The Better Bra

A bra can be so uncomfortable that it’s tempting just to get rid of it. But that’s usually not the most flattering alternative when you’re in your 40s or older. Fortunately, there are stylish bras created with your comfort in mind. The key is to find one with no wire, not too much ornamentation (which tends to be scratchy), wide side bands and wide straps that don’t cut into your shoulders. Take, for example, the following half-dozen, designed for various figures. GLAMORIZE: This Magic Lift bra offers wire-free support for the full-figured woman, with wide straps to ensure maximum comfort. Its decorative lace panels don’t go overboard, and the ice-blue color is fresh and contemporary. PLAYTEX: Also for a full figure, the 18-Hour Sleek and Smooth Wire-Free bra has cushioned straps that are close set so they don’t slip off the shoulders. A sexy satin outline offsets the cool shade of gray. BALI: Good for all sizes, this seamless bra features double-layer cups that hold shape without being bulky. The look is simple and modern. HANRO: The Touch Feeling Crop Top Wire-Free bra, ideal for women with a smaller bust, is designed with no closures, which makes it perfect for yoga or casual wear. HANKY PANKY: For a small to medium bust, the Signature Lace Wire-Free bralette, available in 10 great colors, combines lacy fabric with minimal, closure-free construction. In short, it’s sexy yet comfortable. — Lola Ehrlich and John Birmingham


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