sizes.
There just aren’t enough colors available. Right now, there is only cafe and black.
Size: Anything up to DDDD.
Support: The memory foam cups do a fantastic job of providing your breasts with a snug fit while also giving your silhouette a beautiful shape beneath clothes. Customers also love how well-made the straps are so you never have to worry about sliding or pinching.
Comfort: With the perfect amount of padding, supportive straps, and cups that keep the girls standing at attention while also kicking back in comfort, you’re not going to find a bra that feels any better.
Price: We almost feel like this is a bargain for what you get.
Measuring for a bra can be complicated. And, it’s hard to know if you’re wearing the wrong size. Chances are, if you have wrinkling in the cups, a band that rides up, cup spillage, or straps that won't stay put, you’re probably wearing the wrong size.
The first step to measuring your bra size is determining your band size. While braless, measure the area directly under your bust. It’s important to round to the nearest whole number. So, if you measure 31.5, round to 32 inches.
If the number you measure is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five. This is your band size.
Confused? If you measure 32 inches, your band size is a 36. If you measure 33 inches, your band size is a 38.
The next step to measuring your bra size is determining your cup size. To do this, measure loosely around your breasts (at nipple level). Again, you’re going to want to round to the nearest whole number.
To figure out your bra size, subtract your band size from your bust measurement and look at the bust minus band difference chart. So if your bust size is 34 inches and your band size is 32 inches (34-32=2 inches). That’s a 34B.
If this seems like too much work or math isn’t your thing, you can always get measured at your nearest Victoria’s Secret.
It can be tricky determining your bra size. And, you may not know if your bra is either too big or too small.
However, there are a couple of different ways you should be able to tell. First, it’s important to check the cup size.
Your bra cups should be big enough to prevent your breasts from bulging or spilling out. If this is happening, your cup size is probably too small. If your bra cups have wrinkling, or are clearly bigger than both of your breasts, the size is most likely too big.
Next, you should check the band on your bra. The back and front of your bra band should be at the same level on your body. If the band is too tight, digs into your skin, or isn’t comfortable to wear, it's too small.
If your breasts are falling out from the bottom of your bra or your bra back is riding up, your band size is too big. The right size band will fit securely around you and not ride up in the back.
The best way to make your bra fit better is to get sized for one. Or, do it yourself with the steps above.
Once you have the right size bra, start with it on the loosest clasp, so as it stretches you can make it tighter. A tight band is key to making your bra fit best.
Keep in mind that you want to check your bra straps every so often. They should feel snug and supportive.
If you really want your girls to look their best, try gathering them in the right place. Pull your breasts up as you push the underwire down. This will lift and give you better shape. Or you can also use bra inserts instead of push up bra.
Actually, it’s best to sleep without a bra. There are many false secrets out there that claim that wearing a bra to bed will keep your girls perkier. But the truth is, it won't. According to the Huffington Post, “There is certainly no evidence that sleeping in bras is either helpful or harmful, sagging or changes in the breast are due to a number of factors: Pregnancy and breastfeeding being the most common causes, along with time and gravity.”
In fact, whether or not you want to wear a bra to bed is up to you (and depends on your breast size). It may actually be more comfortable to wear a bra to bed if your breasts are larger or if they are sore.
However, wearing an underwire bra to bed probably won’t be comfortable and might actually impact your quality of sleep.
Believe it or not, there is a way to wash your bras without ruining them. If you’re washing and drying your bras with the rest of your load, immediately stop doing so. Why? Bras are delicate (and they cost a fortune). It’s important to take care of them to ensure you get the most wear.
If you have the time, it’s always best to hand wash and air-dry your bras. But, we at Faveable get that you have friends to see and Netflix to catch up on. So, it might not always be ideal to spend the time hand washing.
Luckily, you can wash your bras in the washing machine. If you must, do so on the gentle cycle with the slowest spin speed. This will come closest to replicating hand washing.
It’s also important to put your bras in a mesh bag. Straps and hooks can easily become tangled or snagged on other clothes during the wash and spin cycles. Putting bras into a zip-up mesh bag will protect the straps from snagging and becoming stretched out.
Last but not least, never ever put your bras in the dryer. No matter how busy your life may be. Instead, you should always hang dry your bras or lay them flat to dry.
Every girl knows that your bra straps should never show. So the good news is, on the days where you want to wear a thin tank top, there are ways to hide the straps.
The obvious answer is to wear a strapless bra. However, if you don’t have one, or simply don’t like to, you can use clips.
To keep your straps from showing, use a paper clip to turn a bra into a racerback, or to hide straps that keep poking out from sleeveless tops. If DIY isn’t your thing, there are also special bra strap clips you can buy just about anywhere.
Although, the truth is, if your straps are falling down, you’re probably wearing the wrong size bra.
If you’ve ever walked into Victoria’s Secret and wondered about the endless bra types – you’re not alone.
In fact, there are over 20 different types of bras. But not to worry, you don’t need every single one. That being said, if you have the right bra for every occasion, it can seriously make things a lot more comfortable. Not only that, the perfect-fitted bra can totally change the look of your outfit.
Some of the different kinds of bras include:
Just as the name suggests, this bra has no straps. Although it might seem like a nightmare to wear, you can actually find great strapless bras that stay put and provide lift.
This type of bra is a dream to wear. The T-shirt bra is designed like a demi or a full-cup bra, but it doesn’t have any seams or fabrics that create bumps or lines under a tight shirt.
The demi is one of the sexiest kinds of bras out there. This bra covers half of your breast, and lifts them for added cleavage.
The push-up is a popular kind of bra for women with small breasts. It’s designed like the demi cup and lifts your breasts towards the center for added cleavage. What sets the push-up apart is that it has padding, making your breasts look more full.
The sports bra is probably the most comfortable bra out there. It holds your girls in place to prevent breast pain during exercise.
The bralette is delicate, feminine bra with gorgeous lacey details. Even the straps are pretty enough to show. The bralette is wireless and usually doesn't have padded cups. It's a comfortable bra best worn with your lounge outfits or with any loose tank tops.
This kind of bra is a wardrobe staple. With convertible straps, you can transform this bra into a halter, racerback or even crisscross for different shirts or dresses. You can typically remove the straps to make this bra strapless. Now, that’s impressive.
The nursing bra is a must-have if you’re planning on having a baby and nursing. The nursing bra is designed to give you extra support with wide bands and soft cups. This bra also comes with a flap that you can open to easily feed your baby.
Of course, there’s Victoria’s Secret, which is known for making top-of-the-line bras. But depending on what you’re looking for, these brands might be more ideal for you.
Calvin Klein bras are sporty, athletic, and beyond comfortable. Their cotton bralettes are perfect for the gym or for running errands. This bra brand is also great for lounging around at home.
La Perla is another bra brand to check out. La Perla bras are so incredibly beautiful and known for their intricate lacey details. On the downside, this bra brand is also incredibly expensive.
Panache bras are perfect bras for the D+ sizes. This bra brand is ideal for women with larger breasts as they give an amazing amount of support.
The Victoria’s Secret Multi-Way Bra is the best bra for shape, hands down. Girls, this bra will lift, shape, and give you a good amount of cleavage. As a bonus, this bra is super sexy.
The Victoria’s Secret Multi-Way is so versatile; it can be worn five different ways for plenty of style options. This bra can be worn classic, halter, cross back, one-strap, or strapless. Even without the straps, this convertible bra is held in place thanks to the slip-proof fabric band.
Plus, with the perfect amount of padding, it will give you the desired amount of lift and support (no matter what your breast size maybe).
Big breasts or small, everyone is comfortable in the Multi-Way Bra, which comes in sizes A to DDD. You’ll also be happy knowing there are eight colors to choose from, including the basics: black, gray, nude, and white. It comes in a gorgeous vintage rose, too.
The Maidenform Women’s Comfort Devotion Demi Underwire Bra is hands down the most comfortable bra out there. It’s so comfortable; you can actually sleep in it.
With a moderate amount of coverage and decent support, this bra can be worn by anyone up to the DD cup sizes. Women with smaller breasts especially love the support this demi bra offers.
If comfort is your main goal, you really can’t do better than this. When ladies say that an underwire bra is so soft and comfortable enough to sleep in, you know they’re not messing around. And, although it has a simple design, it’s still the right amount of sexy. The best part is, there are over 20 colors and designs to choose from including lilac and floral.
If you’re wondering about the price, you’re in luck. The pricing of this bra depends on the color and size you order, but Maidenform is definitely one of the more affordable bra brands out there ranging from $15-$40.
The Soma Full Coverage Lace Trim Bra is not only sexy, but it’s made specifically for women with a full bust. As a bonus, they have an amazing color selection including merlot, gem green, and pale iris.
This bra is available in sizes B through DDD. The contour foam cups work to keep your breasts feeling secure and lifted. And, because this is made with a full bust in mind, the straps are super soft, no-slip, and chafe-free. So, you won’t have any noticeable bumps and creases.
The best part about this bra is the microfiber fabric. Microfiber is probably the softest, most comfortable material, ever. Although this bra is a little on the expensive side at $46, you’re paying for quality materials and design. Plus, you can’t put a price on the perfect fit.
The Natori Element Full fit Contour Underwire Bra is the best bra we could find. The Natori Element is the best of the best in all areas: comfort, support, fit, coverage, and design.
The best part is, this bra is made for breasts of most shapes and sizes. The Natori is available in sizes A through DDDD. Now, that’s impressive. The only downside is it only comes in two colors at the moment: black and café.
Women love this bra because it holds everything in place, provides full coverage, and has incredibly soft memory foam cups. The memory foam cups do an unbeatable job of providing your breasts with a snug fit while also giving your silhouette a beautiful shape beneath clothes. For a better body shape, we also have the list of the best shapewear brands.
With the perfect amount of padding, supportive straps, and cups that lift, you’re not going to find a bra that feels any better.