I hit puberty young, and needless to say, I was the only third grader with full-fledged boobs. They haven’t gotten any smaller, either. Consequently, I’m the type of girl who appreciates her underwire and padding, but there are also some great bras for women who hate bras.
Of course, the word “hate” here is an exaggeration of the “I’m moderately annoyed by these falling straps and pinching wires” scenario because if you really hate bras, you shouldn’t wear them. Ever. Like, at all. That being said, while going braless is always a viable option for anyone and everyone, this guide is more for the women who prefer to have a little lift, shaping, and support, but don’t ever want to compromise on their level of comfort. On second thought, everyone deserves that support-to-comfort scenario, but unfortunately, life (and bra shopping) isn’t always that easy.
The first thing you need to figure out is why you’re feeling uncomfortable in your bra. After that, it’s the most straightforward thing in the world. If you’re feeling constricted, go for something stretchier. If you’re getting pinched, skip the wire. If they make you sweat, find a material that’s breathable. Here are the best and most comfortable bras for all those scenarios and more.
For a bra that stays put and feels like nothing, go for a supportive sports bra like the Puma's seamless sports bra. It has removable cups, so you can go for more or less padding, but its stretchy material and racerback design contours to your body and keeps your straps up on your shoulders no matter what you’re doing.
The Bali wirefree bra provides a whole lot of support without any of the usual confines. It’s entirely seamless and has no wires, but the thick straps, four-way stretch, wide back, and comfortable padding helps to keep you lifted and protected without any pinching or pain whatsoever.
For a lovely combination of beauty and comfort, go for the soft and smooth lace wire-free Freedom sports bra. It’s made with lightweight moisture-wicking fabric that contours to your body, and the V-back design keeps the straps where they should be. Best of all, a minimal amount of soft padding keeps you lifted without getting in your way.
For a smoothing and lifting effect without any wires or padding, there’s this super-comfy bra style. It’s made from a soft combination of nylon and spandex to cradle you from all angles, but its front eye hooks and thick straps ensure that this goes on easy and stays on easy all day.
If you prefer to see your bras as more of a fashion statement than anything else, check out this strappy bralette. It’s minimally padded to give you a little bit of support, but wire-free for your comfort. The intricate strap design crosses over your chest to dress up any outfit, and it comes in your choice of five colors.
Yes, this Warner's underwire bra has underwire, but because of its thick and stretchy seamless band, rounded full-coverage cups, and durable construction, you truly cannot feel this bra while it’s on. It gives you a great shape and tons of comfort, but without any of the inconveniences that come with confining bras.
This plus-size smoothing wire-free bra uses a lightweight but durable double fabric and a thick band at the bottom to keep the girls covered and in place without any discomfort. The material is extra soft, the top has beautiful lace detailing, you won’t be able to see it under your clothes, and reviewers are thrilled. One happy lady says, “Most. Comfortable. Bra. Ever.”
I’m all for lace because it’s lightweight, stretchy, and super comfortable, all while looking gorgeous. This Sannysis lace bralette isn’t padded or wired, but if you’re just looking for an extra (virtually unable to feel it) layer between your chest and your clothes, this one keeps you lifted and shaped without getting in your way.
Some people really can’t stand the sweating that comes with underwire bras, but this La Isla cool comfort sports bra combines great padding and supportive underwire with lightweight moisture-wicking fabric. It’s got a racerback design to stop straps from slipping, and because it gives you a significant lift without the discomfort that usually accompanies it, reviewers are loving it.
If you’re looking for a great combination of stretch and support, look no further. This bra's lace material is great quality and contours to your shape, pushing your chest up without constricting anything. The straps are thin and unobtrusive, and girls who say that it’s “hard to find a fitting bralette” have nothing but great things to say about this.
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