The 22 Best Bras for Plus-Size Women in 2023
Bye-bye to bra bulge.
Shopping for plus-size fashion, especially when it comes to intimates and lingerie, used to be incredibly—and annoyingly—difficult. Finding the best bras for plus-size women, namely ones that were both stylish and comfortable, felt like an impossible task. Sure, you could find push-up bras and strapless bras that got the job done, but these undergarments usually lean toward grandma status (no offense to all the abuelas, bubbes, and lolas out there).
Thankfully, these days there are many more lingerie brands that believe plus-size bra wearers should have just as many options as anyone else. Now it’s almost like having too much of a good thing, with so many worthy options to choose from. That’s why Cami Raymond, senior design director at Ruby Ribbon, recommends looking for certain essential features to ensure comfort, support, and the perfect fitting bra.
First, you’ll want to find a full-coverage fit. “Plus-size bras typically offer full-coverage cups that fully encapsulate and support the breasts, providing a comfortable and secure fit,” says Raymond.
“Wide shoulder straps help distribute the weight of the breasts more evenly, reducing strain on the shoulders and providing better support,” Raymond adds, stressing that they should be adjustable (unless you’re specifically looking for a bandeau). “Straps that can be adjusted to the desired length allow for a more customized fit, accommodating different body shapes and personal preferences.”
But straps and full-coverage cups aren’t all that matters. “A wide and strong band under the bust helps provide stability and support, so look for a bra with a band made from sturdy materials,” Raymond says. That means looking for those made “from soft, breathable fabrics (like polyester, nylon, or bamboo fibers) that wick away moisture to keep you comfortable throughout the day,” Raymond explains.
To make your shopping as easy as possible, we found the best plus-size bras for every situation and preference, and even searched the reviews sections to support our case, so to speak. Whether you’ve been looking for a cute bralette that’s comfy enough to make you forget you’re wearing anything at all or a sports bra that will survive even the most difficult workout, we got you covered.
This supportive bra smooths you out underneath T-shirts, bodysuits, and dresses thanks to its super-soft power mesh lining. The lace detailing on the band keeps things visually interesting.
Pros: Smooth fabric, stretchy band, adjustable straps
Cons: Some reviewers say the band gets loose quickly
Available sizes: 30D–42G
Fabrics: Nylon, spandex
What reviewers say: I’ve been searching for a bra like this! The molded cups in this bra bring the girls to the front and center and give them a nice shape that highlights them as assets. The straps are somewhat padded/thick, and the lace in the back is nice and wide to cut down on that “digging in” look. I haven’t worn this out of the house yet, so I can’t speak to all-day comfort, but I’m reasonably pleased so far. —