The Shape-Defining Bras You Need To Know About

No matter if you're built like Kate Moss or Kate Upton, one thing is certain: the right bra can change your life. Finding the perfect underpinnings for your figure, however, is often a perilous quest. But the days of side boobage, un-pretty push-ups, and marginal minimizers is over—we promise. There are lots of new, revolutionary designs that will make you look your best, no matter your cup size.

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  • The Shape-Defining Bras You Need To Know About
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    Check out today's slideshow, which is dedicated to a handful of noteworthy bras you need to know about now. From Calvin Klein’s size-enhancing push-up bra to Gap’s hidden support, keep reading to learn more about these game-changing options.

  • Agent Provocateur

    Margot Bra ($220) in Black

    We love that Agent Provocateur never skimps on the sultry factor, even when it comes to their contouring bras. Ideal for girls with smaller shoulders, this bandage-style wrap-over bra works to lift and support your bust for a seriously alluring result.

  • Stella McCartney

    Ellie Leaping Balconette Bra ($90) in Polka Dot Print

    In addition to the flirtatious lace and polka-dot print, we’re crazy about this bra’s molded underwire cups, which directs your breasts forward and center, right where they belong. 

  • Maidenform

    Enthralled Embellished Push Up Bra ($38) in Brown Sugar

    If you’re smaller chested, this bra by Maidenform offers the perfect push-up. We love it for the plunging neckline, which pairs brilliantly with a deep-v dress or shirt.

  • Simone Perele

    Andora Minimizer Bra ($80) in Black

    A bra that actually reduces your bust size? Yes, it’s true! A suitable choice for bigger breasts, this style by Simone Perele offers full coverage and a sleek design--we love it under a lightweight tee.


    Bridget Contouring Cleavage Bra ($98) in Black / Nude

    This contouring bra is like Spanx for your breasts. Designed for maximum cleavage, the breathable performance fabric helps smooth the upper part of your torso while eliminating back fat. We’ll take one in nude and black, please!

  • Princesse Tam Tam

    Oisive Bandeau Bra ($60) in Green

    Ruched detailing on this lightweight bandeau bra creates the illusion of curves, making it an ideal pick for petite frames. Reveal a hint of the lacy trim for a sweetly feminine peek-a-boo effect.

  • La Perla

    Up Date Strapless Contour Bra ($135) in Nude

    La Perla’s contour bra is built to create maximum support with a streamlined silhouette. Make it your go-to for all of summer’s slinky dresses. 

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    Celebration Push Up Bra ($39) in Night

    The Celebration Push Up Bra is an ideal pick for girls with pear-shape breasts--specifically: flatter up top and fuller below--as the underwire contour cups give that extra lift to create cleavage.

  • Jockey

    Classic Contour Bra ($60) in Black

    There are bras that make your breasts look too big, and some that make them look too small, but the Classic Contour Bra by Jockey offers just the right size. Foam-lined cups and 3-D contouring guarantee support without adding inches, while a u-shape back design prevents the straps from slipping off your shoulders.

  • Calvin Klein

    Naked Glamour Add-A-Size Plus Push-Up Bra ($46) in Black

    Thanks to removable pad inserts, this push-up bra can increase your size up to one and half sizes--now that’s magic!


    Luxury Moments Underwire Bra ($98) in Black

    Perfect for girls with wider-set breasts--meaning there are at least three inches between them--this contouring bra is equipped with cups that are lined at the bottom, which help direct your breasts forward and together for subtle cleavage.

  • Eres

    Irina Bra ($345, 1.888.656.3737) in Nacre 

    Not only does this bra easily convert to strapless, but the band is also equipped with gripper tape for extra comfort and support. 

  • Gap

    Floral Lace Bralette ($30, 1.800-Gap Style) in Ebony 

    This Gap bra is proof that appearances can be deceiving. Though delicate in design, the bra is actually equipped with a hidden underwire that lends support and a flattering shape for all sizes.

  • Elle Macpherson

    Intimates Sunsets Glow Unlined Bra ($65) in Jet / Retro Cream

    Finally, a line of intimates that understands the challenges of having a full bust. Elle Macpherson’s Sunsets Glow Unlined Bra is expertly designed with side slings that work to eliminate side boobage.

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