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It’s not easy shopping for a bra—especially if you need that seemingly impossible combination of supportive and chic. Plus, many stores sell only A-DD bras, and that doesn’t come close to covering the spectrum of women’s actual sizes.
The result? We’ll often settle for something that doesn’t quite fit, says bra expert Kimmay Caldwell. With more than a decade of bra-fitting experience under her belt, Caldwell sees two issues the most: bands that are too loose and cups that are too small. “Women are mistaking loose for comfortable,” she says, adding that many women consider anything larger than a C-cup as too big and opt to size down instead (not a great idea).
Elisabeth Dale, founder of The Breast Life, a site dedicated to bras and breast health, agrees. “We’re so fixated on these different numbers,” she says. “Why not wear something that fits? You’re going to feel so much better.”
Turns out, it is possible to find a good-looking, comfortable bra that works—but you need to streamline the process by zeroing in on brands that specialize in fantastic bras for big-busted women. To find the best bras in various categories, we consulted our two experts. “A bra that fits should feel like it’s giving you a nice hug, not choking you or moving or riding up your back,” says Caldwell. Find your new huggable bra below.
This is a “workhorse bra,” says Dale—perfect for those long, busy days. It’s on the pricier end, but Dale promises that the three-part cup design, which has an extra seam to support heavy breasts, is extremely supportive and long-lasting. The elastic lining at the top of the cup is form-fitting, so you won’t get that annoying gap between breast and cup. And no worries about pesky wires poking out—this underwire is triple-wrapped for comfort.
Sizes: 30-46 band; C-J cup.
More than 23,000 reviewers have given this bra five stars, and for good reason: extremely comfortable memory foam cups provide coverage and a slight lift, while a double layer back smooths you out in all the right places. This is a cult favorite from ThirdLove, known for its inclusive sizing options. In eight colors.
Sizes: 32-48 band; D-H cup.
If you’d like to downplay the size of your breasts, this bra’s for you. Caldwell swears by it for minimizing size while maximizing comfort. Not only does it fit like a glove, it has a breathable mesh back to prevent bulging.
Sizes: 32-44 band; C-H cup.
For bombshell vibes, listen up. This high-quality bra is super sexy thanks to its floral lacy top and embroidered sides. You’d never know by looking at it how much support it has—its three-part cup design is specifically engineered for bigger breasts.
Sizes: 32-42 band; C-H cup.
There’s a misconception that to get a lift, you need a wire. Not true, says Dale. This super-soft pullover bra promises up to one inch of lift—while also keeping its shape wash after wash.
Sizes: 30-40 band; XS-XL cup.
According to Caldwell, this trendy bralette provides as much support as a typical wire bra. Featuring a wide elastic band, it’s made of soft lace and microfiber and comes in purple (shown), pink, black and white.
Sizes: 30-42 band; D-FF cup
Though experts say expect to pay around $55 to $85 for a quality bra, that’s not always an option. For a supportive alternative that’s easy on the wallet, try this T-shirt bra. Lightly lined, it’s designed with extra side panels for smoothing underarm bulge. In 10 colors including Toasted Almond, shown.
Sizes: 34-40 band; B-DD cup.
Worried about back bulge? Join the club. According to Caldwell, bras with soft, wide straps help smooth things out. This bra features wide wings to combat the dreaded underarm bulge, and a four-column, two-row hook back for extra support.
Sizes: 32-44 band; C-I cup.
All-around support is crucial when working out—and this underwire bra with wide, cushioned straps claims to reduce bounce by 83 percent. Wow.
Sizes: 28-40 band; B-J cup.
With more than 2,800 reviews, this bra—with lightly padded, contoured cups—is a winner. And there’s no wire! Says a fan: “This is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn! It is DEFINITELY NOT one of those bras you can't wait to change out of at the end of the day. The materials are of very high quality—silky and substantial but not overly heavy; and it provides excellent yet very comfortable support.”
Sizes: 38-44 band; B-DDD cup.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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