How to Find the Smoothest, Most Flattering T-Shirt Bra for Your Unique Shape
When shopping for a bra, there are three things you should take into consideration: the cups, the straps, and the band. “The cups should form to the curve of your breasts without gapping or digging in. Your straps should sit snugly on your shoulders without digging in or leaving indentations on your skin, and the band should feel comfortably snug around your body without constricting,” Cohen says. Pro Tip: When wearing a new bra, be sure to start on the loosest hook. That way, you can tighten it as the band naturally stretches over time.
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When choosing a T-shirt bra, the goal is to look sleek under your favorite fitted tee while getting the lift you need. Smooth cups that won’t show any bumps, seams, or texture through your clothing are a must. And no matter your bust size, you’ll want to go for a decent amount of coverage.
Whether you’re a AA or a DDD, read on to find the best T-shirt bra for your shape.
If You Have a Full Bust
Pick a T-shirt bra with rigid cups rather than a minimizer, which can make you look heavier. Turn sideways and look in a mirror. Your nipples should be halfway between your shoulder and your elbow. “If not, the bra isn’t supportive enough,” says Linda Becker, owner of Linda’s Bra Salon.
To try: Take heart, double-Ds, “matronly” isn’t your only option. This streamlined style offers support, lift, and coverage without any heavy padding. It also has convertible straps and is made using super-soft fabric. Plus, it’s unlined with a built-in side-sling for comfort, support, and a hint of lift.
To buy: True & Co. True Body Underwire Bra, $58; trueandco.com.
If You Have Uneven Breasts
Opt for a T-shirt bra with removable padding, then take out the insert on the fuller side to even out the different sizes. Shortening the strap on the smaller side also helps to eliminate bagginess.
To try: This bra, which has removable pads, will sculpt your bust and the push-up design will add cleavage, all while disguising any uneven details. This one also has some subtle mesh trim so it’s sexy without creating unnecessary lines under a T-shirt.
To buy: ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Contour Plunge Bra, $68; thirdlove.com.
If You Have an Average Figure
Choose a molded bra, even if you don’t want to increase your size. “Foam cups provide shaping and opacity without added bulk,” says Rebecca Aughton, owner of Bra-vo Intimates.
To try: Stylist Paula Collarte singles out this bra because of its long-lasting comfort. “It has a molded cup integrated for a seamless fit that gives you support while being very comfortable,” she says. “Plus, the straps are removable so you can use it for non-T-shirt occasions. It comes in different styles in case you’re opting for a T-shirt with a plungier neckline.”
To buy: Commando Classic Bandeau Bralette, $64; wearcommando.com.
If You’re Plus-Size
Rely on a wide band to give you a smooth appearance and extra support. Check that the underwire is flush with the armpits and lies flat against the breastbone. If it doesn’t, go up a cup size so that the underwire fully contains each breast. Unlike what many women think, just because you have a fuller bust doesn’t mean you can’t go wireless. Most of a bra’s support comes from the band (not the straps) so as long as you have a strong band, feel free to go wireless.
To try: Wacoal bras have always been well-known for the support they offer. “The How Perfect No Wire Contour Bra is great because it shapes and holds without wires and it won't make a mark through your clothing,” Collarte says.
To buy: Wacoal How Perfect Wire Free T-Shirt Bra, $62; wacoal.com.
If You're Saggy
Find full-coverage cups that point up for a perky lift. Check out your rear view. “If the bra rides up in the back, the breasts drop down,” says lingerie expert Lauren Amerine. Go down a band size until the bra is level. A shortcut to avoid saggy cleavage is to beeline for the push-up bra section and look for styles with the most coverage.
To try: “The lining in this particular push-up bra will give you support and lift your breasts,” Collarte says. “Plus, the material is really soft and the underwire is padded so you feel comfortable all while being supported.”
To buy: Victoria's Secret Perfect Shape Bra, $50; victoriassecret.com.
If You Are Petite
Make sure the band is snug around the rib cage by selecting a brand that specializes in petite-friendly sizes (28, 30, 32). Select a padded demi or push-up bra to enhance your cleavage, if desired.
To try: A petite frame needs scaled-down cups, plus scaled-down band sizing, like this lacy style that starts at size 28A. Another perk: a natural-looking (not nature-defying) boost, courtesy of push-up pads.
To buy: The Little Bra Company Yvonne bra, $60; thelittlebracompany.com.