The most comfortable push-up bras fit you well while lifting and enhancing your bust line. No matter how much a bra claims to be comfortable or non-binding, if it's the wrong size, it just won't work for you. The material the bra is made from also determines its level of comfort. Some fabrics can be scratchy, which make wearing a push-up bra unbearable.
Whether you have a large or small chest, the proper bra size makes all the difference when choosing a comfortable push-up bra. Even if you find a bra described as comfortable, it won't be if you get a size too small and feel as though you're crammed into the bra. A size that's too large means you may have to constantly adjust the strap or re-position the bra into place.
You can have a professional measure you to determine your proper bra size or you can do it yourself at home. Wrap a soft tape measure underneath your breasts. Add 5 inches to the measurement and round up to the nearest even number if needed This is your band size, such as 34, 36 or 38. Next, wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your bust. Subtract that measurement from your band size to determine your cup size. For example, if you measure 40 inches at your widest part and your band size is 36, you should buy a D cup.
Ideally, the back part of the bra's band will lie against your back smoothly. It shouldn't tug up. The cups of the push-up should fit your breasts perfectly. If they are too small, you're likely to spill out of the bra in an unintended, uncomfortable and unflattering way. Remember, the push-up bra's job is to enhance what you have, not fit so tightly your breasts are smooshed. A bra that is too large won't do its job properly either, as it won't be able to push you up.
Most push-up bras feature underwire and pads to help lift up the breasts. Some women find metal underwire to be unbearably uncomfortable. The most comfortable push-ups will have an underwire that you don't even notice. If something metallic pokes you, that bra is not for you. The underwire should provide support without discomfort.
If the bra is the proper size and fit, the pads on the push-up bra shouldn't be uncomfortable. If it feels as though they are pressing against you too hard, crushing instead of lifting your breasts, try a larger size. Keep in mind that the material the pads are made of could cause the discomfort too. Look for soft pads made out of gel.
Some women find lace bras to be incredibly itchy and unpleasant to wear. A smooth nylon or cotton bra may be the best bet for a soft and comfortable push-up bra. Ideally, the material of the bra should let your skin breathe, especially if you're wearing it on a hot day or at a sweaty dance club. The fabric of the bra should have just enough stretch to wrap around your chest comfortably. The stretch and elastic in the bra should be able to last throughout the entire day without becoming too loose.