3 Padded Bras for Flat Chests

Shopping for bras as a small-breasted or a flat-chested woman is no easy feat. While you might find a bra that fits well around your ribcage, it seems like the cup is always too big and creates a weird gap between your boob and the actual bra. Or, you find a padded bra that adds too much “bump,” making it look like you grew 2 cup sizes overnight.

You consider wearing a bra without padding because you don't really need the support, but you also don't want to look like you've got absolutely nothing up top. So, what are some good bras with padding for chests that are flat?

​Padded Bras for Flat Chests

If you're part of the itty-bitty titty committee, you've probably been in at least one of those situations above. The good news is that there are bras out there for you to enhance your size! We've listed the 3 types you should look for when shopping for bras, especially if it's your first time.

​Push-up Bras

Push-up bras are made to lift your breasts, often making them look larger, pushing them together and creating a cleavage. This is why they are usually marketed mostly to women with smaller busts that need a little boost. Mainly, the purpose of push-up bras is to augment your breasts' size and enhance their appearance in clothes. Take a look at our best reviewed push up bras for small breasts for specific recommendations.

Girl in a red push up bra lying down on a bed

For everyday wear, some have regular padding that does the bare minimum of coverage and support. The more coveted feature, however, especially among flat-chested women, is the graduated padding found in push-up plunge bras. Some bras have pockets within them where you can "stuff" your bra and put additional layers of padding. The effect is a thickened bottom for the cups, creating an illusion of bigger breasts underneath the shirt.

Since push-up bras are more concerned with the enhanced aesthetics of the boobs, they're also usually decorated with embroidery or lace trimmings and overlays. The more modest ones can be for every day low-cut or V-neck tops, so that your lacy bra isn't seen underneath.

Benefits of a Push-up Bra

  • ​Creates cleavage
  • ​Enlarges the breasts, if only an illusion
  • ​Suitable for most types of women's tops
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    ​Graduated padding
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    ​Different cuts to choose from; demi, balcony, plunge

​T-Shirt Bras

​​The defining feature of t-shirt bras is the seamless edges which show no awkward lines or marks underneath a t-shirt. They are made with functionality and the comfort of the wearer as top priorities. This makes t-shirt bras appropriate and comfortable enough for those casual events and places where you want to look a little more modest.

Blonde haired girl standing in the kitchen wearing a blue t-shirt bra

Many t-shirt bras have molded cups and padding that enhance your breasts like a push-up bra does. It also improves on the shape as it accentuates the roundness of breasts, which your t-shirt molds itself to. While it does this, the seamless cut ensures comfort. This is because there's usually no underwires which ​dig into the skin uncomfortably (and painfully)!

Related: Do bandeau bras provide padding?

Benefits of a T-shirt Bra

  • ​Rounded appearance of the breasts
  • ​Almost 'invisible' underneath t-shirts
  • ​Usually seamless


Missing out on the bralette trend is seriously one mistake you wouldn't want to make. It's like they were originally made for women with small breasts and flat chests! One of the great things about bralettes is they come in countless styles and designs. This makes it relatively simple to find one you like that includes padding! 

Blonde haired girl is sitting down on the stairs wearing ripped jeans and a white bralette

Even though bralettes are generally thinner and smaller, they can provide the perfect amount of padding for small-breasted women. The padding gives more definition, so you don't look as flat in the chest area.

While these may not give as much padding as a push-up bra does, they can comfortably give you an additional half-cup size boost. They do so more subtly and naturally, by enhancing what you have instead of adding on to the bust through extra-thick pads.

If you have a bralette you love but it doesn't have any padding, try sewing padding into it!

Benefits of a Bralette

  • Aesthetically pleasing and sexually appealing
  • Trendy and easy to shop for
  • Give a natural-looking boost
  • Usually cheaper than other bras


When you know what to look for in a padded bra, your shopping experience will be much more rewarding! Start with these 3 types of bras and look for the main features to find the right match.

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