Plus-sized bras that are supportive and stylish

Who said plus size bras need to be plain and boring?

Women wearing plus size bras

by Rosie Floyd |

For many years, shopping for bras while plus size has been a struggle. Companies were unsure how to account for a larger bust and a curvier shape, which meant options were basically non-existent. Nowadays, there is a lot more choice when it comes to bras for plus-size women. The best plus-sized bras are designed with wider back bands, thicker straps and underwire to give your boobs all the support they need.

Just because a bra is full of support doesn't mean it has to be unstylish. With our list of plus-sized bras, you can say goodbye to the boring beige numbers that you've had for years. Give your lingerie draw a revamp by filling it with bras that feature trendy cuts, pretty detailing and vibrant colours.

How to fit get a plus-sized bra fitting its best

If you're unsure of your bra size, you're not alone. It is widely reported that 80 per cent of women are wearing the wrong size bra.

To ensure your bra is looking its best, you will want to try the Scoop and Swoop method. It is used to make sure all the breast is in the cup as breast tissue starts much further under the armpit than most people think. If you don't contain all the breast when putting on a bra, you are most likely wearing the wrong size.

To have a go at the Swoop and Scoop method at home, put your bra on as normal. Bend over slightly at the waist and do a little shimmy to ensure fullness in the cups. Then, using your hand, gently pull your bra band away from the side of your breast. With your free hand moving in a back-to-front motion to move your breast tissue into the cup. This swoop movement will ensure that all of your breast tissue sits in the cup, leaving none behind to be dug into by the underwire.

Bra fit tips

We know that finding the perfect bra can be a challenge, so we spoke to the experts at Curvy Kate to get their hints and tips for how to get your bra and breasts looking their best.

Always ensure you have your new bra on the loosest hook and eye setting on the back band. When you have it in this position, you should feel a firm hug from the band. This will lift your breasts from the band rather than putting weight and pressure onto your shoulders.

The back band can also be tightened by one hook and eye row every four months. This will ensure the firm hold for a year in this bra and keep your bra doing the most for you! After one year of owning your everyday bra, it is time to get a new one!

If you struggle with moulded cups gaping at the top, don't go down a cup size. Your problem may lie in your back band as the firmer the bra band, the closer the cup will sit to the top of your bust! Try going down a back size and up a cup before altering the cup to a smaller size.

Asymmetric boobs can mean that your bras are left feeling tight on your fuller side, and baggy on the smaller side. Best practice when it comes to finding a great fitting bra is to look for one with a stretchy top cup. This will allow a close fit to the small side while also accommodating the fuller. You should always want to find the perfect fit for the bigger breast as you don’t want to squish breast tissue. You can then tighten the strap on the small side to get the most breast tissue lift.

Lastly, handwash your bras. This will keep them looking beautiful for longer. We also recommend not to use fabric conditioner as this stretches out the back band and damages the cups of bras.

The best plus-sized bras

Curvy Kate WonderFully Full Cup Bra

Best full cup plus sized bra
Curvy Kate WonderFully Full Cup Bra

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The beautiful orchid colour of this full cup bra from Curvy Kate is just divine. It has a curved under band that is designed to contour to the curves of your body, stopping the band from rolling and causing discomfort. The wide straps offer full support and the firm wing mesh is designed to smooth and support too.

Sizes: 30G-46G

Pros: Gorgeous colour, full cup coverage
Cons: Some customers have commented that the cups come up a little small

Tried and tested by Rosie Floyd, Commercial Content Writer: "The colour of this bra is absolutely gorgeous! The thick straps and mesh back felt comfortable all day and gave the support I needed."

Elomi Lucie Plunge Non-Padded Wired Bra

Best plus sized bra for a rounded shape
Elomi Lucie Plunge Non Padded Wired Bra

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Can't make your mind up between animal print and florals? This plunge bra combines both in its pretty design. The low centre front gives a plunge shape without push up while the top cup cut gives the bra and your breasts a more rounded shape. We love the pale blue colour, the pink accents, and the pretty stretch lace detailing.

Pros: Gives great shape, side panel for extra support
Cons: At a higher price point compared to other bras

Tried and tested by Rosie Floyd, Commercial Content Writer: "This bra gets both style and comfort points from me. As someone who has equally as many floral prints as leopard prints in my wardrobe, I love how this bra gives me the best of both worlds. I wore this bra for over 18 hours one day and it didn't feel like I was wearing it at all."

Pour Moi Energy Empower Lightly Padded Convertible Sports Bra

Best plus sized sports bra
Pour Moi Energy Empower Lightly Padded Convertible Sports Bra

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Whether you're working up a sweat in the gym or heading out on a walk, comfort and support is key when it comes to a bra. Pour Moi's sports bras are renowned for fit as they're created by lingerie designers. This one has an underwire for extra support, a super soft cushioned under band, moisture-wicking breathable foam cups, and wide, adjustable straps that can be converted into a racer-back style.

Sizes: 32B-40G

Pros: Underwire support, multiple ways to wear
Cons: Not as wide a range of band sizes as other bras

Tried and tested by Rosie Floyd, Commercial Content Writer: "This is unlike any sports bra I've worn before, it fits so well! My breasts felt completely supported while exercising. I like wearing this bra when I'm not exercising too as it gives me a great shape under my clothes."

Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra

Best plus size plunge bra
Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra

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Add a touch of luxury and glamour to your lingerie with the Superboost Lace Plunge Bra from Gossard. This ultra-feminine bra features a soft mesh back, beautiful lace detailing, and Gossard's signature golden G detail and bow decoration. It comes in a wide range of colours so you're sure to find a Superboost bra that suits your style.

Sizes: 28DD-44E

Pros: Intricate lace detailing, luxurious feel
Cons: Thinner straps feel less supportive than bras with thicker straps

Tried and tested by Rosie Floyd, Commercial Content Writer: "This bra is super sexy and feminine. I love the lace detailing on the cups and the colour is beautiful too."

Figleaves Curve Diamond Longline Bra

Best plus sized longline bra
Figleaves Curve Diamond Longline Bra

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With black and gold eye-catching floral embroidery giving the effect of diamonds, you're sure to dazzle wearing this longline bra. The bra has five rows of clasps to give you plenty of support in the back and adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. For that extra special finish, it has strap detailing at the front and back.

Sizes: 36C-48E

Pros: Extra support, gorgeous detail, matching knickers
Cons: Sizing not accurate

Review: "Breasts comfy? Check. Support? Check. Material quality? Perfect!"

Glamorise Plus Size WonderWire Bra

Best front fastening plus sized bra
Glamorise Plus Size WonderWire Bra

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If you're someone that struggles with the standard hook and eye clasp closure on the back of bras, you'll love that this bra fastens at the front. The stretch lace underwire is both breathable and beautiful and the higher back will ensure the straps stay put.

Sizes: 34B-48F

Pros: Front fastening, racer-back style
Cons: Some customers expected better support

Review: "I bought this bra a few weeks ago and was very pleased with it. It felt very comfortable on and the straps do not slip off my shoulders. It’s easy to fasten."

Yours Clothing Two Pack Black & White Non-Wired Soft Cup Bras

Best plus size bra for 40+ back size
2 Pack Black & White Non Wired Soft Cup Bras

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If you require more room in the band of your bra, these bras from Yours Clothing go up to a 50 in the back and you can get them in an H cup too. Designed for everyday wear, the two bras are non-padded and non-wired with added stretch that works with the natural shape of your bust.

Sizes: 40C-50H

Pros: Wide size range, two in a pack
Cons: Basic in style compared to other plus size bras

Wacoal Halo Lace Multiway Wired Bra

Best multiway plus sized bra
Wacoal Halo Lace Multiway Wired Bra

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We love the super-soft lace and floral design of this Wacoal number. It is designed to give you a flattering, natural shape without straps so you can wear it with any strapless dresses and tops. However, it does come with multiway straps for over-the-shoulder and cross-back support, making this lovely bra both comfortable and versatile.

Pros: Three different ways to wear, pretty floral lace design
Cons: Some customers have reported the bra comes up small

Review: "I have this in nude and black and by far, this is the best strapless bra I have ever owned. Not padded which for some reason, so many are, and when you are a DD, extra padding is definitely not needed. This is so easy to wear, gives a good shape, stays put and is comfortable enough to wear all day. Would definitely recommend this one."

Elomi Matilda Plunge Wired Bra

Best non-padded plus sized bra
Elomi Matilda Plunge Wired Bra

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Flaunt your curves with this sheer plunge bra from Elomi. The Matilda has a sexy sheer top cup with pretty embroidery detailing. The lower centre front styling gives good uplift and separation without pushing up your breasts. To give you more freedom with what outfits you wear this rose pink bra under it also has a moveable J hook fastening at the back so you can turn it into a racer back style.

Sizes: 32GG-46DD

Pros: Beautiful colour, gives uplift and separation without padding
Cons: On the pricey side

Review: "Love love love this bra. I have three colours now. They lift and hold in all the right ways. Worth spending a bit more. Especially if like me you have a large bust"

Curvy Kate Lifestyle Plunge Bra

Best animal print plus size bra
Curvy Kate Lifestyle Plunge Bra

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Unleash your wild side with this leopard print plunge bra. It is super breathable and comfortable thanks to the lightweight mesh. The plunge shape accentuates your cleavage and the cups offer a rounded shape without the use of padding.

Pros: Lightweight, gives great shape
Cons: Some customers felt the bra didn't give them enough support

Tried and tested by Rosie Floyd, Commercial Content Writer: "This plunge bra gave my breasts a great lift. The plunge is lower than some of the other bras that I tried, which meant I could wear it easily under lower-cut dresses without it being seen."

Calvin Klein Plus Size Bralette

Best plus size bralette
Calvin Klein Plus Size Bralette

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It's all about comfort with the Calvin Klein bralette. Perfect for lounging around the house when you want a bit of support without the feeling of wearing a full bra. The signature Calvin Klein signature elastic under band won't dig in, ensuring a comfy fit all throughout the day.

Sizes: 1XL-3XL

Pros: Total comfort
Cons: Limited sizing, expensive for low support

Review: "So comfy! Living in it at the moment, deffo worth the price!"

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