7 Bras Every Woman Over 50 Should Own

I share a lot of clothing options on a day-to-day basis, but let’s face it, ladies… you need the right foundation beneath your clothing, or your outfit is going to fall flat. Different styles of tops and dresses call for a variety of bras depending on their neckline, what material they are made out of, how low the neckline goes, and a whole list of other factors. Today, we are talking about seven different kinds of bras every woman over 50 should own, and the ones I keep in my rotation so that I can start the day with the proper foundation under every outfit.

You might also enjoy this post where I talk about how to measure yourself for a bra at home and see some photos of me trying on popular bras (under a t-shirt).

Bras Every Woman Over 50 Need For A Complete Wardrobe

1. T-Shirt Bra: Warner’s No Side Effects

This bra does an excellent job with side and back coverage, plus the cups are lined well for “no-show” issues. You also can’t see the bra under my shirt, so it is great for wearing under a t-shirt or top that fits tight. There is hardly any back bulge with this bra, and that is not an easy feat. The website says that the straps are convertible, but I honestly haven’t even noticed that or tried it to see. I have the Butterscotch color, and I love this color. Depending on your size, this bra will run between $28 to $51, so you will have to put in your size to see the exact price.

2. Wireless Bra: Spanx Wireless Bralellujah

This is my go-to bra for everyday wear! I swear by the bra-llelujah from Spanx because it fits great, has wide straps, and does a great job of controlling my back fat. I have it in nude, so I can wear it under my white tops. Plus, the front closure makes getting it on and off a breeze. If you have a larger chest or are just a fan of underwire, this bra also comes in an underwire version.

3. Strapless Bra: Spanx Strapless

 For the occasions when you are going to be wearing a halter, one-shoulder, or strapless top or dress (like the ones I shared on Monday), you’ll need a comfortable strapless bra that stays put! Because I loved my everyday bra by SPANX, I decided to try the strapless one also. I find that it is as comfortable as a strapless bra can be and doesn’t slip or slide, even in hot weather when I’m sweating.

4. Lounging Bra: True and Co Triangle Convertible

As much as I’d love to go braless on my days at home, I wouldn’t feel comfortable opening the door to greet a delivery driver or a neighbor coming to say hello without any coverage at all! Insert this buttery soft lounge bra by True and Co. that’s so comfy you barely feel like you’re wearing a bra.

5. Sports Bra: FITTIN Racerback

This racerback sports bra will hold the girls in place while offering full coverage during your daily workout or walk. They are medium support, so I wouldn’t recommend them for high-intensity running and workouts with lots of jumping, but they are great for walking, hiking, yoga, pilates, Zumba, etc. On top of support, they are flattering without the flattening aspect that most sports bras give, and you cannot beat the affordable price (4 for under $40!).

6. Front Closure/Post Surgery Bras: Fruit of the Loom

If you have ever had an operation done, you know how uncomfortable life can be for the days and weeks following surgery. This bra comes highly recommended as they are soft, breathable, and easy to put on using the front hook and eye closures.

7. Petals: Hollywood Fashion Secrets

While these are not technically a bra, they’re still a must in my undergarment list! They are amazing for when your outfit won’t allow you to wear a bra (like a top or dress with a low back), but you still want the modesty. I’ve tried many brands, but these are the best that I’ve found. You can even put them under your swimsuit if you want for a little extra coverage.

There you have it, the top seven bras every woman over 50 should own. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or what bra you like instead.

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66 Comments

  1. Claire A. Hannis says:

    I am a 48/50 DDD
    And have the same needs
    seasonally that you do.
    For my size what are the go to
    Bra’s. I also like to get new items at the beginning of each season. But my Favourites need
    updating and freshening up.
    Thanks for your help.
    Sincerely, Claire A. Hannis

    1. Claire, I’m afraid you’re asking the wrong person. I am NOT endowed, so I have no idea what would work best for you in that regard.

  2. I need ed this advice as to what to wear with summer clothing,thank you!

  3. Dena J Burch says:

    This is a fantastic post but unfortunately there’s not a lot for the over-blessed gals.
    I’d really like some options for those of us DDD and up!

  4. Kris Brass says:

    Oh yeah. So good to see a post on this! Bras ! First a foremost ideal prices. so many out there ,so hard to chose. like walking down the feral isle..LOL. who’s got time to try on 10 bras from on former to another of a department store. So thankful for this article..

  5. Excellent post! Bought my first Walmart bra yesterday for under $30 based on your suggestions and it fits better than my $100+ bras!

  6. Thank you for the post on bras ! Such a tricky undergarment for me . This post was very helpful. I didn’t know Spanx provided such nice bras .

  7. Thanks for sharing. Always on the look out for a comfortable bra.

  8. This might be my favorite post yet!

  9. It’s definitely a struggle for older women to buy a bra that provides support but is comfortable.

  10. Great recommendations! I need a bra in each category, so your recommendations are very helpful!

  11. Great info on how to select a bra. So many options!

  12. Gale Bowen says:

    A brand I found several years ago and love is Ruby Ribbon. They have tank bras that support even the bustiest of us (which I am one of). No underwire. No back clasp (or front). Just pull on and you are supported all day long. Lots of colors and styles too.

  13. Front closures!! I don’t know if I need them or just prefer them, but that is what I look for as I am shopping for bras.

  14. Absolutely LOVE this post! Thank u!!!!!

  15. I started wearing EBY bras recently. They are so comfortable – I’m never going back to a traditional bra. I tried the True & Co bra but I feel that EBY bras give better support and shape.

    PS – I’m an office manager for a construction company and have to do W2’s and 1099’s too. For some reason they stress me out every year – even though the software does all the work.

  16. Thank you or taking the time to put this together. I think the petals (maybe) and the sports bras are the only ones that might fit me. I’m used to bra manufacturers not making my size, but your title is a little off putting when you then list bra after bra that start 2 and 3 sizes too large.

  17. Shelly Hebert says:

    Those are great choices and affordable also. I would like to suggest Wacoal brand. Well made and a great line for us larger breasted gurls!

    1. Marilyn Byrnside says:

      Wacoal is only brand that fits me. I hope they never go out of business! I’m a 34G droopy🙁

  18. Joanne W. says:

    This was a great, very informative and helpful post. Thanks!

  19. Roberta S says:

    Thank you for these great bras.

  20. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Thank you for your posts. I look forward to reading them daily!!! This article was interesting. I’m going to check these out!

  21. Glada St. Clair says:

    Thank you. Your verses at the end of your post are so uplifting.

  22. I like the Warner’s t-shirt bra.

  23. MaryCarol says:

    Thank you for this oh so important post of beautiful bras, Tania, but alas…
    The only bra for me is a Lillyette Minimizer underwire bra in a 38G…expensive but worth it. I have to order them because no stores near me carry my size.

  24. Laura (60’s not old either!) says:

    Thank you! Found you on Pinterest and try to read your posts every day. Great information and always fun! I avoid bra shopping -almost as bad as swimsuit shopping! Thank you for these tips.

    1. Lol!!! Laura, I just placed a huge order for swimsuits!

  25. Doris Mitchell says:

    I have these racerback sports bras and LOVE them. They do have the removeable pads but I have no problem with that. Great price too!

  26. One of my most dreaded shopping items – thanks for giving us a head start!

  27. Ginger Hiller says:

    This post could not have come at a better time for me because I need to purchase a couple of bras. I am definitely going to try two of the ones you suggested, after reading your post on doing at-home measurements. Thank you!

  28. Debbie Powell says:

    I hate bra shopping so I always buy the same one! Good ideas!

  29. Ty. I have a very hard time getting a bra that the straps stay put.! My shoulders are narrow and they want to slide down . Very annoying. Thinking a racer back could work. Not always wanting that much coverage though.

  30. I hate bra shopping! Find one I love and next time they don’t make it anymore! Thanks for all the options.

  31. I love reading your posts!! Keep them coming!! Thank you!!

  32. Thanks for the bra ideas. I’ve never tried a silicone cover up. I’ll try these.

  33. Thanks for sharing the bras today. the one for side support seems to be just the thing for over 50!

  34. Susan Nothwehr says:

    Hello! On your recommendation, I got the SPANX Brallehlujah— on sale. I had to make an exchange because the straps were too long and not adjustable.
    SPANX went out of their way to make that exchange easy and cost-free to me, including making sure I still got the sale price.
    I LOVE the bra, and will go back for more. I do want to try the Warners one you posted. ( and maybe the sports bras!)

  35. So glad you did a post on bras! Trying to find a new size, brand and style is always a nightmare. I’ll definitely be trying a few of them. If you have any ideas on finding a swimsuit with a supportive bra, or even some type of insert or bra to wear with swimsuits, I would love to hear about it! We appreciate you!

  36. I have tried so many bras and have been so disappointed. I have finally found luck with Soma bras. But I need a good strapless bra. So glad you recommend the SPANX. I’ll be trying that out! Thank you.

  37. Kathy Lowe says:

    I really like the lounge bra. I have never tried one.

  38. Rosalinda Salcedo says:

    Thank you for sharing these great bras! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  39. Gabrielle says:

    I have such a difficult time finding bras that are comfortable that I’ve considered making my own. You really get an idea of how different ours bodies are from each others when you see how many different types of bras there are.

  40. Thanks for breaking it down. I hate shopping for new bras and your info will be helpful.

  41. LeeAnn Barnard says:

    I can vouch for the Fruit of the Loom front close bras. I wore them after breast surgery and they were great. Comfy and easy to get on and off.

  42. Leslie Bizzell says:

    Thank you definitely an area I struggle with this is so helpful!

  43. I look forward to your daily post! MB

  44. I’ve worn Soma Bras for years and my favorite was discontinued. Looks like the Warners may work!

  45. This post is very helpful!! It narrows down the selection for us!!

  46. Thank you for the info on the bra to wear after surgery. I will be needing one soon.
    Always enjoy your posts.

  47. Great options! I’m gonna try the Spanx brand strapless. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than a stiff strapless bra! I’m a huge fan of the lounging bras for around the house especially on cleaning days. I also wear Soma vanishing back bras with front closure. It provides total support, smoothness & coverage.
    Thanks for putting these great posts together! Tax time!!!! Yuck!

  48. Dana Smithmier says:

    thanks for this-im always on the hunt for a good bra!

  49. Becky Kerwin says:

    Thank you, it is not a pleasant task finding a good bra anymore! I’ve already got a couple of these in my shopping cart!!

  50. I have always worn underwire for the support but I may have to try some of these. Thank you for this post!

  51. Mary Kinard says:

    I hate bra shopping and this list of must-haves is very helpful – thanks!

  52. I’m going to check on the no side effects bra. I hope that means the sides are very wide. Have you ever tried the camisole bras that totally smooth the midriff?

    1. I’ve not, what are some of your favorites? I’ll order one and try it.

  53. Bra shopping is never fun. This was very helpful! Thank you!

  54. Thanks for featuring bras for different needs. I’m going to try the Warner’s no side effects bra!

  55. Debbie LaFleur says:

    These are all great options and all needed for different circumstances. Thank you!

  56. I really need to do some bra shopping. I just hate going to the store and having to try on so many styles. I am adding that first one you listed as one I want to try.

  57. Janice Wooldridge says:

    I will look into the Warners!

    1. I used to love bras from Victoria’s Secret (VS), but the older I get the more I need a bra with more comfortable straps, thicker straps, wider straps and I can’t afford seem to find those at VS. plus I need to be conscious about cost, so I am in a constant struggle finding an affordable bra that also fits well and is comfortable. I also have a problem with the bralette style because without fail they roll up over my ribs and end up bunches up under my boobs 😏.

  58. Joan Henry says:

    Love the Warner bras.

  59. Bra shopping…ugh. This post helps though. Thanks!