By now, most people have made their way back into the office at least a few times a week. But after two years of working from home in sweatpants and other forms of loungewear, many people’s new official work uniform has veered toward styles that are both comfortable and functional — with an emphasis on comfortable.
With so much time spent focusing on outer layers like pants, tops and shoes, make sure you remember to upgrade your undergarments to the possible comfortable options, too! Nothing’s worse than wearing a soft and silky top only to be suffering because bra wires are poking you underneath.
“I say bras are like shoes,” undergarment educator, bra fit expert and self-love coach Kimmay Caldwell previously told Hoda & Jenna.
If you’re not wearing the right kind, Caldwell continued, “it’s not going to feel good, no matter how amazing that bra is.”
Shop TODAY knows the bra struggle is real so, in addition to some expert picks from Caldwell, we rounded up some of the most comfortable bras for women that won’t feel like a major chore to wear.
Finding the right bra is truly a journey, and let’s be honest, kind of an annoying one. Your first inclination is to ask the group chat. But it’s also hard to get recommendations from friends since they are so individual and there are so many different styles that work best for different body types and breast shapes. That’s where we come in.
Below, we’ve rounded up the most supportive, comfortable bras in lots of different style categories. We’ve also answered some frequently asked questions and provided some tips that will help you find the perfect fit. Natori ‘Pure Luxe’ Underwire T-Shirt Bra claimed our top spot for best overall because of its comfortable fit and coverage, nice size and color range, and everyday t-shirt design.
Natori Pure Luxe Underwire T-Shirt Bra
This may be a t-shirt bra, but thanks to the super smooth material covering the cups and the lace detailing on the straps, it will still feel special when you’re wearing it. The cups are slightly contoured, meaning that the fabric closest to the underwire is a little more padded so that it provides more support and even helps to evenly shape out your chest.
The underwire itself is also coated in an extra layer of super soft fabric so that it doesn’t feel invasive at all. It’s also cut low enough to wear under tops that have deep v-necks while showing off the slightest bit of cleavage. Basically, this bra is the perfect everyday option that still manages to look sexy while providing the support that you need.
Felina So Smooth Modal Everyday Demi T-Shirt Bra, pack of 2
Felina makes amazing bras, so this two-pack of their iconic t-shirt fit is truly a steal. The pack includes a light shade of beige as well as a black option. The bras are made with their micro-modal fabric that is super smooth and won’t create the appearance of any texture under your clothes.It has a demi cup design and it’s lightly lined so that it smoothes everything out. The straps and the hook-and-eye closure on the band are adjustable. Even the underwire is soft and flexible so that you can feel totally cozy wearing this to lounge on the couch or under a cute outfit.
Simone Perele Saga Underwire Demi Bra
If you’re going to splurge on a bra, it needs to be one that’s as sexy as it is comfortable so that you can wear it for any occasion. This one is here to answer that call. It has lace-covered demi cups and straps, as well as a small decorative slit at the bottom center of the band. The cups are lightly lined with mesh, so while they don’t provide a huge amount of coverage, they are sculpted to give you a perfect shape.
The brand notes that the band runs loose, and recommends that you order a size down. That said, the band and straps are both adjustable so that you can make some alterations yourself.
Wacoal Ultra Side Smoother Contour Underwire Bra
One of the most annoying qualities in a bra is when extra skin topples over the bands at the sides. This bra completely eliminates that problem. It has a criss-cross design that eliminates any bulge while still being completely dig-free.The cups are full-coverage and lightly padded to evenly shape the chest. It has an underwire for added support, along with adjustable straps that are stretchy. The best part is that it manages all of this while still looking cute, which is truly an accomplishment.
Skims Fits Everybody Unlined Underwire Bra
Available in the SKIMS’ signature range of stunning neutral colors, this unlined bra uses power mesh to shape and support. Since it does such a good job at rounding and lifting, it’s hard to tell that it isn’t lined. It’s also the softest fabric that has a seamless feel around the band.The straps are adjustable of course, and the band has a hook-and-eye closure and feels and looks completely seamless under clothing.
We could all use a little extra support these days. Whether you’re shopping for your first bra or looking to upgrade some lackluster staples, this is a good place to start. We think any bra you put on your body should be comfortable and well constructed. And it should make you feel beautiful. To find some of the best bras, we spent 23 hours researching bras and talking with industry experts about what makes a great one. Then we enlisted a panel of four testers of different sizes who spent countless hours wearing 43 models from 19 brands—pitting industry titans against fledgling startups. We’re confident that our 10 final recommendations will suit a slew of moods, bodies, and style preferences.
I’ve been a science journalist for more than seven years, and since joining Wirecutter in 2017, I’ve written about lap desks, pencils, scented candles, and more. In my personal life, I’ve always had a soft spot for things that excel in both form and function. During the course of researching and writing this guide, I gained a new appreciation for the humble bra—which, when executed well, is really a finely tuned piece of design and engineering.
To write this guide, I interviewed Cora Harrington, the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie and founder of the blog The Lingerie Addict, which recently ceased publication; Jaclyn Fredenburg, an instructor at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) who specializes in corsets and other undergarments; Dr. Andrea Madrigrano, a breast surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; and Holly Powell, owner of The Pencil Test, a lingerie store in Portland, Oregon. I also spoke with Doug Farmer, a retired end-use research fellow at The Lycra Company; Majid Sarmadi, PhD, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology; and Colleen Hill, a museum curator at FIT and author of Exposed: A History of Lingerie, for additional background and context.
Because no two boobs are alike (even on your own body), I recruited a panel of Wirecutter staffers who wear different sizes than my own to test the contenders. Our testers wear a 34A, a 36D, a 42D, and a 34F. Over the course of six months, we spent countless hours adjusting straps, hooking and unhooking bands, and scooping and swooping our boobs into bra cups.