Shopping for a great bra can be a nightmare — women might feel haunted by uncomfortable, unflattering bras that don’t seem to do much for their figures even though a friend swears by that style or they see glowing reviews online. The answer is that not all bras are great for all body types. The secret to looking and feeling great in your lingerie is knowing which styles and fits work with your body.
The first tip that most people will benefit from is to wear a bra with an underwire for the added shape and support. Some women are frightened off by underwires, citing discomfort; however often when women find underwires uncomfortable it is because they aren’t wearing the correct size bra or the shape of the bra doesn’t work with their body type. If the cup of the bra is too small, the underwire can cut into the breast tissue. If they’re too big, your breasts may slip out from underneath the bra, leaving the underwire to press into you. Bras with a too large cup will often poke into the skin of your arms — a very uncomfortable experience. This can also be fixed by choosing a bra with a smaller “smile”: a fun way to think of the shape of your underwire.
Women sometimes tend to shy away from padded bras, especially women with a large bust, often saying they don’t feel like they need to “add anything up top.” This comes from a misunderstanding of padded bras. Padded bras generally consist of a thin layer of padding that can increase modesty and improve shape. They generally don’t modify size.