Bra shopping usually goes one of two ways: an annual trek to the department stores to replenish your tatty undergarments or, even worse, a last minute dash to find something that just might work underneath that special occasion dress. It's hard to think of a shopping experience more cringe-worthy than the hunt for that illusive bra that fits just right, gives you the shape and support you want, and at a price point that won't drain your savings. Lucky for you, we scoped out all the best options so that you don't have to.
Even though we all look for different things in a bra, we have one thing in common; we want the girls to look good. But one of the trickiest bits about bra shopping – at least for us – is how totally overwhelming it is. There are as many brands, sizes, colors, and shapes out there as there are women shopping for them.
So whether you're looking for that perfect nude, need a bra brand that runs higher than DD, or have a plunging gown that you're dying to wear, we narrowed down the best bra brands for every situation. Our picks are guaranteed to make sure that your bottom layer actually enhances your outfit and leaves you feeling ready for the Victoria Secret catwalk (or just some admiring glances in your bedroom mirror).
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Best Push-Up Bras
While we definitely support rocking what you've got, there's nothing wrong with giving your girls a boost for some Victoria Secret-level cleavage. As push-ups tend to be a bit easier to shop for, the high street is a great place to start, but the independent brand Nubian Skin is our go-to for a killer push-up bra that comes in a range of nudes to match every skin tone.
Best T-Shirt Bras
Whether you're lounging on your sofa or dressing it up, nothing can botch the comfort and ease of a t-shirt faster than visible bra lines. To pull it off you're going to need a bra that steers clear of underwire and keeps everything smooth underneath. The good news is that, from Chantelle to Hanro, there are loads of brands putting out the perfect options (in soft breathable fabrics) to keep you looking effortless.
Best Bras For Big Boobs
If your girls require a larger band or cup, never fear, we found plenty of brands that will have you covered and won't force you to compromise on style or price. Aubade offers their bras up to a size 40G and is our winner for combining support with pretty lace styles that won't break the bank.
Best Bras For Backless Dresses
If you're like me, you've found yourself in a shop dressing room mulling over an open-back shirt, strapless dress, or plunging V-neck and wondering "what on earth am I going to wear under this?!" From chicken cutlets to contraptions making the rounds on Instagram, there are a million suggestions for ways to give your chest lift while skipping out on unsightly straps. Our hands down most worthwhile splurge is the plunge bra from La Perla, that manages to be functional and still pretty great to look at. Besides, think of how many more wears you can get out of a quality bra than a set of not-so-sticky sticky boobs.
Best Pretty Bras
Nothing makes a girl feel more amazing than her treat-your-self purchases: the items in her wardrobe that are totally frivolous but completely fabulous. So if you’re feeling that your life could use an influx of dainty lace, silk, and everything frilly, than look to Agent Provocateur and Fleur Du Mal for some of the prettiest bras out there. Our other tip: check out Pamela Anderson’s bra collaboration, Pamela Loves Coco. You get all the sex appeal (because, duh, it’s Pam) for a fraction of the price.
Take a look below at our top picks from the best bra brands around. And if it's a sports bra you're after, check out our running accessories edit.