Best Support Bra For Older Women

The key factors in finding a comfortable bra as one gets older include support, comfort and shaping.  In combination, these elements can potentially help prevent further sagging, avoid unwanted spillage or gaping and elevate your breasts to their natural position.

 

Find Good Support to Prevent Sagging

It’s a dreaded reality, but breast sagging is generally unavoidable.  Wives tales aside (no, sleeping in your bra doesn’t prevent nor cause sagging), the simple truth is that over time, our skin loses elasticity and breast ligaments may weaken. So may we can’t beat gravity, but, we can work with it, by choosing a supportive style and ensuring proper sizing so that the band is responsible for most of the support.  We also love a bit of lift (up to one full inch actually), which we break down a bit further in our guide to the Best Support Bras

Comfort for Any Activity

Bras come in all kinds of types, from wirefree bralette to super structured push up, or designed specifically for activities such as nursing or sports.  But finding a bra that delivers on comfort throughout your day (and yes, that means not wanting to rip it off as soon as the day is done), requires not only choosing the right style but ensuring both a proper fit and material that moves with you.  Dig deeper on each of these factors and check out a few of our Most Comfortable Bra favorites. 

Natural Shaping

Sure, a super structured bra may create the illusion of full cup breasts, but if what’s inside of them isn’t actually filling them out, it’ll likely be uncomfortable, or unsustainable as the bra eventually loses shape (especially padded styles that mold to breast shape).  Instead, we recommend a natural approach to shaping, with seamless design that works with your breast shape to lift and contour tissue in a supportive, comfortable way.  Rather than look like you stuffed your bra (which, let’s be honest, wasn’t fun way back when and really wouldn’t be now) to get two perfectly rounded melons on your chest, embrace and enhance your true shape. 

Bra Options for Older Women

Now that you’re armed with what to look for in the best bras for older women, let’s take a look at a few options that have become True&Co customer favorites, especially among those who have the most years of bra wearing wisdom. 

Lift Scoop Neck Bra

A scoop neck is a classic, but a lifting scoop neck that can seriously deliver up to one inch of lift, alongside all day comfort?  Life changing (don’t take our word for it, trust over 1200 reviewers making this bra a four star favorite).  Available in sizes up to 42DDD with standard cup and full cup sizing, our True Body microfiber in a heavier weight is made specifically to support, keep shape and retain stretch, even with daily wear.  And you just might wear the wirefree, pull over style everyday, which is why we recommend stocking up in a variety of skin tone neutrals, soft solids and bold patterns. 

Coverage Balconette Bra

Looking for a little more structure, without sacrificing smoothing support?  A balconette bra delivers in spades, with generous coverage and beautiful stretch lace that moves with you.  Encased underwire, adjustable straps and a double hook and eye closure are what you should look for in a balconette bra. 

Boost Bra

Lift is the opposite of sag, and seamless is the opposite of show through. Shaping and supportive, the True Body Boost is a flexible pull-on silhouette crafted from our smoothing True Body fabric. This bra is designed with a minimalist slip-on shape, with clean-lined edges, designed to disappear under clothing and all day comfort.

Top Picks

BEST OVERALL:

Maidenform Demi Underwire Bra at Amazon

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BEST SPLURGE:

Natori Feathers Bra – Basics at Nordstrom

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BEST WIRELESS:

Simply Perfect by Warner’s Wireless Bra at Target

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BEST SPORTS BRA:

SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra at Amazon

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BEST FOR SAGGING:

Wacoal Underwire T-Shirt Bra at Nordstrom

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BEST FOR PLUS-SIZE:

Chantelle Full Coverage Unlined Bra at Nordstrom

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BEST STRAPLESS:

Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra at Amazon

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Best Overall

Maidenform One Fab Fit® Everyday Modern Demi Underwire Bra

Maidenform One Fab Fit® Everyday Modern Demi Underwire Bra

MAIDENFORM

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What We Love

  • It has an excellent color selection, including nudes and fun patterns.

What We Don’t Love

  • Offers a little more coverage than most demi cups.

Laura Tempesta, bra expert and founder of Bravolution, says, “as women age, they start to lose volume in the top of their breasts,” which she notes is called “top cup” in the industry. Because of this, she says that “full-coverage bras won’t work well for older women because the top of the bra cup will be hollow due to loss of volume.” She recommends looking for demi-cup or balconette styles for everyday bras because these types of cups do a great job of lifting and shaping breasts with shallow top cups. 

Maidenform’s One Fab Fit is the original T-shirt bra, and it’s available in a demi underwire that checks a lot of boxes for older women. Designed with the brand’s SmartZone cup technology, the Everyday Modern Demi flexes to fit your breasts for better shaping and support. Pair that with an attractive price point, it’s a no fuss bra that’s still plenty sexy, and you won’t find yourself pulling and tugging at it throughout the day. 

Price at time of publish: $20

Size Range: A – DD | Colors: 17  | Materials: Nylon, spandex

Best Splurge

Natori Feathers Bra – Basics

Natori Feathers Bra

NATORI

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What We Love

  • It’s comfy enough for everyday wear but still plenty sexy.

What We Don’t Love

  • It runs a bit small.

For those looking for a lingerie splurge, Tempesta says the Natori Feathers bra is also great for a shallow top cup. At $72, it may be a bit pricey, but it’s comfortable enough for everyday wear. The Feathers bra features the brand’s signature Italian lace trim, a demi contour cup, a deep plunging neckline, and adjustable stretch straps. According to the website, the Feathers bra runs small, so if you’re adding this to your shortlist, think about ordering one cup size up for a better fit. 

Price at time of publish: $72

Size Range: A – DD  | Colors: 9  | Materials: Nylon, lycra

Best Wireless

Simply Perfect by Warner’s Women’s Underarm Smoothing Seamless Wireless Bra

Simply Perfect by Warner's

TARGET

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What We Love

  • The extra side panel beautifully smoothes underarm bulges.

What We Don’t Love

  • It offers coverage but no lift.

Underwire bras may not be the most comfortable clothing item in the world, and our guess is that women are just ready to ditch the discomfort at a certain age. But while tossing out anything with an underwire is totally applause-worthy, you still need to support the girls. So, to that end, the Simply Perfect bra by Warner’s is an excellent wireless option for older women. This bra features easy sizing, so there’s no worry about cup sizes and bands, an extra side panel minimizes underarm bulges, and it’s comfortable enough for all-day wear. It doesn’t offer any lift, though, so be aware when you purchase.

Price at time of publish: $22

Size Range: S – XXL | Colors: 7 | Materials: Nylon, elastane

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Best Sports Bra

SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra

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What We Love

  • The front zip closure makes it easy to put on for anyone with limited mobility.

What We Don’t Love

  • The sizing is a bit confusing.

With wire-free, seamed cups for shaping and two-way stretch fabric that reduces bounce, this highly-rated sports bra by SheFit offers plenty of comfortable support. The crossback straps offer a bit of lift, while the full coverage bra itself will scoop everything in place. You can even remove the cups for a more customized fit. It features a front closure, so it’s also a great choice for those with limited mobility, whether those limitations are from age or an intense game of pickleball. 

We find the sizing to be a bit confusing to understand off the bat, though. SheFit uses their own sizing, so we suggest using the handy size chart to make sure your measurements match up perfectly with the size you think will work best. It supports A-L cups, so you’re bound to find a size that fits you.

Price at time of publish: $75

Size Range: XS – 6Luxe | Colors: 8 | Materials: Liner: Nylon, spandex; Shell: Polyester; PowerMesh: Nylon, spandex

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Best for Sagging

Wacoal La Femme Underwire T-Shirt Bra

Wacoal La Femme Underwire T-Shirt Bra

WACOAL

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What We Love

  • Deep plunge and embroidered frame.

What We Don’t Love

  • Limited color selection.

Sagging breasts are par for the course of aging. Whether your breasts are pendulous (a longer drop with more of the weight sitting closer to the nipple) or they have a shallow top and full bottom, a good bra can keep the girls looking high and tight. In either case, full coverage bras or t-shirt bras with contour cups are best.

For shallow top/full bottom breasts, try Wacoal’s La Femme Underwire T-Shirt Bra. The seamless foam cups lift your bust and give you a rounded shape, while the plunging neckline and embroidered frame keep it super sexy. The wire will get underneath the breast and keep it lifted. For more pendulous breasts, try the similar Elevated Allure Underwire Bra because it provides just a touch more lift. We only wish these two bras came in more colors.

Price at time of publish: $62

Size Range: B- H  | Colors: 4 | Materials: Nylon, spandex, polyester

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