The best bras to support, lift and shape your bust—plus expert advice on sizing and maintenance

We’ve rounded up the best bras for every cup size, body type, and budget for your most comfortable fit yet

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Looking for the best bras that deliver on support, lift, and style? We’ve got you (and your boobs) covered when it comes to finding the perfect bra, whether it's a sports bra, plunge bra, bralette, or full cup you're looking for. 

Finding the best bra for you can often take some time and effort—especially if you don't know what exactly to look for for your body and bust type. So we've tested dozens of bra styles, from everyday wear to bra solutions and more, to pick out the very best bras for every bust type.

With styles for a wide selection of cup sizes, body types, and budgets, there’s something for everyone. In order to pick the best styles, when testing we looked at the quality of the material, design, support, and—arguably the most important factor—comfort.

The bras that made our list were a joy to wear—no falling straps, wires digging into the ribcage, and gaping cups here. In addition to our list of the best bras in 2022, we've also got detailed guides on the best strapless bras, best sports bras, and the most comfortable bras

How we selected the best bras 

There's no universally held standard of 'the best bra'—everybody has a different idea of how a good bra should fit, flatter and support. But there are some common qualities we firmly believe all of the best bras should share: 

  • Fit—when it comes to bras, fit is everything. If you're finding that your current bras aren't doing what they need to, then it's definitely time for a new one. With our guide on how to measure bra size in mind, we wore the bras through work and weekend, to really test their fit, support, and wearability. 
  • The quality of the materials—if cared for properly, the best bras should also prove excellent value for wear. This is why we rigorously tested the quality of their materials, their washability (following expert guidance on how to wash bras, of course), and longevity, to see if they really step up to the plate. 
  • Style—who said supportive bras had to be boring? From pretty lace balcony bras to wow-worthy push-up bras, we tried them all—to help you find the bras that will make your boobs look amazing, both in and out of clothes. 

As a result, we’re 100% confident that these are the best bras worth parting with your hard-earned cash for. 

The best bras as chosen by our experts

Best balcony bra

A balcony bra, also sometimes referred to as a balconette bra, is a flattering choice for all boobs of all shapes and sizes. Balcony bras have wide-set straps and half-moon-shaped wiring at the base of the cups which supports your breasts from beneath and lifts them upwards. They create a full, rounded shape, and are available with or without wiring and padding. The shape of the cups means balcony bras provide less coverage than a full cup style, making them the perfect partner to tops or dresses with a lower neckline.


Curvy Kate Victory Balcony Bra

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1. Curvy Kate Victory Balcony Bra

The best balcony bra overall

Specifications

Sizes: 30D-44KK
Best suited to: Big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $62/£33
Number of colors : 7

Reasons to buy

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A great everyday bra
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Double layered mesh lower cup for amazing support
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Changes from two to three hooks from an F cup

Reasons to avoid

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Bridge may be visible with some necklines

Like most balcony bras, this classic style is designed with the cup cut horizontally, which hoists the breasts upwards, rather than inwards. What you get is a natural lift over deep, plunging cleavage, enhanced by a four-part seamed cup and sturdy underwire. The Curvy Kate Victory Balcony Bra offers a firm, natural finish, minus padding—a thoughtful inclusion for bigger busts that warrant non-restrictive wiggle room. The cups have a smooth shape that will work underneath dresses and t-shirts alike. 

Figleaves Juliette balconette bra

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2. Figleaves Juliette Lace Underwired Balcony Bra

The best padded balcony bra

Specifications

Sizes: 30A–38GG
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $28/£20
Number of colors : 1

Reasons to buy

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Gives small boobs a boost, without looking unnatural 
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Comfortable enough for everyday wear

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric a little scratchy 

Balcony bras are designed to lift cleavage upwards rather than inwards, making them a great fit for smaller boobs. This stunning Figleaves balcony bra gives smaller boobs a lift without looking unnatural, as opposed to some heavily padded options. It comes in five pretty colors—for every mood or occasion and our tester found this was a comfy bra for wearing every day.

Freya Idol Balcony Bra in black

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3. Freya Idol Moulded Balcony Bra

Best everyday balcony bra

Specifications

Sizes: 28D-38G
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $68/£36
Number of colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Super smooth fabric
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Inclusive sizing 

Reasons to avoid

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Can niggle beneath the arms. 

A great choice for bigger busts in need of extra support, this bra has full coverage cups and provides impressive support and lift, as well as a sleek appearance that is perfect for under t-shirts—but still feels sexy and luxurious. The fabric feels really premium—we particularly like the subtle stripe detailing—and minimal seams ensure it doesn’t show beneath your clothes, making it an ideal t-shirt bra.

Boux Avenue Rosie Dd+ Non-Wired Balconette Bra, one of w&h's picks for best bras

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4. Boux Avenue Rosie DD+ Non-Wired Balconette Bra

Best balcony bra for bigger boobs

Specifications

Sizes: 30DD-40G
Best suited to : Big boobs
Wired: No
Padded: No
RRP: $46/£34
Number of colors : 2

Reasons to buy

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Non padded and non-wired
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Scalloped trim
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Balconette style

Reasons to avoid

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Not good for small busts
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Scratchy lace

For such a pretty bra you wouldn't expect the level of comfort that you get from this elegant balcony bra. It’s non-wired so that you don't get any pesky underwire discomfort and the lack of padding makes for a more natural look. We love the pretty lace finish—particularly when paired with the matching briefs. Our only niggle is that the lace isn't the softest and can be a bit scratchy, so we would reserve this for those evenings out when you want a bit of inner confidence and aren’t wearing it all day.

best strapless bras: Figleaves Smoothing Strapless Underwired Balcony Bra

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5. Figleaves Smoothing Strapless Underwired Balcony Bra

Best budget strapless bra

Specifications

Sizes: 30B-40GG
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $35/£26
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Second-skin fit
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Versatile
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No rubbing or bulging

Reasons to avoid

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Better support for smaller sizes
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May roll over over clothes after long-time wear

This bra provides a fantastic, clean shape, with plenty of support—a winner if you’re wearing a fitted shirt, dress, or t-shirt, making this one of the best t-shirt bras too. The cups are padded and full—there’s no danger of spillage. Our tester comfortably wore this bra all evening and, at times, forgot they even had it on. The material is soft and malleable, so the bra adjusts to your shape rather than the other way round. 

Playtex Flower Elegance Balcony Bra

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6. Playtex Flower Elegance Balcony Bra

Best balcony bra with pretty details

Specifications

Sizes: 34B-40F
Best suited to: Small-medium boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Lightly
RRP: $38/£30
Number of colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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Feminine design
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Super stretchy fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t cater for smaller back sizes

Everything you’d expect from a balconette bra, the Playtex Flower Elegance is both sophisticated and seriously flattering. The attention to detail is spot-on, from the delicate bows on the shoulders and center to the soft, super-stretchy fabric on the backband. The latter of which is not only really comfortable, but helps eliminate any bulging at the back. Buy yours in black, white, or a range of pretty pastel shades.

Best padded bras

A padded bra is any bra that features padding on the cups. The extent of the padding can vary from bra to bra, and padded bras are available in a wide range of shapes. There are many benefits to a padded bra, and a number of reasons why you might opt for one. A lightly padded bra will ensure your nipples aren't visible and create a smooth, symmetrical shape beneath clothes. A bra with more padding will give your bust a boost, making your boobs appear bigger than they are. You may want to wear a padded bra every day, or only wear one to fill a particular top.


M&S Rosie for Autograph Silk & Lace Underwired Full Cup Bra

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Best padded bra overall

Specifications

Sizes: 3A0-40E
Best suited to: Small, asymmetric or low boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $49/£28
Number of colors : 4

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable to wear 
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Made from quality fabrics 

Reasons to avoid

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Only goes up to an E cup 

If you’re looking for a fancy bra at high-street prices, the Rosie for Autograph range ticks all the boxes. The signature shapes remain pretty much the same year after year, updated with new colorways and this failsafe shape is a recurring favorite. Our tester found that the Silk & Lace Underwired Full Cup Bra provided plenty of coverage and lots of support. The light padding and underwiring worked together to lift and boost the bust, while the luxe silk straps kept the fit comfortable.

Pour Moi Flora Lightly Padded Underwired Bra

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2. Pour Moi Flora Lightly Padded Underwired Bra

Best lightly padded bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-38F
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $39/£20
Number of colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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Looks good
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Broad choice of colourways

Reasons to avoid

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Wire between the cups niggles a little 

Thanks to the lace overlay, the Pour Moi Flora offers the look and lift of a balconette, with all the support of a full-cup bra. It feels sturdy and comfortable while maintaining a pretty appearance. The padding is subtle, not so much as to dramatically change the size of your bust, but just enough to disguise your nipples and create symmetry. We know once you find a bra you love you’ll want to buy it in every color, and luckily this is available in a range of seasonal shades, as well as practical black and white. 

Amoena Mara Non-Wired Padded Bra

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3. Amoena Mara Non-Wired Padded Bra

Best mastectomy bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32AA-42DD
Best suited to: Those looking for the perfect fit following a mastectomy
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
RRP: $45.95/£25
Number of colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive sizing
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Tax-free options for shoppers in certain regions 

Reasons to avoid

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Stitching can niggle 

If you have undergone a mastectomy, you may find that a specialist bra designed with post-surgery breasts in mind offers the best fit. This bra has been designed without underwiring for maximum comfort, and with soft, molded foam cups to create a smooth shape beneath even form-fitting clothing. In-bra pockets make room to add a breast form, with easily adjustable straps ensuring a secure fit. Extra brownie points for the breathable, sweat-wicking fabric.  

Boux Avenue Ultra Boost Bra

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4. Boux Avenue Ultra Boost Bra

Best padded bra for a real boost

Specifications

Sizes: 30A-38DD
Best suited to: Big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $45/£28
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Super-charged padding for smaller busts
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Pretty lace back

Reasons to avoid

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Not entirely comfortable for all day wear

When Boux Avenue said Ultra Boost, they mean it! This bra is made up of two sections of foam, one at the side, and one at the center of the cup boosts your bust by as much as two cup sizes, for seriously impressive cleavage and volume. It’s a great choice for those with smaller boobs, or if a particular outfit requires a little extra oomph. The thin straps and lace back add a feminine touch to this plunge and push-up bra. A great all-rounder!

Wonderbra Refined Glamour Full Effect Push-up Bra

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5. Wonderbra Refined Glamour Full Effect Push-up Bra

Best luxury push-up bra

Specifications

Sizes : 30A-38D
Best for: Small-medium boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded : Yes
RRP : $52/£39
Number of colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful detailing
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Full-coverage padding for extra lift
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Convertible straps

Reasons to avoid

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May not be the best for casual wear
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May be see-through under thin garments

This super-sexy bra marries support and comfort with ornate floral lace and mesh, making it the perfect lingerie piece for special date nights—trust us, this is one bra that should be worn to be seen—or occasions like weddings or evening events. This bra offers adjustable straps that can convert to crisscross and features a stunning plunge neckline, so it’s a versatile choice. Our tester also noted this bra is far more comfortable than it looks. Suited to small-medium boobs for a real boost. 

Intimissimi Gioia Bandeau Bra

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6. Intimissimi Gioia Bandeau Bra

Best strapless bra for a small bust

Specifications

Sizes: 30B-38D
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $47/£35
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Chic and stylish
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Great uplift and shape for small boobs 
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Seamless 

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps too much padding for big boobs 
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Shallow cups

Admittedly, it doesn't have the greatest size selection—leaving this super-soft wireless bra strictly to those searching for the best bras for small busts. Having said that, this has to be the best cleavage-boosting bra for small boobs we've come across. Intimissimi's Gioia super-padded underwired bandeau bra in smooth-to-the-touch microfiber lifts and enhances cleavage without the uncomfortable rigid bits that can come with other wireless bras. Choose from nude, white, or black to match any outfit.

Best push-up bras

Want to give your bust some extra oomph? A push-up bra may be the style for you. A push-up bra differs from a padded bra in that the bulk of the padding tends to sit in a 'C' shape around the outer edge of the cups. This pushes your breasts upwards and inwards, creating impressive cleavage and the illusion of a bigger bust. It is possible to increase the size of your boobs by more than one cup size when wearing a push-up bra. Most push-up bras are low at the front and similar in shape to a plunge bra. 


best bras, Boux Avenue Mollie plunge bra

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Best push-up bra overall

Specifications

Sizes: 28A-44G
Best suited to: Small, low or pointy boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $42/£20.80
Number of colors : 7

Reasons to buy

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Boosts cleavage on smaller busts
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Removable padding 
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Inclusive size range 

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up a little small 

Mollie is Boux Avenue’s bestseller, with one bra purchased every 10 minutes. Hailed as one of the best push-up bras, this lingerie staple works for cup sizes across the spectrum. The removable padding in sizes A-DD shapes and accentuates smaller busts, while the plunging shape supports and holds breast sizes DD+. Regardless, the full-coverage cups will boost your confidence, creating a full, rounded shape both under clothes and without them. 

best small bust bras – Victoria's Secret Bombshell Add-2-Cups Ring Hardware Front Close Push-up Bra

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2. Victoria's Secret Front Close Push Up Plunge Bra

Best front-close plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-32EE
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired : Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $75/£55
Number of colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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The ultimate push-up bra, the VS Bombshell can boost boobs by two cup sizes
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Front closure for easy clasping, with pretty back detailing

Reasons to avoid

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Not comfortable enough for all-day everyday wear

Victoria's Secret's front-close push-up bra can boost small boobs by up to two cup sizes. It's definitely one of the more decorative picks on this list, but if you're looking for a show-stopping special occasion bra, this one's worth the investment. It's also a lot more comfortable than it looks, with soft finishes and straps that don't dig in, so it can be worn throughout the day with ease. This is a good choice for small-medium boobs, but bigger boobs may want less of a boost. 

M&S ROSIE PLUNGE BRA

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3. M&S Rosie for Autograph Smoothing Padded Plunge Bra

Best padded bra for a plunging neckline

Specifications

Sizes: 30A-42E
Best suited to: Small-medium boobs
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
RRP: $42.50/£25
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Luxe fabric
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Not visible beneath clothes

Reasons to avoid

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Might not provide enough support for larger busts

All the bras in Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s collaboration with M&S are elegant, and this padded plunge style is no exception. It’s almost like a bralette in shape and design, with triangle-shaped cups and no underwiring. It’s relatively high coverage for a plunge bra, sitting high on the cups but low in the center. For us, the fabric is the star of the show, with a smooth, glossy finish that feels really premium. Opt for creamy opaline or chic khaki. 

Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra

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4. Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra

Best padded backless bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-38E
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $65/£41
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Patented hand shape technology for extra support
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High underband to stop underarm bulges
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Low hook for backless effect

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in larger cup sizes

Our favorite backless bra, this unique shape allows you to wear backless tops and dresses while still enjoying firm hold and lift. Our tester loved the shape of her bust in this bra, as creates a round and full effect, while still managing to provide some comfort. Wonderbra's signature hand-support in the cups creates an uplifting effect that means your boobs will stay pert and secure throughout the evening. It's quite the contraption, so more a bra you would wear on special occasions rather than for every day. 

Maidenform push-up bra

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5. Maidenform Love The Lift Push-Up Bra

Best natural push-up bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-40D
Best suited to: Small-medium boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: from $10/£10
Number of colors: 39

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy and comfortable cups
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Crisscross straps at center
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Convertible straps
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Smoothing side wings

Reasons to avoid

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May feel tight on the band
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Color isn't true to photo

Maidenform's Love the Lift push-up is designed with soft yet durable fabric that rests seamlessly underneath garments without peeping through or chafing. If you want to create a natural lift that's not too over-the-top, then this option is most definitely for you. If, however, you want to create the illusion of breast augmentation or breast implants, you'll want to opt for a full-coverage alternative. For medium-sized breasts that need extra support, this bra features a sturdy, thick band that doesn't feel too cumbersome.

Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra

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6. Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra

Best suited for major full-coverage support

Specifications

Sizes: 28DD-40F
Best suited to: Medium-big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded : Removable
RRP: $50/£37
Number of colors: 18

Reasons to buy

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Variety of color styles
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Full-coverage with a great hold
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Removable padding
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Expanded back sizes (40, 42, 44)

Reasons to avoid

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Not machine washable
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Straps may feel uncomfortable after continued wear

If you're blessed with a bigger bust, maximize your assets with this boosting bra from Gossard, a tried-and-true brand that ups the ante in the lift and support department. The bra leverages contoured foam plunge cups that lend a precise and comfortable fit for your breasts. It also incorporates soft mesh throughout the back wings, preventing chafing you'd normally experience with irritating fabric. 

Best strapless bras

A strapless bra is, as you might have guessed by the name, a bra that’s free from straps. More of an occasion piece than an everyday essential, it’ll go undetected beneath tops with either no straps, or narrow spaghetti ones. As the bulk of the support is coming from either underwiring or the backband, instead of the straps, strapless bras can be uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time—especially if you’ve been blessed with a bigger bust. That being said, resist the urge to size up. Wearing your strapless bra too loose will mean it’s more likely to move around, increasing the risk of a wardrobe malfunction. 


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Best strapless bra overall

Specifications

Sizes: 30D-38G
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $54/£40
Number of colors : 6

Reasons to buy

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Stays in place well
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Creates impressive cleavage 

Reasons to avoid

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Feels slightly restrictive

From shoppers and lingerie experts alike, Wonderbra’s Ultimate Strapless Bra has long been hailed as the best on the market. We're pleased to confirm that it's worth every single bit of the hype. Its unbudging band is patterned with small silicone dots, which prevent the bra from slipping. This brand excels for its unique hand-shaped system, designed to lift your bust from the inside. Admittedly, this makes it not the most comfortable option to be wearing for long periods of time. Still, we love this failsafe bra for moments when your bust needs extra support. 

Victoria's Secret Uplift Strapless Bra

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The best discreet strapless bra

Specifications

Sizes: Sizes 32A-38F
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired : Yes
Padded : Yes
RRP: $49.50/£44.03
Number of colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Firm but comfortable fit
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Can be worn in five different ways 
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Good shape

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t offer a fully inclusive shade range 
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Sizing is a little confusing 

We've always been a little suspicious of multi-way bras. After all, if they can be worn so many ways, surely they're sacrificing support? Well, this VS bra will totally change your mind. The Sexy Illusions sleek bra can be worn in five ways: the traditional two-strap route, racerback, halter-neck, strapless, or asymmetric. However you choose to wear it, the fabric quality will leave you seriously impressed. It's smooth as silk and virtually undetectable underneath tight clothes. Moreover, the bra uses a patented, non-irritating adhesive, which provides all-day support and comfort.

Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

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3. Curvy Kate Lux Strapless Bra

Best strapless bra for DD+ boobs

Specifications

Sizes : 28D-40J
Best suited to: Big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $50/£35
Number of colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Fully Adjustable non-slip straps  
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Inside sling support  
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Changes from 2 to 3 hooks from an F cup 

Reasons to avoid

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Bridge may be visible with some necklines 

This failsafe multiway bra is a reliable option for all sizes. As one of the best strapless bras, the Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless bra is a joy to wear—the fit is perfect, and its silky satin feels luxurious against the skin. The cups have a smooth shape that will work underneath dresses and t-shirts alike. Balconette bras are designed with the cup cut horizontally, which creates a lift upwards rather than inwards. The classic balconette style moves away from a deep cleavage towards a natural lift, with sturdy, adjustable straps and a three-part seamed cup. A great strapless lingerie option for wearing every day without any discomfort. 

best strapless bras: Boux Avenue strapless padded plunge bra

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4. Boux Avenue strapless padded plunge bra

Best seamless strapless bra

Specifications

Sizes: 30A-38DD
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired : Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP : $38/£25
Number of colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Good shade range
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Soft material
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Comes with attachable straps

Reasons to avoid

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May crease after a few wears
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Digs in under the arms

It’s refreshing to see so many different variations of the classic 'nude' shade catering to different skin tones. Reviewers agree, with multiple shoppers praising Boux Avenue’s inclusive approach to colors, happily expressing how it feels good to find a bra that works for their skin tone at a reasonable price. The bra itself is super streamlined, with a minimal design, supportive waistband, and smooth, seamless cups—the plunge style results in a natural cleavage. 

Marks & Spencer Lace Bandeau Strapless Bra, one of w&h's picks for best bras

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5. M&S Lace Bandeau Strapless Bra

Best bandeau strapless bra

Specifications

Sizes: S-XL
Best suited to : Smaller boobs (or bigger, if for sleeping or lounging)
Wired: No
Padding: No
RRP: $17/£12.50
Number of colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Easy pull-on design
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Doesn't stick out underneath garments
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Removable straps

Reasons to avoid

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Not as durable
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Runs small

This may be one of the best bralettes and less sturdy than other options, but it's still a solid choice for a strapless bra and the double lining and light padding do offer something in the way of support in comparison to other bandeau styles. For those with smaller boobs, the light padding may provide enough support, but for those looking for a reliable strapless bra in anything above a C, consider one of the other options in this guide. 

Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimizer Bra

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6. Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimiser Bra

Best mimimiser strapless bra

Specifications

Sizes: 34C-40DD
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired: No
Padded: No
RRP: $36.26/£34
Number of colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Wide back band is comfortable to wear
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Has a minimising effect on bigger busts 

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric can ruche on the cups 

The Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimiser Bra is free from padding and low on lift, with both of these details working in tandem to make your bust appear smaller. That’s not to say it’s not supportive, with molded underwiring and a wide back band. Sticky edging at the top of the cups helps to keep them in place, and there’s the option to wear the bra with or without the detachable and adjustable straps.

Best plunge bras

Plunge bras are cut low at the front, making them easy to disguise beneath sweeping or V-necklines. The cups are angled, pushing your boobs upwards and towards each other. This will create cleavage and provide lift, especially for those with smaller busts. Plunge bras can be padded or non-padded, and wired or non-wired. These choices are up to you, and will depend on the size and shape of your bust. 


Figleaves Juliette Lace Non-Pad Bra

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The best plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 30B-38GG
Best suited to: Big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
RRP: $33/£25
Number of colors : 1

Reasons to buy

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Pretty, feminine finish 
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Great support for a fuller bust 
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Natural-looking push-up effect 

Reasons to avoid

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Fussy strap details 
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Semi-sheer finish may limit outfit suitability 

It’s easy to think that this dainty, lace-styled bra wouldn't be supportive thanks to its light and lacy material. But once you try on this crowd-pleasing piece of lingerie, you’ll soon be proved wrong. The Figleaves Juliette offers a secure fit and support, thanks to its clever double lining and sturdy underwire. Since it's a plunge style, the bra provides a flattering shape underneath T-shirts and shirts. 

Elomi Matilda Plunge Bra

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2. Elomi Matilda Plunge Bra

Best full-cup plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32GG-46DD
Best suited to: Big boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: No
RRP: $69/£42
Number of colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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High coverage shape

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in smaller sizes

Worried a plunge bra won’t offer enough support? Well, worry no more. Elomi has managed to achieve two feats in one, combining form-fitting four-part cups with a low neckline that’ll work with wrap dresses and tops. The wide straps provide extra straps with minimal niggling. If you find your straps have a frustrating tendency to slip off of your shoulders, use the handy clip to create a closer-fitting racerback. 

Freya Deco Moulded Plunge Bra

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3. Freya Deco Moulded Plunge Bra

Best invisable-wear plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 28B-38GG
Best suited to: Those looking for a smooth shape that doesn't compromise on comfort
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $60/£34
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Creates a rounded shape
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Low on seams for invisible wear 

Reasons to avoid

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Niggles a little between the bust

Freya has created a bra that gives you your bust, just better. Boobs look fuller, rounder, and perkier with the help of this plunging style—just what you want when wearing lower tops. The design is fuss-free and low on detail, with the only exception being a subtle lace trim to the back and straps.  Those who lack fullness at the top of their boobs will see the biggest difference with this bra, as it does a great job of pushing the bust upwards. 

Marks & Spencer M&S Collection Sumptuously Soft Padded Plunge T-Shirt Bra, one of w&h's picks for best bras

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4. M&S Collection Sumptuously Soft Padded Plunge T-Shirt Bra

Best everyday plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-42E
Best suited to: Small-medium boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $35/£20
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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A joy to wear
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Creates a smooth shape under clothes 

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up a little small

Truly, this is one of the few bras you could forget you’re wearing. The fabric is among the softest we’ve come across, on both the outer and lining, with a super-stretchy back made from material akin to your most-loved t-shirt. The cups are sleek and smooth, providing a good level of support. It works with nearly all necklines, and won’t show through even your closest-fitting outfits. A great all-rounder!

Thirdlove 24:7™ Classic Uplift Plunge Bra, one of w&h's picks for best bras

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5. Thirdlove 24/7™ Classic Uplift Plunge Bra

Best plunge bra for a natural lift

Specifications

Sizes: 30AA-48I
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $29/£21
Number of colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Removable inserts for extra lift
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Tagless printed label—no scratching or poking
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Flexible nickel-free wires

Reasons to avoid

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Straps may slip and fall throughout the day

The 24/7 Classic bra is a best-seller that leverages the best qualities of a push-up bra created by Thirdlove, a beloved lingerie and loungewear behemoth with over 9,000 positive customer reviews. To ensure a proper fit for each bust, this brasserie harnesses smooth memory foam cups to minimize gaping, which typically happens when your bra is too big. Not to mention, shoppers love its cozy feel, durable support, and versatility for casual and formal events.

M&S Collection Sumptuously Soft™ Non-Wired Plunge T-Shirt Bra A-E

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6. M&S Collection Sumptuously Soft™ Non-Wired Plunge T-Shirt Bra A-E

Best t-shirt plunge bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A–42C
Best suited to: Small-medium boobs
Wired: No
Padded: Yes
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $35/£20
Number of colors : 5

Reasons to buy

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Seriously soft and comfortable 
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Great value for money 

Reasons to avoid

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Not supportive enough for active days

Sumptuously soft by name and nature, M&S's plunge non-wired bra is made from a smooth polyamide mix and decorated with a non-irritating lace around the band. This fuss-free option does exactly what it says on the tin: provides light to medium support, shapes the bust for a lifted, smooth look under clothes, and remains soft through wash and wear. We can promise this one will be a stalwart in your lingerie drawer, whether you wear it with one of the best dresses or a loose, linen shirt.

Best multi-way bras

A multi-way bra is a bra that can be worn in a variety of different ways by adjusting or removing the straps. They’re super versatile and an incredibly handy style to have in your underwear drawer. Use yours to create a solution to almost any wardrobe dilemma. They can be worn to disguise straps beneath a top with a narrow back, a halter neck or an asymmetric neckline. A multi-way bra can also be worn as a strapless bra, or with the straps straight, à la your standard bra. Multi-way bras are suitable for all bra sizes, although those with a larger bust may find the typically narrow straps dig in a little.


M&S Collection 100 Ways to Wear Multiway Bra

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1. M&S Collection 100 Ways to Wear Multiway Bra

Best multi-way bra overall

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-36DD
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $39/£22.50
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Can be worn in so many different ways
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Padding in the cups gives your bust an extra boost

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in larger sizes. 

There are multi-way bras, and then there’s an M&S multi-way bra. Going above and beyond, this is the most versatile multi-way bra we’ve seen to date. Aside from the usual options to wear with a halterneck, one shoulder, or cross-over straps, there’s also an impressive 12 eyelets on the inside of the cup, all of which you can attach a strap to. Choose between transparent or opaque straps and backband depending on your outfit. 

Curvy Kate Superplunge Multiway Padded Plunge Bra

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2. Curvy Kate Superplunge Multiway Padded Plunge Bra

Best multi-way for big boobs

Specifications

Sizes: 28D-40HH
Best suited to: Those with a bigger bust looking for a multi-way
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $66/£30
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Good range of sizes
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Wide straps for extra support

Reasons to avoid

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The shape means it couldn’t be worn without straps 

Finally, a multi-way bra that won’t leave those with bigger busts aching to take it off by 5pm. Lightly padded cups work in tandem with underwriting and wide straps for a firm, supportive fit. The straps are easy to adjust to create a halter, racer, or crossover back, while the plunging shape means it works well beneath V necklines too. The included extender is a handy touch, letting you lower the back of the bra by as much as two inches. 

Uniqlo Multiway Wireless Bra, one of w&h's picks for best bras

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3. Uniqlo Multiway Wireless Bra

Best multiway bra for small boobs

Specifications

Sizes: XS–XL
Best suited to: No
Wired: Lightly
Padded: No
RRP: £19.90/$19.90
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Choose to wear it as an everyday bra, or as a cross back, halter neck, or strap-less bra
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Non-slip fabric ensures it stays in place without straps

Reasons to avoid

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Moulded cups are a little stiff 

Having one good multi-way bra in your arsenal is a must. Going far beyond the call of duty of your everyday t-shirt bra, Uniqlo's versatile multi-way allows you to wear it as a cross-back, halter neck, and strapless bra, too, meaning it will work well underneath any outfit. This handy bra comes in two colorways and fits like a dream. Our tester loved the smooth finish and comfort, especially considering the low price tag of this product. A great all-rounder for smaller boobs. 

Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimiser Bra

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4. Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimizer Bra

Best mimimizer multi-way bra

Specifications

Sizes: 34C-40DD
Best suited to: Small boobs
Wired: No
Padded: No
RRP: $36.26/£34
Number of colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Wide back band is comfortable to wear
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Has a minimizing effect on bigger busts 

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric can ruche on the cups 

The Maidenform Speciality Strapless Minimizer Bra made it into our list of top picks for strapless bras, but it's also worth highlighting its one of our favorite multiway bras thanks to its detachable straps and discreet shape. Wear it as a strapless bandeau for lounging, bralette for gentle exercise, or with a shoulder-bearing top for a relaxed and natural look. 

Victoria's Secret Uplift Strapless Bra

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Best discreet multiway bra

Specifications

Sizes: Sizes 32A-38F
Best suited to: All boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded : Yes
RRP: $49.50/£44.03
Number of colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Firm but comfortable fit
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Can be worn in five different ways 

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing is a little confusing 

This crowd-pleasing strapless bra from Victoria's Secret with detachable straps also made it into our round-up of the best multi-way bras on the market. Our tester loved the versatility of this bra and how and it was comfortable enough to wear all day—and night. The bra can be worn in five different ways, making it the answer to any wardrobe dilemma. 

Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

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6. Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

The best strapless bra for DD+ boobs

Specifications

Sizes: 28D-40J
Best suited to: Bigger boobs
Wired: Yes
Padded: Yes
RRP: $47/£35
Number of colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Fully adjustable non-slip straps  
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Inside sling support  
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Changes from two to three hooks from an F cup 

Reasons to avoid

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 Bridge may be visible with some necklines 

This handy strapless bra also makes it into our list of the best multiway bras, with detachable straps that offer more support when needed. The straps are thin enough to be worn under strappy dresses and tops and are easily removed if your outfit requires a strapless option. Our tester felt comfortable all day in this bra, practically forgetting it was on, thanks to its soft, breathable material and sturdy cups. As a full-cup bra, this style caters well to bigger boobs—but bear in mind cup sizes start from a D, so this bra isn't suitable for smaller boobs. 

Best bralettes

Bralettes are a type of bra, but have become so popular in recent years that they've become a category in their own right. Interpretations can vary from brand to brand but a bralette tends to refer to a lightweight bra that's free from wiring. Shapes can range from a high-coverage crop top to a barely-there triangle shape. In most cases, bralettes are made from feminine fabrics such as lace or silk. If you have a smaller bust, a bralette should provide enough support for all day wear. But if you have a bigger bust, you might find that it's not giving you enough lift and hold to keep you comfortable. If that sounds like you, save your bralettes for slow-paced days and at home wear. 


Spanx Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette

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Best comfortable bralette

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Best suited to: Small, perky boobs
Wired: No
Padded: No
RRP: $48/£36
Number of colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Stretch fabric for perfect fit
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Hosiery-style back smooths out lumps and bumps

Reasons to avoid

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Only goes up to a DD cup  

The Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette resembles a modern-day sports bra, featuring a plunging triangle shape, supportive shoulder straps, and a wide, hosiery-style back. It’s crafted from a long-wearing Lycra mix for the softness of a t-shirt and the stretch of a pair of tights. Those with bigger busts might find it doesn’t offer enough support for all-day wear, however, it still works well as a sleep bra and as one of the best bras for small busts.

M&S Louisa Lace Longline Bralette

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2. M&S Louisa Lace Longline Bralette

Best sleep bralette

Specifications

Sizes: 6-22
Best suited to: Bigger busts who want some night-time support
Wired: No
Padded: No
RRP: $16.50/£9.50
Number of colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Super comfortable 
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Low price point  
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Flattering on the bust 

Reasons to avoid

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Small fit 
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No fastenings means less flexibility on size

While this bralette is recommended wholeheartedly for lounging and sleeping in, our tester also felt comfortable wearing this day to day with t-shirts, shirts, or dresses—the seamed cups create a lovely shape, even for a bigger bust. Our tester tried the bralette in their usual size and it was a little snug—this is especially important if you're on the hunt for one of the best bras for back fat

black Skims Fits Everybody Triangle Bralette, one of w&h's best bralettes picks

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3. SKIMS Fits Everybody Triangle Bralette

Best bralette for all boobs

Specifications

Sizes: XXS-XXXXL
Best suited to: All boobs
Padded : No
Wired: No
RRP: $32/£35
Number of colors: 7

Reasons to buy

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Suits all sizes
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Variety of natural colorways

Reasons to avoid

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