Best fitting bras

I’m a chronic bra pessimist, but I still wear them, as many of us do, so it’s important to find the good ones.

My bad experiences with bras aren’t unique to me. Unless you’ve been really lucky, you probably know the pain of a bra that digs into your ribs or shoulders, leaves you with back pains, or causes weird shapes under your clothes.

Best fitting bras

That said, they’re not all bad. There are always the bras you wouldn’t mind falling asleep in or wearing on an unrelenting 18-hour international flight. These magical bras are often made with a thoughtful design that keeps your body in mind.

I went on a quest to find the best bras across several categories. These are the bras you won’t want to take off and will unabashedly rave to your friends about. From my own testing to crowdsourcing and research, I found most common bra types and the best options you can buy of each.

CUUP The Balconnete

CUUP offers five bra shapes, and we recommend all of them (especially the Demi Bra and Plunge). I’ve grown attached to my CUUP balconette in an unhealthy way. It stays invisible under my clothes and ridiculously comfortable since it molds to my body. If we had to choose an alternative, we’d go for Natori’s underwire feathers bra that has a track record of good support and excellent fit for all.

Andie The Tank Bralette

Lounge bras are for the days where only comfort matters. If you’re walking around in a robe or full sweats, then it’s probably the perfect time to wear a lounge bra. Andie started off as a swimwear company that expanded to intimates after collecting extensive feedback and research. The whole line of intimates is Insider-approved, but we’re especially fans of the tank bralette. It’s made with a buttery soft fabric and seamless design that works perfectly under T-shirts. My guilty pleasure is wearing it on its own.

We’re also a fan of the Harper Wilde lounge scoop that uses ribbed fabric instead.

Hanes Pullover ComfortFlex Fit® Wirefree Bra

As wonderful as bras can fit and feel, they can carry a hefty price tag that’s not realistic for everyone. If you want a bra that fits great without breaking the bank, Hanes offers some classic options that are usually less than $15. The cozy pullover bra is a great example of an affordable option that’s made to be comfy and adaptive. Its fabric flexes to fit your body, and its unlined cups are naturally flattering and seamless.

La Perla Non-Wired Bra

Comfortable everyday bras are important, but so are the ones with embellishments like lace details, cutouts, and sparkles that make you feel irresistible. But it’s not just these details that matter; we like when they’re built to last. La Perla is a heritage brand made by women for women, with pieces crafted to elevate.

We also love the Embroidered Heart Unlined Bra from Love, Vera and the intricate Full On Glam longline bra from Gooseberry Intimates.

Spanx Bra-llelujah Lightly Lined Brale

A T-shirt bra is one of the comfiest types of bras to exist. This is the quintessential bra that everyone needs. It’s usually lightly lined and cut to be seamless beneath a T-shirt.

We think Spanx has the best T-shirt bra for anyone (and shoutout to the brand for its innovative nursing bra). The bra’s entire design is about comfort. Rather than using a hook closure, this pull-on bra smooths on so gently. Its thick band around your ribs gives a comfortable fit and flattering shape. Instead of an underwire, Spanx just uses padding and its patented dig-free straps.

Aerie’s Real Sunnie Blossom Bra and ThirdLove’s 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra are also cult-favorite T-shirt bra options.

Chantelle C Essential Full Coverage Smooth Bra

Bigger busts need different things, namely a supportive structure that feels comfortable and not restrictive. For that reason, the same ultra-lightweight bralette that works for smaller chests may not be as good for a larger chest. French-designed Chantelle is a favorite. The underwire foam cups give plenty of support while the bra overall maintains a clean silhouette that disappears under most clothes. Some fans especially love that the bra keeps their breasts perky and lifted on top of everything else.

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