We have had several requests to compare posture bras. In an earlier article called Posture Bra or Posture Corrector we made the point that there are usually better options for posture correction than a bra – however – they can be useful for some people so we have made up a shortlist of the best products. This article was last updated July 2018.
The table below compares the best posture bras commonly available available. Please keep in mind that there are a huge number of products called “posture bras”. As an example, a quick Amazon search showed over 1000 different options (figure from July 2018)- the truth is that most of these are useless. The five below are the current market leaders for quality, function and value for money.
Posture Bras – Worth Trying
Like any piece of precisely fitting clothing, the comfort of a bra can vary widely based on the users build – no two bodies are identical! This means that there will always be some people who find a particular bra uncomfortable. We have tried to look past the “exceptions” when making these recommendations.
Our Criteria for Selecting The Best Bras
We always use a four factor rating scale when comparing products – effectiveness, durability, ease of use, and price/value. We do not link to a product unless it scores highly on all four factors, that would be a quick way for our readers to loose faith in our reviews!
When’s a Posture Bra Not a Posture Bra?
The easy answer is most of the time! We are not trying to be confusing here, but are simply stating the fact that most “posture bras” are simply a bra that the sellers are marketing differently. A good posture bra should provide support to the wearer’s upper back and chest. This means that both the design and construction needs to be carefully executed using quality materials. Several of the cheaper designs currently available are simply copies of better quality products but made poorly to save cost – avoid them.
The other issue with finding a posture bra is that several manufacturers call their offerings “posture bras” when they have no specific construction aimed to provide posture support!
What to Look for When Choosing a Posture Bra
If you want to look further than the bras listed above, there are some key features that any alternatives need to have to be even a little effective.
- Closes at the front – front closure means the back construction of the bra can actually provide some support. The more closure hooks the better as each hook can take and spread some of the load.
- Separated cups – if a bra squeezes both breasts together it is not a posture bra.
- Crossover back design – the essence of a posture correcting bra is the crossover design of the back construction. To work properly, the back should also be high (sometimes called “racer cut”).
A Final Suggestion . . .
By themselves, posture bras are really only a short term solution to posture correction. However, they become much more useful if combined with other, effective measures.
We suggest getting a posture sensor to help train your postural awareness and strengthen weak muscles. The current best is the Lumo Lift. The Lift is a small electronic device that you wear on your top. It is attached using small clasps and can be nearly invisible if you wish. Very briefly, it gently vibrates when you slouch and trains your body to hold a healthy posture whether sitting or standing. You can read our original review here or go directly to shop for one here.