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.

By Courtney Leiva
September 24, 2018

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.

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