The 11 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 most supportive 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 these bras make me a little more excited to get dressed in the morning.

1. Elila Lace Soft Cup 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. "I bought this in a 46D and it gives me great support, doesn't bunch up, and I found it easily adjustable," wrote one happy customer.

2. Lunaire Plus-Size Barbados Stripe Underwire Bra

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. "I wear a 44 triple D [...] I like a really good fitted bra but also something very comfortable and this is exactly that!" raved one customer.

3. Glamorise Front Close T-Back Wonderwire Bra

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 from Glamorise, which comes in sizes up to 48G, 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. Choose from five colors.

4. Panache Underwire Sports Bra

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. "I am large chested (36FF), and it is SO hard to find sports bras made for larger busts that are supportive enough. I run and do a lot of HIIT, and this sports bra is fantastic for keeping the girls in place during my workouts! Plus, it is very comfortable and made of a soft material," one customer wrote.

5. Goddess Kayla Underwire Banded Bra Underwear

The colorful patterns available are what caught my eye about this Goddess plus-size bra, but the upsides don't stop at how cute it is. This bra's full-coverage design offers a natural rounded shape. For folks who have a hard time finding straps that aren't too thin or thick, this bra offers great mid-width straps that won't slip off your shoulders, either. "This is the best fitting bra I've ever owned. The straps don't slip. The gore lays flush with my chest, and there is no wrinkling in the cups," wrote one reviewer.

6. Wacoal Awareness Underwire Bra

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. With more than 1,000 reviews, it has also got a bit of a cult following. And the reviewers? They can't stop raving. "Looks great under clothes and the best thing is I have shape in this bra!! [...] great support for larger cup sizes, generous wide straps with comfort padding, large side panels to help hold everything in place," wrote a fan.

7. Elomi Plus-Size Matilda Underwire Plunge Bra

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: "It's sheer lace with minimal cup support, but the straps are great and it comes up high under the armpits, which is good for me, but some people might not like it. Band fits perfectly. It doesn't dig. If you have a large cup size and need a tshirt bra, this is what you want."

8. Playtex 18-Hour Full-Coverage Bra

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 2,500 reviews giving it a 4.4-star rating, it's a popular choice at an affordable price. Choose between seven colors. "This bra has good support for a DD size and yet is not overly tight on the shoulders or fatiguing to wear all day. In fact, it has excellent, wide straps which, unlike most bras, don't hurt my shoulders," wrote a customer.

9. Bali Passion For Comfort Underwire Bra

The Bali Passion For Comfort bra uses a well-wrapped underwire for support and at less than $15, 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 more than 3,000 positive reviews like this one: "It fits perfectly, is very supportive and is extremely comfortable - and best of all It helps create a nice silhouette. I was so happy with this purchase that I ordered three more similar bras by Bali."

10. Freya Underwire Molded Sports Bra

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 10 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.

11. Curvy Couture Flawless Lace Bra

This heavy-duty bra is available in sizes up to 46H, and features double-layer underwire cups, wide side panels, non-stretch straps, and cups that are made to mirror your natural shape — a big plus for those of us used to spending all day with our chests squished. "Very nicely designed and constructed. [...] It was snug straight out of the packing, however, it became comfortable with minimal wear (a couple of hours). This bra is extremely supportive," noted one fan.

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