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    No.265: How to Find the Best Bra for Lift and Side Support

    How to Find the Best Bra for Lift and Side Support 

    Not all of us were blessed with the perky boob gene, and fewer among us have breast lift money. Luckily -- and thankfully -- there are bras for lift and side support that offer the look you want. Read on to discover how to find the best bra for lift and side support, and our fave AnaOno picks that do the job.

    What causes your breasts to sag?

    We all wish our breasts could defy gravity, but that’s simply not how the aging process works. As we get older, ourbreasts tend to sag because the ligaments in them, called Cooper’s ligaments, stretch out over time. A decline in collagen production as we get older -- the same process that causes wrinkles -- may also impact breast sagging.

    Although age is a common factor, there are many other reasons why your breasts may sag. Some of these causes include having a larger breast size, higher BMI, and smoking. Body changes such as menopause, rapid weight gain, rapid weight loss, pregnancy, or illness may also affect how your breasts sag, or don’t sag, over time.

    How to find the best bra for lift and side support

    While we can’t exactly turn back the hands of time, bras for lift and side support are the next best thing. No matter how large or small your breasts may be, you deserve the right support so you can feel your best and most confident. Here are some features to look for to find a bra that’ll give you proper lift and side support. 

    Wide bands 

    Although you may wonder how wide bands are going to provide support, you would be surprised how much a good band does for your breasts. Did you know that a wider band usually has full-figure cups? Having a wide band will provide you with enough side support to give you the added stability and perkiness. Not to mention, the wider the band, the easier it is to smooth out the area around your bra line.

    High side panels 

    If your bra irritates you underneath your armpits, it may be because the sides of your bra are hitting awkwardly and uncomfortably rubbing against your skin. High side panels eliminate that problem providing ample coverage and support while minimizing that dreaded “cutting into your sides” look. 

    Adjustable straps

    You may not think of straps when it comes to lift and side support, but your bra’s straps play a major role in keeping you upright. A bra with adjustable straps that move with you are a must for lift and side support. Think about it: If your bra straps are too loose, you aren’t getting the lift and support you need from your bra. You want to have your straps at the perfect setting that will provide you with enough support but won’t be too tight that it’ll cause you discomfort. 

    Do underwire bras provide lift and side support?

    If you have larger breasts or are hitting the age where saggy breasts are becoming the new norm, you may think underwire bras are going to be the only feature that will keep your breasts looking perky. However, underwire is not the be-all, end-all solution, nor are underwire bras good for every person. These wires tend to become pokey, irritating, and very uncomfortable, especially for women who have undergone breast surgery. 

    This is why it is essential to opt for underwires that don’t have any poking or digging. Better yet, AnaOno bras are underwire-free  but have molded cups providing you the best of both worlds. Their super comfortable bras will provide you with a lift, but won’t include any irritation that an underwire bra has. 

    What about sports bras - do they provide lift and side support?

    Sports bras are designed to keep your breasts in place while exercising by minimizing movement, so it goes without saying that sports bras and support go hand in hand. However, they aren’t necessarily designed to give you lift, although they  should  fit you properly -- if your sports bra flattens your boobs, it’s time to get a new one that fits right. So while you may reach for a sports bra for support, it may not be the first choice unless you’re actually hitting the gym or practicing yoga while wearing it. If you’re looking for sports bras, shop the full AnaOno collection here.

    The best bras for lift and side support

    Here are our two fave AnaOno bras that give you a lift and added support:

    Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra 

    The Rora Pocketed Front Closure Braprovides style, comfort, and support -- not to mention lift and side support. This bra is made from super-soft, long-lasting modal material that’s designed to stay comfortable and move with you without giving up on the heavy lifting. The Rora bra offers criss-cross straps, a wide band, and high panels that all provide you with extra lift, comfort, and support. And when it comes to putting on the Rora, a front hook and eye closure makes that a simple task. This closure type prevents your breasts from moving around, giving you the extra support and perky breast look you want to achieve. 

    shop bra for lift
    • Sizes: XS through 3X
    • Colors: Black, Ivory, Sand, and Dusty Rose 
    • Price: $59

    Shop the Rora Front Closure Bra

    Monica Full Coverage Bra 

    The Monica Full Coverage Bra provides comfortable, modest coverage, a wide band, and adjustable and convertible straps that provide superior support. With its super sleek luxurious modal fabric, ultra-lightweight feel, and criss-cross adjustable straps,this bra puts comfort first in all the right ways. This model is especially good for those who have had a unilateral mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other type of breast surgery, as the Monica has pockets for breast forms and its soft material lies gently against painful radiation sites or surgical scars.

    monica full coverage bra
    • Sizes: S through 3X 
    • Colors: Black, Ivory, Sand, and Dusty Rose
    • Price: $59

    Shop the Monica Full Coverage Bra

    Shop AnaOno for the best lift and side support bras 

    At AnaOno, every bra in our line is designed to make you feel and look your best, no matter if yourbreasts are perky or starting to sag, if you’re young or old, if you’ve had reconstruction surgery or if you’reau naturel. No matter what stage of life you’re in, our bras provide the lift and side support you’re looking for without painful, stiff underwire or molded or padded cups that you may find from other bra brands.Explore our website to view bras by body type, treatment, or preferred style, and take home the fit that lifts and supports you from all angles.

    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.