When the pandemic started, we talked about the most comfortable bras for working from home — but I feel like there’s been a big change in general in the past year or two about how women approach bras, and I’ve noticed more and more wire-free, comfortable options. So let’s discuss.
First: What did you wear for your daily bra in 2019? Have you changed your “bra wardrobe” and now choose different ones if it’s a regular day at the office, a date, or a work-from-home day?
These were some of my favorite comfortable bras the last time we rounded them up — but I think I have new, more comfortable options…
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Our General Favorite Bras for Work
These are all the best-selling bras that readers love:
Reader-Favorite Comfortable Bras
True & Co bras are always a reader favorite — they all tend to ride up on me, unfortunately, but I keep buying different styles because readers love this thing. You can also get True & Co. at Target, for what it’s worth, sometimes with a “buy 2 for $X” kind of sale.
Readers love the Natori Bliss bra and have noted it’s incredibly comfortable. The pictured bra, in particular, has been a reader favorite over the past few years.
It’s $66 full price, available in 30A–38D. Note that this one is not a bralette; it has clasps at the back.
In general, readers adore Natori for bras — this underwire and this underwire are two that have come up ALLLLLL the time in the past when we’ve discussed favorite bras.
Kat’s Personal Favorite, Most Comfortable Bras
As someone with a larger cup size, I have Opinions as well… so I thought I’d share some of my personal favorites. (I also like the reader favorites above, but… I’m much more likely to reach for these in my wardrobe.)
Hat tip to Wardrobe Oxygen for suggesting Evelyn & Bobbie bras on her site. (She’s also sung the praises of Fantasie, one of my favorite brands for underwire bras, in the past, so I had a feeling her suggestion would really work for me.) I got the Defy bra, first (sizing up as Alison had noted), and found it to be incredibly comfortable.
The fabric is slightly thicker than the True & Co fabric — and it doesn’t ride up at all, at least on me. The Defy bra does have a kind of high V-neck, though — to the extent where I’ve thrown on a V-neck shirt and had to change — so note that. (The Evelyn bra has a more regular profile.)
The company just had a crazy sale so I got one of each of their bras — I really like them all. Weirdly, my least favorite is the one with hooks.
Another bra brand I found on social media: Harper Wilde. I wasn’t a fan of the Bliss bra that I’d heard so much about on TikTok, but their “sports” bra is really comfortable. (I would not wear it for any high impact sports, though… and I wish it came in non-skin tone colors.)
(I just bought the Lively bras that Wirecutter loves, but haven’t tried them on yet…)
I first discovered the brand Bravado while I was nursing my kids — and they were always my favorite, most comfortable nursing bras. So I was delighted to see that they came out with some “post-nursing” (i.e., not nursing) bras recently.
It’s a small selection, but this “sculpt” T-shirt bra is a definite hit. The material is stretchy and smooth (but not as shiny or as thin as the True & Co fabric, if that makes sense). It’s super comfortable to wear. Sizing was a bit odd, though — I’d suggest sizing up.
This bra is available in size S-XXL (and two “full” sizes, L-XL) for $47 full price (but often on sale, like now!) at Nordstrom, Amazon and elsewhere.
Another favorite, more traditional wireless bra: this “minimizer” from Chantelle. I put “minimizer” in quotes because I don’t feel squooshed by it at all, but your mileage may vary. It’s $68 full price, but Bare Necessities has some for $15 (!).
I’ve had hit-or-miss experiences with Curvy Couture — but this wireless cotton bra is a definite hit. It’s unlike my other favorites because it’s cotton — but I like it. Soft, comfortable, breathable. Recommend.
You can find them in sizes 34DD-46H for $48 full price (but often on sale) at Nordstrom, BareNecessities, Amazon, and others.
Readers, what are some of your absolute favorite, most comfortable bras?
No more wires! I really like the Sloggi ones.
Ah, will check out. Forgot to mention that the 32 Degrees one that’s not racerback works pretty well. The sizing is weird though. I’m a medium and I’m not busty at all.
Good topic! Still (always) searching for a comfy lounge/work at home one. Hive, I didn’t get the legal teaching job . . . I appreciated all of the good advice and vibes I got a few weeks ago. I gave it my all and felt really good after the campus visit all-day interview. In the end, got an email with the news. Moving on though, thoughts on Amsterdam in first two weeks of May? Never been but have been to Italy, Paris, London, parts of Spain and Portugal over the years. Top areas to stay in and must-sees? I trust this hive above guides online! Thank you.
I personally felt like a week was too long in Amsterdam (we wound up jetting to Paris for 2 days at the end of our trip) so if you’re thinking about 2 weeks I’d encourage Amsterdam + another city.
Ah, good advice! Thanks
Keukenhof, take a train to smaller city like Gouda and to Bruges (Belgium). Amsterdam is nice but it’s not enough of a destination for one or two weeks. However, it’s very centrally located with good connections by train and air. You could even go to Eindhoven and take a very affordable Wizzair flight to completely different part of Europe (Prague, Krakow and Gdańsk, Budapest or Morocco?)
Keukenhof earliest. It shuts in mid may.
I think 2-3 days is enough for Amsterdam. Definitely visit Keukenhof, as others have said. Kinderdijk to see the famous windmills along the canals. If you want a little bit of a nature get-away, then Schiermonnikoog is a car-free island with wonderful bicycling paths through the national park and to the beaches (I used to go there on family holidays, when my family lived in Belgium). Would also recommend, as others have said, taking a train to other towns. In Belgium, I would recommend Bruges and Ghent. For a little further afield: Vienna, Budapest, Nice (and Provence, generally).
I need a comfortable bra with a teeny bit of padding that is size 36 A. This is a unicorn. The bralette things only have those stupid inserts like bathing suits.
Like these a lot but for me more a go out bra even though comfy: Hanes Women’s SmoothTec ComfortFlex Fit Wirefree Bra MHG199. Same size as you and take a small
This is me! Simply perfect by warners super soft wirefree. I get them from target.
These! They have molded cups and are cheap! They are my unicorn.
I just ordered some from Pepper – they are designed for smaller sizes. I’ll let you know how they work!
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For formal work bras, Olga by Warner. They stay in place without feeling like I’m wearing a straight jacket.
For daily wear/WFH, Fruit of the Loom sports bras.
(For comparison purposes: 40-DD/42-D)
I swear by Chantelle. I used to wear the C Ideal t-shirt bra, but now I do the wireless C Magnifique most of the time.
I don’t find compromised support comfortable for more than twenty minutes. These days I’m wearing Bravissimo and Fantasie.
I can sleep in a non-wired Freya (owne by Fantasie) bra, but I’m certainly not walking around like that! Ouch!
I’m a G cup and this one works for me. I mainly wear it in the summer when my underwires are really bugging me