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
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
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
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
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 out.
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