Sooo many picks are under $20!
Finding a comfortable bra is challenging, but snagging one that’s comfy and gives your ladies a supportive lift? Well, that can feel downright impossible. The good news is, with so many brands and styles available, you can find a comfortable bra that makes your breasts look perkier, too.
But first, what causes your breasts to sag?
You can blame a loss of skin elasticity and the pull of gravity, but there are also other factors at play—including your genes.
“The strength and integrity of your breast tissue are primarily coded in your DNA, which comes from your parents,” says Ryan Neinstein, M.D., a plastic surgeon in New York City. So looking to your mom may give you a clue of what to expect.
Other things that can impact your breast perkiness include significant weight changes, breastfeeding, smoking, and other habits that lead to a loss of skin elasticity, such as sun damage.
Whatever the cause, if your girls are looking a little down, you’re probably looking for a lift. While there’s no long-term way to hoist them up sans surgery, your bra can help give you a temporary boost that’s comfortable. The key is knowing how to find the right fit.
How to choose a comfortable and supportive bra
✔️ Get fitted by a pro: “It’s important to get professionally fitted by a bra expert who is familiar with all of the bra brands and how each one fits,” says Lisa Curbello, owner of The Bra Chick in Boerne, TX. She’s been doing bra fittings for more than 23 years and says about 85% of the women who come in are wearing the wrong size! If you’re purchasing a bra online and can’t do an in-person fitting, check out the measuring guidelines for that specific brand to help find a good fit.
✔️ Think outside the (size) box: Don’t stay stuck on one size. “All styles and brands have different fit standards, so you may very well wear two or three sizes, depending on the manufacturing and materials,” says Elisabeth Dale, founder of The Breast Life and author of The Bra Zone: How to Find Your Ideal Size, Style, and Support. So try on different sizes and styles until you find the fit that’s right for you.
✔️ Try a sister size: If you find a bra that’s just right in one area (the band, for instance) but a little too small or too big in the other (cup size), give your bra’s “sister sizes” a try. Sister sizes are basically one size up or down from your actual size. “If you’re going down a band size, you will have to go up a cup in order to get the same fit,” Dale says. And if you go up a band size, you’ll need to move down one cup size, she adds. So, for example, if you normally wear a 34C, a 32D and a 36B would be your bra’s sister sizes.
✔️ Splurge a little: There are tons of bras available to fit any budget, but try not to bypass a bra immediately based on its price tag. “It’s worth spending a little more on a perfectly-fitting, high-quality bra that will give you the lift you want and the comfort you need,” Curbello says.
Ready to shop? Check out our picks for comfortable and supportive bras for every shape and cup size below.
Best Overall Comfy BraIntuition Push Up Bra Wacoal amazon.com
Sizes: 32A to 38D
Yes, a T-shirt bra can make your girls look perky! We love the smooth and seamless foam cups that give your breasts added cleavage, shape, and a subtle push-up up effect. Even better: It has adjustable straps that can be worn with a criss-cross design for additional support for women with bigger busts.
“This bra is amazing! Super comfy, and the color is great for my complexion as an African American woman. The lift is just enough,” says one happy Amazon reviewer. Another Amazon customer adds, “This bra exceeded my expectations in every way! The built-in lift is gradual from the sides and bottom without being obvious that it’s padded.”
Best Value BraComfort Devotion Embellished Bra Maidenform amazon.com $44.00 $22.99 (48% off)
Sizes: 32C to 42D
Unlike other bras with underwires that irritate the skin and cause discomfort, this sleek-looking bra has a soft cloud foam underwire that feels great. Its seamless cups provide extra coverage while still giving you a sexy shape. Plus, its back and side smoothing creates a sleek look under clothing for a zero-bulge look. The other great thing is that the thin adjustable straps sit comfortably on your shoulders without digging into your skin.
“I have a really hard time finding bras that fit because my breasts are full on the bottom and a bit far apart. I have a fair amount of ‘underarm boob,’ or whatever you want to call it,” says one Amazon reviewer. “There has never been a bra that fits me as well as this one. It supports everything and tucks in my underarm fat without being too loose for the tops of my breasts. It’s super soft and comfy and gives a great silhouette, too.”
Best Wireless Bra18-Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wire-Free Bra Playtex amazon.com
Sizes: 32C to 48DDD
Don’t think you have to give up your dreams of the perfect boob-boosting bra just because underwires aren’t your thing. “Technology in bras has come a long way,” Curbello says. “Many new styles are able to give separation, shape, and lift without an underwire.” This one provides support from the bottom up, giving you a natural lift. And its straps are wide, adjustable, and cushioned to prevent slipping and digging.
“I wear a size 38DDD and needed a cheap bra that I could wear around the house or under some layers. I wasn’t in the market for something ultra-sexy or that’ll give me an epic cleavage. This pretty much fits the bill for that type of bra,” writes one Amazon customer with a fuller bust. “It’s comfortable and keeps the girls nicely supported, and it was cheap enough that I’m going to be purchasing a couple more. The fabric is nice and actually feels like it’s going to last a decent amount of time.”
Best Wireless Plus-Size BraPlus-Size MagicLift Original Support Wirefree Bra Glamorise amazon.com $48.00 $35.76 (25% off)
Sizes: 36B to 56J
Another comfortable bra for women with large breasts, the supportive, foam-cushioned bands in this bra cross over and under the cup to lift, separate, and support the breasts. The wide, cushioned, adjustable shoulder straps won’t dig into your shoulders or slide down your arms either. Plus, the wide bottom band prevents it from riding up.
“I wear a 42H. This bra fits well and supports me as well as my old bra and is about as comfortable as a bra can be,” says one pleased Amazon customer. “The straps are much wider than my last one, so I am getting used to them, but it’s not painful. I am pleasantly surprised and ordered two more immediately!”
Best Bra With UnderwireOne Smooth U Ultra Light Illusion Neckline Underwire Bra Bali amazon.com $44.00 $22.18 (50% off)
Sizes: 34B to 42DD
This full-coverage bra lifts and separates like a dream. It lifts from underneath the cups and the sides. So not only do your breasts go up, but they also move forward. Plus, it features a sexy illusion neckline that adds a little something extra to the style.
“This is my absolute favorite bra! This is my third time buying it and I finally decided to write a review. I have it in black and white and I love how much coverage it gives me. I wear a 38C, I’m 5’7” and a size 18, so this bra really helps to make me feel comfortable and also beautiful. I will continue to buy this as long as they are selling it!”
Best Balconette BraUnlined Balconette Bra Soma soma.com $24.98
Sizes: 34B to 36D
“If your breasts are less firm, try a demi-cup or balconette-style bra to give you that more rounded, ‘muffin top’ look,” says Dale. (Don’t worry, a muffin top in this area is a good thing!) This comfortable bra lifts like a push-up, but it doesn’t have an underwire or any padding. That means you get mega boost without discomfort. The straps can be worn the traditional way or in a criss-cross style. The best part is the bra comes in 11 different neutral colors and lace styles, so it’ll keep your wardrobe fun.
A Soma customer writes, “My daughter wears a 36DDD, so finding great support in a bra is very important. She has tried many styles and brands, but this bra has become her absolute favorite. She loves the fit and support!”
Best Strapless BraBeauty Back Smoothing Strapless Bra Vanity Fair amazon.com $44.00 $30.80 (30% off)
Sizes: 34D to 44DD
Whether you’re wearing a formal strapless gown for a wedding or casual tank for the beach, this supportive bra will keep your girls lifted and in place. It’s made with a double knit fabric that shapes and smooths things out from all angles, and has three hook-and-eye closures for additional security. Each bra also comes with two adjustable straps that you can wear criss-cross style.
An Amazon customer who has been looking for a black strapless bra to wear under a lace sweetheart dress says this bra was the perfect fit: “I ordered a 40DD and it fit perfectly. Given the size of my girls, I wasn’t sure that this bra could do the job, but it did great. It doesn’t strap everything in tight like a strapped bra might, but it provided excellent support.”
Best Plunge Bra24/7 Lace Contour Plunge Bra ThirdLove thirdlove.com $70.00
Sizes: 32AA to 42H
Third Love has made waves in the undergarment industry ever since they began promoting their half-cup bras. The goal was to provide a bra that was both supportive and fit accurately, with no compromises. This plunge bra gives you some lift and padding thanks to its removable inserts. And its elegant lacy design gives it a nice, unique touch.
“I have been wearing bras for 47 years and these are the most comfortable I have ever worn,” one reviewer writes. “I have been fitted, paid top dollar, and tried every possible style. I am a G cup and these fit great and feel even better! And [they] are beautiful. I bought three and after receiving them today and trying them on, I came back online and ordered three more!”
The Lift Push Up Maidenform amazon.com $44.00 $22.99 (48% off)
Best Overall Push-Up Bra
Sizes: 32A to 40D
Looking for a lot of lift without a big price tag? This bra comes in a variety of colors and features adjustable and convertible straps so you can get the best fit possible, and change your bra’s style according to your neckline.
“This is a very nice fitting bra. The push-up is correctly situated on the bottom of the cup, but also on the outer inside side,” one reviewer writes. “The push-up gives you the lift and extra size you need, but the bra is full coverage and does not push you out in the middle. The underwires are covered and end where they will not dig into the side of your body. There’s just the right amount of side material, so it is not up in your underarm. There are double straps in the back that I think will be good, so the strap will not slip off the shoulder.”
Most Comfortable Push-Up BraThe Boost Harper Wilde harperwilde.com $40.00
Sizes: 32A to 42F
This is another bra brand that caught our eye simply because of its wide range of sizes. This pushup bra by Harper Wilde provides decent cup padding and a light lift in nude colors that are a white shirt’s best friend. It also has straps that can be worn classically or crisscrossed via J-hooks, and it can be adjusted in the front. Success!
One reviewer says: “It’s super comfortable, does not show through my shirts, the J hooks are such a game-changer, and love the cross area in the front. Fits perfectly (I went up one cup size for the boost bra, as recommended and I think that was a good call). And they recycle your old bras for free? Amazing. I think I need to buy five more.”
Best Everyday T-Shirt BraPush Up Everyday Basic Comfort Lightly Padded Underwire Plunge T-Shirt Bra Lift Up Wingslove amazon.com $39.99 $22.99 (43% off)
Sizes: 32A to 38DD
This lightly padded bra offers just the right amount of lift creating a totally natural look. Plus, it has an adjustable underwire so you’ll never experience pinching. One Amazon reviewer notes, “This is my favorite bra. It fits me well, the straps don’t fall down, and it’s very comfortable. It keeps the girls in place—they don’t jiggle and they’re perfectly positioned, up high and perky.”
Best V-Neck Wireless BraTrue Body V-Neck Bralette True & Co. nordstrom.com $49.00
Sizes: XS to XL
An extra comfy, supportive bra for a work-from-home sesh is just the thing your girls need. While this bra does away with the underwire, it has a double layer of the brand’s super-soft and stretchy material, plus removable soft cups for a full coverage. Another great feature? It’s basically invisible under clothes.
One Nordstrom reviewer says, “Hands down the absolute best bra I have ever worn! So comfortable! Unlike other wireless bras, this bra keeps you lifted and looking like you are wearing a wired bra. Also, zero bulge on sides/back, no digging in, so soft... I can wear this all day.”
Best Luxe Full Fit BraPure Luxe Custom Coverage Contour Natori amazon.com $71.42
Sizes: 32B to 38DDD
This bra has been praised by our partners at the Good Housekeeping Institute, which said it was one of the most comfortable bras they’ve tested. Made of nylon and spandex, this soft bra is durable, stretchy, and form-flattering.
One customer says: “I love the fabric of this comfortable, well-fitting bra. It’s cool and lightweight, yet very supportive. Looks smooth under my t-shirts and sweaters. Definitely my new favorite!”
Best Bra to Move InThis is Not a Bra Full-Coverage Underwire Bra Warner's amazon.com $40.00 $24.00 (40% off)
Sizes: 32D to 40D
Built with seamless cups that provide full coverage and a comfortable satin underwire, this affordable bra allows you to customize your fit without any digging or poking. And because this bra is also made with a combination of nylon and Spandex, it gives you more freedom of movement.
One Amazon customer, who has been on a search for the perfect T-shirt bra, says: “These bras fit like a dream. So comfortable, no pinching. It looks smooth in the front when wearing T-shirts and various thinner shirts. There are no weird lines from the bra. I ordered three to try and now they are all I wear.”
Best Breathable Cooling BraNot Sorry Microfiber and Lace Half Cup Bra Savage x Fenty savagex.com $64.95
Sizes: 32A to 46H
Rihanna knows what the world wants from its lingerie, and this bra does not disappoint. One of her favorite designs from her collection, the Savage Not Sorry Microfiber & Lace Half Cup Bra features stretch iridescent lace, sheer tulle, and cool-to-the-touch microfiber to keep you and your girls feeling fresh and stylish.
One reviewer notes: “Sexy, comfortable, and smooth under clothing. No pokey wires or stays! A+++.”
Additional writing by Tamekia Reece
This story originally appeared on: Prevention.com - Author:Sanah Faroke