We've been seeing unlined, non-padded bras receive much shine on the scene right now (they're also one of my personal favorite styles so I can't hate!), but let's take a moment to appreciate another classic: the padded bra. Lingerie trends come and go, but padded bras are one of those pieces that will always have a place in my lingerie drawer for a few reasons; you don't have to worry about showing through thinner materials like t-shirts, and the lift they provide is really unparalleled.
Don't think padded automatically means mounds of bulky cups or inserts–there are so many levels of cushioning that the amount of extra padding is entirely up to you. Looking for only lightweight coverage that's big on comfort? Try a lightly lined bralette. Or wanting a bra that will lift and contour? You'll want to go for a push-up that's heavy on the padding. Either way, there are plenty of options to go around.
Like any savvy shopper, we headed to the reviews to figure out which bras and brands are worth every penny. They're all neatly compiled here for your easy viewing pleasure, so keep clicking below to see which padded bras the Internet firmly stands behind.
Review Highlight: "I love this bra as it provides great support and some minimal padding for t-shirts. The mesh sides are angled together so you don't end up with back or side bulges." –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "The lace is surprisingly soft and does not itch when worn and the straps are adjustable. I really appreciate that the band is adjustable as well as I've always had issues finding a band that fit my narrow rib-cage. Super comfortable and cute." –Amazon reviewer
Review Highlight: "This bra is one of the prettiest I've ever owned. It's also so comfortable and very true to size, so the underwire doesn't cut into me. I like the lace straps in the back a lot. The only bummer is it is a little hard to get this on as this has a crisscross back. Other than that, I love it and gorgeous color too." –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "This bra is so pretty, and it doesn't feel huge or ungainly for my extra-large cup size–I went up a couple of sizes because I am pregnant–but it's super comfy and doesn't pop out on the sides or rub against my arms like some other bras that I have bought." –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "I bought this in the cinnamon color (this is my second, with the first in blush). I want these in every color: I am becoming one of those people–I am absolutely nuts about this product. The fit is just right, and it goes under absolutely everything. It is lacy and lovely but works beautifully as a t-shirt bra." –Natori reviewer
Review Highlight: "This is a great everyday bra. It's flattering, comfortable, and fits true to size. There is enough padding for coverage and a bit of a push-up. I have it in two different colors, but plan to purchase more in the future–I love this bra that much! The quality is fantastic!" –Amazon reviewer
Review Highlight: "This bra was super comfy and made me feel confident when putting it on, I loved it! It makes you look great when you put it on with a tank top and really gives you that extra push of confidence." –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "I love, love, love the Evolution bra. I know this sounds excessive, but I feel like I've found the bra for me and don't need any others. It's supportive for me, (I'm a size 32B) attractive, and oh so comfy. It's also good for every possible scenario, including thin t-shirts, and worth every penny!"– Cosabella reviewer
Review Highlight: "I’d never heard of this brand until recently but I’m totally hooked. I will likely only purchase these going forward as they are so comfortable and have a great fit." –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "This is my favorite comfy bra for when I'm not dressed up, but don't want to look like a bum either. Most bras without a wire leave boobs looking oddly shaped, or like a uni-boob. I've had children, and now I'm a saggy DD, and this bra gives a nice shape without being constricting at all. The straps stay in place. I had one already from a store and liked it so I came here to buy a couple more in case they stop making them!" –Amazon reviewer
Review Highlight: "This bra is amazing as push-ups go! There's not too much padding as most of the padding is at the bottom of the cup. I prefer this push-up to any I have purchased from Victoria's Secret. For me, this bra is more comfortable and provides a more realistic natural lift. The fabric is also unbeatable! So soft and buttery. The straps are very comfortable as well and I actually don't rush to take it off! I purchased both the Onyx and the Sienna colors. Even my girlfriends complimented my cleavage and the hubby loved it as well!" –Nordstrom reviewer
Review Highlight: "I wear this all the time and sometimes I don't even notice that I'm wearing it. I have other unlined bras and am always worried about getting cold (if you know what I mean), and even when I remove the padding on this bra, I don't have to worry. It fits great and is snug at first but after a few wears it feels like it molds to your shape. I need to buy another one (or two or three)." –Knix reviewer
Review Highlight: "I'm petite with a full bust, and this bra is my new best friend! I ordered the 30E in this brand and it's perfect. "Lift & separate" is my preferred look and this bra does that. It also holds me in place, no jiggle!!! The straps are so cute that you won't mind if they happen to show– plus it's a convertible bra and the clip that holds the straps together are so unique. I can't say enough things about this bra!" – Bare Necessities reviewer
Review Highlight: "This bra can be worn all day, and is comfortable while providing great support. It is beautiful too with lace that is not scratchy. I love the double spaghetti straps. I immediately bought two more!" – Cosabella reviewer
Review Highlight: "This is the sixth time that I have purchased this Natori style. I wear a size 34G bra and it is difficult to find a comfortable one that fits well. This is my favorite! I keep coming back to it and so will you. Buy it, you won’t regret it." – Natori reviewer
Review Highlight: "This is the best strapless bra there is (although you can wear it with straps too). It stays in place no matter what the activity and gives great support whilst allowing you to wear strapless tops." – Curvy Kate reviewer
Review Highlight: "I fell in love with this demi bra from the moment I first tried it on. I’m not into lace bras, so the mesh overlay was very appealing to me. The silhouette including the shape and curves of how it's cut feels very elevated and sexy. I would wear this bra every day!" –Cosabella reviewer
Review Highlight: "I'll be the first to admit that I hate wearing bras and only wear them when leaving the house! Luckily, this one is super comfortable and I don't find myself counting down the hours until I can take it off. This has been my go-to bra for a couple of years now, and I've always ordered them online."–Amazon reviewer
Review Highlight: "I’ve ordered several bras on Amazon with great reviews and had to send them all back. As a smaller chested woman with a B cup, it’s hard to find a good fitting bra that actually flatters my size instead of making me look even smaller. This bra is super comfy and gently lifts, making me look slightly bigger. If you’re smaller chested like me, you’ll love this bra!" –Amazon reviewer