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Need a lift? These bras can help.
Wearing a push-up bra used to mean suffering from painful underwires and awkward mountains of padding. Thankfully, new styles prioritize comfort and support, while still giving your bust a natural lift. From demi styles that pair perfectly with low-cut necklines to strapless options you can wear underneath your favorite dresses, the right push-up bra can seriously boost both your confidence and your chest.
We spoke with bra designers and other experts to find the best push-up bras for every bust from brands like Skims, ThirdLove, Aerie, and more. Whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty underwire or a light, wireless style (or something in between), there’s an option on our list that will finally fill that hole in your lingerie drawer.
Best Overall: Skims Fits Everybody Push-up Bra
What We Love: It’s lightly padded but still has a flexible underwire for the right amount of support.
What We Don’t Love: The band is pretty narrow.
“A good push-up bra has many different elements working together,” says Amelia Newman, Intimates Technical Designer at AdoreMe. “Typically, these bras will be more structured in order to defy gravity.” This everyday, anytime push-up bra from Skims has a sexy silhouette that doesn’t skimp on support. Light foam padding provides lift without any annoying spillage. And the soft, buttery material hides a highly flexible underwire, for a sleek look under your go-to T-shirts.
Skims paid attention to the details with this classic demi bra: It also has a seamless, bonded neckline that lays flat against your body, eliminating lumps and bumps. The cups provide minimal coverage, so you can wear low-cut tops with confidence. Adjustable straps, plus a hook-and-eye closure on the band, make it easy to find the perfect fit. The band is a bit on the narrow side, which may not be for everyone (although it’s pretty perfect for hiding underneath an open back top).
Price at time of publish: $54
Size: 30–38, A–H | Material: Polyamide, elastane | Shape: Demi
Best Budget: AE Sunnie Demi Push Up Bra
What We Love: This demi has a wide, adjustable band and larger cups, for more coverage.
What We Don’t Love: The cups may run large.
It’s no secret that InStyle editors love Aerie, from the brand’s ultra-comfortable leggings to their (almost) invisible mesh underwear. We’re also fans of their cute, low-profile bras — like this demi option. The stretchy material shapes, smooths, and provides a natural lift for sizes A to DDD.
Combining medium coverage with the brand’s maximum level of support, this is an everyday staple that doesn’t cost a fortune (score!). A four-row hook-and-eye closure and adjustable straps provide a custom-like fit — no more gapping, spillage, or riding up in the back. FYI: You may want to order up a cup size for the right fit and coverage.
Price at time of publish: $55
Size: 32–38, A–DDD | Material: Recycled nylon, elastane | Shape: Demi
Best Splurge: Marie Jo Avero Push Up Bra
What We Love: The romantic details and wide range of colors.
What We Don’t Love: It’s not offered in US sizes.
With a two-tone checkered pattern and darling daisy trim, this push-up bra from Rigby & Peller is as functional as it is pretty. One of the brand’s best-selling styles, this luxe demi is made from a soft blend of polyester, polyamide, and elastane that won’t itch or pinch. The thin straps are adorned with daisy appliques in the front but are still adjustable in the back for a better fit. And a small, single hook-and-eye closure keeps the band in place as you move.
Available in bold hues, soft pastels, and basic neutrals, the Marie Jo Avero bra has padded cups that offer a medium, natural-looking lift. Choose from shades like Wild Ginger, Electric Pink, Apple Sorbet, and Pink Parfait that will brighten up your lingerie drawer. Just be aware that it’s not offered in US sizes — instead, the brand’s website has an easy-to-follow measurement guide to help you find your UK, EU, or FR size equivalent.
Price at time of publish: $154
Size: 32–38, A–D | Material: Polyester, polyamide, elastane | Shape: Demi
Best Plus-Size: Soma Smooth Full Coverage Bra
What We Love: The straps and band have extra padding.
What We Don’t Love: The colors and design are pretty plain.
A well-loved brand by many, Soma makes practical, comfortable bras for all: “I’ve loved Soma throughout all my life,” explains fashion influencer Sarah Tripp. With a full coverage silhouette and a seamless design, the Soma Smooth Full Coverage Bra has wide cups and a large band for additional support — proving you really can have it all in a push-up bra.
Plus, it comes in a wide range of sizes and has additional padding under the straps and band, making it a great option for larger chests. A C-shaped underwire wraps all the way around your bust to gently lift and shape, while the silky satin material looks upscale whether this bra is on or tucked away in your lingerie drawer. Functional, easy to wear, and available in a wide range of sizes? Sign us up!
Price at time of publish: $64, or buy two or more for $35 each
Size: 32–44, B–G | Material: Nylon, spandex | Shape: Demi
Best for Small Breasts: Wearpepper Lift Up Bra Peppercorn
What We Love: The breathable band and free returns.
What We Don’t Love: The band may ride up.
This push-up from Pepper only comes in cup sizes AA to B — and for good reason. The brand’s founders have put their all into making seriously chic, comfortable bras that cater to small chests. The Lift Up Bra is no different, with a flattering plunge silhouette that lifts without any gapping.
The band is made from soft mesh that allows your skin to breathe (no sweat build-up or red marks here), although it may ride up on occasion. Adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye closure that’s two rows wide provide plenty of adjustability. Even better, it comes in sleek matte and pretty lace styles, with over 15 colors and patterns to choose from. There’s also slight padding in the cups for a natural-looking lift, providing “oomph without the oof,” as the brand calls it. Not sure which size to get? Try Pepper’s helpful fit guide and rest easy — returns are free, so you can try on before buying.
Price at time of publish: $65
Size: 30–42, AA–B | Material: Polyamide, elastane | Shape: Demi
Best for Large Breasts: Cuup The Scoop Bra
What We Love: It has a thin, barely-there design that’s still supportive.
What We Don’t Love: It’s not very padded, so your nipples may show through when it’s cold out.
The bra version of one of our favorite bikinis for large breasts, the Cuup The Scoop Micro Bra is by far our favorite push-up for large breasts. The silky smooth microfiber material comes in a range of stunning colors, from vibrant coral to rich taupe. We also love that the cups are unlined — although this makes the bra thinner, it also creates a second-skin feel.
There’s an underwire to help separate and support each breast, but thankfully it’s light and flexible, so it won’t poke you the wrong way while you wear it. Plus, the flattering silhouette offers more coverage, to prevent spillage when you bend down. And the gold hardware isn’t just for show — it also allows you to adjust the band and the straps for a close fit. But we saved the best for last: It’s available in a truly impressive range of sizes, from 30A to 44H.
Price at time of publish: $78
Size: 30–44, A–H | Material: Polyamide, elastane | Shape: Scoop
Best Extreme: Intimissimi Mia Silk Super Push-Up Bra
What We Love: The plunge neckline works well underneath deep V-neck tops.
What We Don’t Love: It only comes in a few sizes.
If traditional push-up styles leave you wanting, the Mia Bra from Intimissimi may be the perfect solution. This luxe, silky bra has more padding than others on our list to add up to two cup sizes — a serious boost.
With a plunge silhouette made from soft silk, the Mia Bra looks great on its own or underneath a deep V-neck. Two thin, scalloped straps on each side hold the cups in place without digging in. And like many of our other picks, they’re adjustable — as is the band’s hook-and-eye closure. For the most lift possible, this romantic style is clearly a winner. While it only comes in B and C cup sizes and just a few band sizes, you can be confident this bra won’t provide too much of a boost since it’s designed with smaller chests in mind.
Price at time of publish: $89
Size: 32–38, B–C | Material: Silk, polyester, elastane | Shape: Plunge
Best WIreless: Victoria’s Secret Infinity Flex Push-Up Bra
What We Love: It has flexible gel support instead of an underwire.
What We Don’t Love: This bra runs large.
Wireless push-up bras do exist (and they actually work, too!). This one from Victoria’s Secret replaces the usual underwire with flexible gel that molds to your body as you wear it. This creates an ultra-comfortable bra, explains fashion influencer and pelvic floor physiotherapist Hailey Perry: “It’s the only bra I own that I can wear all day to work and wear casually after work, and I’m not dying to take it off.”
The soft fabric has a four-way stretch, meaning this bra moves with you (instead of against you like some underwire bras do). And seamless edges help this bra hide underneath even thin T-shirts with ease. Adjustable straps and a band with a hook-and-eye closure make this bra just as functional as the wired options on our list. Not sure which size to get? Try Victoria’s Secret’s bra size calculator, which will help you find where you fall between 32B and 44G.
Price at time of publish: $45
Size: 32–44, B–G | Material: Polyamide, elastane | Shape: Demi
Best For Wide-Set Breasts: ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Uplift Plunge Bra
What We Love: With removable push-up pads and half-cup sizes, this bra is highly customizable.
What We Don’t Love: Some wearers have noticed spillage over the top of the cups.
We’re already fans of the ThirdLove 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra, so it’s no surprise that the push-up version also makes our list. According to the brand, this bra’s plunge design helps lift your breasts up naturally and bring them closer together, creating a flattering shape underneath almost any top. Smoothing sides and a poke-free underwire add to the all-day comfort you’ll feel, whether you’re running errands or meeting friends for brunch.
Finding the right fit is simple with options ranging from 32AA to 44H, including ThirdLove’s unique half-cup sizes (and a helpful Fit Finder quiz). We highly recommend taking the quiz, as picking up the wrong size can result in some spillage. Gold buckles allow you to adjust the straps, while two rows of hook-and-eye closures keep the band in place all day long. Available in matte mesh and delicate lace styles, this bra also comes in rich neutrals and bright jewel tones to round out your lingerie wardrobe.
Price at time of publish: $72
Size: 32–44, AA–H | Material: Nylon, spandex | Shape: Plunge
Best Longline: Va Bien Enchanted Plunge Longline Bra
What We Love: It has convertible straps, so you can wear it in three different ways.
What We Don’t Love: Sizing is limited and based on EU sizes, not US.
This lacy, longline plunge from Va Bien doesn’t just look different — it’s also convertible, so you can wear it three different ways. The straps are stretchy and completely adjustable, whether you wear them in the traditional style, crossed in the back, or as a halter. And three rows of hook-and-eye closures in the back allow you to adjust the band as needed, for the right fit every time.
The boned cups are lined with foam for a natural shape that still provides plenty of lift and support. The microfiber and mesh design is seamless for added comfort (say goodbye to rubbing and chafing). Another bonus? This means the lace is as pretty as it is soft — this is definitely not your grandmother’s bra. Before you buy, make sure to convert your size, as Bare Necessities only offers EU options.
Price at time of publish: $85
Size: 32–38, B–E | Material: Nylon, spandex | Shape: Longline plunge
Best T-Shirt: Wacoal Perfect Primer Push Up
What We Love: There’s extra padding in the back that helps smooth and shape.
What We Don’t Love: It runs small.
For a push-up bra that disappears under T-shirts, try the Wacoal Perfect Primer Push-Up. The soft fabric won’t create ridges or lumps, and the thin, adjustable straps connect to the cups almost seamlessly. Built for low-profile wearing, the graduated foam cups provide medium coverage and a gentle lift that also brings your breasts together. Wacoal recommends this bra for wide-set chests or breasts that are shallow at the top and full at the bottom — no matter your cup size.
In the back, the band is just as smooth (and adjustable, too). There’s extra padding to prevent the elastic or hook-and-eye closure from digging in, creating a bra that’s designed to be forgotten about. And unlike some T-shirt bras that only come in neutral hues, this one is also available in pretty shades of pink and teal. But you might want to order up a size for the right fit.
Price at time of publish: $68
Size: 32–40, B–DDD | Material: Nylon, spandex | Shape: Demi
Best Strapless: Maidenform Multiway Push-Up Strapless Bra
What We Love: You can wear it in five different ways.
What We Don’t Love: It only comes in a few band sizes.
With a touch of lace and five (yes, five) ways to wear it, this convertible bra from Maidenform isn’t just strapless. You can toss the straps aside for strapless tops and reattach them in four other configurations (traditional, criss-cross, one-shoulder, and halter) when you need to. Oh, and did we mention it’s less expensive than most other bras on our list?
This bra’s balconette shape is ideal for wearing underneath low-cut necklines. Plus, the adjustable band is made of multiple wide straps to smooth and support from below. The shoulder straps are ultra-thin, with small buckles for easy adjusting in any configuration. Although this bra is only available in band sizes 34 to 40, we like that the cup sizes range from A to DD.
Price at time of publish: $21
Size: 34–40, A–DD | Material: Polyester, spandex, nylon | Shape: Balconette
Best Plunge: Natori Minimal Convertible Push-Up Bra
What We Love: The seamless plunge design and convertible straps.
What We Don’t Love: It’s designed to be washed by hand only.
This simple plunge push-up bra is anything but basic. Made from a stretchy nylon and Spandex blend, it follows your curves and lifts your chest in all the right places. The T-shirt cups are soft and smooth, while an underwire supports all the way up to a DD.
Unlike the other plunge bras on our list, this one has adjustable straps that come with a J-hook in the back, so you can easily wear it underneath a racerback top. Two rows of hook-and-eye closures also make it easy to adjust the band. And if you struggle with lace and bows showing through your shirts, we like that the Minimal Convertible Push-Up Bra is made from smooth, plain material. Ultra-versatile, it’s a great staple to have on hand — we only wish we could toss it in the washing machine.
Price at time of publish: $66
Size: 30–36, A–F | Material: Nylon, LYCRA® spandex | Shape: Plunge
What to Keep in Mind
Push-up bras are designed with additional padding that lifts and enhances your bust. As you shop, consider how much padding your current bras have. Typically, push-up bras with less padding are more comfortable for larger chests, while styles with extra padding can help lift and shape smaller chests. If you’re looking for a more customizable fit, try bras with removable inserts, like the ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Uplift Plunge Bra.
Push-up bras come in several different shapes. Demi cup styles are some of the most common, with shorter cups and minimal coverage that’s perfect for low-cut tops. Balconette push-up bras are similar, with less padding and a supportive underwire for a more natural lift. Flattering plunge bras were made to sit seamlessly underneath deep V-neck T-shirts. And you can’t go wrong with a strapless push-up bra for formal dresses and special occasions.
Cup Size Addition
A push-up bra has two jobs to do, says Newman. First, they use padding to create the illusion of a larger bust. Second, they lift your breasts upwards and toward the center of your chest to make your cleavage appear fuller. Most push-up bras are designed to add one cup to your current bra size. If you’re looking for even more lift, try a super push-up bra, like the Intimissimi Mia Silk Super Push-Up Bra.
Your Questions, Answered
Is it harmful to wear push-up bras all the time?
You can absolutely wear a push-up bra every day if that’s what you are most comfortable with, says Newman. She recommends getting sized by a professional, especially if you plan on wearing your new push-up bra all the time since wearing cups or a band that is too small can cause discomfort. “Plus, a woman’s body is not the same measurements throughout the day or month, so always look for adjustable straps and a hook-and-eye closure for any everyday bra,” she adds.
How much larger can a push-up bra make your breasts look?
Traditional push-up bras will add one cup size, Newman says. If you’re looking for even more lift, super push-up bras are engineered to create the most cleavage and can add two cup sizes, she adds.
Why Shop With Us
Philadelphia-based freelance writer Morgan Sullivan has written for multiple publications, including Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, and Glamour, focusing mainly on beauty and fashion. For this piece, she tested and reviewed the best bra brands on the market with intention and thorough research. Writer and editor Sarah Felbin has been searching for the perfect push-up bra for years. Her go-to is the ThirdLove 24/7 Classic Uplift Plunge Bra because the straps never slip — plus, it provides the perfect amount of lift. When she shops for a push-up bra, she looks for medium-coverage cups and an adjustable band. Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Popsugar, and Women’s Health.
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