Raise your hand if you hate bra shopping! For most of us, it’s a dreaded experience because nothing seems to fit. And high prices make it hard to find the best bras for a bargain.
To help you on your journey to finding a shape that really fits (really!), we dug into the market and found the four most attractive styles with just the right amount of support. These designs are sorted based on your breast shape and bra dilemma.
We know the best-quality bras can be a bit pricey — but these four styles are SO figure-flattering and long-lasting, they’re worth every penny!
East-west breasts? Rein them in with strategic padding.
When there’s a wider space between breasts, it not only erases youthful cleavage, it also optically widens the torso from shoulder to waist for a boxy, thicker-looking upper half. The fix: Invest in a bra that has gradual padding starting in the lower portion of each cup along the underwire. The padding gently pushes breasts up and together so the bust appears more center-set and voluptuous, creating a slimmer silhouette overall.
One we like: Third Love’s Pima Cotton Plunge Bra (Buy from Third Love, $68).
Saggy breasts? Support them with molded cups.
With age and hormonal fluctuations, our breast density slowly changes, and the once-firm tissue is replaced by softer fat, which results in sagging. A bra that’s worth a bit of a splurge? A sturdy, full-coverage style with molded cups.
Breasts conform to the pre-formed shape, so they appear lifted, while light all-over padding restores youthful volume. Bonus: The boost better showcases the waist, whittling inches off the middle.
One we like: Chantelle’s Rive Gauche Full Coverage Smooth Bra (Buy from Bare Necessities, $78).
Quad-boob? Thwart it with triangular cups.
Let’s face it: Most of us don’t have perfectly round breasts that fit easily into perfectly round cups. So, when we try to “stuff ” them into the rounded design, breast tissue often gets pushed up and over for that bulky quad-boob or “spillage” effect.
The fix? Opt for a higher-end bra sporting triangular cups. The design mimics the natural teardrop shape of breasts, so they comfortably rest in the cups, while the fuller coverage helps smooth from every angle.
One we like: Natori’s Feathers Plunge Bra (Buy from Bare Necessities, $68).
Pit pudge? Erase it with a high side panel.
A real confidence zapper? When you slip on your favorite shirt or dress and see that little bulge of skin peeking out under your arm. It’s usually made worse by a poking underwire or a band that’s too short, both of which can cut into skin to create the look of pit pudge.
The Rx: a sturdy, wire-free bra with flexible crisscross side bands that are at least three-inches high — this style smooths bulges for a trimmer look and it’s built to last, to boot.
One we like: Wacoal-America’s Ultimate Side Smoother Wireless Bra (Buy from Macy’s, $65).
(Still looking for other styles? Check out these moisture-wicking styles!)
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.