After years of push-ups, more natural bras are all the rage. So should you swap your underwire for a soft cup?Soft-cup triangle bralets have never been as popular as they are now.What’s the attraction and can they really work on big-busted women?

They're flimsy, unsupportive and tend to go baggy after just a few washes — yet soft-cup triangle bralettes have never been more in vogue.

Models such as Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne have been spotted wearing them, while Gucci and Marc Jacobs have had runway shows revealing the soft styles.

Even underwired bra stalwart Marks & Spencer has a range, and they can be found on the High Street from Cos to H&M and Topshop.

So, what’s the attraction? If you’re an A or B-cup in your 20s, the ease and comfort of them is obvious, but if you’re in your 40s and an E-cup, it’s quite a different story.

Bra expert Becky John says that for many women, comfort trumps any other consideration: ‘Lots of women hate rigid bras. Many are allergic to the nickel in the wiring and clasps.‘Surprisingly, lots of women like soft cupped bras even though they have a big bust. They don’t want their breasts to be so on show as they would be with a cleavage-enhancing underwired plunge bra. Soft bras minimise their breasts and let them sit flat.

But can they really work on big-busted women? Four differently sized women tested soft cups versus underwired bras and Becky John gave her verdict on which fitted best.

Frankie Park, 50, a model, has two children, aged 17 and 26, and lives in Twickenham, South-West London. She is a 34C and says:
Frankie Park,50岁,模特,有2个孩子,分别是17岁和20岁。她现在生活在伦敦西南部的特威克南。她穿34C,对于胸罩她是这样说的:

Apart from during pregnancy, when my boobs filled out and then became more saggy after giving birth, I’ve always been a 34C. Before children, I’d happily go without a bra, but now I need the support.

I wear soft-cup bras because they’re more comfortable and you’re not as aware of the underband restricting your rib cage. I loved the colour of this soft-cup bra, but it was slightly uncomfortable because the straps were so thin. When you’re carrying the weight of an enormous bosom, you want some sturdy straps so they’re not digging into your shoulders.

The balconette version of the soft bra gave Frankie a great cleavage, helped by the supportive padded cups, vertical seaming and curved underband. In comparison to the soft cup, the underwiring enhances a fuller appearance.

THIS satin triangle style looks luxurious and I imagine it would be perfect for lounging around the house.

With the wide band and vertical seaming, it has some support, but if you are above a B-cup, you definitely wouldn’t run for a bus in this one.

The slim straps were difficult to adjust and the bra wouldn’t offer a smooth line under a T-shirt, but it would look amazing on show under a chiffon blouse.

Debra Peters-Mill, 44, is a health co-ordinator for a local council. She lives with her husband Jonathan, 45, a store manager, in Fulham, South-West London. She is a 36D and says:

Buying a bra has always been something of a minefield because of my size — 36D. I usually go to M&S, though I’ve bought them from Donna Karan and Triumph, too.

Soft bras don’t make my cleavage as pronounced, so I’ve always bought those. I always feel there’s so much material in a wired bra, while the soft ones give me a flatter shape.

The soft bra here was comfortable, but having worn the underwired bra, I may have to rethink my stance. It didn’t make my boobs stick out too much and was lacy and pretty.

The plunge underwire bra was quite a departure for Debra. However, she was amazed how comfortable it felt. The bra is designed to push inwards and upwards to create that maximum boost — definitely a date night bra.

Fiona Davies, 42, runs a financial education business. She lives with her husband Martin, 46, a graphic designer, and son Noah, five, in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. She is a 34DD and says:

My bra size has gone up and down so much in the past six years since I had my son that I buy my bras from a specialist shop. The first time I was measured I’d been wearing a A-cup and the lady tutted at me as she told me I was a D-cup.

I normally wear underwired bras because they give me a better shape and that makes me feel more confident.

I’ve bought soft crop-top bras in the past, which are comfortable, but they did make me feel flat-chested. If I want comfort, I tend to go bra-less anyway. The red lacy bra was pretty and fun, but I wouldn’t want to go jogging while wearing it. Perhaps I’d wear one just for my husband.

This lace bra is pretty, but doesn’t offer much support. We loved the festive colour, perhaps an early Christmas present!

Eva Von Mitzka, 59, is an actress. She lives with her partner in Teddington, Greater London. She is a 34D and says:

I’ve always worn an underwired bra. They give me support, a good shape and a full cleavage.

Apart from just one uncomfortable time when the under-wiring poked out and started prodding me in the ribs, I’ve never had any problems.

Eva said she felt more feminine in this underwired bra. However, she was a little worried about the thin double straps, but thought it would be a great evening bra.

This supportive soft-cup bra fitted Eva so well. It gives such a pleasing uplift and smooth line that it would be perfect under a T-shirt. In fact, Eva felt so supported, she was surprised it wasn’t underwired.