10 Back Smoothing Bras To Prevent 'Back Bulge'

These styles are designed to keep your back and sides smooth.

One of the biggest complaints from bra wearers: back bulge. Otherwise known as overhang, back fat, or back rolls, it's a common issue. In fact, it's practically unavoidable. Bra bands are made of elastic, and they must fit nice and snug, hugging the body, to offer the best support. And since our bodies are made of flesh — not steal or metal — it's completely normal to have some bulges.

Never sacrifice a good fit to avoid back fat. In fact, if your band is too loose, it will simply ride up your back. Not only is that less attractive under a shirt, it will also eliminate the support which will cause your bust to sag in the front. The key, then, if you want a smoother look in the back, is to find a bra that utilizes materials and designs that smooth. Most likely, that means a seamless edge, a wider or taller back, and a consistent material across the back, as opposed to a top and bottom edge made of thick elastic. These design elements, along with a great fit, can lead to a smoother look. 

Soma Vanishing Back Bra

The Soma Vanishing Back bra collection is a popular go-to for those looking for a bra with a smoothing back. According to Soma, the "contour underwire cups are undetectable under clothing." But the front is just the start. The smooth back band is where it gets really interesting. They utilize "patent-pending zone technology with knit-in flex zones for targeted smoothing" which maintains its shape, even after many washings, thanks to improved fabric stretch. Sounds impressive, right? It gets better! The band — both on the sides and the back — have a totally smooth, seamless edge. No wonder it's popular. 

In fact, there are several options available now, including: front closure, full coverage, and wire-free styles. Plus, two come in an all-over lace design! Choose from a variety of colors, prints, and fun patterns. There's a style to suit just about everyone. More »

Leading Lady back smoothing bra
Bare Necessities

The Leading Lady: Luxe Body Backsmooth Wire-Free T-Shirt Bra is a comfortable, seamless wire-free bra that is "designed to fit and flatter fuller figures". The cups are soft and foam-lined and reinforced side boning helps keep this bra anchored to the body. And the real stand out of the design is the seamless back wings, which help smooth and eliminate back bulge. The wide, and very soft, five column, three row hook and eye back closure also helps the back band lay flat and seamless.

Try this wire-free style for a comfortable, easy to wear option with a smooth back. More »

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Glamorise Wonderwire bra
Bare Necessities

The Glamorise Wonderwire Front Closure Bra is one of a few bra styles that utilizes a front closure to get a smooth back. But what sets this bra apart is the Wonderwire® design, which has a hidden cushioned comfort band. That band prevents the underwire from ever touching the body, and eliminates back bulge with wide, smoothing back wings. A wonder, indeed! In addition to a smoothing back, this bra also has supportive cups that feature inner sling construction. Designed specifically for D-G cup sizes, it's a great back smoothing bra for a full busted bra wearer. Don't miss the cute polka dot style! It's supportive, smoothing, and sweet. More »

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair strapless
Vanity Fair/HerRoom

Vanity Fair makes a variety of back smoothing styles, including a strapless bra! Their Beauty Back Full Figure Strapless Bra features seamless contour cups (a must-have for any strapless bra), along with tall sides and a wide back to ensure a smooth look. It's an innovative design that will give you a great look under strapless dresses. Plus, strapless bras can be worn in a variety of ways! Use the straps to wear this bra as a halter, racerback, or even wear it with decorative straps for a fashion forward look. 

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Bali bra

Ever notice how smooth back bras tend to be... a little boring? How about some detail, some lace, or maybe a little something fun? Try the Bali Lace Desire Back Smoothing Underwire Bra on and see how you like it! The U-back design has a smoothing effect and decorative lace detail. The lace can be found again on the front, as it graces the cups. Plus, a small bow and gem make this smoothing bra beautiful and basic. And for petite ladies, or those with a short waist, you'll love the full adjustable bra straps. Use the slide adjuster to find the perfect fit! 

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Goddess bra

Fuller figured and need a great back smoothing bra? You'll love the Goddess Yvette Banded Underwire Back Smoothing Bra. This bra is available for band sizes 36-52, an impressive range for any bra style, and especially one with a smoothing back band. What makes the band of this bra so smooth is the tall wings in the back, which hug the body instead of digging in. A nice bonus: the floral lace. It's decorative, but still smooth, making this bra an ideal combination of pretty and practical.

Other great features: the main part of the cup is seamless for an invisible look under tight or sheer clothing. And inside, there's an angled side support panel in each cup, which shapes the breasts forward instead of side to side. And the cup edge is two-ply lace over mesh that stretches to stay flush with your bust, while offering containment and coverage.

Don't forget, some band sizes offer up to a J cup size, which makes this bra ideal for full busts, too. More »

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Warner's No Side Effects

The Warner's No Side Effects Full Coverage Bra, available at Amazon, can also easily be found at major department stores like Kohl's. It may be known for its unique seamless edge under the armpit, which smooths and eliminates "sleevage." But don't forget about its smoothing back. Made with elastic free material, it's practically invisible under clothing. If you're going for a truly invisible look, try it in a neutral or skin tone color. Or, go for one of the many exciting colors, patterns, or prints! It's a great basic bra to wear under just about any outfit, at a great price.

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Spanx Bra

Finding a great, back smoothing bra with a racerback can be difficult. That's why the Spanx Bra-llelujah is a favorite. Available on Amazon in both a racerback or regular back style. It's a front closure design with a super smooth, stretchy back band that practically evaporates under tight clothes and clingy tops. No more lumps or bumps! And, as with any racerback style, it keeps straps from slipping, and hides them from view with racerback tops. The added bonus here is that the straps are seamlessly attached to the band, and are made of the same smooth, thick material for a truly invisible look.

The stretchy material can flex to fit your body's unique shape. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that this bra does have little adjustability, with non-adjustable straps, and only one closure clasp. That means you can't customize for a very secure fit. More »

Curvy Couture bra
Curvy Couture/Bare Necessities

The Curvy Couture Flawless Lace Side Smoother Bra truly is flawless! This unlined bra has beautiful double-layer underwire lace cups that lay flat under your clothes. Especially since the extra material under the arm encapsulates any spillage. That smooth and sleek look continues to the smoothing back wings, which prevent back bulge.

And, since this company is committed to creating innovative lingerie and bra designs for full busts, you know it will be supportive. In fact, this beautiful design is made for D-H cup sizes. And don't forget, it's gorgeous, too. Which, whether you wear it for yourself or to show off to a lover, you and your bust deserve nothing but the best! More »

Lilyette bra

If you want a bra that minimizes your bust and back bulge, the Dream Comfort Back Smoothing Minimizer by Lilyette is a must try. Like any other minimizer bra, this full coverage design distributes the breast tissue away from the center of the body, keeping it close. Minimizer bras are ideal for wearing with button up blouses, crew neck t-shirts, and turtleneck tops. They are are a wonderful style option to try!

And, while you achieve a sleek look in the front, you can do so in the back thanks to the seamless, double-lined, back-smoothing sides and back band. Look closely, and you'll notice an all over jacquard print, for a little fashion flare. But don't expect to see it through your clothing. This bra is smooth as can be! More »

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Playtex bra

The Playtex 18-Hour Sensationally Sleek Front Close Bra has a lot going for it. First, its front closure style features several hooks and eyes, allowing for a full coverage design and extra comfort. This is an ideal bra for someone who has mobility issues, is recovering from an injury, or simply feels it is easier to hook their bra in the front, rather than the back. The silky smooth cups, made of spandex and nylon, are great for wearing underneath a t-shirt, or other snug top. But the back is where this bra shines!

With one of the widest bra bands in this round up, it's an ideal bra for someone looking to totally smooth out their back. And while there are bras with more coverage in the back (including posture bras or even camisole bra tops), this style still leaves some of the back uncovered. What do you coverup, though, is any extra overhang. It's a smooth, simple solution to wear underneath your clothes. More »

Smooth and seamless

Smooth, seamless bras are all the rage. They are great options to get that invisible, seamless look underneath today's clingy, snug fashions. Try one on for yourself!