Sagging breasts are a natural part of aging, but their appearance can impact women’s confidence. If you’d
like to minimize the appearance of sagging breasts, certain bra styles can help you achieve a perkier, more
rounded look—while others won’t provide many benefits. Read on to discover what causes breasts to sag and
what the best bras for sagging breasts are.
What Causes Breasts to Sag?
Multiple different factors can contribute to sagging breasts. The majority of women’s breasts will sag as
they age because gravity pulls on them over time. As you age, the collagen in your skin and tissues breaks
down and isn’t replenished as easily, which can also contribute to sagging. Sagging is a completely normal
part of aging, but many women do not like the appearance of sagging breasts and prefer to wear bras that minimize
it, so we’ll offer some recommendations in the next section.
You may have heard that not wearing a bra or wearing an ill-fitting bra will make the breasts sag. A
bra with a band that is too loose can cause your breasts to look more saggy because the band drops further
down on your chest because it is weighed down by the breast tissue. To minimize the appearance of sagging
while wearing a bra, you need to choose a bra band size that is tight enough that the bra will stay up.
Additionally, wearing a structured bra with wires, bands and wide loaders will give the bust the support it
needs to reduce the sagging effect, especially for those who have heavier breasts.
You may also have heard that breastfeeding can cause your breasts to sag. This isn’t completely true because
this sagging can be caused by breast involution rather than
breastfeeding itself. Breast involution occurs when you stop breastfeeding and the milk system in the
breasts shrinks back to its original size. However, the surrounding tissues do not shrink alongside the milk
system, which can result in sagging breasts. Having multiple pregnancies can exaggerate this effect because
the milk ducts enlarge and then shrink in quick succession. Whether or not breast involution causes sagging
is often due to genetics. Not every woman who becomes pregnant or breastfeeds will experience sagging
breasts from it.
One thing that you can do to make your breasts less likely to sag is to stop smoking. Smoking contributes to
faster aging by damaging elastin, which is a protein that keeps the skin supple. Smoking can lead to damage
and sagging of various tissues, including the breasts. Other factors that may contribute to breast sagging
are rapid weight loss or gain and going through menopause. Learn more about how to fix sagging
breasts in our helpful blog post.
The Best Bras for Sagging Breasts
Looking for the best bras to minimize the appearance of sagging breasts? Here are seven styles you
should definitely try:
One type of bra that you might see here a lot at Leonisa is a back support bra. These types of bras are
designed to improve posture and help distribute the breast tissue in order to alleviate back pain. While
they can and do provide support for your breasts, they are not specifically designed for sagging breasts.
However, the support in the back will counterbalance the weight of the bust, making it feel lighter. If you
have sagging breasts, you might find it beneficial to wear a support
bra that provides
support to the front or sides of your chests.
Padded bras of all kinds are an excellent choice for
sagging breasts. The thicker fabric and extra padding will help support the breasts and minimize the
appearance of sagging, giving them a perkier and more rounded silhouette instead. If the cups of the bra are
molded, then make sure that they are formed in the shape that will complement the natural shape of your
breasts. If you try to squeeze your saggy breasts into a bra cup shape that doesn’t match them, you can end
up with unsightly bulges and other unflattering side effects. The thicker the padding, the more shaping
effect the bra will have, so keep that in mind.
T-shirt bras are an excellent choice for almost every size and shape of breast, and this is true for sagging
breasts as well. T-shirt bras are designed to be comfortable for all-day wear and to be worn under a variety
of clothes without showing through. For most women, T-shirt bras are the ones that they reach for on an
everyday basis whenever they need a comfortable and dependable bra. You should definitely have a few T-shirt
bras in your closet and go to neutral colors such as white, nude and black. Just like the classic T-shirt,
the T-shirt bra is an essential part of your wardrobe, so shop our best
T-shirt bras here.
Many women with sagging breasts enjoy wearing underwire
bras because of the extra shaping and support that they provide. The curved underwire at the bottom
of the cup anchors the shape, giving your breasts a more rounded shape and allowing the bra cups to exert
more power. If you are looking for some extra lift, then an underwire bra with padded cups is the best way
to achieve that. The underwire will ensure that the band lays flat against your sternum instead of being
pushed out of position by your sagging breasts. If you sometimes find underwire uncomfortable, then make
sure you are choosing a large enough cup size. If the cup size is too small, then the underwire can press
into the sides of your breasts, which can cause discomfort. Make sure you determine your correct bra size before
purchasing so all your bras will be comfortable and easy to wear.
Full Coverage Bras
If you have relatively full breasts that are just beginning to sag at the bottom, then you might enjoy wearing a full coverage bra. These bras have
the widest cups to ensure comfortable coverage and fit. Many women with sagging breasts enjoy full coverage
bras because of the larger more structured cups which give their breasts extra support. These bras are also
ideal to wear in more formal situations such as at an office, where you want to keep your look professional
and minimize bra lines underneath clothes. If you tend to spill out of other cup styles, then try a full
coverage cup style to see how it fits. Additionally, the more coverage the sides and back of the bra have,
the more support it will provide, helping to lift the bust.
Demi Bra or Balconette Bra
On the other hand, some women with sagging breasts have most of their tissue concentrated at the bottom of
the breast. These women often enjoy wearing demi bras
or balconette bras. Demi bras have a shallower cut
than the full coverage bras—so the cup shape is the same, it’s just smaller. Balconette bras are cut more
straight across and the straps are more widely spaced. As a result, both of these bra styles have less
coverage at the top of the cups and more at the bottom, which is the design often well-suited to sagging
breasts. If your breasts are bottom-heavy, you may like wearing either or both of these bra styles.
The vast majority of the lift in your bra should come from your band. The straps are just there to keep the
cups in place. This is great to keep in mind when you want toThat being said, you might want to reconsider
wearing a strapless bra for sagging breasts because
of all the pressure that tissue puts in the bra. You will likely find your strapless bra migrating downwards
over the course of a day, which will not help minimize the appearance of sagging at all. Instead, opt for a
bra with straps to reduce the appearance of sagging as much as possible. When you need to wear a strapless
bra, because there’s bound to be a dress or special occasion you’ll need to wear one for, look for one that
has non-slip elastic and a wider base, sides and back to ensure its secure on your body, preventing any
slipping due to the weight of the bust.
Bras to Reconsider for Sagging Breasts
You can wear whatever type of bra you want no matter what your breasts look like, but certain styles of bra
aren’t the most flattering on sagging breasts. Here are some styles to reconsider if you’re looking to
minimize the appearance of sagging breasts:
For many women with sagging breasts, unlined bras don’t provide the level of support they are looking for.
Unlined bras have very flexible cups, which gives breasts less lift and shape than a more padded cup. As a
result, unlined cups don’t do much to minimize sagging. Some women may still enjoy wearing an unlined bra
for lounging at home or wearing underneath large sweaters, but they often prefer bras with padded cups for
leaving the house or wearing more tightly fitted clothes.
Most women with sagging breasts also have large breasts and, as a result, they are less likely to be looking
for the lift and volume added by a push-up bra. This
isn’t to say that you can’t wear a push-up bra with sagging breasts, only that it might not quite give you
the effect that you’re looking for. Keep in mind that most push-up bras come in a plunge style, which don’t
always hold sagging breasts in place as well as a more full coverage cup style. If you still want to wear a
push-up bra, look for one that doesn’t have plunge cups.
Many bralettes don’t include padded cups and
underwire. Bralettes are generally wire-free and have unpadded cups made of thin material such as stretch
lace. This makes them super comfortable to wear around the house, but they rarely offer enough support to
help lift sagging breasts. Save bralettes for lazy days around the house and try a T-shirt bra for days when you want to go
For similar reasons to bralettes, wireless bras also
rarely provide the support that sagging breasts need. Even if the cups are padded, the lack of underwire
means the bra may struggle to hold breasts in a more rounded shape. This effect can actually be more
pronounced with a thicker padded cup than with a thinner unlined one. Wireless bras can also be
uncomfortable to wear because the band is more likely to shift around without underwire to hold it in place.
Once again, wireless bras are a better choice for lounging around the house instead of going out.
If you still need help choosing the perfect bra for sagging breasts, feel free to schedule an appointment with our Personal Shoppers. They will be
happy to help you figure out your options and choose the right bra for your needs. Remember that when you
order from Leonisa, you’ll get free shipping on all continental U.S. orders over $25, so treat yourself to a
new bra today to hit that free shipping minimum.