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The 10 Most Supportive Plus-Size Bras That You Can Actually Wear All Day

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Sometimes it feels like there's now an infinite number of plus-size bra options compared to when I was young. But in reality, good bras are still hard to find. The best supportive plus-size bras should make you feel like you've found something one of a kind — or at least one in a million!

One thing that still hasn’t seemed to change is that definitions of “plus size” vary wildly. I often find bras listed as plus size that fit either my band or my cup size, but not both. And, of course, there are bras marketed as plus size that fit neither my E-cup breasts nor my 52-inch band size.

Not to mention that if I find a bra which does fit me properly, it often doesn’t have cups — which, for me, is not an option. I need cups like I need oxygen. While there are lots of health claims about what wearing bras does and doesn’t do, in my experience, a bra that doesn’t offer enough support is guaranteed to cause me severe back pain, at the very least.

I know many people have the same problems I do, but fortunately, I have some excellent bras to recommend! These 11 bras are some of the best plus-size bras out there, with a wide range of band and cup sizes available. I am and always will be fond of the old get-home-and-immediately-take-your-bra-off routine. But the most comfortable plus-size bras make me a little more excited to get dressed in the morning.

A Classic Lace Bra

The Elila lace soft cup bra provides amazing support, with four hook-and-eye closures, plus non-stretch lace cups and non-stretch straps. Though non-stretch straps may be a downside for some folks, they can be totally necessary for others, especially if you, like me, have ruined several bras by stretching the straps out of their ability to support.

  • Available sizes: 44I — 52 J
  • Available colors: 3

This Mesh Bra With Lace Trim

This plus-size bra from Lunaire is made of double-layer mesh which doesn't stretch, has fully adjustable straps, and the pattern is way too cute to resist! It's also available in a couple pretty prints — a relief after a lifetime of beige, beige, and more beige. One customer raved, "I am a busty woman, and have an extremely difficult time finding bras that not only fit correctly, but are supportive, attractive, and cost effective. And this Bra is ALL of that."

  • Available sizes: 32C — 46DDD
  • Available colors: 6

A T-Back Bra With Front Clasps

With an underwire that's tucked inside a padded channel so it doesn't poke you and an easy-to-put-on front closer, this bra is comfortable and supportive. It also features adjustable straps that have a little bit of stretch to them, and the T-back makes it a great pick to wear with tanks. "Love this bra!" one user wrote. "I didn’t know what I was missing before I tried a front closure bra. And the T-back means my straps don’t fall down, and while it’s winter so I’m not wearing tank tops right now, I am pretty sure I can in the future without my straps showing." Choose from five colors.

  • Available sizes: 34B — 48H
  • Available colors: 6

This Sports Bra With Underwire Support

Like regular bras, my sports bras have to have an underwire. But if regular bras with underwires can be uncomfortable, sports bras seem like they're twice as bad — the wrong placement of underwire and your run becomes a 45-minute torture session. But this underwire sports bra offers mesh panels, and doesn't compress your breasts while still managing to hold them in place. That means no bounce and no pain.

  • Available sizes: 28A — 40KK
  • Available colors and styles: 33

The Bra With Inner Slings For Extra Support

This Wacoal underwire bra is seriously heavy duty. It's also the master of hidden things: It has a hidden underwire for comfort as well as a hidden inner sling for extra support. And the reviewers? They can't stop raving. One fan wrote, "Great fit, very comfortable, wide padded shoulder straps, gorgeous color. The only kind of bra I've worn since I first discovered them."

  • Available sizes: 32C — 44H
  • Available colors: 14

A Plunge Bra With Convertible Straps

Plus-size bras are being made in more and more styles — which means we get to enjoy this comfortable (and pretty sexy, not gonna lie) Elomi bra. The Matilda underwire plunge bra offers the plunge neckline without the push-up aspect these often include. It has a J-hook so you can turn it into a racerback to suit your outfits and comes in wide range of colors, too. It's also a great choice if you prefer unlined bras that are still supportive. According to one fan: "This bra holds everything in while still being sexy. The black one in particular looks stunning. I highly recommend this bra, especially if you wear a hard-to-find size like I do!"

  • Available sizes: 32GG — 46DD
  • Available colors: 12

This Wire-Free Bra That Offers 18 Hours Of Comfort

For those who prefer no underwire, this is a great bra from Playtex that still provides plenty of support thanks to its full cups and well-cushioned straps. The cups are unpadded and moisture wicking so you'll stay comfortable all day and with more than 7,800 reviews giving it an average 4.3-star rating, it's a popular choice at an affordable price. Choose between seven colors. According to one customer, "This bra is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn, looks more like a sports bra but has more support. Best purchase of a bra and great price, I will be purchasing again!"

  • Available sizes: 36B — 46DDD
  • Available colors: 7

A Basic Bra At An Affordable Price

The Bali Passion For Comfort bra uses a well-wrapped underwire for support and at less than $30, it's a great deal. This best-seller on Amazon also comes in dozens of colors and prints from animal prints to classic black with lace accents. Plus, it has gotten nearly 16,000 positive ratings. One reviewer described: "This bra is life-changing. Great support [...] and the minimizing effect is very real. This bra is unlined, but the sturdy elastic lining provides enough coverage, so the bra does not feel flimsy. I am throwing away all the other bras I own and ordering more of these!"

  • Available sizes: 32C — 44G
  • Available colors and styles: 22

The Sports Bra With Molded Foam Cups

Freya is another go-to brand of mine, thanks to multiple recommendations from friends. This underwire sports bra offers lift and separation with wide underwires, cups made of foam, and wide straps which can convert to a racerback style. There are five different fun color variations and a special breathable, cooling lining keeps your boobs comfortable through even the sweatiest of workouts. This is great for low- and medium-impact workouts, but you might want to go with the Panache style for running and other high-impact exercising. One fan confirmed, "Comfy and supportive. Not supportive enough to go running but it’s a great every day active bra or a bra for non running workouts."

  • Available sizes: 28D — 40G
  • Available colors: 7

This Convertible Strapless Bra That Fans Swear By

Think strapless bras that are also supportive don’t exist? This strapless underwire bra from Wacoal will prove you wrong, and it’s got more than 2,300 five-star reviews backing it up. Made with smooth seamless fabric and stretchy foam cups, it has a silicone strip on the top and bottom edges to keep it in place, as well as hidden stays to keep anchor it in place on the sides and back. Even better, it comes with optional straps that allow you to convert it into a traditional, halter, criss-cross, or one-shoulder bra.

  • Available sizes: 30 D — 44 G
  • Available colors: 5