Soma Vanishing Back Full Coverage Bra

There are bras that look smooth beneath your clothing, and then there are bras that make you look smooth beneath your clothing. A wide, raw cut back makes this option the second kind, eliminating bulging or spillover all the way around. Available in eight colors.

Chantelle Vous & Moi Strapless Bra

Attention, silicon-allergy sufferers (and also all those who find the stuff unbearably uncomfortable): This strapless style features a wide, ridged band that stays up without the need for any sticky lining. Also available in black.

Yummie Peyton Strapless Convertible Bra

This pullover bandeau has no seams or closures, which translates to no VBL (visible bra lines). It also features molded cups, which provide shaping and support with no underwire to pinch or dig. Available in four colors.

penny_neon_nova_padded_wired_smooth_fit_t_shirt_bra_1.jpg_4Natori Feathers Full Figure Bra

Gone are the days when having a larger bust meant limiting your lingerie to matronly bras in white or neutrals. Natori’s beautiful bra was engineered for comfort and support—and delicate laciness. (A favorite detail? Sheer stretch mesh that offers full coverage without looking bulky.) Available in three colors, up to a size 36H.

Third Love 24/7 Lace T-shirt Bra

There are lots to love about this bra—not only does Third Love have a smart and simple app that can accurately calculate your size using just the camera on your phone, but their bras also come in half-cup sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Lace sides make this one of the prettiest T-shirt bras out there, while smooth cups still look completely seamless beneath clothes. Also available in black.

Chantelle Merci Lightweight Nursing Bra

From the easy, one-handed clip to the softly supportive flex underwire to the demure lace trim, it’s easy to see why this pick is go-to for new moms. Also available in black.

Cosabella Never Say Never Padded Bralette

Slightly padded, this bralette is the optimum pick for those who love the pretty look of lace but feel like unlined, sheer lace leaves too little to the imagination. Bonus: The light layer of padding also provides a shapely, rounded silhouette. Available in 22 colors.

Passionate Dream Passio Soft Bra

Think fuller busts can’t wear bralettes? Think again. The thick band on the bottom of this one gives enough support for larger chests (even up to cup size F!).

Cosabella Ceylon Criss Cross Lace Bralette

Don’t keep these underpinnings under wraps. With delicate straps and beautiful details, this bralette was meant to be seen—think of the straps as a layer or an accessory, and let them peek out from under a tee or a tank. Also available in black.

bd0564c6af23d0242efc886f04a10237Soma Sports Max Support Wireless Sport Bra

This ingenious sports bra, sized like a regular bra for the best possible fit, provides lift and separation (key for workouts, because, well, sweat) without the use of a wire. Adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye back closure let you customize your fit. Also available in tan and black.

Nudwear Sofia Strapless Backless Adhesive Bra

Got a top or a dress with a truly tricky neckline? We’ve got you covered (literally). This backless bra offers light support, but full coverage and shaping, so you’ll never feel overexposed.

Sources – Softy Bra


Most of us need to wear a bra, at least sometimes. But lots of women I speak to complain about how much they hate bras – they don’t find them comfortable at all. Many seek out the advice of a “professional bra fitter” in the hope of finding a better fit. Sadly this often doesn’t help.

There are a few shops out there who are doing it right – Bravissimo, Rigby and Peller, Leia etc. But there are a lot more who are doing it wrong. Marks and Spencer, BHS, AnnSummers, La Senza and many others are on the bad fitter’s list. If you have had a fitting from any of them or followed almost any online size chart, then chances are you are in the wrong bra. If you recognize any of the symptoms below then you probably need a new bra.

Bad Bra Alert

  •  You have to tighten the straps a lot to keep the bra up
  • Your bra rides  up at the back – you can feel it isn’t sitting horizontally
  • Your shoulder straps dig in and leave nasty red marks or grooves
  • Your bra straps fall down (off the shoulder)
  • You sometimes bulge over your bra (the 4-boob look)
  • If you lift your arms, your bra moves up (sometimes letting you slip out from underneath)
  • You have “armpit fat” – there is bulging over the sides of your bra cups.
  • The middle of your bra (the “central gore”) does not sit flat against your chest – it should sit flat in between your boobs
  • The wires dig and cut in – anywhere
  • You suffer from back  or neck pain
  • Your bra slips down, leaving empty space at the bottom of the cup
  • You are a size 8 and wearing a 34 band…it’s possible, but it’s unlikely!

These are all signs of an unhappy bra.

The reason for this is an old fitting method where they take your back measurement and add 4-5 inches to get the back size. This results in an unsupportive and often painful bra, normally much too big in the back and too small in the cup.

How to Fit Properly

Firstly, you can’t get your exact size from a measuring tape. You can get a pretty good guide (particularly when it comes to the back size) but you need to know what to look for to get it perfect. First off – getting your “starting size”; you can measure wearing a bra, but only if the bra already fits well. So I am going to tell you how to do it braless.

  • Measure underneath your bust, firmly, in inches. The tape measure should be pretty tight
  • Bend over so your boobs are hanging down at 90 degrees and measure around the widest part – like this picture

The underbust measurement is the band size*. If you are an odd number you will want to try the size either side to be sure, but as a rule of thumb, most people fit better if they round down. So, if you measure 31”, you could try a 30 and a 32 back, but chances are the 30 will be better.

there are a couple of exceptions to this rule. If you are very very slender and have no “padding” around your ribs then you may find it necessary to try one back size higher. Conversely, if you are “squidgy of torso” then you may need a smaller back size than you actually measure as the bra needs a relatively firm surface to sit on. So if this is you don’t be scared to try 1-2 back sizes smaller than you measure.

To test if the band fits

Put the bra on back to front so the cups are at the back. When new this should be on the loosest hook as bras stretch with age. The band should feel snug, and you should be able to fit a couple of fingers under it, but that’s about all. If you can’t breathe try a size up,  but most of the support comes from the band so we are aiming for the firm. The reason for trying it back to front is that even if the back is correct if the cup is far too small it can trick you into thinking the band is too small – the cups try to steal the fabric!

Now, working out the cup size

Most UK manufacturers Bra-alphabet goes A,B,C,D,DD,E,F,FF,G,GG,H,HH,J,JJ,K, KK,L…..there is also the AA, which is smaller than an A. For each inch difference between your band size and your overbust measurement, you get a cup (starting at A) – so somebody measuring 30” underneath and 40” over would start at a 30GG. I would normally suggest trying AT LEAST 1 cup size either side of this to be sure. Now, if you have always been fitted the “old way” you will probably be in shock right now, as you’ve probably gone down 2-3 back sizes, and up several

Once you have the band right, time to test the cups. Here is what to do

Lean forward, drop your breasts into the cups and do the bra up at the back. Now, take your right hand, put it around inside the left cup, all the way around under your armpit, and scoop all the soft tissue and flesh into the cup. You might not know it, but all that soft tissue under your armpit is breast, and it needs to be in the cup. Now, repeat on the other side. The wire should totally encase your soft breast tissue, and you should have no overspill or wrinkling in the cups. The central gore should sit flat in between your boobs.

Sources – Softy Bra