I’m over 50 and I wear almost every brand of underwear – it’s just a matter of knowing what works best for your particular body type and size. But some brands are more flattering to certain body types than others.
- Underwear brands for full-figured women.People think the terms “full-figured” and “plus size” are interchangeable, but they’re not. A full-figured woman is someone who is a DD cup or larger, yet is average in the rest of her body.
So, a full-figured woman over 50 but who is not above a 38 band size (which would put her in about a 10/12 dress) will do very well in a brand called Lunaire or Chantelle or Panache. Elomi is a great new brand (a division of the Goddess Companie and Fantasie) that does a really nice full full-figure bra as well.
- Underwear brands for plus-size women.A plus-size woman is a DD cup or large and also over a size 10 or 12. She is going to do very well in Goddess and Fantasie. Freya is a more youthful line, but they have some really cute things if you want to experiment fashion wise.
- Underwear brands for petite women.Wacoal designs a line of petite bras. The cups are a little bit closer together and the straps are a little bit shorter. They’ve made an effort to keep the underwires smaller as well. For instance, I’m a size 4/5, 5 – and I’ve tried a petite bra on and it doesn’t feel right – I feel smooshed.
- Underwear brands for average size womenAverage size women, at our age, need to be buying just really nice quality bras. Because they last – you really get what you pay for in this industry. You pay $40 to $60 for a bra and it lasts for years. You pay $15 to $20 for a bra, it’s gone in a year.
The better quality bras are Chantelle, Wacoal, and Hanro. In the mid-tier, there’s Vanity Fair, Bali, and Maidenform, which does I think some very creative things. In the less expensive category I would go with Playtex.