Best Bras for Older Women

Best Bras for Older Women

Mar 26, 2024

As women age, their priorities and preferences often shift towards comfort and practicality, particularly when it comes to undergarments.

Mar 2024

As women age, their priorities and preferences often shift towards comfort and practicality, particularly when it comes to undergarments. The perfect bra becomes not just a matter of style but also one of support and comfort, essential for older women to feel confident and at ease throughout their daily activities. This guide delves into the considerations and features that make specific bras ideal for mature women, focusing on styles, comfort and support.

What Bra Styles Are Good For Mature Women?

When choosing the right bra style, older women often prefer options that provide perfect coverage and support without compromising comfort. Below are DeBra's top picks for finding the perfect bra.

Supportive Designs

Mature women often look for bras with enhanced support to counteract the effects of gravity and changes in breast tissue over time. This could include wider straps, reinforced underwire, or side panels that provide additional lift and shape.

Comfortable Materials

Bras made from soft, breathable fabrics such as cotton or microfiber are often preferred by older women for their comfort and ease of wear, especially for those with sensitive skin. Seamless designs can also prevent irritation and chafing.
Wire-Free Options: While underwire bras offer excellent support, some older women may find them uncomfortable or restrictive. Wire-free bras with moulded cups or strategic padding can provide adequate support without the discomfort of underwires.

Adjustable Features

Bras with adjustable straps and multiple hook-and-eye closures offer versatility in achieving the perfect fit, accommodating weight or body shape fluctuations that may occur with age.

Full Coverage Styles

Many mature women prefer bras with full-coverage cups that provide ample support and modesty. These styles help minimise spillage and offer a smooth silhouette under clothing, enhancing comfort and confidence.

Minimising and Shaping

Some bras are explicitly designed to minimise the appearance of larger busts or to provide shaping and contouring for a more flattering silhouette. Such features can be particularly beneficial for older women concerned about sagging or breast unevenness.

Breathability and Moisture-Wicking

Bras with moisture-wicking properties or breathable mesh panels are ideal for managing sweat and keeping the skin dry and comfortable, especially during warmer weather or physical activity.

Posture Support

Certain bras are engineered with features like wide back bands or criss-cross reinforcement to promote better posture and alleviate back or shoulder discomfort, which can be common issues for older women.

By considering these factors and selecting bras that prioritise support and comfort, mature women can find undergarments that fit well and contribute to their overall sense of well-being and confidence.

Should Older Women Wear Underwire Bras?

A frequently asked question among mature women revolves around the necessity or appropriateness of underwire bras for their age group. While some may favour the additional support underwired bras provide, others may find them uncomfortable, particularly as they age. The answer to this question comes down to personal preference. All women, not just mature women, need to ensure they wear the right bra size, and we recommend you seek professional fitting advice to guarantee optimal comfort and support. When properly fitted, an underwire bra should not cause discomfort or irritation to the skin.

DeBra's Favourite Bras for Older Women

Are you searching for the ideal bra that perfectly aligns with your requirements? Look no further than DeBra's meticulously selected bras explicitly tailored for older women. Within our collection, you'll discover various options catering to multiple body types and personal preferences. Whether you prefer a seamless silhouette, wireless designs, or adjustable straps, DeBra's curated collection ensures that every woman can find the perfect fit for her unique needs. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to confidence with our selection of bras.

Now, let's share DeBra's Fitting Consultants top picks for bras tailored to the needs of older women.

  • Fantasie Envisage Underwired Full Cup Side Support Bra is a terrific full-cup underwired option for women who have lost or don't have that volume in the upper part of their bust. The slight stretch in the lace almost adapts to your body. It also features a wider band around the back and sides to create a beautiful smoothing effect.
  • Sculptress Bliss Underwired Full Cup Bra is another beautiful option to add a touch of style to your everyday look. This modern, sleek design gives a beautifully rounded shape with classic Sculptresse forward projection. The Bliss is underwired, and the lace in the top cups has some stretch to allow for a more forgiving fit, making it perfect for women who fluctuate between sizes.
  • Elomi Morgan Underwired Bra offers unparalleled support. Features include a three-section cup with a side support frame for the perfect fit and desired forward shape. With its powerful stretch lace, underwire and decorative bow detail, the Morgan will soon become your go-to bra for comfort and style.
  • Glamorise Magic Lift Cotton Support Bra provides the same support as an excellent underwired bra without the wire. This wire-free super soft cotton bra is supportive, comfortable, and an excellent option for the fuller-busted woman who wants to remain comfortable with the extra support. Crafted from breathable, lightweight cotton material and a broad back to prevent slipping, the Magic Lift will not disappoint.
  • Berlei Full Figure Body Bra is another wire-free option designed for comfort. It features soft seam-free cups and a soft under-bust band to ensure maximum support. The poly-cotton blend fabric is smooth and cool, and its simple styling with great coverage makes it the perfect bra for fuller-bust ladies.

Do you prefer to shop by brand? We highly recommend Fantasie, Sculptress, Elomi, Glamorise, and Berlie for our mature ladies.


Finding the best bras for older women involves considering comfort, support, and personal preference. Whether you prefer wireless bras for everyday wear or full-coverage bras for special occasions, prioritise comfort without compromising support. You can feel confident and comfortable at any age with the right fit and style for your body shape.

Need help?

Let's get fitted…. DeBra's offers a free In-store Fitting Service, Virtual (Zoom) Fitting, phone consultations or support on live chat, so you can stay at home and still get the best advice for your body. Don't let sizing uncertainty stop you from feeling confident.

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this article is for general information only and should not be considered as professional or medical advice; the author and website disclaim any liability for the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of the information and shall not be held responsible for any consequences resulting from reliance on such information.

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