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    No.303: Bras for Older Women: Out with the Old in with the New

    Out with the Old in with the New Bras for Older Women

    Beauty and sexuality have no age limit, whether you are 20 years old or 70 years old. While you may believe that you have to swap your sultry lace for a “grandma bra” once you hit a certain age, that couldn’t be further from the truth. At AnaOno, we believe in bras for older women, younger women -- really, anyone of any age who wants to feel sexy and empowered in their skin, regardless of age. If you’re an older woman shopping for a new bra, read on to learn what you should look for, and our top five AnaOno picks.

    What should older women look for in a bra?

    The key elements in finding the perfect fit include: 

    Comfort

    Think about it: Since puberty, women were told to wear a bra basically for the rest of their lives, every day, no matter what. If we’re expected to wear something for that much of their lives, shouldn’t it be comfortable? A high-quality, well-fitting bra should prioritize how you feel while wearing it, without sacrificing support and coverage. 

    Quality 

    As you get older, you may look to ditch the fast fashion, cheaply-made bras for garments made with care, craftsmanship, and premium materials that will last for years. Look for bras made with premium materials, such as Tencel fabric, and crafted with durability top of mind, so you won’t find yourself tossing out your worn-out, threadbare bras every year or so. 

    Support 

    Support can mean something different to everyone, and your needs may evolve as you grow older. You may want additional support if you have larger breasts, or you may need something special if you underwent breast surgery, just to name two examples. Not everyone wants underwire, though -- these wires can sit uncomfortably against your ribcage or against an incision site or scar if you had breast surgery. At AnaOno, our bras scrap underwire without sacrificing support.

    Coverage

    How much coverage you want can change depending on the style of bra you buy, whether full coverage, plunge, balcony, or another design altogether. As you get older, you may think that you have to gravitate to full coverage, but that is far from the case. You can simply wear the bra you love at any age, no matter if it completely covers your boobs or you want a deep plunge front.

    Breathability

    A breathable bra is a must-have, no matter how old you are. Who wants to wear a bra that leaves you in a pool of sweat and with a burning rash on a hot summer day? A few components to look for to ensure your bra is breathable are fabric, the thickness of the bra, and the overall size and design. Look for bras made of lightweight and highly absorbable fabric like modal that won’t leave your skin feeling irritated. 

    Fabric

    Maybe it was OK in our teens to wear a bra that was an ultra-thin, plastic-like fabric that provided no coverage or support whatsoever. However now, as we grow older, fabric means everything. It plays a huge role in many of the points we talked about here, including comfort and breathability. At AnaOno, we recognized that and created all our designs from ultra-soft and functional fabrics. 

    Design

    Let’s say it together: Just because we aren’t 20 doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style. Whether you are looking for a sports bra, front closure, full-coverage, wrap, or a leisure bra, you deserve to feel sexy in whatever you’re wearing! There’s no expiration date on harnessing your inner sexiness, so if you like that little lacy number, we at AnaOno encourage you to try it on and strut your stuff.

    How do you measure an older woman for a bra?

    No matter your age, bra measuring is the same for all ages and body types. However, over time, it’s natural for our breasts to change in size and shape. Therefore, it’s important to get fitted every now and then. This is especially important if you notice your bras getting loose or not fitting as well as they used to, or if you experienced a major life event that changed your breast size or shape, such as breast cancer surgery or treatment.Stop by the AnaOno fit guide to find the perfect size for you. 

    AnaOno top bra picks for older women

    The most important thing to consider when selecting a bra is what makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. Age doesn’t matter. Your breast size doesn’t matter. Your medical history doesn’t matter. Just because a certain birthday passed doesn’t mean your underwear drawer magically fills with bland grandma bras that are totally devoid of personality or panache. 

    Our five fave bras that are guaranteed to look and make you feel your best include: 

    Leslie Soft Leisure Bra

    Leslie soft leisure bra

    The  Leslie Soft Leisure Bra can be put on by stepping into it or pulling it over your head. This ultra-soft, double-lined, and underwire-free bra is ideal if you’ve undergone breast surgery or reconstruction surgery, or if you just want a very comfortable, lightweight bra. The thick straps stay in place for added comfort, while a mini mesh panel in the front adds a bit of flair to basic wear. The Leslie Soft Leisure Bra is a complete upgrade from a sports bra, but will still provide you with the comfort, support, and design of one. 

    Shop Leslie Soft Leisure Bra

    Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra 

    rora front closure bra

    If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or you’re currently in treatment,this front closure bra is one of the best models you can wear during surgery recovery. Style, softness, and adjustability come together to lay gently against irritated or sensitive skin. A wide back bridge provides your underarms and back with more support, reducing pain and helping with posture. The Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra also includes a place to securely insert expanders and lightweight breast forms, but if you don’t want to rock an insert, this bra will lay flat against your chest. 

    Shop Rora Front Closure Bra

    Monica Full Coverage Bra 

    monica full coverage bra

    If you don’t like wearing bras and prefer to feel like you’re wearing nothing,the Monica Full Coverage Bra is the one for you. This bra is perfect for all breast shapes, providing you with the utmost comfort with its soft and lightweight material. The Monica Bra features a modest neckline, wire-free cups, and adjustable straps, so you can feel comfortable and confident in your bra all day long. 

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    Delilah Soft Cup Bra 

    delilah soft cup bra

    Just the right amount of sexiness meets comfort and coverage with the Delilah Soft Cup Bra.This super-soft slip bra is lightweight and provides full coverage, but a touch of lace along the top brings a sensual vibe to a garment that may otherwise feel a little too conservative for your taste. The Delilah bra features a slight V along the neckline, lending to its chic feminine look. This bra is also customizable and has removable pads, so if you’ve had a mastectomy or you’re recovering from breast surgery, this bra will support you without giving up on style or sexiness.

    Shop Delilah Soft Cup Bra

    Natrelle® Inspires Lace Bralette

     Natrelle implants collaboration with anaono gloria bra

    Comfort, design, and sexiness all come together in this lace bralette. Delicate lace, a deep V, and a darling bow in the center bring personality and vivaciousness to a bra that doesn't suggest “old lady” in the slightest. This bra accommodates inserts or you can wear it flat, so women with many different breast shapes or who underwent different types of breast cancer surgery can wear this bra with confidence.

    Shop Natrelle® Inspires Lace Bralette

    Why AnaOno bras are perfect for older women 

    At AnaOno, our bras are designed to fityou and accommodate your breasts as they change over time, whether that’s due to breast cancer treatment, augmentation, reconstruction, or you’reau naturel but simply want the best for your boobs. We want women of all ages to know, believe, and fully embrace that their sexiness and beauty don’t diminish with age. Each bra in our collection retains that spark, adding elements of sensual lace that long ditch that old-lady-bra vibe and uplift (pun intended) your feminine sensuality.Find your perfect fit now -- explore our website to find the best bra for you.

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.