Finding a comfortable bra is challenging. But snagging one that's comfy and gives your boobs a 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.
Why do your breasts start to sag in the first place? 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, MD, 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.
While there's no long-term way to hoist them up sans surgery, your bra can help give you a temporary boost. And best of all, it doesn't have to be uncomfortable. The key is knowing how to find the right fit.
How to shop for the most comfortable 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, Texas. She's been doing bra fittings for more than 23 years and says about 85 percent 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 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 push-up bras below.
Best Overall: Wacoal Ultimate Side Smoother Underwire T-Shirt Bra
Sizes: 30C to 42DDD
Yes, a t-shirt bra can make your girls look perky! This one has smooth seamless cups that give breasts a forward push and keep your girls secure under close-fitting fabrics. The result: super sexy cleavage. The lightly padded cups also offer a beautiful shape for fuller figures, and the adjustable straps provide support for all-day comfort.
Best Value: Playtex 18-Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wirefree Bra
Sizes: 36B to 36DD
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," she says. 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 in.
"I wear a size 38DDD and needed a cheap bra I could wear around the house or under some layers," says one Amazon customer. "This pretty much fits the bill for that type of bra. It's comfortable, keeps the girls nicely supported, and it was cheap enough that I'm going to be purchasing a couple more."
Best Strapless Bra: ThirdLove Classic Strapless Bra
Sizes: AA to I and bands 32-48
Available in 14 different cup sizes, Third Love's strapless bra is made with a soft jersey fabric for all-day comfort and has silicone at the top and bottom to keep the bra in place. Each bra also comes with two sets of straps—one tonal and one clear—in case you want to wear it as a halter, one-shoulder, or criss crossed. Plus, there's foam padding at the hook and eye closure so it doesn't dig into your back.
Best Bandeau Bra: Halogen Seamless Bandeau
Sizes: Small to XXLarge
Whether you're wearing an off-the-shoulder or strapless dress, this bandeau bra offers comfortable support for your girls and keeps them secure. It's available in five different sizes from small to xx large and comes with removable straps for times when you want to wear it like a regular bra. A Nordstrom reviewer writes, "I like that the fabric is very supportive without pushing my breasts up under my chin. It's enough support so that if I wear a strapless dress or top, I look supported but not too busty."
Best Bra With Adjustable Straps: Warner's This Is Not a Bra Full-Coverage Underwire Bra
Sizes: 32D to 40D
Designed with a hook-and-eye closure and adjustable straps, this comfy bra will give your breasts some extra oomph. The satin comfort wire system prevents digging and poking on the shoulders, while the padded cups offer full coverage and shape for women with larger busts. One Amazon reviewer says, "It is soft, supportive, and comfortable. The straps don't fall and the band doesn't ride up. The underwire is covered by extra fabric so there's no digging."
Best Plus-Size Bra: Bali Live It Up Seamless Underwire Bra
Sizes: 34C to 42DDD
The best bras for plus-size women are those with strong, supportive straps that won't dig into your shoulders and a comfortable underwire that will keep your girls secure. This one fits the bill for the lift it provides underneath the cups and on the sides. So not only do your breasts go up, but they also move forward. It also has cushioned straps and plush-wrapped wires for all-around comfort. The molded cups also help give your breasts some shape, making it a solid choice for pregnant women or nursing moms.
Best Bra Without Underwire: Glamorise Magic Lift Bra
Sizes: 36B to 56J
This is another comfortable bra for large breasts. It has foam-cushioned bands that cross over and under the cups 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 the bra from riding up. An Amazon reviewer who wears a G cup raves, "It doesn't sever my shoulders in half or throw my back out, and my boobs don't flood like a swollen river over the top!"
Best Sports Bra for Large Busts: Wacoal Sports Bra
Sizes: 32C to 40H
Built with compression, this moisture-wicking sports bra is best for high-impact activities and running. It's also equipped with supportive wide straps for a secure, comfortable fit. The convertible straps can also be worn crossed in the back for a more secure fit. A Nordstrom reviewer says, "This is the best sports bra I've ever worn. It doesn't just smush your breasts. It actually supports them. Comfortable, no bounce. I just ordered another one in a different color."
Best Bralette: Free People Intimately FP Adella Longline Bralette
Sizes: XSmall to Large
This crocheted bralette has the most intricate detailing we've ever seen on a bra. We love that it has a light and airy design that feels comfortable and breathable. Because it offers light support, it's ideal for women with A to C cup sizes. A Nordstrom reviewer says, "Super comfortable to lounge in all day or wear by itself. The adjustable straps are perfect." However, she advises ordering a size up: "I'm a 34C and the size small was definitely too small, so I would go for a medium or large."
Lily of France Ego Boost Push-Up Bra
Sizes: 32A to 38D
The name of this bra says it all: It gives your girls—and confidence—a boost. Made with nylon and spandex, it has flexible material to give you freedom of movement and comfort. The straps can also be worn three different ways: on the sides, as a crisscross, or no slip. As one reviewer writes, "I was looking for a bra that is comfortable and had extra padding...this bra is perfect! It gives you the look of a cup size bigger."
Wingslove Everyday Basic Comfort Lightly Padded Underwire Plunge T-Shirt Bra
Sizes: 32A to 38DD
If you're looking to perk up your girls, the contoured cups and plunging neckline of this bra makes them appear bigger than they really are. The light padding offers just the right amount of lift for a totally natural look. Plus, it has an adjustable underwire so you'll never experience pinching. One Amazon reviewer writes, "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."
Spanx Undie-tectable Underwire Push-Up Plunge Bra
Sizes: 38B to 38DD
For a lace bra that hugs your curves and flatters your figure, this comfortable bra is for you. The plunging push-up cups make it perfect to wear under clothing with low necklines. Plus, the wide back wings smooth out your upper back (read: no more bra bulge!). An Amazon customer writes, "I've gone through many brands and styles, spending lots of money looking for just the right fit and finally found this! Excellent fit with a feminine, sexy appearance."
Soma Enticing Lift Strappy Unlined Balconet Bra
Sizes: 32B to 40G
"If your breasts are less firm, try a demi-cup or balconette style to give you a more rounded, 'muffin top' look," says Dale. (Don't worry, a muffin top in this area is a good thing!) This balconette 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 crisscross style, so it will work with a variety of tops.
Hanes Comfort Evolution Lace Wire-Free Bra
Sizes: Small to 3X-Large
Made with stretchy polyester and spandex, this super affordable bra offers a subtle lift that stays perfectly smooth under T-shirts, blouses, and dresses. It has a hook-and-eye closure and a fitted band that helps your girls stay in place. What's more, it's designed with soft foam cups that offer natural shaping. One Amazon customer writes, "This is one of those rare bras out there that I cherish and will not live without. It provides the proper amount of support and comfort and still looks sexy and classy. It's my everyday go-to bra."
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