Prepandemic, you might have considered the best bras to be structured. You know the ones: bras with stiffer underwires and padding that smooth and push up. But with the rise in remote work and flex scheduling, many of us have turned away from these traditional bra styles and towards comfier, unlined bras and bralettes.
Of course, we know that comfort is subjective and dependent on your body type. People with smaller boobs can often get away with wearing unlined bralettes (or no bra at all), while curvier people with larger busts may need to find bras that offer inclusive bra sizing. Whatever your preference, the best bra is one that makes your bust feel supported and at ease, no matter what you’re doing (while still looking stylish).
We asked more than two dozen shoppers (and SELF editors) of all cup sizes and band sizes to share with us their top picks for the best bras for work, lounging, and just living their damn lives—and they gave us a range of suggestions including unlined and wireless bras, bralettes, T-shirt bras, sports bras, racerback bras, balconette bras, and bras made of breathable fabrics. If you’re shopping for more specific types of bras, take a look at our stories on the best sports bras for nursing, sports bras for larger busts, and more. In the market for lingerie? We’ve covered excellent lingerie brands, as well as lingerie subscription boxes. And for tips on bra fit and bra care, read more about how to wash your bras (and how often).
In this round-up below, you’ll find best-selling and niche bra styles (arranged by size) that SELF readers recommend from brands such as ThirdLove, Wacoal, True & Co, Pepper, Bare Necessities, Aerie, Lively, and Savage X Fenty, available at retailers like Amazon, Target, and Nordstrom.
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