When bra shopping, it can be hard to know what you need. It’s easy to get infatuated with the first cute piece of lingerie you see without knowing if it’s the right fit for your breast shape.
“Bras are not created equal,” says Eleni Barbieri, owner of The Bra Ladies Boutique in Connecticut. “There’s so many different styles out there for so many different body types.”
Every woman should have five types of bras: t-shirt, seamed, strapless, sexy, and leisure, says Lori Kaplan, owner of Bra Tenders in New York City.
“You wanna grow into your bra,” Kaplan says. In practice, that means the right bra will fit on the first hook and about halfway up the strap. Once adjusted to your body, a well-fitted bra should sit right below your ribcage. To put it on, lean forward to clip it from behind, then drop each breast in the cups, advises Barbieri.
Once you know your breast shape and size (which hopefully you do!), select the right bra with this expert-approved guide.
Awareness Underwire Bra
One of the most important things to account for when looking for a bra is all-around support—in the straps, band, and cups—and this bra has it all. “Real women who are average in weight and heavy chested, it just gives such a minimizing effect,” Barbieri says. So, it’ll make your body look smaller while giving you a good shape. Plus, it’s got a cute floral pattern and comes in so many colors!
Rebecca Essentials Spac
ICYDK, a molded bra is made out of one fabric without seams in the middle of the cup, which sounds comfortable AF to me. This underwire option from Fantasie features a spacer mold that provides a round shape and doesn’t add volume. Bonus: The material is also lightweight and breathable.
Discreet Convertible Spacer Underwire Bra
This bra lives up to its name (see: discreet). Coming in two shades of pink, it’s one of the most popular underwire options from Natori. Foam-free with molded lightweight spacer cups, this convertible bra which will give your breasts a round shape if they aren’t that way naturally. Additionally, the adjustable straps allow for versatility to the nth degree.
Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette
I don’t know about you, but I can’t take my eyes off of this bralette that’s just as comfy as it is pretty. “They’re unbelievable. Women adore [this bralette],” Barbieri says. “It’s so elegant that you want a little piece of it to show, like a piece of your clothing.” Ranging from size 28DD to 40H, this bra fits and supports a wide variety of body types—no underwire required!
Extreme Control Sports Bra
Athletes, I see you—and you need to see this sports bra from Anita. It offers a ton of support in addition to a breathable mesh back, Kaplan recommends wearing it when running and doing other high-impact activities. That flop, flop, flop on the treadmill is now a thing of the past.