The bras that broke were from Maidenform, with the cheap clear plastic clasp that and123 referred to as Most Likely to Break. She's right. They do. Thanks for everyone's advice and input. After a consultation with an actual bra fitter (such people exist; who knew?), I am now the happy possessor of four ridiculously expensive bras . During the shopping session, I was taught how to position my boobs so they'd be comfortable, *and* the bras would enhance what they're supposed to. They're all back-close. I have learned my front-closure lesson. Yes, my clothes look better; in fact, I *do* look like I got a boob job. Spouse has not yet weighed in with an opinion, but I'm sure he will. Thanks again, folks.