As anyone who has ever walked into a lingerie store will tell you: Finding a comfortable bra (plus one that’s attractive, supportive, and actually fits) is no easy feat. That’s true for all of us—but perhaps even more so when you’re looking for a plus-size bra.
The good news? Comfortable, flattering, and just plain pretty plus-size bras do exist. In fact, more brands are embracing every body, so there have never been better options available for fuller figures than there are today. For some useful tips on how to find the perfect-fitting bra, we tapped Holly Wilson, Soma’s VP of design, for her expert advice. “A good-quality bra will fit comfortably from the minute you put it on, provide all-day support, and hold its appearance over many wears and washings,” she tells Oprah Daily.
Best bras for plus size women
“The most important element of support in a bra comes from the fit and comfort of the band and cups,” Wilson further explains. “When the cups fit your shape and support appropriately, there is no digging, gapping, or sagging. The right band fit is essential, as it provides the most important support feature, and can determine how much support your bust gets from the bra.”
Once your bra arrives, try it on and keep an eye on the following fit notes: “If your bra fits on the middle hook, it’s perfect; that means you have room to loosen or tighten it slightly based on your body’s natural changes during the month,” advises Wilson. “The cups should fit smoothly on the breast with no gaps or digging. The center front should lie flat against your rib cage. The underwire should not poke, pinch, or rest on your breast tissue. Adjust your straps so they stay in place and sit comfortably. They should not dig into your shoulders.”
With that guidance in mind, we sorted through racks and reviews to find the best plus-size bras for your shape and budget (hint: while you’re at it, make sure you’re measuring your size correctly). Whether you’re in the market for an everyday bra that offers max coverage (and no uncomfy underwire!), a push-up that provides the perfect amount of lift, a workout-friendly sports bra for heavier breasts, an affordable Amazon bestseller (hello, $12), or even a lacy bralette (that’s right, bralettes aren’t just for small chests!), our picks won’t let you—or your girls—down.
Bodify Flexible Fit Perfect Coverage Bra
This brand-new, years-in-the-making bra from Soma will be unlike any you’ve ever tried. To account for the natural size changes that your breasts go through (whether due to your period, weight gain, pregnancy, etc.), the brand innovated a style that adapts to your body. “Bodify features a patent-pending Flexicup and Floataway wire construction that offers additional flexibility, natural lift, and stay-put straps that enhance the fit of the bra to work with your unique body shape,” explains Wilson. Sounds like our new go-to in the lingerie drawer!
18 Hour Ultimate Shoulder Comfort Wireless Bra
Let us count the reasons why this is the number one bestselling plus-size bra on Amazon: full cups with structural frame for ample coverage (especially for those with heavier busts), side and back support to smooth away bulging, no-dig cushioned straps, and it’s wireless. You might want this one in a few colors.
Front-Close Embroidered Wireless Posture Bra
This bra was specifically made with a crisscross power mesh back for posture support. The soft cups and front closure make it easy to put on and keep your breasts from overflowing.
Black Full Coverage Butterfly Bra
This comfy polyester, nylon, and spandex bra has double back-wrap panels that conform to your curves for ultimate support.
24/7® Perfect Coverage Bra
Designed with thin hybrid memory foam to provide softness inside and support outside, this full-coverage T-shirt bra molds to your unique shape. The adjustable straps also have memory foam, so they never dig into your skin.