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6 Bras That Prove That Pretty Is as Pretty Does

We don’t expect to see a silver fox as Victoria’s Secret’s leading lady anytime soon, but consideration for breasts that have been there, done that (and are resting a little lower because of it) doesn’t seem like too much to ask.

And we’re not seeking “miraculous” or “age-defying” when we go bra shopping, but sexy, elegant, thoughtfully designed, and comfortable? Yes, please. Absolutely. We embrace age and think our underthings should do the same. Here are six picks for beautiful bras that also do their jobs.

 

Best Bras for Women Over 45

Natori “Feathers” Contour Plunge Bra

Maybe you’re already sold on its beautiful lace-lined plunge, but Natori’s “Feathers” bra also includes stretch mesh to keep everything in place. Cups offer lift without adding volume. Available at Journelle, $68.

Best Bras for Women Over 45

La Perla “Souple” Push-Up Bra

We love La Perla’s lace-on-lace confections for special occasions, but for everyday, the “Souple” bra offers contoured cups of cotton-blend jersey, which look smooth under clothing; removable push-up inserts; and a bit of a plunge to accommodate all necklines. The floral lace band keeps things interesting. Available at Nancy Meyer, $158.

Best Bras for Women Over 45

Simone Perele “Revelation” 3-D Molded-Cup Bra

Simone Perele’s “Revelation” is a T-shirt bra, but we think it looks lovely under just about everything. Firm-support cups come in the trademarked “3-D spacer fabric,” a soft, multiknit material for comfort. Available at Neiman Marcus, $99.

Best Bras for Women Over 45

Prima Donna “Twist Only” Bra

Full coverage looks sexy in stripes on the Twist Only bra. Elastic at the top of the cups keeps the bra flat under clothing, angled seams offer shaping, and side support panels keep breasts front and center — right where we like them. Available at Herroom, $119.

Best Bras for Women Over 45

Eres “Lumière Intime” Soft-Cup Bra

Who needs underwire anyway? On the weightless Eres “Lumière Intime” bra, it’s not missed. There is plenty of support under the soft stretch jersey and suggestive tulle panels. Plus, since bralettes are currently designed to be seen, you don’t have to fuss over tucking your straps away. Available at Net-a-Porter, $300.

Best Bras for Women Over 45

Michi “Antigravity” Bra

We’d be remiss not to include a sports bra. Stylish athletic wear is as abundant as juice bars. And when it’s in absurdly cool prints, cuts, and textiles, like this Michi “Antigravity Bra,” we’re good with that. Wear it to the gym. Let it peek-a-boo through a sweater. Rejoice in your wireless, supported, python-printed self. Available at Carbon38, $110.

Editor’s note: You’ve surely read statistics on the staggering number of us that are supposedly wandering around sporting undergarments in the wrong sizes. But before you shrug it off, think: When was the last time you were fitted? Some of the most common bra discomforts — straps that dig, side spillage, a too-tight band — are solved by a better-fitting brassiere. Keep in mind, too, different brands can run a little different in sizing, so don’t be married to a certain size.

Photos: Top image by Alija; all others courtesy of the vendors

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