All Your Bra-Blems, Solved

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”

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That pale-pink hue is not actually everyone’s skin tone.

For a Better Match…

Aerie’s Real Me line makes bras (and undies, too) in nine different neutral shades.

To buy: Real Me Full Coverage Lightly Lined Bra, $40; ae.com.

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The Struggle: Hard-to-Fit Sizes

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Good news: There are plenty of bra options out there—even if you’re not a 34B.

For In-Betweeners…

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.

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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, $42; macys.com.



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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

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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, $46; dillards.com.

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For a Barely-There Feel…

A combination of tulle and spacer fabric makes this bra supersoft.

To buy: Temptation Spacer Bra, $98; neimanmarcus.com.



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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

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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, $68; barenecessities.com.

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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.



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For Lounging…

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.

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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

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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.



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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.

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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

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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, $20; yandy.com.



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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.

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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, $38; felina.com.