We’ve all seen it on Instagram - those picture-perfect models with their hourglass figures and perky breasts. If you’re not born with genetics to give that to you naturally, and cosmetic surgery isn’t for you, how can you possibly attain a figure like that? Believe it or not, wearing a bra that has the proper amount of lift and shape can work wonders for you!
We’ve researched and found the 4 best bras for lift and shape.
The first one we recommend is provides all-day comfort and lift. As the most comfortable option of the 4, it is Chantelle's Rive Gauche Bra. Our second recommendation is the cheapest one yet as competitive as the others in support, Playtex Women's 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wire-Free bra.
Our third bra is the more popular option with a good amount of lift and push up, the Maidenform Women's Ultimate Embellished Push up Bra. Our final recommendation is a balconette bra that provides a slightly different shape and feel than the first two. It is the Panache Women's Clara Balconette Lace Bra.
If you want our final vote (without all the reading), the Chantelle Women's Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra wins for Overall Best Bra for Lift and Shape.
Chantelle already has such a glamorous and luxurious-sounding name. It’s only foretelling of their bras’ impeccable design and quality. A full coverage bra is not exactly what comes to mind when we say lift and shape, but the Chantelle Women's Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra is one that fulfils both purposes.
As a full coverage bra, the full cups are actually creating the rounded shape that’s considered the standard for beautiful breasts with volume. Asymmetrical boobs, sizes that exceed the triple D’s - whatever your dilemma, Chantelle’s Rive Gauche can probably resolve.
The cups are a 2-part unlined but underwired cup. The sizes also reach H and I, if you’re extremely blessed with the breasts. No questions asked, they’re able to hold and lift up your pair throughout the day without the underwires poking the undersides of your breasts or the cups restricting your boobs too much.
Made with a little bit of spandex, the cups are stretchable enough to give you breathing room, but still maintain a full and rounded shape on your chest. Not only that, the support panels on the side center your breasts for a more asymmetrical look. We all know the weird look of having one boob be larger than the other.
The Rive Gauche bra even gives you a bonus because it doesn’t only lift and shape, there’s also a U-shaped mesh material at the back to help catch the rest of the weight of your boobs. Sometimes, your back takes the brunt when it doesn’t have enough support in front. This bra offers that on both sides, significantly taking the work off your own muscles, hence giving a more comfortable experience overall.
Full coverage cups with side support and back mesh.
By its name alone, you can know Playtex Women's Plus Size 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wire Free Bra doesn't joke around when it comes to lifting your breasts. Promising the ultimate lift, this bra is equipped with underwires and cups that wouldn't hold out quite easily.
With an expansive size range around the bust, this bra would likely fit most women. The band sizes range from 36-48, and the cups range from B-G. If you’re a woman with larger breasts, this bra is an excellent option for giving you shape, support, and lift.
As mentioned, underwires and structured cups don't automatically mean a bra is a push-up. This, however, fulfills the requirements because the underwires on the underside of the breasts are adequately supportive without digging or chafing the skin.
All the while, the cups have lifting panels on the side and are made with a spandex material that stretches a bit to accommodate and enhances out your natural shape.
For its price point, this bra does what it's expected to with features that fulfill the lift and shape that you might be aiming for. It also has a beautiful jacquard pattern that's enticing from afar as it is when you're wearing it.
Full coverage cups with 4-way support.
Maidenform Women's Plunge Embellished Push Up Underwire Bra is much like the first bra, if their names are to be compared.
This also guarantees an ultimate lift as it's a push up bra, though this time, it's a plunge style rather than full coverage. The plunge, combined with the push up factor, really help to lift up your breasts and shape them. The padding works to gently push your boobs upwards and slightly inwards.
The appearance of the bra looks like a standard bra, and it caters to traditionally average sizes. The band ranges from 32-38, and the cups from A-D.
The underwires are covered in the same lace material as the rest of the bra, so it's not totally the first thing that touches your skin. It lifts your breasts because the half-cups only cover the bottom part, leaving the rest of your boobs to complete the round shape on top.
The cups are structured, but it's crafted with a luxurious soft suede feel that increases comfort, as with the rest of the bra from the straps to the band.
Sensual, feminine lift and support.
It has underwires and four-part cups that do the job of lifting and shaping your breasts to a desirable appearance, as if a model's own.
The underwires are thick and made with elastic so it's tight but also stretchy so as not to be painful. The wings, or the band that goes around to the back are also a stretchy mesh to fit snugly onto your breastbone. Same goes with the stretch lace top of the cups, which supports and enhances the shape of your breasts.
The cups are seamed to be separated into four parts, wherein the bottom part is structured to attain the lift.
The same concepts are used for this bra as with the second one, but this offers variety with a more inclusive size range that includes mostly plus size and full figure women.
Four section bra for cradled cleavage oozing with sex appeal.
In the end, we prefer the Playtex 18-Hour bra. Designed to be a comfortable bra that can be worn all day, it also provides ample lift and shape (while also being the cheapest option!).
Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage Bra
Playtex 18-Hour Ultimate Lift Support Bra
Maidenform Ultimate Lace Push Up Bra
Panache Clara Bra
Bras that lift and shape come in different types. There are already so many terms in the lingerie industry. To make the classification easier or confuse the customer more, we don't know if the words they use for different features and bras are helpful or not. To be safe, just look for these specific attributes when shopping:
For obvious reasons, a push-up bra that lifts up your breasts is one of the most coveted types of bras for lifting purposes. The result is a firm-looking and shapely breasts that look good under most types of clothing.
A push-up is an umbrella term for a lot of different styles of bra. Just because a bra has underwires or provides full coverage, it doesn't necessarily follow that it's a push-up bra. An indication of a good push-up is when it positions the nipples between your shoulders and elbows.
Even if push-up bras are sometimes made without underwires, they are still a great contributor to the lifting capabilities of a bra. If you're a big-busted woman or just have saggy breasts, underwires are almost essential to keeping your boobs up towards your chest; otherwise they're left pointing downward without underwire support.
The only thing about underwires is the discomfort which can be a dealbreaker. Who wants to be uncomfortable for long periods of time anyway?
They may say sometimes you have to sacrifice for the sake of fashion, but not in this area. At the very least, opt for underwires that are made to lessen the chances of digging, chafing, and poking.
While the first two features are more for the lift, the purpose of both lifting and shaping the breasts at the same time fall on the cups.
They do most of the job in holding your breasts in place. First and foremost, they're responsible for keeping your breasts in the position that was mentioned earlier (nipples halfway between your shoulders and elbows).
The shape comes second. To achieve this, there are only two options: rigid or stretchable cups. Rigid cups will make sure your breasts adhere to a rounded shape, especially when they're asymmetrical or need a little boost in the right angle towards the middle.
On the other had, stretchable cups will support large breasts and just enhance and smoothen the silhouette of rounded boobs underneath tops.
Either way, there should be no gaps in the cup and they should look like they enhance your natural shape instead of enforcing a kind of rounded breast that doesn't really match yours.
A tight-fitting band doesn't mean one that creates bulges on your back and under your arms. Instead, it means it should be tight enough to hold the band in place.
You'll know it fits right when the band at the back is aligned to the one in front, whether it's a seamless band or underwires. If the band at the back is riding up, it just cancels out the push-up work it does for the breasts in front.
The right bras can really improve your best assets and these bras consider women of every size. However, if you've seen every recommendation and been to multiple fittings yet still can't find your right size, maybe pay more attention to the right features instead.
We have different reasons for wanting lifted and shaped breasts, but we can all understand the beauty of such an appearance. It's time you make better decisions about bras, which are part of your everyday life.