The bra might just be the most particular item of clothing. It has to fit perfectly and disappear underneath clothes, while not cutting into your chest from any angle. It has to lift and support, while also making you feel sexy and natural. Plus, no two pairs of boobs are alike. It all just gets confusing and frustrating. So to simplify the process, we’ve collected opinions from experts as well as real girls who’ve found bras they love. Below, 11 of the best bras for every type of boob and occasion.
Best sexy bra for big boobs
“My go-to website is definitely Journelle. They have the widest selection of beautiful bras for bigger busts. My latest obsession is the demi mesh bra. It’s got the perfect balance of support with the thicker straps, but still remains sexy with the peek through the mesh.” — Charina Scott, brand marketing manager, Revolve
Best T-shirt bra
“With its light lining, just the right amount of coverage, and no VBL (visible bra line), this bra has a devoted following, with countless women raving about purchasing it in multiples. Whether it’s a deep-V or fitted, scoop-neck T-shirt, this is the bra you’ll want underneath.” —Molly Lamoureux, writer and personal stylist (read more here)
Best support bra for big boobs
“Not all Jewish women have breasts that are as heavy and dense as two tote bags full of chestnuts, but for those of us — Jewesses and non-Jewesses alike — who do, enjoy this bra recommendation. I actually heard of it from the Cut! Thank you for your numerous ’things for ladies with big cans’ recommendations! Anyway, this bra says it’s for running, but I wouldn’t run unless I was either being chased or in sprinting distance of a Temp Tee factory about to close in 15 minutes.” — Julie Klausner, actress, writer (read more about Julie Klausner’s favorite things here)
Best convertible strapless bra for big boobs
“The Wacoal Red Carpet Full-Figure Strapless Bra (with ample sizes from 30DD–42DDD is seamless with a wide band, convertible straps, and most importantly in my eyes, four (four!) rows of hook and eye closures, this bra stays put no matter what. Unlike the Victoria’s Secret– and Target-bought strapless bras of my early 20s, which lost their shape quickly, slid down constantly, and rubbed along the seams, I have never once had to readjust the Red Carpet Strapless Bra (or my chest) through workday wears or evenings out on the town. It also comes in three different shades — black, beige, and brown — to suit different tastes.” — Nora Whelan, writer (read more here)
Best boob-minimizing bra
“As a late bloomer, my chest developed at a later age, making my self-concept at odds to my current incarnation. I still have the mind-set of my teenage years and I find myself drawn to simpler (read: training bra) times. I like the idea of wearing something claspless with feather-light support and no underwire — it’s just more comfortable. Aptly named, ‘Second Skin,’ this bra lets me forget I’m even wearing one, and has the most noticeable minimization (1.25 inches means well over a cup size!). I’d wear this day and night, and maybe even to my next hot-yoga class.” — Alix Vaille, writer (read more about boob-minimizing bras here)
The best pretty bra
“Can a pretty bra also be comfortable, supportive, and look amazing under clothes? Actually, yes. It’s the unicorn of undergarments, but Amazon reviewers can’t stop raving about the appearance of this Natori style both with and without clothing. Colors range from sedate black and navy to pale pink, but if you’re the type who needs a bold hue, there’s plenty of electric shades, too. The only caveat? Given the deep V, it’s best on breasts that are shallower on the top and fuller on the bottom.” — Molly Lamoureux, writer and personal stylist
Best support camisole
“For starters, the straps are adjustable; they can also be converted to a tasteful cross-back. What’s more, the gossamer-fine fabric does not do that cruel, upward-squishing thing to the underarms. I can walk about feeling confident and secure. In the months since, I’ve acquired it in nude, too, and I’ve also ventured into the world of the Sia tank with shelf bra, which is a rather more substantial garment that can actually work for light athletic activity. More to the point: I have actually worn this tank in public, without a bra. Head — and boobs — held high.” — Sadie Stein, writer (read more about this bra here)
Best sports bra for big boobs
“A friend recommended the Enell Sport bra about ten years ago, after it was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. At the time, I had been looking for a sports bra that kept the girls securely contained during indoor cycling. All the other brands I’d tried were too small, either in the cup size or the band around the rib cage. I had chafing and bounce. But then I tried the Enell and that was it — lots of support without any irritation. The sizes range from 32- to 60-inch busts. (I’m a 42J bra size and wear a 6 in Enell.)” — Krista Henderson, triathlete and founder, Born to Reign Athletics (read more about sports bras here)
Best running sports bra for small boobs
“I abuse my bras. I wear them every day. They’re in the washer and dryer. This one holds up. I’m a 34B, but I wear an extra small in Nike. I used to run in their small, but it caused a lot of chafing issues. It fit most of the time, but after sweating, the fabric would stretch, and the band moved around.” — Elizabeth Corkum, owner and running coach, Coach Corky Runs
Best adhesive bra
“Sticky bras are a weird necessity now that the ’90s-style slip dress is back with a vengeance. How else do you wear something held up by two thin straps if not for one of these contraptions? The best ones will remain stuck all day, but won’t remove a layer of skin upon removal. Amazon reviewers deemed NuBra to be their top pick, lasting through even the sweatiest 90-plus-degree day. It gives great lift and support, and can be a good alternative to a strapless if you fear back rolls. Applying one can be tricky, even with the included instructions, but once you get the hang of it, some even use it as their everyday bra.” — Molly Lamoureux, personal stylist and writer
Best super-low plunge bra
“First, this is totally seamless. Next, it’s the lowest plunge bra out there in both the front and back, which allows you to wear it as a strapless, conventional, halter, or crossover. And third, it’s only $30.” — Lindsay Peoples, fashion market editor (read more here)
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