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.
Most Inclusive Size Range: ThirdLove 24/7 Lace Contour Plunge Bra
Key selling points: With a size range from AA to I, including half-cup sizes, this lacy plunge bra offers five additional shade options and fully customizable support with removable pads.
What customers say: I bought a couple of kits for a complete intimates-drawer overhaul. For me, this bra was the best of the best. It was the sexiest, with the lace, but it surprised me as also being the most comfortable! The band felt oh, so soft. I went on and bought another color! —Amy, reviewer
Best Bandeau: Skims Fits Everybody Bandeau
Key selling points: Bandeau bras that are both supportive and come in a wide range of sizes were notoriously hard to find until now. This bandeau bra from Skims comes in a wide range of neutral and seasonal colors, goes up to a size 4XL, and is made from lush, stretchy fabric that feels like butter against your skin.
What customers say: I am a 40DD and my boobs fit into this bandeau. My boobs don’t weigh it down, and it fits better than a strapless underwire bra does, which is a really strong statement. I don’t have to pull it up constantly. It keeps my girls high and dry. —Danielle, reviewer
Best Sleep Bra: Arq Full-Coverage Bra
Key selling points: Although people love wearing Arq’s minimal bra throughout the day, it is also the perfect sleep bra, thanks to the soft, wide straps, lightweight structure, and second-skin feel. It’s great for people with larger breasts who toss and turn at night and want the girls to stay in place.
What customers say: I love the way this bra fits. It’s not constricting, but it’s also not too loose even after an entire day of wear. I really love the seams on this bra because they’re not overly thick that you can see them through a thin T-shirt but they do help to keep things in place. And the bottom of the bra has an elastic but it’s not so tight that it leaves marks on your skin after a full day of wear. I own several of these bras and wear them every day. —Andrea F., reviewer
Best Everyday Bra: Cuup The Scoop
Key selling points: Described as “yoga pants for the boobs,” Cuup’s beloved Scoop bra is made with ultra-cozy microfiber and comes in eight shades—one for every day of the week, plus one.
What customers say: This is the first review I have ever written, but I believe so fully in your pieces. I have been wanting a less bulky, more natural, but supportive bra for a while…more like what I see French women wearing. I have finally found it in this bra! It is perfection. I have recommended it to several of my closest friends! I also love that you feature real, untouched women in your ads. Lastly, the packaging is sufficient, economical, and beautiful. Thank you! I will be a continued customer. —Brooke, reviewer
Best Bralette: Cosabella Never Say Never
Extended Sweetie Bralette
Key selling points: This top-rated stretch-lace bralette is lightweight and breathable, making it one of the best bras for lounging in. While you can’t see them from the front, there are two adjustable straps in the back for additional support. It comes in an extensive range of sizes (think petite, extended, beauty, curvy, ultra curvy) and color selection, starting with this yummy mint green.
What customers say: Omg this bra is amazing and so pretty it holds my girls amazingly and the color is so cute and the lace is so pretty and silky. This bra is so comfortable to sleep in. —Kalli A., reviewer
Finding the perfect bra is even trickier if you have large breasts. Bras aren’t always designed for larger chest sizes, limiting selection and making it difficult to find a bra that fits. Not only is it hard to find bras that are made in a wide range of cup sizes, but to find the one that’s comfortable, supportive and flattering can feel impossible. And since bras for large busts can get pricey, you want to make sure you’re investing in ones that’ll last.
To make bra shopping a bit easier for you, the experts at Good Housekeeping Institute put bras to the test. We evaluate bras in our Textiles Lab and with real consumer testers for performance and appearance properties, including comfort, stretch recovery and shrinkage. We test all sorts of bras from sports bras to backless bras to strapless bras to wireless bras and of course, bras for large busts. Bras for large busts can refer to bras with larger cups sizes or bras with wider bands, and the picks ahead are primarily bras that are available in larger cup sizes, but we feature some bras with wider bands, as well. All of our picks are either top-tested styles or newer bras with unique features and rave reviews from users.
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.
“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.