Finally, Your 17 Most Irritating Bra Problems—Solved for Good
From better fits to more comfortable construction, these latest bra innovations mean there’s a perfect bra for every body.
The Struggle: One Universal “Nude”
The Struggle: Hard-to-Fit Sizes
Good news: There are plenty of bra options out there—even if you’re not a 34B.
With standard as well as half-cup sizes (like C 1/2), ThirdLove bras provide a near-custom fit.
To buy: 24/7 Lace T-Shirt Bra, $72; thirdlove.com.
Olga Cloud 9 Wire-Free Bra
For Bigger Chests…
A supportive underpinning without an uncomfortable underwire. In bra sizes all the way up to 44DD.
To buy: Olga Cloud 9 Wire-Free Bra, on sale for $24; macys.com.
For The Small-Busted…
Starting at 28A and designed on a petite scale, the Little Bra Company’s offerings still give full coverage and support.
To buy: Heather Bra, $62; thelittlebracompany.com.
The Struggle: Bulky Foam Padding
Contouring and coverage shouldn’t have to bump you up a full cup size.
For a Natural Silhouette…
A new mesh textile, called spacer fabric, creates shape sans padding.
To buy: OnGossamer Sheer Bliss Mesh Spacer T-Shirt Bra, one sale for $23; dillards.com.
Temptation Spacer Bra
For a Barely-There Feel…
A combination of tulle and spacer fabric makes this bra supersoft.
To buy: Temptation Spacer Bra, on sale for $68; neimanmarcus.com.
Amour 3D Plunge Bra
For Lightweight Lift…
Breathable, spacer fabric–lined cups provide a boost with no added volume.
To buy: Amour 3D Plunge Bra, $99; nordstrom.com.
The Struggle: Unwearable Lace
Pretty picks that won’t show under clothing (or irritate your skin).
For Sensitive Skin…
Lightly padded inside, this full-cup style bra also has thicker (read: more comfortable) straps and smooth trimmings to prevent chafing.
To buy: Triumph Amourette Charm Padded Bra, on sale for $47; barenecessities.com.
DKNY Intimates Sheer Lace Balconette Bra
For Under a Tee…
DKNY’s exclusive lace design lies flat under clothing, just like a T-shirt bra.
To buy: DKNY Intimates Sheer Lace Balconette Bra, $20-46; barenecessities.com.
The Long-Lined Lace Bralette,
This bralette has soft, mesh-lined cups, so the lace doesn’t sit against your skin.
To buy: The Long-Lined Lace Bralette, $35; wearlively.com.
For All-Day Wear…
Lightly lined for a soft touch, True & Co.’s lace bra even has a padded clasp. (Plus, scalloped edges make this one disappear under tops.)
To buy: Gramercy Balconette, $64; trueandco.com.
The Struggle: Bulge-Causing Bands
Look to shapewear styles for a smoother silhouette.
For Extra Side Coverage…
Wider side straps and a crisscrossing panel design keep you sleek from every angle.
To buy: Ultimate Side Smoother Seamless Underwire T-Shirt Bra, $68; bloomingdales.com.
Montelle Intimates Pure Plus Ultimate Back-Smoothing Bra
For a Flat Back…
A front closure and a wide, seamless back banish any bumps. In cup sizes up to G.
To buy: Montelle Intimates Pure Plus Ultimate Back-Smoothing Bra, $52; herroom.com.
Vanishing Back Full Coverage Bra
For a Seamless Look…
Raw edges make this bra lie flat all the way around, eliminating the digging that can cause bulges.
To buy: Vanishing Back Full Coverage Bra, $56; soma.com.
The Struggle: Tricky Necklines
Plunging? Strappy? Backless? Don’t worry—there’s a bra for that.
For Low-Cut Styles…
Made for dresses and tops with sweetheart or deep-V necklines, this strapless bra has a silicone-lined band, so it will stay put.
To buy: U Plunge Convertible Bra, $13; yandy.com.
Seamless Backless Bra
For a Completely Bare Back…
This reusable, self-adhesive bra offers not only coverage but also actual support and lift.
To buy: Seamless Backless Bra, $42; nubra.com.
Jezebel Embrace Bra
For Almost Anything…
Convertible in six different ways, this pick can range from a regular bra to a low-back halter style.
To buy: Jezebel Embrace Bra, $32; felina.com.