I consider shopping—even online—to be one of the greatest joys in the world, but the worst task has to be shopping for a new bra. There is no joy to be had in sifting through hundreds of bras that dig painfully into your shoulders, ride up your back, gape open, or spill out of the cups. So it’s no wonder that the majority of us aren’t wearing the right bra for our breasts. In fact, most bra fitters and lingerie brands estimate that 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. “While measuring your bra size is obviously important, first establishing the type of breast shape you have is the ultimate indicator of which type of bra will best suit you,” says Josie-Anne Le Diouron, a bra fitting specialist at Empreinte.
But even something as simple as your breast shape can be quite confusing, so we asked Le Diouron to break down every single shape—there are nine!—and the best bra type for each. Whether you’re after the best bra for lift, side support, a small chest, or a large bust, read on to reveal your best fit.
Best bra for cleavage
If there’s one universal truth about breasts, it’s that no one woman is ever completely satisfied with the size and shape of her chest. Thankfully, there unlimited ways to enhance the shape you were born with, and all of them can be executed without resorting to expensive and invasive plastic surgery.
We know how essential the right undergarments are for your wardrobe, but even still, bra shopping can be overwhelming, especially when faced with a bevy of brands and styles. Sometimes it helps to buy said intimates with a specific reason in mind, and no we don’t mean date night. For those of you who have breasts that don’t touch, meaning you can put one or more fingers in between, shopping for your bras can be broken down to a science.
Wider or separated breasts benefit from a few styles, like the plunge or triangle-shaped bra, which pushes them together. T-shirt bras can also be more comfortable for wider-set women because they are made for the everyday, and still create cleavage. And lastly, racer-backs or T-backs push the chest close together, while creating a slimming affect. Ahead, 6 stellar bras for wide-set breasts.
Comfort Fit Seamless Minimizer Bra
The seamless design of this minimizing bra is a great choice for full coverage and a molded look, with sizes ranging from 30A to 44H. The nylon and spandex band works with the polyester cup to minimize the chest size without compressing the body.
What people are saying: “I’ve been wearing this bra for about two years now. It’s probably the first bra that has provided uplift and support for my DDD size without hauling up the straps so tight they put grooves in my shoulders.”
Full Coverage Underwire Unlined Minimizer Lace Bra
With over 23,000 reviews and a four-star rating, this inexpensive option from Delimira should support you and look good while doing it. One ELLE writer personally bought this bra and instantly noted the subtle underwiring and breathability.
What people are saying: “I am in love with this bra, I swear I’ve never known my actual bra size until I put this on. I’ve never had a bra fit me this well.”
Angie Front Close Minimizer Bra
Made with padded wide straps and a back panel of leotard mesh, this front-close bra comes in sizes ranging from a 32C to 44H. It’s also a minimizer for buttoned-up days or times you want the illusion of a slightly smaller chest.
What people are saying: “This one fits beautifully and is comfortable. It covers my breasts, and when I bend over and shake, I don’t fall out of it. This is the first time in years I’ve been able to wear a front-close bra, and I’m loving that! It also greatly reduces the visible size of my bust, which is what I am always looking for.”
Brooklyn Leopard Lace Side Support Bra
This full-coverage bra, which comes in sizes ranging from a 34E to 46L, has a four-row hook closure and thick bands to support your sides and avoid spillage. Longtime users of this bra are a fan of its construction.What people are saying: “It provides full coverage and reliable support. The sizing is spot-on and cup construction ensures minimal movement. The back material is generous, which prevents that annoying ride-up that many bras have.”
Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra
This retro-inspired bra, available in sizes 32D through 46H, is made to keep your boobs in place with full-coverage cups and has a stylish lace design that doesn’t sacrifice sex appeal. Keep in mind that although this is an underwire style, it lacks padding to give a more natural look and fit.What people are saying: “I always feel confident that the fit of this bra, regardless of color, will be perfect; I was not disappointed!”
Our teams of ordinary women test and review bras in all styles and sizes. We test a wide range of bras, which are worn for a minimum of two days, before being reviewed. So if you want to know about fit, comfort, support, performance, durability and quality this is the place to be. And you only need to read on to find out which are the 8 Best Push-up Bras on the market right now!
Not only are they flattering and sexy to any cup and bra size, but the trusty dressing piece makes you look seamless and feel comfortable, especially underneath your best cocktail dresses or bodysuits.In buying some of the 16 best push-up bras below, you won’t have to worry about shelling out upwards of $100 to make yourself look good. With our options, we’re ready to do a loaded stock-up, tossing our “meh” bras in the donation bin.