Any article of clothing that can free you from a bra is a piece worth exploring. The
best camisoles with built-in bras provide one of the best ways to go braless, offering enough support without feeling constricting. That said, if you're looking for serious chest support, a camisole with a bra probably isn't go to cut it. But if you have the right expectations in mind, a cami bra can really come in handy.
You'll recognize a shelf bra by the extra fabric on the inside of your tank that has a built-in elastic underband and supports your chest via light compression. They're ideal for wearing during low-impact activities or while you're simply living your better-than-ever, bra-free life.
You'll find camis in all sizes on this list and with every need in mind — from those made from moisture-wicking fabric that resists odors to tank tops that are long enough to cover your butt and are fantastic for layering. Bottom line: if you're searching for a
supportive camisole that frees you from the burden of bras, you'll find one on this list. 1 This Basic Cotton Blend Cami With Rave Reviews
Offering the a solid range of size and color options at a great price, as well as boasting more than 19,000 reviews on Amazon, this
camisole with a built-in shelf bra is the all-around best basic tank top for layering or wearing on its own. It's made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex and the hemline extends to just below the hip, so you shouldn't have to worry about it riding up. It's completely free of irritating, itchy tags, and comes in six shades, the majority of which are neutral, wear-with-all colors like white, black, and navy. The straps are adjustable and most reviewers agree that it's comfortably soft and slightly roomier than other tanks. You needn't worry about having to order up a size to compensate for a more snug fit. A Helpful Review: "This is the second one that I bought and am considering a third. They are so well made, so comfortable and provide just the right amount of support too." Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large Available Colors: 8 2 A Similar Basic Tank In Extended Sizes
Another amazing basic
camisole with a built-in bra, except this one comes even in even more plus sizes. The scooped neckline helps make this camisole a great piece to layer under anything, but it's also a solid stand-alone tank with a supportive built-in shelf bra that has an elastic band. The shoulder straps adjust in the back and it comes in eight colors, including neutrals and shades like coral and olive green.
Made with cotton and stretchy spandex, this camisole tank is about 28 inches long and reviewers say it doesn't shrink in the wash. The fabric isn't extremely thick, which could be a pro if you prefer lightweight pieces.
A Helpful Review: "This cami is sturdy and provides more support than others I’ve tried. The straps are a little bit wider than others I have and it’s well made. I’m going to buy more!" Available Sizes: Medium Plus — 6X Large Available Colors: 15 3 An Extra-Long Camisole
Whether you have a long torso or you just like your top to have a little extra length, this super-long
camisole with a built-in bra not only has tons of rave reviews, but it also boasts dozens of color options (from olive to orange) and comes in a range of both straight and plus sizes. It's made from 95 percent cotton with a hint of spandex and has adjustable spaghetti straps. Plus, whether you want to buy one or stock up on several (and save money in the process), this one comes with the option to buy one-offs or packs of two, three, or four. A Helpful Review: "These tank tops are so soft and comfortable. The best part though is the length, I have a long torso and tops are always too short but these are long in a perfect way. 10/10 would buy again." Available Sizes: Small — Large Available Colors: 36 4 The Elegant Camisole With A Draped Silhouette
When you want to wear a
camisole with a built-in shelf bra that doesn't look like a camisole with a built-in shelf bra, turn to this tank. The delicate shirring detail along the neckline and the effortlessly draped silhouette make it a standout among other camisoles. It's made of a polyester-spandex fabric with four-way stretch for maximum comfort — and the material is even designed to stave off odors. It has adjustable straps and comes in 13 colors. Plus, unlike many other camisoles, the molded cups are attached to the shelf bra so that they stay in place. A Helpful Review: "So far I love this tank top. When I ordered I tried not to have too high of expectations but it's fantastic. The fit is just right. The built in cups in the shelf bra offer an impressive amount of support - especially with the addition of the adjustable straps. I also can't say enough that I love how flowy this top is in comparison to a lot of shelf bra camis that are skin tight. Would certainly recommend this product." Available Sizes: X-Small — 3X Available Colors: 13 5 This Moisture-Wicking Camisole For Workouts
Searching for the perfect moisture-wicking
camisole with a built-in bra that you can sport while working out? This one makes it possible to go without an additional sports bra, assuming you only require light support. In addition to wicking away sweat, the breathable fabric offers a level of compression that one reviewer described as "just right." It's also super soft, according to fans of the cami, and the Y-back design keeps the straps securely on your shoulders as you move. It comes in seven shades. A Helpful Review: "Perfect fit, comfortable and flattering. Great for high intensity workouts, yoga, running and everything in between. This top is one of my favs." Available Sizes: XX-Small — X-Large Available Colors: 15 6 An Organic Camisole For Eco-Conscious Shoppers
The only thing better than scoring a a quality
camisole with a built-in bra is spending your money on one that benefits people and the environment. This eco-conscious cami is made from organic cotton (and 5 percent elastane to give it stretch), but that cotton also has an impressive backstory. Pact's organic cotton is produced by Chetna Organic, a small community of family farms in India. Your purchase helps support these small villages and ensures you are wearing a tank designed from fabric that is grown in a more eco-friendly way.
All of that ethical stuff aside, this is a super comfy camisole with adjustable straps and elastic supporting the under bust that is covered by fabric that provides light to medium support.
A Helpful Review: "I am trying to buy only organic. This top is a quality cotton fabric, not too thick not too thin. I was afraid the shelf bra might make for the uni-boob, but it was roomy enough. The fit is snug, but not tight. An excellent wardrobe staple." Available Sizes: X-Small — X-Large Available Colors: 5 7 This Swing Camisole With A Peek Of Lace
Camis needn’t always be fitted — this
swinging camisole is long enough to work over jeans, shorts, and skirts and features a supportive built-in shelf bra with non-removable cups sewn in, subtle pleats on the front and back, and the pretties peek of lace at the hemline. The shoulder straps are adjustable and one reviewer confirmed that the bra isn’t just for show: “Great fit and bra in it has great hold. Not just an extra layer of thin fabric. Real bra and comfortable.” A Helpful Review: “It gives me the support I need without a full bra. It's very comfortable.” Available Sizes: Small — 4X-Large Available Colors: 8 8 A Comfy Maternity Camisole
camisole with a built-in nursing bra can be worn throughout pregnancy, but it's also a comfortable bra to wear while nursing, thanks to convenient removable and adjustable spaghetti straps you can snap off with one hand and drop-down cups that are easily removed while feeding your baby. This tank has a racerback design and is made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex so expect soft material and an abundance of stretch, especially around your tummy.
Reviewers say they wore these camisoles throughout pregnancy — day and night — and that they provide plenty of room for your chest and belly to grow. They come in three shades and patterns, including black and stripes, as well as an extensive range of sizes.
A Helpful Review: "Love this nursing cami!! Great coverage making nursing in public a breeze. And the material doesn't get all bunched up at the breast as others do so you cannot tell it's a nursing tank. The clips are easy and at the perfect height to use one hand. It's supportive enough so eliminates the nursing bra." Available Sizes: Small – 2X Available Colors: 3 9 A Money-Saving Pack Of Three Camisoles
Stock up on everyday basic
camisoles without breaking the bank with this money-saving pack of three. Each comfy cami features a supportive built-in shelf bra, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a scoop neckline. They’re made from 95% organic cotton and are soft and cut slim to the body. With a 4.5-star rating and more than 3,000 reviews, these are also a fan favorite. A Helpful Review: “This shelf bra camisole is great! It has a covered elastic band for the part that goes under your breasts, no more itchy, sweaty elastic touching your skin. It has a very nice soft cotton with a hint of stretch.” Available Sizes: Small – XX-large Available Colors: 10 10 This Racerback Camisole With Thicker Straps
With a sporty racerback and more supportive wide shoulder straps, this
camisole with a built-in shelf bra is comfortable, soft, stretchy, and will go with so many outfits. They have a slim fit and scoop neckline, and many reviewers said it works as a stand-alone tank or layered under cardigans and dresses. A Helpful Review: “I bought these because I don’t like wearing bras. These feel like pajama crop tops. It’s not too tight or too baggy. It fits well.” Available Sizes: Small – 3X-large Available Colors: 27 11 A Stretchy Camisole With A Padded Built-In Bra
If you prefer more of a boost, this camisole is designed with a built-in padded bra that works for anyone with a C cup or smaller. The cami itself is made of modal, which drapes better than cotton or polyester, and it has adjustable spaghetti straps, a scoop neck, and comes in a number of colors and money-saving packs of two.
A Helpful Review: “These are perfect! They are comfortable (both material and fit). [...] The padding is firm enough to stay in place without noticing.” Available Sizes: 0 — 12 Available Colors: 28 12 This Camisole With Compression And A Strappy Back
Combining functionality and style, this
compression camisole has a built-in shelf bra with light support and padding that suits B and C cup sizes the most, with light compression for comfort when you’re working out or running errands. Its double-layered design ensures that the moisture-wicking nylon and spandex material is breathable and it has a scoop neck and double criss-cross straps on the back for fashion cuteness. A Helpful Review: “I love not having to coordinate a sports bra and a shirt, etc. This top is truly all in one. It's a great staple.” Available Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large Available Colors: 13
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This article was originally published on
March 29, 2018