Shopping for plus-size fashion, especially when it comes to intimates and lingerie, used to be incredibly—and annoyingly—difficult. Finding the best bras for plus-size women, namely ones that were both stylish and comfortable, felt like an impossible task. Sure, you could find bras that got the job done, but they’d usually lean toward grandma status (no offense to all the abuelas, bubbes, and lolas out there).
Thankfully, these days there are many more lingerie brands that believe plus-size-bra wearers should have just as many options as anyone else. Now it’s almost like having too much of a good thing, with so many worthy options to choose from. To make your shopping as easy as possible, we found the best plus-size bras for every situation and preference, and even searched the reviews sections to support our case, so to speak. Whether you’ve been looking for a balconette that’s comfy enough to make you forget you’re wearing a bra or a sexy style that will make you feel like an Old Hollywood film star, we got you covered.
Best support bra for full figured
While shopping for lingerie can be difficult for anyone, finding a stylish and supportive plus-size bra has its own challenges. But your boobs deserve the best, so we spoke to a group of experts — including Ra’el Cohen, ThirdLove co-founder and chief creative officer, and Dionne Thompson, the design director for Intimates and Innovation at Torrid — to find the most supportive options without spillage, too-tight bands, and slipping straps regardless what you’re searching for.
Whether you’re in the market for a lounge bra that you can wear every day, a workout-friendly sports bra, or even a sexy lacy number, we’ve rounded up the best plus-size bras that won’t let you (or your girls) down. We paid extra attention to evaluating the bra’s design, construction, and materials (to ensure it will last with proper care). Reminder: body fat is normal, and so are rolls, but we know when it comes to bra shopping, side spillage is enemy number one, so many of the selections below keep that in mind.
Delimira Full Coverage Underwire Unlined Minimizer Lace Bra
What We Love: The fabric’s durability prevents the bra from losing shape after constant wear and wash.What We Don’t Love: Thin straps need to be adjusted occasionally to keep the material from folding and rolling into itself.Before I purchased this unpadded style from Delimira on a whim, I thought I hated all underwire bras. But this style proves you can have large sizes and comfort without losing the sex appeal.The affordable price and extensive size range appealed to me at first. Then after a few wears, I became enthralled with the durable and flexible materials, like polyester and spandex, which keep the bra in good shape after long-time wear; I know I won’t need to repurchase it unless I want more color options.While the underwire helps keep large breasts from falling out of the cup, expect some slight digging after extremely long days — and I mean 10-plus hour days. One tip: Avoid over-tightening the straps to keep the thin structure from leaving marks. The material isn’t as thick as I would have liked it, and because of this, the straps often get twisted when readjusting. But for how well the cups and bands fit, that’s easy for me to look past.
Auden Strapless Bra
What We Love: This strapless bra can be worn in four ways.What We Don’t Love: It tends to run big in the cups, so consider sizing down.For any special occasion dresses or clothing that will show your bra straps, you need a strapless bra. Push aside the fear that gravity will prevent it from staying in place — the right strapless option will stay put and prevent boob spillage. Auden’s padded strapless bra comes in four neutral colors that could work as a nude for different complexions or as an everyday choice to keep the attention on whatever you’re wearing on top.If you’re on the bustier side and fear an accidental nip slip, the spandex blend of the band stretches without strain. The tight banding adds back the extra support lost when worn strapless, so plus-size folks don’t have to worry about sagging in the cup or sides. And it still comes with straps for customizable fits that prove anyone can wear this choice with many different fashion styles.
Cacique Front Close Smooth Boost Plunge Bra
What We Love: The convenient and easy-to-use front-close system.What We Don’t Love: The racerback straps peek through the back collars of some shirts.Low-cut tops require undergarments created specifically for a deep V or plunging neckline. This everyday choice from Lane Bryant’s brand Cacique includes memory foam cups that contour to your body and offer ample support. Plus, the lined cups give breasts a slight push-up effect that embraces the plunging cut to create a sexy look. The straps are fully adjustable and have lace detailing on the back for a sweet and sultry touch. Extra support is the name of this bras game, with halter-like back straps that can be seen vividly with open-back tops. The best part is the front closure system that makes it easy to get on and off. Bonus: Many patterns come with matching panties or thongs.
Curvy Couture Tulip Lace Push-Up Bra
What We Like: The soft-lined cups that don’t squeeze breasts together.What We Don’t Like: Side spillage tends to happen with long-time wear.Most push-up bras utilize extra padding to give breasts a smooth shape and the desired lift, but for plus-size folks that don’t need a lot of padding, there’s this option from Curvy Couture. Light lining inside the cups stops nipples from poking through and gives breasts the push-ups they desire.The tulip shape and balconette cut create a sexy style that helps lift different breast shapes. The soft and stretchy microfiber material supports the breasts without squeezing them together, giving a flattering and full-figured look. According to my doctor, I have relaxed breasts – meaning my nipples point downwards – that sag slightly from years of fluctuating weight. Most push-up bras I’ve tried are too tight to move around in and cause my breasts to slip out of the cup; I’ve never had those problems with this bra.If you’re top-heavy and have wide-set breasts, the back of the bra most likely won’t cover body fat on the sides because of the centered curved straps in the back. Strap readjustment might be needed to fix material that finds its way under folds during constant wear. Shoppers can remedy this by sizing up in the band or keeping the closure on the loosest clasps. And don’t worry, you won’t lose any lift.
Anita Rosa Faia Twin Soft Cup Comfort Bra
What We Like: Molded cups and stretchy straps make this bra uber comfortable for all sizes.What We Don’t Like: The design is straightforward and not flattering at all.In the market for a supportive wireless bra? Check out this seamless version from Anita by Rosa Faia that hugs the body in stretchy, comfortable material. Extra wide straps keep slippage minimal, with soft microfiber material that doesn’t dig into the skin. The molded cups hold your breasts like two hands were there to keep them up. The full-coverage style has a slightly plunging neckline, keeping the bra hidden with low-cut tops. For cup sizes over a D, the brand added an inner sling at the base of the bra that offers more support for heavier breasts, easing tension from the shoulders and back. An inner sling is a design tactic that introduces extra fabric to mimic the aid of an underwire that helps lift breasts and hold the weight that might cause sagging and discomfort. Styles are available in various nude shades and neutral basics. However, its simplistic design could use some lace or pattern to look good while feeling good.