Boobs are a blessing, but fitting them into bras can sometimes be a curse.
Personally, I've always found it difficult to find just the right bra. It seems like all the cute bras are too flimsy but all the "sexy" ones are too loud and follow such an outdated ideology of what's sexy in the first place. As someone with broad shoulders with a small to mid size chest, I kind of always felt like bras were never built for my body. I am technically an "A" cup but it fluctuates to a B during the winter, and I don't like wired bras since they dig into my skin and have read they can cause health concerns amongst women who wear them. But then the alternative usually offers no support with ill-fitting straps and boobs pointing in all directions like a distressed airport traffic controller.
I've been on the hunt for a comfortable, minimally designed, feminine and supportive bra without padding, flowers, lace or wires. I took it as a challenge to find a bra for every setting. I tried on close to 16 different bras and narrowed it down to these eight. And here's why:
All styles: from the gym to the bar to the bedroom to the couch: there's a brafor every day in this post.
Price Friendly: the bras on the blog post start at $22 and go up to $70
Inclusive Sizing: All the brands on the blog use real women with a wide range of body types, which was very important to me. So many lingerie brands use the same sized models and I want to support brands with more inclusive sizing
I mostly like triangle bras in neutral colors, so you'll find a lot of those on the post today. I hope you enjoy!
1. THE EVERYDAY BRA: EVERLANE TANK BRA - $22.00
Hands down, this is my favorite bra to put on everyday. The style is cute enough that it feels feminine without trying too hard. You know those days you unexpectedly find yourself in a park and it gets sunny out and you want to take your shirt off to tan? You could totally pull off wearing this bra in public because of its sports bra, tank-style cut with just the right amount of coverage. It's so cute I would wear this as a crop. The fit of this bra is supportive and soft. While I can wear it with a t-shirt, its thicker straps make it a bit awkward to wear with more revealing tops and dresses, so that's something to keep it mind.
Upsides: comfortable, cute, supportive, soft, affordable
Downsides: unadjustable straps
2. THE WORK TO WORKOUT BRA: KNIXWEAR LONGEVITY BRA - $45.00
This bra is great for making a smooth transition from your workday to your workout. Most sports bras feel too constraining to wear all day long, but I found this one to be comfortable and incredibly supportive. The adjustable straps make it accessible to every body and boob shape, although the straps fit me sort of strangely. Some of the straps were loose, others were tight, but it didn’t affect the comfort levels, just the aesthetics. The material is SO soft like butter, and my boobs stayed in place in my HIIT class because of its supportive, snug fit. When I’m doing my burpees, I'm always a bit concerned about my nipples falling out of my bra (lots of those cute workout bras don't have enough coverage for me), but that’s not the case with this style. Readers can take 20% their entire Knixwear purchase with the code knixlee20. Valid through June 1, 2018!
Upsides: soft, supportive, “hug-like” feel, full coverage, no nip slip issues, comfortable to wear all day
Downsides: awkward length (is it a crop or a bra?), straps
3. THE SUPPORTIVE YET WELL DESIGNED BRA - LIVELY GEO MESH BRALETTE - $35.00
This bra makes me feel sexy and makes me feel like myself. It's got a bit more coverage than most "sexy" lingerie, making it more comfortable and a wee bit more conservative. I love the simple design and the just see-through-enough material of this bra. Most of the sexy lingerie I’ve worn in the past has cut into my skin and makes my nipples feel like they are getting sawed off by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre villain, but this bra is comfy AF. I can wear it under a t-shirt without any chafing or digging. Though I’m not a huge fan of how thick the bottom strap is (it feels like I am wearing a belt around my chest) I still like this one overall.
Upsides: comfortable, flattering cut
Downsides: thick bottom strap
4. THE BARELY-THERE BRA: LIVELY ALL DAY BRALETTE - $35.00
I don't feel like I am wearing a bra when I am wearing this bra. Does that make sense? It's so lightweight that I legitimately feel like I am not wearing one. I love the bra’s color combo, although the dark straps and bottom band are visible underneath a light colored shirt. When I wore it with a dark colored shirt, the shirt dye rubbed off onto this bra and now it’s stained. Kind of a bummer. Also, for my bustier girls: I don’t think this is the most supportive bra, it’s more of a lounging-at-home sort of bra.
Downsides: the toasted almond color stains after a few wears, poor fabric quality
5. THE VERY SUPPORTIVE FRIEND BRA - THIRD LOVE 24/7 SEAMLESS STRIPE WIRELESS BRA - $68.00
Though not for me, I felt compelled to include this bra in the post because I think it is a good option for people looking for more coverage, support, and padding. It may be ideal for those with a bigger bust. It feels like a mother hugging your girls close and in place. Personally, I am not a fan of lining or padding as I like my girls to have more movement, but this bra would be great for those who want more support.
Upsides: color, very supportive (this could be good for some)
Downsides: too much coverage for me
7. THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER BRA: THE PANSY CO. BRA - $48.00
Organic cotton + simple shape + neutral colors = the bra of my dreams, right? I've been loving Pansy's bras for years, but one thing I can't get over is how the straps stretch, rip, and fall down after only five months of use. I know you have to replace bras often, but for close to $50 I want my bra to last at least a year! I do love how Pansy is a woman-owned small business and the bras are made in the US, but I want the quality to improve before I buy another one.
Upsides: organic, small business, aesthetically pleasing design, colors options, made in the US
Downsides: price, longevity, poor strap quality, fit
8. STRAIGHT UP SEXY BRA: CALVIN KLEIN UNLINED WIRELESS BRA - $35.00
I love this bra (I bought it in Germany in September on a whim) and wear it when I want to feel femme. The bra has kept its shape and is sexy AF, but it makes my boobs look sag and become cone-like. There would be nothing wrong with that if my boobs were naturally cone shaped, but they're not. There's something about this bra’s lack of support that makes my boobs sag. I'll keep it and wear it around home, but it's definitely not a go-to bra for me. P.S. I got this bra in Europe, so I'm not sure if its available here in the US as it looks to be sold out most places.
Upside: design, color
Downside: no support, runs small
9. THE BEAUTIFUL BRA: NEGATIVE UNDERWEAR SIEVE NON-WIRE BRA - $55.00
This bra just feels good in your hands, you can tell that it's well made. The sieve material is sturdy, SO soft, and feels incredibly lux. It’s my favorite sexy bra, hands down! It's adorable. While a bit pricier than the others, this bra is an investment piece. It's currently sold out, but if you join Negative Underwear’s mailing list you'll be the first to know when it’s restocked.
Upside: craftsmanship, material, design, fit, color options
Downside: runs small
What is your current favorite bra and why?