12 Best Bras for Small Breasts in 2017
It feels like a battle, doesn’t it? Shopping for a bra when you have a smaller bust size?
Well, it doesn’t have to feel that way.
Forget about how those uneducated shop assistants made you feel when they automatically sent you to the teen section after having glanced at your chest and then assumed there was nothing they could do for you.
You don’t need those people: you need our guide!
In addition to showing you 12 of the best bras for small breasts, we will also help you understand how to shop for a bra: the width of the band that works best for smaller busts, the styles that offer you the support you need, and we will provide detailed reviews of the top five bras.
Top 12 Bras for Small Breasts Comparison Table
Determine the Right Band Width for Your Body FIRST
Those who aren’t familiar with the needs of a smaller-busted woman might assume that the teen bra has all of the answers.
Ha! Common misconception. Forget the teen versus adult label; instead, focus on the width of the band.
To find out the width you need, you must measure the circumference of your chest where the bottom of the bra will rest (right under the breasts); this is where many, many women tend to go wrong.
- 30-32 – This range is commonly marketed for a teen’s body simply because teens tend to have a smaller chest/torso circumference than adults do. Does that mean this is always true? Of course not!
If the circumference of your chest just under the bust line is in the 30-32 range (you have a very petite figure), then you might have better luck looking in the teen sizing. If not, you will need to find bras with a wider band.
We’ve included the Maidenform Girl – Big Girls’ Slim Bra Softi Cup in our table since they have a great range of widths with the A cup, including 30A, 32A, 34A, and 36A.
- 34-36 – For most adult women, the best bras for small breasts tend to be in the 34-36 range. Rather than focusing first on the cup size, it is very important that you determine the width of your ribcage to find something that isn’t too tight.
Unfortunately, we see many 36 women trying to squeeze themselves into a 34: “The cup fits, though!”
Well, as we said, it’s not about the cup size first. If you’ve been wearing a 34 and find that you spill out over the top of the bra on your back, then go up to 36! The results are life changing.
The key to shopping for bras when you have a smaller bust is to eliminate any brands that go over your cup size.
Forget about the pretty lace: forget about the silky smooth material: forget about the price.
If the manufacturer doesn’t create something in the A or B cup size, then you need to move along to a manufacturer that does.
All of the bras we looked at offer at least the A cup AND most of them are available in the 36A size.
- 30A, 32AAA, 32A, 32A. 34A or 36A
- 32B, 34B or 36B
These are the most common sizes that work for women with smaller chests. If you don’t find something that fits you in this range, then it is best to go to an expert so they can help you determine the right sizing for your shape. You might even need a custom bra size, and they might be able to help you order it!Lula Lu Petites specializes in bras for smaller busts, and you’ll even find that they offer a 38A.
There are other companies like Lula Lu out there, so don’t throw in the towel just yet!
Triumph, which is a major European brand, isn’t as well known in the states but they have some excellent bras. We recommend the Triumph Body Make-Up Magic Wire that uses silicone rather than metal in on the bottom portion of the bra (that’s the “magic” of the wire). Great for everyday use under T-shirts or casual clothing!
Bra Styles That Work for Small Breasts
There are bras for every occasion, but when you have smaller breasts, the choices do vary slightly.
Here are some styles that women with smaller breasts tend to have the most luck with wearing.
- Bralette – In simple terms, the Bralette is like a tank top for your breasts. There are no wires, there is no padding, and there is no lining.
The cut and style vary from one brand to another; for example, the triangle bra is a common cut for smaller busts, but the strap widths usually vary.
- Wire-Free – The underwire is pretty much useless for smaller busts, so unless you have an abundant B cup, you probably don’t need it.
We also found a great sports bras for the smaller bust size (the Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette). A few smart manufacturers realize that every woman needs a great sports bra to help her feel comfortable as she is workin’ on her fitness!
Top 5 Best Bras for Small Breasts Reviews
We’ll start off our list of the best bras for small breasts with this sports Bralette from Calvin Klein. What’s so great about this bra is that it fits a wide range of sizes, including an X-small size that will fit some smaller busts comfortably. We say most because we obviously can’t guarantee that this is the right bra for everyone reading!
They have used a blend of fibers, including cotton (53%), Modal (35%) and Spandex (12%): together, these provide you with a comfortable, natural and breathable fit.
Anyone with a small bust in need of a fitness bra needs to own this!
It also comes in a wide variety of colors.
Same brand, different style: this bra from Calvin Klein is great for everyday use and casual wear.
As an underwire bra, it would probably suit those of you who have a small B cup better than those with an A cup (as we mentioned, the underwire is useless to anyone with an A cup); however, for this particular bra, users in the 32A and 34A range still found it to be quite comfortable.
One of the reasons we liked it is because they do offer the wider band with the small cup size (e.g. 36A).
Some of you just like the underwire and others don’t, so if you hate the idea of an underwire but still need a T-shirt bra, try the Hanes Ultimate T-Shirt Bra or the Barely There Women’s Customflex-Fit Wire-Free Bra.
For the super petite and super small cup sized gals; Lula Lu has what you need!
If you’ve been struggling to find a bra size that was small enough for you, this brand has what you need. They offer this wireless triangle bra in size 32AAA, 32AA, 32A and even 38A if you have a wider chest circumference but smaller cup size.
We like that is has removable foam cups and that the triangle plunge makes it easier to wear with lower cut
The one complaint that we have noticed about the brand is the fact that the tags they attach are quite scratchy and annoying.
If you usually cut the tags off and either a). Remember how to wash them or b). Just throw them in the wash with everything regardless, this won’t be a problem. If you do, however, prefer to leave the tags on, they might irritate your skin.
If you’re in the 34A-34B range or even a 36A, then the Small size of this Hanes Ultimate Comfy Support Wire-Free Bra will probably work for you.
It is an affordable, casual bra made of Nylon and Spandex with lightly lined cups (there is no padding).
We also liked the fact that you can wear it as a racerback or regular straps, and the band is wider under the arms than some of the other bras; this is great if you tend to spill out over the top of the band.
It is available in nine different colors and is even a comfortable choice for some nursing moms.
Wacoal’s Bralette is a mixture of sporty and casual.
We love that it is one continuous piece (there is no hook on the back), which gives you a smooth outline without the bulk that regular bras tend to create.
The sizing is based on the width of the band rather than cup sizes since it doesn’t have pre-formed cups or padding. It is simply a band with straps.
This bra could work for some, but not for everyone. If you’re looking for something that would give you a natural curve and ever-so-slightly fuller breast shape, this isn’t the one.
The Bralette is a common choice for those with a smaller bust, but thankfully, it is not the only choice.
If you want a bra that will fill you in naturally, opt for something like the Maidenform Girl – Big Girls’ Slim Softi Cup Bra, the Hanes Ultimate Comfy Support Wire-Free Bra or the Hanes Ultimate T-Shirt Bra.
We also found one strapless bra that works great for women with smaller busts (the Calvin Klein Naked Glamour Strapless Push-Up Bra), and as you can see from our review section, there are also a few sporty options that work well, too.
Here, we make it easy for you to compare and contrast the top products side by side and provide you with all of the info you need to choose the right bra for your shape!