Challenge: finding a bra that works

By: Marly. On: Aug 16 2019 - 6:55am.

For plus size older women, it is impossible to find a bra that is easy to put on (ie front-closing, preferably a sturdy zipper rather than hooks), has cap sleeves so that straps do not create constant shoulder abrasions, is cut high to actually offer support to the whole breast, has good back support, and has a band underneath rather than a wire.   I have spent hours and many dollars trying out one bra after another and have constantly had to compromise on one or another of these elements. Frankly, at this age, I don't care about how pretty or sexy the bra is; I want comfort and support!

I doubt that I am the only woman who has had this challenge!   If you have come across anything like what I am describing, do tell!  Otherwise, I would like to find a woman design engineer who can make this type of garment. 



from Lenora (unverified) at Aug 5 2019 - 8:42pm

I believe a front-closing bra would be welcome to all sizes - ARTHRITIS  prevents my ability to hook bras  from behind. Strong front closure such as a flexible zipper would be great - Wacoal's $55 front-closing bra has one tiny, fragile-looking plastic hinge - questionable investment from the get-go, and another challenge for arthritic fingers.  Thank you all for listing your current solutions, but a "dream bra" is a great idea.  


from Martha Richards (unverified) at Aug 5 2019 - 1:25pm

Before we talk solutions we should identify the problems. Although fluffy women are harder to fit we should not exclude normal sized women, we all similar problems. At the end of the day when all you can think of is... take if off, NOW, your bra doesn't fit. 

1. We are less muscular and have softer tissue, thus creating the overflow at the top and bottom of our bras. Seriously, the overhang is really unattractive and really uncomfortable. 

2. We aren't as flexible as we used to be. What kind of front closures make sense? Options are important, hooks, zippers, whatever.

3. As we age for some reason our breasts seem to take on a zip code of their own. Bigger and softer. What's with that?

4. Again, because our tissue is softer, those cute thin straps cut in and are not comfortable. 

5. We need wider straps or as one lady suggested a full cap? Or would having the straps attached more towards the center keep them from slipping off our shoulders? Maybe having several places we could attached the straps in the back would help. 

6. And how about adjustments for length... why in the world do they ever put them in the back? Take bra off adjust. Put bra on check adjustment. Oops, not right. Repeats steps 1-3. 

7. Some women prefer underwire and some prefer wireless. Why one over the other?

8. Let's not forget pretty. Functional is important but please, DO NOT go industrial. I dont care how old I am or fluffy I still want pretty. 



from Barbara Floyd (unverified) at Aug 5 2019 - 1:00pm

I also have a problem of excess back fat behind my armpit  bulging over the band going around my body. This makes it very difficult to wear certain styles of tighter or sleeveless clothing.


from atyck (unverified) at Aug 5 2019 - 11:48am

Perhaps it would be worth contacting   They are a fairly new start up selling bras exclusively online.  They don't currrently have what you are describing but may be interested in developing it.


from (member) at Jul 13 2019 - 6:20am

I'm an older woman who had the exact same problem. I found the Genie Bra several years ago and have never gone back! I step in and pull it up. It fits perfectly! I'm a 36D but I know they go up to bigger sizes as well. You can find them online easily if you want to try them. I just reordered a dozen and paid about $15 for a box of three assorted colors. Hope this is helpful!


from Marly (member) at Jul 13 2019 - 7:15pm

Not enough support for a triple D cup, and too much contortion getting it on and off. I also read from other users that it unravels after a few washes.



from Brenda Anderson (unverified) at Aug 5 2019 - 11:20am

What about the Shefit sports bra?   It has a good front zipper.



from Marly. (unverified) at Aug 6 2019 - 9:14am

Does anyone have personal experience with this bra? (Shefit Sports)

It looks good but I wonder how difficult it is to get in and out of and to adjust.

You have to reach around behind to deal with the velcro band.  I have limited range of motion in upper arms. 


from Deb Margoluis (unverified) at Aug 6 2019 - 1:53am

the Shefit got more lowest ratings than highest ratings on Amazon.

Good Housekeping chose best bras for big boobs - article below. 

 Haven’t tried any but these sound good for what folks are looking for: Spanx Brallelujah (front closing) and Shorteez full back coverage - pull over


from Marly. (unverified) at Aug 7 2019 - 8:22am

None of these would work for me. I need full coverage and a high cut in the front. My boobs are very full in the center so all those bras that have just a little piece across the center are insufficient.   Also, because my bust is heavy, it doesn't seem to matter what bra i wear; I get strap abrasions on my shoulders.  You can't imagine how frustrated I am.  I hope there are other women on this post who have found a solution!

The one bra that comes closest is the Playtex 18 hour comfort bra but it has become increasingly difficult for me to manage the hooks in the back.