Let's get real: bras have needed a serious makeover for a while now. Whoever invented them was clearly not thinking about comfort or actually having to wear the things every damn day for years on end.
Some of us have responded by going boob-commando (i.e. braless). But not all of us are comfortable with going bra-free in public—or work in environments that might not respond positively to our free-the-nipple shenanigans.
So, while we should all make it a goal to remove the shame from bra-free boobies in the 21st century, we should also find new and improved variations on the traditional, uncomfortable-as-hell bra of the past.
Happily, a lot of companies have worked hard to provide just that. There are now all kinds of bralettes and comfortable (but still cute) updates on the bra.
Below are some of our favorite bralettes out there. Make your knockers happy and give 'em a whirl.
Calvin Klein and undergarments are a match made in heaven. There's something so effortlessly cool about all of their underwear and bralettes. And you can always count on quality when you're buying Calvin Klein.
This particular bralette is lightly lined and has a racerback that gives it a bit of an "athleisure" vibe. It also has cups—and they're removable, so you can choose exactly how free you'd like your boobs to be. Get a matching thong, girl short, or bikini, and you'll be prancing around your home in style in no time.
If you're on the hunt for somethin' a little sexier, this bra just might be the way to go. It's got all-over signature lace; soft, removable cups; a lovely embroidered bottom lace band; and plunge necklines in the front and back. It works well for small-boobed ladies, but it's also a great option if your breasts are on the larger side. It provides ample support, but without all the uncomfortable wires and "boob jail."
Great overall value for how little you have to spend on this sexy bralette!
We've all got that one shirt or dress that lets those seams, straps, or cups poke through. For work, weddings, or other formal events, sometimes it's best to do away with undergarment seams altogether. And that's where a Bali bra can help.
This bralette is a good option for all of your seamless needs. The no-strap, no-show features allow it to be completely invisible under clothing. It has wide straps and no wires, making it ultra-comfortable. And it's got removable foam cups—just how we like it.
One happy reviewer described it as the "Most comfortable bra on planet earth." So we'd say it's definitely worth a try!
This Hanes bra is an awesome value-for-price option. It's got a low neckline that makes it a great partner to just about any top. The adjustable straps are good for getting just the right fit—and can also be converted from regular to criss-cross straps, providing that much more versatility. No padding in this bralette, and super comfy, stretchy, flexible fabric that'll fit you like a glove.
This one's for the sportier among us. It's a practical, comfortable, no-frills bralette that is guaranteed to make the hooters happy. Colors include blushing rose, mint chip, white, grey heather, red hot, and black. It's got rave reviews from big-boobed customers—so if you're in search of bras for your larger-than-average breasts, we'd suggest you check this Fruit of the Loom bra out.
If, on the other hand, you're on the smaller end of the boob spectrum, a GORRENNO bralette could be the right pick. This bralette is great for around the house, errands, yoga, or even sleeping (if sleeping in a bra is your kind of thing). It's sweet, stylish, and downright cute. We also love the beautiful colors they offer, which include a saffrony yellow, a sage green, caramel, and rust red.
We think this Tommy Hilfiger bralette is cah-uuuute. That adorable striped band makes it stand out from all the other bralettes out there. There are also three different colors to choose from: apple red, bright white, and chambray.
The bralette is machine washable, which we all know is hard to come by but oh-so-handy when it comes to taking care of our undergarments. It's also wire-free, comfortable, light, and has a plunge V-neckline—all the good things that we love when it comes to bralettes.
This wire-free Warner's bralette is good for casual wireless bra needs. It's nothin' too fancy, sexy, or athletic—but just a good all-around, everyday bra. Its nice, wide bottom band will relieve you of those wired bottom bras that dig in and make us feel like we never fully left the corset behind. The perfect comfy bralette for winter, t-shirts, not-too-plunging tanks, or just lounging around the house.
This bralette is just the right balance of cute and sexy. It's wireless, has adjustable straps, comes with removable cup padding, is covered with non-itchy lace, and feels ultra-breathable. It's currently available in black and stone blue.
In case we hadn't already figured it out, this bralette proves that bras don't need to be wired, push-up, and padding-filled in order to be downright sexy. It's delicate, beautiful, adorable, and va-va-voom. But aside from how lovely it is, it's also crazy comfy. Get it in a winey red, ocean blue, light pink, white, nude, and more.