Age brings many great things—perspective, wisdom, knowledge—but it steals from us, too. As you march through your 50s, 60s, and 70s, you'll start to notice a variety of physical changes like forehead wrinkles and fine lines, sun spots, gray hair, and sagging breasts.
"As we age, our breasts can lose elasticity and fullness," says Eve Bastug, chief product officer for Gelmart International & Kindly, a sustainable clothing company that manufactures bras, panties, loungewear, and more. "This can lead to sagging, as well as bulging around the outer breast, toward the armpit." It's not all about looks, either. This kind of sagging and bulging can be very uncomfortable—especially for more active individuals.
Thankfully, a great bra can help address concerns over both comfort and aesthetics. Look for features that offer added support and shaping. A wider side band can help address side-smoothing, while wider, more plush straps provide more support and comfort for larger breasts. You may also want to look for bras constructed with light materials like spacer foam to help naturally enhance shape, says Bastug.
You're not relegated to one type of bra, either. There are supportive options for older women across all categories—from wireless bras and push-up bras to sports bras and camisole bras.
To help you with your search for that unicorn bra—the one that's going to give you support and shape but still be comfortable—we scoured top retailers in search of the best bras for older women.