Best bras for back fat—banish the bulge with these smoothing styles

Find the best bras for back fat with the help of our round-up

three of w&h's best bras for back fat picks on a lilac background
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While we think that all bodies are beautiful, the best bras for back fat can help to smooth a common hangup that some people would rather disguise. And the main cause of so-called "back cleavage"? A bra that doesn't quite fit right. 

The best bras should fit snuggly enough to fully support your bust, but not so firmly that it's causing skin to spill out on either side. Similar to the best bras for large busts, a good test is to see if you can fit two fingers behind the clasp of your bra when it's on the loosest hook. If you can't quite squeeze your fingers in, it's too tight and could cause bulges.

The market's top options have us covered when it comes to the best bras for back fat, boasting a wealth of smoothing options that are guaranteed to boost your confidence. For best results, look out for smooth, seam-free edges and wide back panels. 

You'll be wearing your bra every day of the week, so it's important that you feel good in it—and that it's comfortable too.

What to look for in the best bras for back fat

There are a few features that can make a product stand out as one of the best bras for back fat. These are things to look out for when making your choice:

  • Extra support—a good amount of support in a bra is probably the biggest factor to look for if you want to banish bulges, as it means that the bra doesn't have to work as hard to hold up your bust and can sit more smoothly.
  • Wide straps & under band—both wide straps and a wide under band will give a bra more support and make it less likely to dig.
  • Soft fabrics—the softer the fabric, the less likely a bra is to dig into your skin and cause bulges.
  • Bralette fits—bra fits that sport more material and a lower amount of strap, like bralettes or even sports bras, can give you a smoother more seamless look as they tend to be made from thinner fabric and provide more subtle support.

Best bras for back fat according to our experts

M&S Collection Body Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette in black, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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1. M&S Collection Body Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette

RRP: $21/£12
Sizes: US 32AA-42DD/UK 32A-38E
Reasons to buy
+Soft fabric+No padding+No underwire
Reasons to avoid
-Straps are on the thin side-Not available in larger sizes

Bralette sales have boomed in recent years, and this is one of the best bralettes we've come across. The lack of wires means it's far less likely to cause unwanted bumps, while the soft, stretchy fabric creates nice smooth lines. This bra also features no padding and leverages a hook and eye fastening for added comfort and support. By design, it works well underneath the best dresses in your closet.

Figleaves Smoothing Sweetheart Full Cup Underwired T-Shirt Bra in mocha, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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2. Figleaves Smoothing Sweetheart Full Cup Underwired T-Shirt Bra

RRP: $28/£28
Sizes: 30D-40F
Reasons to buy
+Smoothing fabric+Flattering neckline+Available up to an H cup
Reasons to avoid
-Thin straps

There are the bras you want to be seen, then there are the ones you want to sit quietly beneath your clothes and work their magic. This is one of the latter. Undeniably comfortable, it's made of second-skin soft microfiber, as well as a light foam lining and smooth cups that secure breasts in place. The bra also integrates a flattering neckline, a thoughtful detail for everyday and elevated wear.

close-up rear view of woman wearing SPANX Breast of Both Worlds® Reversible Comfort Bra in nude, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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3. SPANX Breast of Both Worlds Reversible Comfort Bra

RRP: $42/£34
Sizes: US XS-3X/UK S-XL
Reasons to buy
+Soft and comfortable fabric+Really supportive+No wires, hooks or seams+Reversible
Reasons to avoid
-Boring design

SPANX has become the go-to for most of us looking for the best shapewear, but the brand actually offers some really reliable bras too. And their Breast of Both Worlds® Reversible Comfort Bra is magic when it comes to comfort, support, and banishing back fat. The signature SPANX material means that the bra manages to hold up and create shape for even heavier bust sizes without the use of hooks, wires, and seams—meaning you get the support without the digging and bulges. It also has removable cups for if you want a little bit of extra shaping and you can even reverse it to sport a different color too!

Sloggi Zero Feel Bralette in red, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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4. Sloggi Zero Feel Bralette

RRP: $39/£33
Sizes: US XS-3X/UK XS-L
Reasons to buy
+Feels like second skin+Seam-free+Supportive cups+Wide range of colours+Creates good shape
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

With their signature soft fabric, Sloggi makes some of the most comfortable bras on the market, so of course, they'd be a good option for banishing back fat. The second-skin-like claims definitely live up to the bra's name with material that feels almost like a super-thin, lightweight swimsuit. And it even does the seemingly impossible by offering support to heavier busts with its sturdy material and removable padded cups that lift the bust for a lovely shape. And with no obvious VPL lines, there's no hint of back fat with the bra. There are a lot of colors to choose from, however, the sizing can be a bit funny as it only runs XS-L. That said, the L does fit anything up to and around a 36G—so it's not too limited on the size front. 

front view of woman wearing Lululemon Like a Cloud Light Support Bra in purple, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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5. Lululemon Like a Cloud Light Support Bra

RRP: $58/£48
Sizes: US 2-14/UK 0-20
Reasons to buy
+Seamless design+Super soft fabric+Lightweight+Pretty colors available
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in larger cup sizes

It might have been designed to provide light support during yoga, but that doesn't mean you can't wear this best sports bra beyond your downward dog. The deep V neckline is super flattering, while the raw cut edges mean no niggling or digging seams. And it doesn't mince on design, featuring lightweight and sweat-wicking fabric, molded cups, and soft elastic straps. Together, these elements offer an adjustable and intuitive fit for long-lasting comfort and support. It's also available in a longline fit for anyone who wants a bit of extra coverage

close-up side view of woman wearing Leonisa Back Smoothing Bra with Soft Full Coverage Cups, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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6. Leonisa Back Smoothing Bra with Soft Full Coverage Cups

RRP: $50/£56
Sizes: 34B-40D
Reasons to buy
+Soft fabric+Wide underband+Padded underwire for extra support
Reasons to avoid
-Thin straps-Not available in larger cup sizes

A real game-changer when it comes to banishing back bulges, this bra comes up extra high under the armpits to completely negate the problem. Beyond smoothing, it features lightweight cups, which provide full coverage and hold the bust in place. The bra also offers a natural lift, flexible side boning, adjustable straps, and a back hook closure for a perfect fit. It uses light compression to streamline your shape, too. 

rear view of Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra in nude, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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7. Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra

RRP: $65/£41
Sizes: US 32A-38E/UK 32A-38DD
Reasons to buy
+Patented hand shape technology for extra support+High underband to stop underarm bulges+Low hook for backless effect
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in larger cup sizes

Worried about back fat on a scoop back top? A low-back bra might just be the answer. Wonderbra's patented hand-shaped support means you don't need to compromise on the lift. Thanks to its underwired design, this bra offers strong support for all-day bust security, no matter what. And the perks don't end there: it incorporates lightly padded cups that give a smooth silhouette shape, plus adjustable shoulder straps.

M&S Collection Lace Longline Bralette in black, one of w&h's best bras for back fat picks

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8. M&S Collection Lace Longline Bralette

RRP: $16.50/£9.50
Sizes: US 2-18/UK 6-22 (also available in DD+)
Reasons to buy
+Soft lace+Longline fit+Pretty design+Available in DD+
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing is less accurate than usual bra sizing

Proof that functional lingerie needn't look basic, this pretty lace bralette has been designed to create the sleekest lines possible. With a non-wired and longline design, it offers light support, all-around comfort, and a bump-free finish that's perfectly concealed underneath outfits. Among the best bralettes, this lingerie staple piece offers an option for most bust sizes, however, it uses clothes sizes, rather than usual bra sizes, so you have to put more thought into which size you go for.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

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