It's Time for a Bra Upgrade: 18 Styles for Every Body Type, Clothing Conundrum, and Lifestyle
A good bra is like a good friend: supportive, lovely, and—once you find the perfect one—they’ll make you feel pretty all day long. Of course, it’s finding that perfect one that’s the hard part. But that’s where InStyle comes in. We worked our way through silk, satin, lace, Lycra, and even a few sequins. We tried on everything the market has to offer in the name of finding gorgeous miracle workers for all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles. Want a backless and strapless bra? Looking for a full-figured bra with heavy-duty support? Need a nude that matches your skin tone? Our picks have got you covered.
Click through the gallery to see the best bras now.
Maidenform, nylon-elastane, $38 (34?36A?D, 38B?D); maidenform.com.
Wacoal, embroidered nylon spandex, $65 (34–38B, 32–38C–DD, 32–36DDD); wacoalamerica.com.
Le Mystere, nylon lycra, $65 (34?36B, 32?38C?D, 32?36E); bloomingdales.com.
Felina, nylon spandex, $40 (32–38C, 32–40D–DDD, 32–38G); designerintimates.com.
Strapless and Backless
Fashion Forms, nylon spandex, $36 (A-D); macys.com.
Pictured, top: Panache specializes in bras for D cups and above. This one, in a charming floral print, has an underwire and cups with three seams for added stability.
Panache, nylon-polyester, $65 (30?38D?K); barenecessities.com.
Pictured, bottom left: A black balconette style lets even G cups wear low-cut tops yet still get ample support. Specially designed cups reduce movement while giving you a natural shape and a gentle lift.
Soma Intimates, nylon spandex, $56 (34D?DD, 38?40C?D, 42D, 34DDD?G, 36C?G, 38?42DD?G, 44D?G); soma.com.
Pictured, bottom right: It?s not your grandma?s bra! Yes, it has rounder cups for ample coverage and less spillage, as well as super-supportive straps. But this babe is also quite the coquette in come-hither lace.
Playtex Secrets, embroidered polyester and nylon-spandex, $37 (36?44B?DDD); jcpenney.com.
Star Power by Spanx, nylon-spandex, $48 (32–36A–DD, 38B–DD); spanx.com.
Sexy for Small Busts
Duet Timpa, polyamide-elastane, $36 (32?38A?C); lindasonline.com.
The Best Seller
Simone Perele, polyester-elastane, $84 (32–40B–C, 30–40D–E, 30–38F, 36G); simoneperele.com.
Pretty for Peekaboo
Too pretty to stay undercover, these fetching little numbers can fill in for a cami. Pictured, top: Gap, cotton, $30 (32–36A–D); gap.com. Bottom left: Freya, polyester-nylon-polyamide, $69 (32–38C, 28–38D–G); nordstrom.com. Bottom right: Lily of France, nylon-spandex, $34 (34–36A, 34–38B–D); macys.com.
Lou, elastane-polyamide, $65 (32–38B–D, 32–40C, 32–36E–F); herroom.com.
Meanwhile, this miracle worker pictured at bottom lets DD -plus women run, jump, Zumba, or even do Cross Fit bounce-free. Double layers of fabric in the cups and wide, cushioned straps provide maximum stability; the adjustable racerback lets you customize the fit for even greater comfort. Champion Sports Bras, nylon spandex, $50 (34–40DD, 36–42DDD); championusa.com.
B. Tempt’d by Wacoal, nylon spandex, $40 (34–36B, 30–36C–DD); wacoalamerica.com.
Lilyette, polyamide-elastane, $38 (34C?DD, 36?42C?DDD); macys.com.
Small Bust Push-up
The Little Bra Company, polyamide-elastane, $62 (28–38A, 28–36B, 28–34C); thelittlebracompany.com.
The Feel-Pretty-Every-day Bra
Pictured, top: This style, from a new line by Panache (one of our favorite D-plus brands), has an underwire and a three-part cup for unbeatable support. The striking floral fabric proves that a practical bra doesn?t have to look it.
Sculptresse, nylon-polyester, $62 (36?46D?HH); herroom.com.
The Lying-on-the-Couch Bra
Pictured, bottom left: Like to keep your upfronts in place when lounging, but want to feel like you?re wearing a sweatshirt? This stretchy pull-over prevents boob droopage but doesn?t feel constricting (the wide band at the bottom keeps it all in place).
Just My Size, nylon spandex, $14 (1X?5X); walmart.com.
The Night-on-the-Town Bra
Pictured, bottom right: This long-line style has an underwire, molded cups, and an elastic strip hidden in the band for superlative support, yet it still has a sexy, sculptural look. Wear it traditionally, crisscrossed, or as a halter or strapless.
Natural by Coconut Grove Intimates, polyester-spandex, $58 (30?44C?G); herroom.com.
Warner’s, nylon spandex, $36 (34–38B–D); kohls.com.