Are Push-Up Bras a Fashion Don't?

Last Saturday I was burrowing deep in my lingerie drawer and came across a high school-era relic: my very padded, very fuchsia push-up bra. Even though I hadn’t worn the physics-defying device in years, I hesitated to throw it out, which is when it occurred to me: Are push-up bras a fashion do or don’t? Rather than attempt to tackle the question myself, I conducted a rather unscientific poll of Who What Wear staffers and my family and friends.

The result? A whopping 80 percent of people said push-up bras are a fashion don’t. Do you agree? Scroll down to read a selection of reasonings for each side, and shop bras of every style.

  • Are Push-Up Bras a Fashion Don't?

    - “Do. I think it can add a little extra something. If it looks natural, it can make a v-neck t-shirt or sweater more flattering.”

    - “Do. A little padding is nice if you are on the smaller side.”

    Do. As long as you can’t tell you’re wearing one. It’s all about proportions, so if it makes the outfit look better, then it’s a do.”

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    - “Don’t. I like girls that are natural. No fakes please.”

    - “Don’t. Lacy bras for life!” 

    Don’t. It looks like it’s being forced. You shouldn’t force. You can spot a push-up bra from a mile away.”

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    Agent Provocateur Bobbie Embroidered Tulle Bra ($150)

    We adore the Spanish-inspired flair on this embroidered unmentionable.

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    Kimchi Blue Lace Triangle Bra ($20)

    You know what they say about the color red

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    Cosabella Underwire Bra ($68)

    Cosabella bras are always the most comfortable, and we bet this pretty number isn’t an exception.

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    Aima Dora Margarita Push Up Bra ($50)

    Push-up bras can be sweet too! Just check out this feminine floral version.

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    Base Range Lady Bra ($60)

    We bet Ashley Olsen would be on board with this minimalist bra.

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    Free People Sweetheart Triangle Underwire Bra ($38)

    This polka-dot bra will go with any of your black lace underwear.

  • 7 of 12

    Only Hearts Cou Cou Lola Open Seam Bralette ($48)

    Why not make a racy addition to your lingerie drawer?

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    Hanky Panky Signature Stretch-Lace Soft-Cup Bra ($45)

    Break out of your black-and-nude box with this vibrant blue bra.

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    Skivvies by For Love & Lemons Love You Knot Bondage Bra ($90)

    This is the kind of bra you want to show off.

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    Myla London Isabella Non Padded Balconette Bra ($208)

    The underwire will give you lift sans padding.

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    Fleur Du Mal Leopard Knit Triangle Bra ($158)

    A leopard push-up bra? Probably too much. An understated leopard soft-cup bra? Sign us up.

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    Agent Provocateur Abbey Lace-Trimmed Silk-Blend Satin Push-Up Bra ($250)

    Look no further for an out-of-this-world lift.

    Are you team push-up or team lace bra? Let us know in the comments below!

EXPLORE: Agent Provocateur, Aima Dora, Base Range, Cosabella, Fleur du Mal, Free People, Hanky Panky, Kimchi Blue, Myla London, Only Hearts, SKIVVIES by For Love & Lemons, Clothing


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