Lace-up bras, t-shirt bras and more

Shopping for a bra is a major pain in general, but finding a bra that offers both comfort and support for small breasts can seem like a particularly daunting task. Options for smaller busts tend to be quite limited and finding the right fit is no picnic, but the quest for the perfect bra doesn’t have to leave your head spinning.

Dora Lau, Founder and President of Dora L International, knows all about bra shopping and she was kind enough to share some of her knowledge with the Shop TODAY team. With her advice (and our product selections!), you’ll be well on your way to finding your perfect partner in no time.

How to buy bras for small breasts

It’s hard to find a comfortable, supportive and flattering bra, but it’s not impossible and it’s worth the effort. “Women should find a bra they like. You should think of a bra as an investment,” Lau told us.

It’s a common misconception that women with AA or A cup sizes don’t really need bras, but Lau said these unpopular undergarments can help women with any breast size. “Gravity is going to be a fact of life and a well-fitting bra can help prevent stretching and sagging,” she said.

In order to get the best fit for a smaller chest, Lau offered the following tips:

  • Comfort is paramount: “A bra should be comfortable and snug when looking at the side profile. Put on the bra and then a t-shirt to make sure the bra looks natural,” she suggested. .
  • Don’t be afraid of a little padding: “Bras with breathable, supportive pads that aren’t too bulky are great,” Lau said.
  • Push-ups are your friends: “For women with smaller breasts who wear a bra with padding, there is often a gap at the cleavage because the breast does not fill the cups. A slight push-up at the base of the pad helps to fill the gap.” she said.
  • Buy strapless bras strategically: “When you need a strapless bra, look for a bra with a firm push-up at the base of the pad and with underwires built into the pad for added comfort,” Lau advised.

The best bras for small breasts, according to experts

When it comes to your bra collection, variety is key, and it’s a good idea to have several basic styles on hand that work well with particular pieces of clothing in your closet. These are a few that Lau swears by.

  • Half cup or balcony: “Experiment with different styles of bras like a demi cup or a balconette bra, as these styles are cut lower in the chest and provide a lifting effect,” she says.
  • Push up bras: “These are popular and can enhance (breasts) by providing cup support,” Lau explained.

Demi cup bras for small breasts

Auden Lightly Lined Demi Bra

This multitasker is a real triple threat and offers support, comfort and style, all for $15. The semi-demi cut works well with low necklines while the molded cups provide a touch of lining to help keep things nice and cheerful. We are also totally in love with the beautiful mint color!

Enchanting lace demi-cup bra

None of us really like wearing bras, so it helps if you have a little fun with them and wear a vibrant color or pattern. Take this leopard print demi-cup bra, for example. We’re big fans of the lace side panels and memory foam cups that hug your curves, and we love that we can wear it under a range of tops and dresses.

Aerie Real Happy Demi Vintage Lightly Lined Lace Bra

Want a natural fit with just a touch of lift? Aerie has you covered with its Happy Demi bra. The straps and lace band give the style a sophisticated look and the ribbed fabric adds a touch of personality. It comes in five colors, but the beautiful baby blue is definitely at the top of our wish list.

Push-up bras for small breasts

Lively The wireless push-up

We could all use a little boost sometimes, and push-up bras deserve a place of honor in your lingerie drawer if you have a small bust. Lively’s floral print push-up definitely speaks to us with its sassy pattern and we also love that it’s wireless.

Elegant and sexy push-up bra

Over 5,000 Amazon shoppers gave this push-up bra a five-star rating, so you can tell we were a bit intrigued when we first discovered it. The sexy style comes in 17 colors (our favorite is called Fierce Violet) and gives an intense lift. It is definitely a va-va-voom piece that is perfect for small breasts.

Wingslove push up bra

You’ll look great in lace in this popular push-up bra that has earned over 1,400 five-star ratings. The supportive design includes protection and padded foam cups that add up to one cup size. In other words, it’s absolutely perfect for a date!

Balconette bras for small breasts

b.tempt’d by Wacoal Ciao Bella Balconette Bra

It’s easy to get bored with the same old bras you wear every week, so we like to throw a sassy balconette into the rotation every once in a while. This one from Wacoal comes in pretty light pink and chic black colors and features lovely lace and cozy mesh detailing on the sides.

SO lace balconette push-up bra

This hybrid style merges two different bras – a balconette and a push-up – into one sleek style. The affordable find has convertible straps, making it a practical and versatile addition to your bra collection, and is available in five colors.

Annika Bra

Every bra collection needs a basic balconette in a neutral hue and this one is designed for smaller busts. The sultry style has soft, stretchy lace cups that don’t have any extra padding, so it’s perfect for those days when you just fancy a more natural look.

Bras for small breasts

Single Stitch Unlined Bralette

Bras that feel good and feel good are always OK in our book, so we were delighted to learn that this one from Single Stitch is made with a soft and durable Tencel fabric. In case you need another excuse to buy yourself a new bralette, a tree is donated to the One Tree Planted charity for every purchase on the brand’s site.

Knickey The Tank Bra

Bras should feel like a second skin, and this lightweight design from Knickey certainly does. Double-lined cups ensure a snug fit under clothing, and vertical chest seams help provide a touch of lift. Not bad for a bralette, right?

True & Co. True Body Lift V-Neck Bralette

It was love at first sight when we first tested a True & Co. comfort bra earlier this year, and we have nothing but appreciation for this other style of bralette from the brand. It’s incredibly soft, for starters, and wireless, so you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. Finding the perfect fit is easy too, as it’s available in XS-XL, so you don’t have to worry about trying on multiple band and cup sizes.

T-shirt bras for small busts

Kindly Yours Sustainable Wireless T-Shirt Bra

T-shirt bras are ideal for smaller breasts because they provide just enough coverage while still feeling like you’re wearing nothing. We’re obsessed with this fuchsia style from Kindly, a new brand that uses plant-based materials to make their underwear. The bra cups are made from candy cane and the straps and wing elastics are also made from recycled materials, so you can feel good knowing you’re wearing something totally sustainable.

Maidenform Pure Comfort Non-Wired T-Shirt Bra

Want to slip into something a little more comfortable than your average underwear? Maidenform’s T-shirt bra is a valid option that features foam cups, light padding and convertible straps. The style comes in multiple colors ranging from black to nude, but our favorite definitely has to be the stunning baby pink hue.

Pepper Classic All You Bra

Pepper specializes in bras for smaller busts and the brand has stepped out of the park with this silky soft knit masterpiece. Mesh isn’t just for looks either; it serves to lift the bust from the bottom while the shallow cups sit close to the chest for a perfect fit.

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Elizabeth J. Harless