Like falling in love, when it happens, you’ll know. Your breasts will be where you want them to be and look how you want them to look. You should feel lifted and supported, with zero pain. You know how when something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s all you can think about? This is the opposite of that. When the fit is fab, you won’t think about your bra at all. You’ll be contained, comfortable, confident and in control of your day. The perfect fit frees you up to handle anything; it lets you do you. 

Either way, it won’t take you long to know whether you’ve got the right or wrong bra size. Good bras are comfortable and supportive. Sure, there are plenty of good bras out there, but on top of comfort and support, the best bras are also available in a wide range of sizes, styles, and designed for versatility – which these days is hard to come by if you don’t know where to look. 

What Our Expert Does: "I always tell people never to skimp on bras, especially if they need more support. If you have a fuller bust, say a C cup or larger, you should definitely invest in a good bra that gives support and lift. When you have a good quality bra that fits right, it changes your whole profile. It may cost a little more, but a good bra can make a world of difference."
Buy any full-priced bra at soma.com or at 866.768.7662 and receive free Parcel Post shipping with your order. May be upgraded to express shipping for $9.95 (estimated 2-5 business days) within the continental U.S. No adjustments on prior shipments. Two day and next day deliveries are not available for P.O. Boxes, AP/FPO, military addresses, and other certain areas UPS cannot reach. Free returns only valid on full-priced bras purchased at soma.com or at 866.768.7662. Offer not valid on purchases made in stores (including Soma Outlets). No cash value; Non-transferable; No adjustments on prior purchases or shipments. If qualified, free shipping will be reflected at checkout. Free return shipping is only available for items shipped from a U.S. address and must be made within 60 days of purchase in accordance with our Return Policy. See soma.com or call 1.866.768.7662 for Soma’s complete Return Policy. Excludes sale and clearance styles. Offer not valid on the purchase of gift cards, previously purchased merchandise or taxes. If you return a portion of your purchase, an applicable portion of your original discount will be forfeited. Valid through 01/31/20.
Here are a few telltale signs that you may not be wearing the right bra size: wrinkling in the cups, underwire poking the sides of your breasts, a band that rides up, cup spillage, slipping straps, or a bra that hikes up when you lift your arms, says Sandi Simon, a fit consultant at Bra Smyth, in New York City. (Keep in mind that certain factors can cause you to change bra size, a weight gain or loss, a new exercise regimen, pregnancy, and a change of diet, among them.) If you suffer from any of the fit issues above, head to a professional bra fitter—or bust out the measuring tape and follow the steps here.
Many bra companies like to pretend that sub-28 sizes do not exist. However, many women really do wear bra bands sized 20, 22, 24, and 26. Some even smaller. Keep in mind, the material will stretch. Unfortunately, because the bra companies like to pretend that smaller bands do not exist since it is more profitable to them, it is almost impossible to find those sizes. Your best bets are to get a bra altered, which may not work because of the wires and how they might then dig in to your body. If you have a bra tailored, get a bra that is up one band size and down two cup sizes. As band and cups are proportionate to one another, a cup on a larger band will have larger wires. This is why you will want the smaller cups, for the smaller wires. *Cup sizes above D tend to vary significantly between manufacturers, so check with the retailer or look for customer reviews before you buy online.
It depends on your personal preferences and how active you'll be, but below are the main materials you can choose from when it comes to women's underwear. Most fibers are blended with spandex in the fabric to give them stretch and offer the best fit. It's also typical for underwear styles to have a cotton gusset – i.e. the layer of fabric on the inside – regardless of the main fabric. Dr. Dweck says this is especially important to avoid yeast and bacteria growth.
Embraceable® panty sale 6/$38, 8/$48, 10/$58. Exclusions apply. Offer valid online at Soma.com and by phone at 866.768.7662, while supplies last. Panty offer valid only with the purchase of Embraceable® panties. Regular pricing applies if purchase requirements are not met. Products shown may no longer be available or may not be included in the sale. Offers not valid on price adjustments of previously purchased merchandise and Soma.com clearance items. May not be combined with any other coupons or offers, except LOVE SOMA REWARDS® certificates. In the event of a return, refunded amount will reflect the pro-rated discount from original purchase and shall not exceed amount paid. One coupon per transaction. One time use only. No cash value.. OFFER VALID THROUGH 2/3/20.
All products and services featured are selected by our editors. Real Simple may receive compensation for some links to products and services in this email on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice. Real Simple is part of the Meredith Home Group. © Copyright 2019 Meredith Corporationthis link opens in a new tab. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Privacy Policythis link opens in a new tab Data Policythis link opens in a new tab Terms of Servicethis link opens in a new tab Ad Choicesthis link opens in a new tab Your California Privacy Rightsthis link opens in a new tab EU Data Subject Requeststhis link opens in a new tab Cookie Preferencesthis link opens a modal window Web Accessibilitythis link opens in a new tab

One of the most difficult aspects of shopping for cute lingerie is purchasing the perfect fit. VENUS has a fit guide to help you choose the most appropriate sizes. Plus, if you're not sure what to pair something with, VENUS has got your back with helpful pairing suggestions under each piece. For instance, black lingerie can be worn under most clothing items, but if you purchase a strapless bra, you will be encouraged via pairing suggestions to put it with off-the-shoulder tops and backless dresses. Bralettes go great with sheer shirts as well as loose fitted tank tops because they are often decorative and offer a different kind of coverage. Unlined bras are wonderful for light and airy clothes while coverage bras pair well with your favorite tee.


After 20 years in the business, we’ve found the best brands for petites are Chantelle, Natori, OnGossamer, Calvin Klein and DKNY. For average sizes, your best bets are Wacoal, Natori, Chantelle and Simone Pérèle. Full busts will love Freya, Panache, Fantasie, Prima Donna and Empreinte. Curvy figures, check out Elomi, Goddess, Glamorise, Bramour and Curvy Couture.

Lisa Buhler, founder of Lisa Says Gah, told us that she’s a big fan of Swiss lingerie brand Hanro for its “luxe fabrics and classic designs.” (The brand also came up when we talked to some cool and stylish women about their favorite bathrobes.) If the price of the Hanro bikini is a little steep, Buhler suggests Everlane’s underwear, which she says has a similar design to Hanro at a fraction of the price.
CALVIN KLEIN’s invisibles collection and seamless collection offer the perfect way to hide visible panty lines. These ultra thin and sheer fabrics hug your skin and will make sure to be hidden beneath tight skirts, pants and dresses. Other great alternatives for hiding underwear lines are G-strings, string thongs, thong panties, tanga underwear and panty bikinis for women. CALVIN KLEIN’s breathable underwear is offered in cotton, nylon or lace. Feel confident and comfortable in either fabric.
Anyone who has worn an ill-fitting bra or the wrong bra size knows that doing so can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit—or worse, an entire day. (The breast pain and backaches that can come with large breasts are nothing to joke about.) The solution is finding and investing in a set of undergarments that are the right cut, fit, and size—but it’s not a simple solution.
After 20 years in the business, we’ve found the best brands for petites are Chantelle, Natori, OnGossamer, Calvin Klein and DKNY. For average sizes, your best bets are Wacoal, Natori, Chantelle and Simone Pérèle. Full busts will love Freya, Panache, Fantasie, Prima Donna and Empreinte. Curvy figures, check out Elomi, Goddess, Glamorise, Bramour and Curvy Couture.

Here at Bare Necessities, we like to say that when thinking about all the types of women’s underwear, panties are like shoes: there's a pair for every occasion. A well-rounded panty drawer should includes minimal-coverage panties, moderate-coverage panties and full-coverage panties. You can also build your panty wardrobe by fabric and choose among hundreds of styles like lace panties, satin panties and mesh panties.
Man Repeller deputy editor Haley Nahman, who conducted her own extensive research about the best cotton underwear, told us that this pair from the Gap is her favorite. “Gap describes this underwear as ‘high cut,’ but I beg to differ: It’s the most classic brief shape I’ve ever encountered,” Nahman says. “I discovered them when I was on a maniacal hunt for the best cotton underwear — an endeavor that pitted these against several more expensive (and lauded) options. In the end, Gap won.” She says these are “comfortable, cute, affordable, and perfectly basic,” not to mention 100 percent cotton. “Asking for more would just be greedy.”

Champion bras offer the support you need for working out, running and other vigorous exercise. Lots of colors and styles are all designed to keep you comfortable on the move. Bra sizes 34B-44DDD. A final note: Bra size is not a constant. You probably do not wear the same bra size you wore five years ago. Many factors can affect your bra size, in addition to the brand or style you choose, including weight gain or loss, aging, exercise routine and pregnancy. We recommend you measure your bra size annually.


When we talked to model, actress, and entrepreneur Amber Rose about the things she can’t live without, she told us a story about going underwear shopping: “So my friend Chyna, we were at Neiman’s the other day, and I was picking out some La Perla underwear,” said Rose. “They were like $120, and Chyna is like, ‘What the hell are you doing? Why are you buying such expensive underwear?’ And I was like, ‘Girl this is going to change your life,’ so I bought her a pair.” If you’re on the fence about splurging on pair of underwear, Rose makes a compelling case for doing so. “I know this sounds crazy, but wearing expensive underwear under your clothes gives you a certain type of confidence in a really cool way.”
If the band is roomy enough for you to be able to comfortably fasten it on the tightest adjustment, try a smaller band, for example if a 32D is too loose, try a 30DD. Remember that the cup size has to be changed when you move to a different band size - for every band you go down, you must go up by one cup size in order for the cups to remain the same capacity and vice versa.

Shallow breasts: If your breast tissue is evenly spread over a wider area, with less projection, you probably have a shallow shape. (Another tell-tale sign: having breast tissue near your collarbones despite being relatively small-busted.) Shallow breasts fit best in balconette or demi-cup bras, with a cup that's open on top and cut horizontally. Avoid plunge styles.

Hosiery is a class of tight-fitting garments worn on the legs and/or feet. For the most part, hosiery has a knit construction. So, socks, anklets, pantyhose, fishnets, nylons, leggings, tights and stockings all fall under the hosiery category. Available in different colors, textures, opacities, styles and even shapewear control levels, hosiery is a great way to transform an outfit and make a statement as well as give your legs a subtle, polished look.

Soft, comfortable, solution-oriented panties can be found at Soma®. Our #1 patented Vanishing Edge® panties feature stay-put technology for a worry-free fit. If you are looking for smoothing panties, Vanishing Tummy® panties offer the same incredible panty-line-free technology with a smoothing front panel (perfect to wear under formfitting outfits). Softer-than-cotton Embraceable® panties match back beautifully to our bras. For something lacy and silky soft, Sensuous Lace® panties feature mesh and embroidered lace that offer something special. For all-day smoothing, try the Smoothing Short. Their lightweight material smooths from hip to thigh, making them perfect under dresses and skirts. Panties are offered in XS-XXL and come in a variety of thongs, bikinis, hipsters, high-leg briefs, full-coverage briefs, retro briefs, boyshorts, and more.
Buy any full-priced swimwear item at soma.com or at 866.768.7662 only and receive free Parcel Post shipping with your order. Free returns only valid on full-priced swimwear items purchased at soma.com or at 866.768.7662. Offer not valid on purchases made in stores (including Soma Outlets). No cash value; Non-transferable; No adjustments on prior purchases or shipments. If qualified, free shipping will be reflected at checkout. Free return shipping is only available for items shipped from a U.S. address and must be made within 60 days of purchase in accordance with our Return Policy. See soma.com or call 1.866.768.7662 for Soma’s complete Return Policy. Excludes sale and clearance styles. Offer not valid on the purchase of gift cards, previously purchased merchandise or taxes. If you return a portion of your purchase, an applicable portion of your original discount will be forfeited. Limited time only.
Lingerie Diva offers a great selection of styles and sizes for stockings and hosiery. Our brand-name products are made with high-quality materials like silk and nylon. Plus, our prices are affordable, which means you can get multiple types of hosiery while still staying within budget. Shop at Lingerie Diva to find all your sexy styles and accessories. Our customer service team is always ready to help if you have any questions about our products or shipping.
Helping other women learn how to measure bra size is part of what got us here. By learning the different shapes, sizes, and measurements of millions women, we created bras with unmatched comfort and support, and put that community data to use in The Original Fit Quiz for women everywhere to find bras in their right size — no fitting rooms, no measuring tape, no sifting through store racks for a bra you might fit into.
Another pair of high-waist briefs that fall closer to the Araks and Baserange spectrum of comfy-but-chic underwear comes to us from Adele Tetangco, co-founder of Garmentory, who says that she’s a fan of Botanica Workshop’s 100 percent organic, made in the USA pieces. “I prefer underwear that I can’t feel on my body. It has to just feel like an extension of my outfit,” she says. “The Astra high-waist briefs feel like you’re going commando. They’re so comfortable.”
It’s easier than ever to find your sexy, whether you’re dressing for yourself or someone else. The latest sexy lingerie available at Bare Necessities is full of your favorite styles from sexy bras, panties and stockings to classics like babydolls and chemises. In addition to all your favorite hot lingerie styles, we also carry the sexiest colors for every style, from bondage-inspired, black lingerie to delicate, white lingerie.
×