department—impossible to find. Speaking from small-chested experience, bras for small busts usually skewed too girly or too plain. If a bra passed the style test, there’d be compromises on the fit test. Bras intended for small busts that looked wearable left me with slipping straps, gaping cups, and entirely too much padding.
That was then. Now, the best bras for small busts eliminate my old gripes and earn new compliments. In 2022, brands catering to 32AAs are becoming as plentiful as brands for 36Bs and Cs. Bras for small busts aren’t limited to full-coverage triangle bras or overinflated push-ups anymore. New styles have design features just for small breasts: shallow cups, convertible straps, and—about time—removable padding. Some small bust styles from Cuup and ThirdLove are so pretty, they almost demand to be worn alone. Then there are brands like Pepper, which focus on bras for small boobs and small boobs only.
Padded bras for small busts
Ahead, we narrowed down the best bras for small busts by fit and function. Whether you’re searching for a no-slip strapless bra, a convertible nursing bra, or an everyday t-shirt bra, these 20 bras for small busts will have you covered.
No list of the best bras of any size is complete without Natori, but it’s an essential for small busts with space in between. The reason? The deep plunge cut comfortably supports breasts that sit far apart.”This is an amazing fitting bra for women with A cup sizes,” one reviewer raves.
Fits Everybody Crossover Bralette
This little bralette from SKIMS has several stamps of BAZAAR editor approval. It ranks high on our list of the SKIMS products worth shopping and appeared on the 20221 BAZAAR 100 (our list of the past year’s very best fashion, beauty, and entertainment).The appeal for small busts comes down to its plunge crossover shape—which gives ample coverage whether your breasts are close together or further apart—and its silky-smooth fabric. It has an average rating of 4.7 stars after more than 1,400 glowing reviews. “This bra is so comfortable it’s like you are wearing nothing!” one shopper writes. “I love the quality and it holds everything in place.”
Classic All You Bra
Not long after Pepper’s 2017 launch, its bras became must-haves for AA, A, and B cup wearers. It all comes down to design signatures that prioritize small busts, like shallow cups and lifting mesh.The result? Full coverage that truly fits, according to its (many) five-star reviews—including one BAZAAR editor. If you can only choose one, start with the classic “All You” bra. It sits against your chest without any signs of gaping, but its underwires don’t dig or poke, either.
Cuup’s scoop bra eliminates one of the biggest pain points for small busts: gaping cups. This silhouette’s lower cut is sexy and supportive. No wonder Cuup landed on our best lingerie brands list.”This bra checks off all of the points,” one of many glowing reviews agrees. “Comfy, sexy, easy to wash, and literally the perfect fit.”
24/7™ Classic T-Shirt Bra
If you leave this story having bought just one T-shirt bra, it should be Third Love’s 24/7 classicT-shirt style.Third Love uses memory foam-like fabric on the pads, so each bra conforms to your exact shape. As for Third Love’s half-sizes? A game changer for gaping-free coverage, which this editor can also vouch for.Reviewers agree that the precise sizing fits unlike anything else. “1/2 sizes are the answer for me. This bra in my 1/2 size is comfortable,” one shopper says. “Does not dig, slip off shoulders, or cause my boobs to pop out of their cups or have gaps in the cups. Highly recommend.”
Effortlessly alternate between a minimalist strapless bra and a style with extra support. Parade’s convertible bandeau is made from an eco-conscious, breathable fabric to keep you cool all day long—and it comes with a semi-sheer panel meant for showing off.”This is my favorite bralette I have so far, it’s the most comfortable and stylish and I feel like I can move around in it and it has a lot of support,” a shopper who wears a size small writes. “It’s also so cute and I have the matching set[.]”
24/7® Lace Contour Plunge Bra
Here’s another plunge option, but in a dreamy lace fabrication. Speaking from experience, this bra has great coverage without feeling bulky or matronly. (And if you want a more relaxed fit, the cups are removable.)A shopper who calls this style her new favorite says, “This is my new favorite, go-to bra! I really enjoy the lace for its classy look, and it also peeks out on most my shirts and gives a bit of breathability. It is very comfortable and fits like a glove.”
It has taken me years (and a few dressing-room meltdowns) to find a bra that makes me feel okay about my chest — and a couple more tries to find the ever-elusive perfect one. After all the uncomfortable underwire, skintight straps, and cups that floweth over that I’ve suffered through in the process, here’s my theory: A great bra is one you don’t have to think about. It does its job of supporting, sculpting, or just defending against unwelcome nip slips without a single pinch.
That’s easier said than done. Bra shopping is notoriously stressful, but word of mouth is a good starting point. So to put together this guide on the best bras for small breasts, I spoke with stylish small-chested women and with professionals who fit bras for a living. To make the guide as comprehensive as possible, I also searched through our archives for highly praised styles. Scroll onward for all those recommendations or click on one of the bolded links below to skip ahead. And if you’re looking for (wireless) bras for bigger breasts, we’ve got a guide for that, too.