Does Wearing a Bra Help Sagging Breasts?

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Marie Mannino
Senior Copywriter

We’ve quarantined and lounged about for two years now. And while that may eventually come to an end, wearing our comfy clothes won’t. No one wants to spend more time than they have to in restrictive styles, but what if wearing a bra can help with sagging breasts? We’ve got answers on all your questions about what really causes breast sagging (going braless or not) so you don’t have to wonder anymore. Here’s to your boobs. 

Different Types of Bras

Before we get into what happens to saggy breasts over time, let’s talk about the different types of bras there are to choose from and finding a good fitting bra for your body. When you’re shopping for the perfect bra, you want to go for one that does all the things you need it to. Everyone wants to look good in their bra and feel comfortable while wearing it, but what exactly do you want the bra to do for you? 

ThirdLove bra styles for all in a top drawer.

Are you looking for a little more push up to reveal some cleavage and balance out bottom-heavy breasts? Or do you just want a super soft and comfortable bra that’s going to help shape you, even out your underarm area and look invisible under your clothes? There are so many things the right bra can do for you that those uncomfortable, bad bras just don’t. It’s all about personal preference, but we’re going to share our favorite supportive bra styles: 

  1. A Must Have: The T-Shirt Bra
    This style of wired bra is made to be your everyday go to.
    T-Shirt Bras are supposed to give as much support as you need and help smooth your shape all around (and look great under a t-shirt, obvs!). Sounds simple enough, right? Not always. Look for a bra that is made well to give you the hold you prefer without slipping in the straps or digging into your skin. This is the most essential bra you need in your top drawer. The hold on a t-shirt bra is great for all day wear and gives you medium coverage.

  3. For Extra Cleavage: Plunge & Push Up Bras
    We’ll put these two styles in the same category because they both pull in your breasts and raise them up, similar to a balconette bra except the straps are shoulder width and not as wide as a balconette. The plunge style is made to fit with a lower cut top so you won’t see it if your top dips a little bit. We love a beautiful plunge bra in lace that gives you the lift you want with a little extra cleavage and a touch of flare. Think of this bra as your minimal coverage must have. 

  5. For Low Cut Tops/Strapless Dresses: Strapless Bras
    Everyone needs a strapless bra in their top drawer. You never know when you’re going to need one. Think about that time you bought a strapless dress or wanted to show off your shoulders in a halter top. The list goes on. A good strapless bra should provide support to keep your boobs in place all day without slipping downward or bunching up on the sides. You want a strapless style made with comfortable boning that’s snap-free so you can really move in it without it getting pinched or poked. Strapless bras that have a good silicone grip will help keep you in place, plus they’re comfortable against your skin and won’t pull. Strapless bras also give you some nice lift that enhances your natural shape with medium coverage.

  7. For Large Breasts: Full Coverage Bras
    Just like the name, this bra style is perfect for anyone with larger breasts. The super comfortable, wider straps add extra support that can help reduce any back pain you might feel with large breasts. Full coverage wired bras give you the most support and coverage because they’re made for fuller breasts and have wider wings (the side and back fabric panels of the bra).


The Drawbacks of Wearing a Bra

There’s no definite research that suggests there’s any disadvantage to wearing a bra. In fact, as long as your bra fits you well and is made with comfortable materials that help hold you in place and support you, it’s great to wear one. Especially for women who have larger breasts who experience back or neck pain from the added weight. 

Does Not Wearing a Bra Cause Sagging?

Wearing the wrong size bra or one that fits poorly can contribute to the weakening of the ligaments attached to your chest muscles. Why? A badly fit bra puts more stress on your tissue over time, can likely cause back pain and general discomfort. A little secret: your breasts don’t actually have any actual muscle tissue in them; those Cooper’s Ligaments that run throughout your breasts are like elastic strings that connect to your chest (otherwise known as your pectoral) muscles.

As you get older or your hormones change and those ligaments get weaker and become slack. What happens to our breast tissue is similar to what happens to our skin as we age – we lose strength from our collagen fibers, causing sagging and wrinkles. Depending on genetics and age, it’s more likely your breast tissue will droop naturally. 

Is There a Consensus on the Effectiveness of Bras on Sagging Breasts?

Long story short: not wearing a bra may cause your breasts to say. Some experts say, however, it’s a good idea to let those babies breathe once in a while. That means take a break from your wired bra when you get home or are just lounging about. We’re fans of wired and wireless bras alike, but bralettes are super comfortable and perfect to sleep in if that’s your thing. So if you’re looking for a break from a wired bra or tight constricting sports bras, try something wireless that’s made from super soft material and still gives you that support you need. 

At the end of the day, sagging is just a natural phenomenon that happens to your boobs over time. And if you’re wearing a bad bra, remember it’s not you—it’s the bra. Get a good fitting bra and say goodbye to uncomfortable, bad bras for good to help reduce the stress on your breast tissue, neck and back. If you need a little help, go ahead and take our Fitting Room Quiz to see what we’ve picked for you at ThirdLove. 

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