Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
We’ve rounded up the top-selling, highest rated bras at Nordstrom before — but in light of so many people trying to work from home right now, I thought it would be a great time to round up the most comfortable bras for working for home.
Obviously, if you’re small busted, you may not NEED a bra if you’re working from home — but if you’re on the bigger side like me (36G, whee), these are some of my favorite bras that are supportive but super comfortable. Which are yours? I’d love to hear what bras you’re finding the most comfortable right now…
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Coobie bras are favorites that a lot of moms discover on maternity leave — they have a number of different styles, but they’re basically super soft cotton bralettes with a bit of stretch. As someone with a bigger bust (36G) I use these more for sleeping/lounging bras, but some days I may wear them all day. Another tip for larger breasts: I find it much more comfortable to take out the weird padded inserts they come with — they wash and lay a lot better without having to worry about those. They’re around $22 at Amazon. Coobie
There are a TON of dupes for these on Amazon — I bought a three-pack of these and was pretty impressed with them for sleeping/lounging — they’re not quite Coobies but they’re also better than other sleep/comfort bras I’ve tried.
Readers LOVE this longline bralette, and it is SO BEAUTIFUL and comes in a ton of beautiful colors; Free People has a few similar styles with differing lace details. I’ve heard bigger-busted readers note that they love these for weekend wear; for my $.02 I really liked them (SO. GORGEOUS) but preferred the softer Coobie for sleep/lounging (above) or some of the others (below) for day. Free People Intimately FP Adella Longline Bralette
I picked the white one here to show the lace detailing, but note that they have a bunch of solid colors, prints, and options with lace and without. I’ve tried a lot of bras from Soma, and this is one of the only ones I’ve kept and wear regularly — it’s the softest wireless bra I’ve ever tried that gives decent support. (I went back during the January sales and bought more for $13 each.) They’re $44 full price, but are often on sale. Also important to note: this one has clasps in the back, which can be a con (clasps!) or a plus if you hate over-the-head styles. Pictured: Soma Embraceable Wireless
Cosabella is known for their super soft, comfortable lace thongs — so I was intrigued when readers started reporting that their curvy bralettes were comfortable and supportive. They have a number of styles and I’ve tried several on — they really are beautiful and supportive. They’re on the pricier side for bralettes, though — the pictured one is $68. Cosabella Never Say Never
This one is an actual, honest-to-god underwire — but it’s very comfortable. It is not as supportive/shaping as the Natori Feathers bra, which everyone loves, but it’s soft and I can wear it for hours and hours — and if you like a simple t-shirt bra in fun colors, this is the one. It’s $72 at Nordstrom full price, with a huge range of sizes and colors. Natori Pure Luxe
This one is one of the most expensive, and it’s a weird brand — but ever since I was introduced to this bra at Bratenders in New York it’s been one of my favorites — it is hands down one of the most comfortable bras I own AND it gives me a great shape and is supportive. (It’s also great if you feel like you have back fat issues.) The bras are made of molded material (like most t-shirt bras) — the underwire is so comfortable and flexible that I just had to check the product page to see whether it had an underwire. This is my go-to bra for long days, working from home, or generally, you know, living. The Shortee (pictured above) is $81 at Amazon; I also have a Tankee Long but tend to save that for days outside the house. Do check the size chart, as it’s a bit weird — at 36G I keep buying the Medium E. Pictured: Shapeez
I’ll also do a brief shoutout here to some of the top-rated wireless bras at Nordstrom that a TON of people have loved, with hundreds of great reviews — I haven’t tried most of them because they generally come in smaller sizes only. Are any of your favorites in here, ladies?
blue (True & Co) / lavender (Natori) / beige (Wacoal) / pink (Wacoal) / black (Sloggi)
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My go-to is the True & Co. one linked at Nordstrom, above. The D-DD version is great for those of us with a relatively small band and large cup.
Target sells this brand as well – I have three and have been living and sleeping in them in the last week. And I’m normally a 36E. Highly recommend!
I ordered one of these for pickup after reading your rec and it is changing my life rn. Thank you!
No bra during WFH, but if I need one to run out to the store real quick, there’s an Athleta one (maybe Everyday Bra?) that’s okay – pretty comfortable, but not perfect.
The most comfortable bra is no bra.
This is correct.
Personally I plfind “no bra” uncomfortable except for sleeping…. the bouncing when going up and down stairs, the nipple changing, and in warm weather the stickiness of the underboob… everyone should do what makes them most comfortable of course but I’m on team soft stretchy bra for WFH (and more structured when I want a tailored blouse or suit jacket to best flatter),
Nipple changing should be chafing obvi
I’m the same way. I wonder if it’s a size thing? As a 36DDD, it just isn’t comfortable for me to go bra less except when I’m in bed
Unless you’re well endowed up top, then a bra can actually help with comfort (keeps a lot of weight off the lower ribs top of pecs)
Am I the only person getting dressed (jeans+tshirt) to wfh? Also, what does your skincare routine look like these days? Mine is essentially non-existent other than washing my face in the shower, but I’d like to start some good habits now.
Ironically I’m the small minority wearing more makeup and more mindful of my tips. I usually WFH about 90 percent. With everybody else now doing it, so many more video calls. Go figure!
I wfh before all this, and my uniform is jeans + tshirt/sweater. Simple hair (I’m not heat styling it, so ponytail or similar) and mascara. That’s all you get, but it makes me feel so much better than the days I wear leggings.
Anon @ 1:30
Also the splendid brand wireless bras from Costco (not available online apparently, but available on Amazon) are the best. Nice wide bands and no wires, just a little thinly padded if that’s a concern.
those look perfect!! I’ve been looking for wireless bra/bralette with some lining.
I’m showering mid-day lately. I’m not getting up early enough to shower before my east coast conference calls (I’m on the west coast.) Fortunately, they’re not videoconferences.
When I do shower, I tend to get dressed in soft clothing – stretchy jeans, knit top, cozy cardigan, socks, and my hard soled birkenstock clogs. I haven’t been doing makeup at all – here’s one myth busted, at least for me. I’ve been makeup free for two full weeks and there has been no change in my skin condition – same number of clogged pores, etc, vs my BB cream every day phase.
I also haven’t been blow drying my hair, and I’m washing it a lot less often. I don’t see being able to get highlights again any time soon, so I’m trying to preserve what I have and my hairdresser told me the more you wash, the more you fade your color.
I kind of slacked off on my nighttime skincare routine for a while because I didn’t have any makeup to wash off, but I’m back on it. It just sends a signal to my brain that it’s bedtime.
I am trying to dress in something other than actual PJs or yoga pants every day, if only to make myself fell more human. No makeup, and some days I don’t even shower. It helps that very few of my work colleagues want to do video conferencing.
Rhonda Shear’s Ahh Bra – very comfortable….I wear these at home
I WFH normally and my favorite bras are:
Bali Double Support Spa-Closure Comfort-U Full-Figure Bra
Bali Comfort Revolution® ComfortFlex Fit® Shaping Wirefree Bra
I’m 32C and my boobs are very high up on my torso – I love that these have straps that are either quite short or super adjustable. I get the first one in 34B and the second in XS. The Bali band always runs snugger than others. No padding though – if I need more nip coverage there is another Bali wireless style with light padding which is also very comfortable. All of these have back closure – I can’t do softer bras that go over head because the band stretches out immediately IME.
Yesssssss, I was just coming here to see if anyone had mentioned these. The Comfort Revolution is literally the only bra I wear (I own it in a bunch of different colors), with the exception of special occasions where I need a longline/corset. I first found it at Target, but when I couldn’t find it again I turned to Amazon. I find going without a bra really sweaty and uncomfortable and I’ve always hated underwire, so this thing is a godsend.
I’ve done WFH part time for a while (work weekends but do it from home), and I’ve never felt comfortable doing it in my pajamas. If I’m running really late I’ll get booted up and logged in in my pajamas, but then I’ll go change while everything is loading. Nothing special, just t-shirt and jeans. I don’t bother with makeup or hair beyond a ponytail normally, so that’s no change, although I might put on eyeliner if I have a video call. I will frequently put on a bathrobe over my clothes, because my home office can get kinda chilly.
I have been putting on turtlenecks, light make up and earrings so I look ok on video, but have been wearing them with sweats and fuzzy socks.
Leading Lady has a bra that’s sold on the river site – it’s front-close, so it shapes more than you’d think, and it comes in a great range of sizes – currently 34A to 52 F/G/H. And very affordable, especially if you’re me and are used to paying $60 a pop for day bras – depending on size and color, these are about $25. Come to think of it, I should get some more now that I’ll be at home more. Most of my sleep/lounge bras are old nursing bras and they hardly do anything, but the LL ones are excellent.
Any recommendations for a comfy sleep/lounge/leisure bra/bralette that comes in larger sizes (F/G cup) and doesn’t give you a mono-boob? Bonus points for options under $25!
Just my size has a microfiber one that is very comfortable. Yes, it does give me mono-boob but I cram my J-cup breasts into the 4XL. But it is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn. So much so that it is almost like wearing no bra. Wide straps and no seams. I can step into them and pull them up if my shoulder tendinitis is really bad. I have even given some to my Mom who has a lot of shoulder/upper back issues and she loves them. I got mine on Amazon but if you are in the States they’re available off the Hanes website.
Now I feel guilty because I have not been wearing a bra (sports bra occasionally if I put on my workout clothes to try to motivate myself to do something). And am still in my Pjs…