The 14 Best Plus-Size Bras for All Day Comfort and Support

These bras won’t let you (or your girls) down.

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Everyone knows that all good outfits start with the right underpinnings, which is why it's so important to have a variety of flattering bras at your disposal. While shopping for lingerie can be difficult for anyone, finding a stylish and supportive plus-size bra has its own set of challenges.

We searched for flattering and well-fitting bras that offer support for hours without causing discomfort. We paid extra attention to evaluating the bra's design, construction, and materials (to ensure it will last with proper care). Whether you're in the market for a lounge bra you can wear every day, a workout-friendly sports bra, or even a sexy lacy number, we've rounded up the best plus-size bras that won't let you (or your girls) down.

These are the best plus-size bras to shop now:

Our Top Picks

Best for Every Day: Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wirefree Bra

Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Bra
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What We Love: Stretchy cotton and padded straps make this an extremely comfortable bra to wear when lounging at home.
What We Don't Love: We wish the straps were padded everywhere in case you have to adjust the length.

Not only is it made from a comfortable four-way stretch material that moves with you, but this bra also features padded straps that won't slip or slide down, along with hidden lift panels in the cups that give your bust a natural shape. The wide band gives you extra support and coverage while remaining comfortable. Note that the straps aren't padded the entire length, so the padding might not sit on your shoulders if you adjust the length.

Size Range: 36B-46DDD | Colors: 3 | Materials: Body: 85% Cotton, 15% Spandex

View at Amazon, Macy's, JCPenney ($15–$39)

Best Underwire: Wacoal Basic Beauty Full Figure Underwire Bra

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What We Love: There are no straps or wires that dig in to the skin.
What We Don't Love: The thin lining may leave you wanting more coverage.

For an underwire bra that's actually comfortable, check out this one from Wacoal. The full-coverage bra is made from a super-soft patented Bodysuede fabric. It also features oversized bands that smooth your sides and help prevent uncomfortable bulging in your underarm area. The cups have a hidden inner sling for added support and a wide center front creates separation while the unlined design accentuates your natural shape.

Size Range: 32C-44H | Colors: 4 | Materials: Body: 85% Nylon, 15% Lycra Spandex; Center Lining: 100% Nylon

View at Amazon, Macy's, Wacoal ($42-$55)

Best Strapless: Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra

Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra
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Bare NecessitiesWhat We Love: This strapless bra can be worn six different ways.
What We Don't Love: It tends to run small so consider sizing up.

A great strapless bra that won't fall down is hard to come by, especially for larger cup sizes, but Wacoal's Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra made one of our editors a believer. It features light padding and molded cups to give you a smooth look under clothing. (Hence, its "red carpet" name.) It also boasts back and side boning, as well as gripper strips that help keep the bra secure and in place. With removable straps, you can wear this bra six different ways, so go ahead, experiment with all those asymmetrical and strapless tops.

Size Range: 30B-44I | Colors: 4 | Materials: Body: 91% Nylon, 9% Spandex

View at Nordstrom, Bare Necessities, Wacoal ($72)

Related: The Best Strapless Bras for Bigger Busts

Best for Workouts: Enell Full Figure High Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra

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What We Love: Front hooks make this celeb-approved sports bra easy to put on.
What We Don't Love: The functional design is not the most stylish option out there.

Looking for a supportive sports bra? Check out Ashley Graham's favorite for the gym. "Enell bras are so supportive. It's like armor if you're a runner. I have one in pretty much every color," Graham once told InStyle.

Along with its moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you dry and cool, the sporty bra boasts a compression fit and convenient front-hook closures. It also supplies plenty of back support with it's built-in cross-strap design, helping you maintain your posture and protect your back while working out.

Size Range: 00-8 | Colors: 6 | Materials: Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Lycra Spandex

View at Amazon, Walmart, Bare Necessities ($65-$79)

Best Plunging Option: Cacique Front Close Smooth Boost Plunge Bra

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What We Love: With a front close clasp and lace, this bra is both pretty and practical.
What We Don't Love: The racerback will peek through certain tops.

If you love low-cut tops, you need undergarments that work with a plunging neckline, like this everyday bra from Cacique. The memory foam cups contour to your body and offer ample support, plus they are lined to give you a slight push-up effect. The straps are fully adjustable and have lace detailing at the back for a sweet, feminine touch. With a front close clasp, you can put this on in a snap.

Size Range: 34B-46DDD | Colors: 2 | Materials: Body: 89% Nylon, 11% Spandex

View at Lane Bryant ($59-$61)

Best Push-Up: Curvy Couture Tulip Lace Push-Up Bra

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What We Like: The graduated padding gives you natural lift without bulk.
What We Don't Like: The lace portion can be visible under certain tops.

To give your girls a little lift, try this cute balconette bra from Curvy Couture. It features graduated push-up pads inside the cups, lace details, and a soft, stretchy microfiber material that we love. Wide, smoothing back wings eliminate any bulges in the back and come in breathable mesh. As the name suggests, the cups have a tulip shape for a natural lift.

Size Range: 34C-46H | Colors: 6 | Materials: Body: 81% Nylon, 8% Polyester, 11% Elastane

View at Amazon, Bare Necessities, HerRoom ($19-$75)

Best Wireless: Anita Rsa Faia Seamless Comfort Wire-Free Bra

Anita Rsa Faia Seamless Comfort Bra
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What We Like: Molded cups and stretchy straps make this bra uber comfortable for all sizes.
What We Don't Like: The wireless cups may not provide enough definition for certain outfits.

In the market for a supportive wireless bra? Check out Anita's seamless version. It has stretchy straps that won't slip or slide, molded cups, and an inner support sling for larger cup sizes. The silky microfiber is so soft and smooth, you could even sleep in this bra.

Size Range: 32A-48F | Colors: 7 | Materials: Body: 70% Nylon, 30% Elastane

View at Amazon, Bare Necessities, Walmart ($40-$86)

Best Back-Smoothing Option: Vanity Fair Full Figure Beauty Back Smoother Wireless Bra

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What We Love: The stretchy fabric creates a smooth foundation under your clothes.
What We Don't Love: The padded cups create a slightly pointed shape.

This wireless smoothing bra from Vanity Fair prevents lumps from forming along your back and sides, so you can wear form-fitting tops and dresses without any worries. The lightly padded cups give your bust a nice, smooth shape, while the four-way stretch fabric keeps you comfortable. The ​​adjustable straps are placed close together in the back to ensure they won't fall down during the day.

Size Range: 36C-44DDD | Colors: 13 | Materials: Cups: 78% Nylon, 22% Spandex; Back: 80% Polyester, 20% Spandex

View at Amazon, Walmart, Macy's ($23-$44)

Best Racerback: Enbliss Front Close Racerback Bra

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What We Love: Front clasps and a racerback make summer dressing a breeze.
What We Don't Love: There might be too much padding for some tastes.

If you love to wear tank tops, you should have a good racerback bra in your lingerie drawer — and we highly recommend this Enbliss classic. The flattering bra has front closure, contoured cups, and comfortable adjustable straps, plus it's made from a stretchy, soft material that feels good against the skin. Minimal hardware means no awkward bumps underneath your clothes. You just found your go-to bra for the summer.

Size Range: 32B-42DDD | Colors: 10 | Materials: Body: 72% Nylon, 28% Spandex; Cup Lining: 100% polyester

View at Soma ($20-$56)

Best Minimizer: Chantelle C Magnifique Underwire Minimizer Bra

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What We Love: The bra reduces your bust up to one inch and smooths your back.
What We Don't Love: The unlined cups can be a bit revealing.

Well-endowed women who wish they could go down a cup size will love this minimizing bra from Chantelle. The smoothing bra is designed to minimize your bust up to one inch by centering the breast tissue. It also boasts strong back wings that prevent any awkward lumps from forming around the bra's straps. The U-shape back also helps take weight off your shoulders so you can stand tall all day.

Size Range: 32D-44F | Colors: 10 | Materials: Body: 76% Polyamide, 24% Elastane

View at Nordstrom, Amazon, Bare Necessities ($49-$76)

Best Bralette: Cosabella Plus-Size Never Say Never Sweetie Bralette

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What We Love: This bralette doesn't sacrifice on style with wide straps and power mesh lining.
What We Don't Love: The pull over design may be difficult to put on/take off.

If you love the look of a bralette but are afraid it won't provide the support you need, try this option by Cosabella. It is specially designed for plus-sizes and features adjustable straps, sheer stretch lace fabric, and power mesh lining for wirefree support. The lace design is adorable and comes in fun, lively colors to brighten your day. It's the perfect bralette to peep out under a blazer or pea coat like seen on Blake Lively.

Size Range: 32A-40OH | Colors: 32 | Materials: Lace: 93% Polyamide, 7% Elastane; Lining: 85% Polyamide, 15% Elastane

View at Cosabella ($39-$75)

Best Front-Closure Option: Glamorise Wonderwire Front-Closure Bra

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What We Love: Fashion meets function in this front-close, lacy bra with extra cushioning.
What We Don't Love: The lace on the cup can create bumps under clothes.

This cute undergarment from Glamorise has all the convenience of a front-closure bra with a pretty, lacy appearance. Its cushioned band adds comfort, and its supportive molded cups give your bust a great smooth shape. And with the brand's signature padded wire, you won't experience any uncomfortable poking.

Size Range: 34B-50H | Colors: 9 | Materials: Body: 67% Nylon, 26% Polyester, 7% Spandex

View at Amazon, Bare Necessities, Walmart ($28-$56)

Best Convertible Option: Multi-Way Boost Strapless Bra

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What We Love: There are seven different ways to wear this bra.
What We Don't Love: It runs small.

Convertible bras can be tricky. You need them to do the work of multiple bras when it's already hard enough to find one that can do the job well. But this multi-way bra from Lane Bryant's lingerie line Cacique is different. The versatile bra can be worn seven different ways, allowing you to sport it under halter tops, one-shoulder gowns, and everything in between while still providing ample support.

Size Range: 34C-46H | Colors: 4 | Materials: Body: 82% Nylon, 12% Spandex

View at Lane Bryant ($53)

Best Sexy Option: Wacoal Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra

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What We Like: Lace and sheer panels leave you feeling sexy in this supportive bra.
What We Don't Like: If you like modern designs, this may feel too retro.

Whether you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom or just want something pretty for yourself, having sultry pieces in your lingerie drawer is a must. And it doesn't get sexier than this vintage-inspired lace bra by Wacoal. Although it still has the support of a full-figure bra, the feminine details and sheer panels definitely amp up the va va voom factor.

Size Range: 32C-46I | Colors: 14 | Materials: Back: 82% Nylon, 18% Spandex/Elastane; Lace:100% Nylon; Lining:100% Nylon

View at Nordstrom, Amazon, Macy's ($37-$65)

Related: The Best Plus-Sized Lingerie Brands

What to Keep in Mind

Size

The most important thing to keep in mind while bra shopping is finding your correct size. Straps slipping or digging into your shoulders, cup overflow, and gaping are all common signs that you are wearing the wrong size. Sometimes the bra was the correct size when you first bought it, but wear and tear as well as your own body changing can leave you with an ill-fitting bra. That's why Ra'el Cohen, co-founder and chief creative officer of bra company ThirdLove, recommends replacing your bras every six months to a year, depending on how often you wear them.

When you are ready to buy a new bra, take the time to measure yourself first. Many brands, like ThirdLove, offer virtual fitting rooms that guide you through the process of measuring your band and cap size.

Cups

Full coverage cups generally offer the most support for plus-sizes. However breasts come in different shapes as well as sizes, and knowing your breast shape can help you find the best bra. Cohen breaks down the common breasts shapes and the ideal cups for each:

Asymmetrical: One breast is larger than the other.
Try: A bra that can give you an instant lift but also the option to incorporate an insert on one side to give your smaller boob a boost.

Bell: Breasts are slimmer at the top and fullter at the bottom.
Try: A full coverage bra that features wider, memory foam straps that provide support but never dig in.

Relaxed: Breasts have lax tissue and nipples pointing downward.
Try: A balconette style bra that has a slightly shorter cup for more fullness at the top.

East West: Breasts have nipples that point to the east and west, creating wide-set breasts.
Try: If you are struggling to achieve cleavage with certain tops, look for full coverage bras that will help bring your breasts up and together.

Round: Breasts are symmetrical all around.
Try: While most styles may work for your shape, try a wireless bra for days when you want light support or balconette style when you want an ultra-flattering fit.

Band & Straps

Cohen recommends looking for bras with a wide band for more support as well as a smoothing effect, especially in the back. The same goes with straps — wider straps better distribute weight, so they don't dig into your shoulders. Some styles even use memory foam in the straps for a customized fit and comfort.

Material

Choosing between different materials comes down to your comfort preferences and style needs. Cohen says cotton is ideal when you want your bra to blend seamlessly under a tee while satin and lace create a sultry look. Mesh can add breathability, even if it's only incorporated in certain portions of the bra like the panels. Working out? Look for breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics like nylon and spandex for sports bras.

Your Questions, Answered

Can I wear a wireless bra if I have a large chest?

Cohen has seen a significant shift towards wireless bras in recent years as customers prioritize comfort. More brands are designing wireless bras that offer just as much support as their underwire counterparts.

"Some features to look for in a wireless bra that will be most supportive for a larger breast size include wide straps, removable cups for definition and coverage, and a smoothing fit that doesn't pinch, squash, or squeeze," says Cohen.

How do I wear a strapless bra without it falling down?

Likewise, strapless bras have come a long way in being able to support larger sizes. The secret to making sure your strapless bra stays put is to look for these key features.

"The taller the back closure is, the wider the band will be. A wider band will provide more support and smoothing properties than a narrow band," says Cohen. "Sometimes strapless bras can have a plunging neckline — I recommend a balconette shaped cup that is not too plunging at the neckline for larger cup sizes."

Yet a strapless bra doesn't have to be uncomfortable to hold you up. "There's a misconception that strapless bras need to be uncomfortably tight. While the support comes from the band, it shouldn't be so tight that it's painful," says Cohen. "Look for stretchy fabrics, side boning, and a wider smoothing band to get your most comfortable fit."

What's the best plus-size sports bra?

Whether your workout consists of cardio, strength training, or both, you want a sports bra that will reduce bounce without limiting your range of motion. Amber Tolliver founded the lingerie company Liberte out of her own frustration as a 32E bra shopper. She once told InStyle what she looks for in bras to support her curves.

"With sport bras, you want one that has enough space and isn't too constricting. The idea isn't to flatten your chest as much as possible, but rather provide extra support and stability for your workout," says Tolliver. "Look for compression and molded cups, which will give you the most support and has the added benefit of preventing the dreaded uni-boob."

Updated by
Emily Cieslak
Emily Cieslak, Assistant Commerce Editor

Emily Cieslak is an assistant commerce editor for InStyle and People Magazine. As a fashion and beauty writer, she also writes content for other Dotdash Meredith verticals.

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Emily has produced content for Dotdash Meredith since November 2020. Her work has been published in publications such as Byrdie, Real Simple, The Knot, and Brides. Emily has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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