Finding a well-fitting, comfortable plus-size bra can be quite the challenge, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you know where to look. These expert recommendations are the best plus-size bras—and they look good, too.
Finding the right bra can be a truly difficult task—you’ll want to find the right piece that doesn’t dig into your skin but still keeps everything in the proper place. And when you have a bigger bust, that challenge can feel next to impossible. (It’s safe to say that many bras plus-size don’t give your breasts the support they need.)
Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book (To buy: $14; amazon.com), says large, unsupported breasts can lead to poor posture, back pain, skin irritation, and other issues, but the right bras can help alleviate these issues. She advises looking for a piece with wider straps and full-coverage cups that will keep your breasts encased and supported. Pay special attention to the bra’s band, too—Luciani says 90 percent of bras’ support comes from the band.
“Turn the bra around and look at the back band,” Luciani says. “You should have at least three to four hook-and-eyes and a wide back band.”
Luciani also suggests looking for bras with underwire—most larger-busted women prefer the support they offer. Bras with molded cups and some foam can also offer some additional support. If you don’t like this style of bra, she recommends looking for a balconette-style bra, as these pieces can work wonders for larger busts and their wide-set straps offer extra support.
If you’re not sure about your bra size, Luciani recommends a fitting—as much as 90 percent of women are wearing the wrong size most of the time. “Finding the right size is half the battle,” she says.
To bring you the best and most comfortable plus-size bras possible, we recommend nine styles below that will give your breasts the support and care they deserve—add these pieces to your intimates drawer, STAT.
Wacoal Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra
Underwire styles are great for those looking for maximum support. This one (which goes up to an H cup!) contains seamed cups that lift and support your breasts. And you won’t have to worry about any dig-ins or awkward fits underneath your clothes—the band and sides of this piece smooth and minimize.
To buy: From $36; wacoal-america.com.
Bali One Smooth Wire-free Comfort Bra
Finding the right plus-size bra doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This budget-friendly option offers proper support–its features include adjustable straps and stretchable wire-free support.
To buy: $10; tjmaxx.tjx.com.
Parfait Active Sports Bra
Trust this bra to keep your breasts supported and ready for any kind of physical activity. This plus-size sports bra has moisture-wicking cups with hidden underwire to keep you cool and supported. It's suitable for low-, medium-, and high-impact workouts.
To buy: $54; parfaitlingerie.com for retailers.
Le Mystere Dream Tisha Bra
This full-figure bra has sizes ranging from 34D to 42F and offers essential busty-girl features such as full-coverage foam cups, pliable underwire, and extra-wide sides. Wear it under basic tees, tanks, and sweaters for all-day support.
To buy: $68; dillards.com.
Glamorise Magiclift Full Figure Support Wireless Unlined Full Coverage Bra
Even though this heavy-lifting bra features no supportive underwire, it does contain comforting extra-wide pads, a lifting and defining band, and a special criss-cross design for a perfect fit.
To buy: $21; jcpenney.com.
Paramour by Felina Ellie Demi Unlined Bra
This value bra brings both style and comfort to your lingerie drawer thanks to its gorgeous lace design and additional paneling that properly lifts and shapes your bust.
To buy: $39; felina.com.
Cacique Smooth Boost Balconette Bra
This medium-coverage balconette bra boasts a colorful design and push-up lining to keep everything in place.
To buy: From $43; lanebryant.com.
Catherines Full-Coverage Smooth No-Wire Bra
Going up to 50DDD in size, this full-coverage bra keeps you smooth and comfortable thanks to adjustable straps, lightly lined foamed cups, and a hook-and-eye closure.
To buy: $49; catherines.com.
Playtex 18 Hour Comfort Strap Wireless Full Coverage Bra
This stretchable bra is great for those who want some breathing room with their bras, as it uses exclusive spanette fabric to provide all-day support that doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable.
To buy: $20; jcpenney.com.