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are longline bras comfortable

It’s hard to say when we fell for longline bras. The truth is, they’ve been around for decades, but at some point, this throwback style came back into the picture — and we couldn’t be more grateful. Think of it as the ultimate lingerie multitasker: a combination bra and shapewear all-in-one. With a striking retro appeal, it lends added shaping benefits, smooth lines, and heightened support. And a longline bra looks equally stunning under a cocktail dress as it does under a blouse and blazer (or, of course, under nothing at all). Longline bras also come in a wide variety of iterations, including underwire, wire-free, strapless, bralette and more. In other words: You’re sure to find a longline bra that works for your shape, size and personal style.

Still, as with any bra you own, comfort is key, and some longline bras have a leg up in that regard. Looking for a longline bra that you can wear all day into the night? Here are some tips to consider: 

Take your torso into account

Since a longline bra features more fabric under the bust, it’s important to keep the length of your torso in mind when buying this style to ensure it’s both comfortable and flattering. If you have a longer torso, you can certainly try some a longline bra that extends farther down your waist, while if you have a shorter torso, you’ll want to seek out one that only extends a few inches.

Always aim for adjustable

One of the main advantages of a long line bra is that it can reduce strain on your shoulders and back by better distributing the weight of your breast tissue. That’s an especially helpful perk if you either sit or stand for a long period of time throughout the day. However, you’re far more likely to reap this reward if you seek out a longline bra that has adjustable shoulder straps and a hook-and-eye closure in the back. These features allow you to customize the fit of the bra to your body, thus ensuring you get maximum support.

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Don’t be afraid to try your bra sister size

The band of any bra plays a crucial role in lending support, and it’s worth noting that some longline bras when you’re wearing your typical band size. That’s because a longline bra also has to fit around your ribcage properly — so depending on the proportions of your torso, you may need to go up a band size. If that’s the case, you’ll then likely need to compensate for that change by going down a cup size (bra sister sizes for the win!).

Be on the lookout for bonus features

In addition to straps and a band that is adjustable, there are other features to look for in a longline bra. For example, boning in the underbust (and other parts) in a plunge longline bra can help give you extra support and lift. With lightly padded cups, it can also help with shaping if you want to achieve a super smooth, round, symmetrical look, or are concerned with coverage under a somewhat sheer or lightweight top. Worried about slippage? Anti-slip silicone tape on an unlined wire bralette will keep everything in place so you don’t have to stress about it.


Not all long line bras are created equal. The perfect pick for you will depend on your particular body type, bust size, and preferences, in addition to your wardrobe. However, keeping these aforementioned pointers in mind will surely help to guide you toward a longline bra you’re bound to love. By the way — if you’re purchasing a longline bra for the first time and you haven’t been professionally fitted recently, there’s no time like the present. After all, making sure you’re sporting the correct size is the most important factor for a comfortable longline bra.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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