The Best Wireless Bras for our New Normal

After months at home, many need to return to their places of work. It's a switch of mindset, and a switch of wardrobe.  We can't go to the office in pajamas (well most of us can't), but we can find ways to change our perceptions of what is workwear, what is necessary to look professional, and embrace some of what we learned about comfort and productivity during the shutdown.  I think the one item women are most concerned with are bras.  Let's face it, few of us look forward to putting on a bra every morning.  Many of us have spent the time at home without a bra or wearing more comfortable options like bralettes, sports bras, and wirefree bras.  Is it possible to look professional without having to go back to underwire bras? Below I share my suggestions for wireless bras, ones that will feel good and look good.  Let's use this time at home to change the perception of what is necessary to be a professional and polished woman; here are some bras for our new normal.

Before You Bra Shop, Get Fitted

The main reason bras are uncomfortable is because the bra is not the right size.  Did you know your bra size changes regularly, even if you are still the same clothing size?  Weight loss and gain, age, gravity, diet changes, fitness changes, health changes… these all affect your bust.  You should be fitted once a year to be sure your bras are the right size for the current you.  While it may not be possible to get fitted in person at a bra boutique, there are ways to find out your current bra size at home:

A correct-fitting bra will be more comfortable.  As someone with large and heavy breasts, I find myself most comfortable in a bra… that is the right size and isn't old and worn out.  Which comes to my next topic…

Old Bras Are Not Comfortable Bras

Let's stop and think about bras.  They are made of delicate fabrics with a lot of technology and structure and hardware.  They are worn directly against our body, snuggling right up to the places where our body gets the warmest, where the body gets sweaty, and where the body rubs and moves against itself and anything on the skin.  The heat breaks down the elastic, the rubbing wears down the materials and shifts things like underwires.  Then we wash them, usually in a machine, sometimes with a lingerie bag on a delicate setting, sometimes not.  Whether we hand wash and dry flat or throw in the washer and hope for the best, that laundering breaks down the fibers even more.  If you put your bras in the dryer, you're degrading them and misshaping them even more.  Then we take them and sometimes turn the cups inside-out to shove them into a drawer.  It's ridiculous to think that such a garment can last more than a year with such wear and tear, yet most women are wearing bras that are long past their expiration date.  Sometimes it's because bra shopping sucks, sometimes it's because bras are hella expensive, but often it's because these old worn-out bras seem comfortable.

If they were so comfortable, you wouldn't have stopped wearing them the past months at home.

They may feel more comfortable because the straps aren't digging into your shoulders after being worn down.  They may feel comfortable because the cups have lost their structure and therefore the underwires aren't as noticeable.  But likely the reason they feel more comfortable is that you didn't buy a comfortable bra in the first place and comfortable bras do exist.  The thing is not everyone is comfortable in the same brand or type of bra.  We don't all like the same shoes, we don't all like the same jeans, why in the heck would we all like the same bras when this is one part of your body that is the most unique?

Finding the Right Wireless Bra for You

Okay, so we've gotten ourselves measured, we've gotten rid of those bras that are the wrong size (I highly recommend donating them and any worn but still functioning bras to I Support the Girls), and we're ready to find bras that are comfortable and work for our new normal.  A bra that gives the shape and support that you are comfortable with, and works with your wardrobe.  This can mean a lot of different things, and I think it's very important to not feel that just because you're returning to the workplace or out and about in society that you have to return to societal expectations that don't benefit you.  I doubt your company dress code states all women need to have their busts up to their necks, perfectly shaped, separated, and at attention.  Figure out what matters to you working with the clothing that you will be wearing.  It may be jiggle reduction, reducing the visibility of nipples, having fabric or space between the underside of your bust and your torso, having fantastic cleavage, minimizing size, increasing size, shape and separation… we all have different goals and they can be achieved with a variety of different types of bras, bralettes, and other intimates.

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Wireless Bras for Heading Back to Work

The majority of emails and comments I have received from readers in the past month is where to find a wire-free bra that is comfortable, but still gives some shape to the bust.  After months of not wearing bras and enjoying it, it makes sense to find something that is a step up while still maintaining comfort.  Below are wire-free bras that I own, that you readers recommend, that women I know have used, or I have researched and they get great reviews on a variety of sites.  I also looked to find a variety of pricepoints and link to reputable retailers. I am separating them by general category; I have the links and then carousels of images below them.  If you click on the images they will open in a new tab or browser window at the retailer's site.  There are arrows on the sides of the image carousels to advance to additional options.

The Best Wire-free Minimizer Bras:

Chantelle C MagnifiqueWacoal Visual EffectsGlamorise Magic LiftDominique UltimateSpanx Low ProfileJust My Size Comfort Strap

The Best Wireless T-Shirt Bras for a Smooth Finish:

Wacoal How PerfectPlaytex 18-hour All Around SmoothingSoma Vanishing Back | Soma EmbraceableSirens by Pour MoiWarner's Cloud 9Vanity Fair Beauty Back Full FigureNatori Bliss PerfectionAmoena Mara ContourB.Tempt'd By Wacoal Future FoundationParamour Marvelous Side SmoothingVanity Fair Body CaressVanity Fair Beyond ComfortAmoena LaraVanity Fair Body Shine

The Best Wireless Cooling and Breathable Bras:

Warner's Breathe FreelySoma Cooling WirelessCacique Unlined CoolingBali Double SupportWarner's Play it CoolVanity Fair Breathable Luxe Full Figure | Bali One Smooth UGlamorise Magic Lift Moisture Control

The Best Wireless Bras with Molded Cups for Shape:

Olga Easy Does It, Anita Tonya, Royce Georgia, Leading Lady Balconette, Playtex Ultimate Lift and Support, Wacoal How Perfect, Knix Wingwoman, Soma Enbliss

The Best Wireless Push-Up Bras:

Aerie Real SunnieAerie Real Happy, | Lively Lace No-Wire PushupLively All Day No-Wire PushupTrue Body Wirefree Pushup | Warner Cloud 9 Contour

The Best Wireless Bras for Large Busts:

Elila Layla Seamless SpacerGoddess KeiraFantasie JacquelineGoddess Celeste | Elomi CatePanache AndorraParfait DalisCacique Simply Wire FreeKnix Padded V-Neck BraSoma Embraceable Full Coverage

The Best Convertible Wireless Bras:

ThirdLove Seamless StripeMaidenform Casual ComfortHanes Convertible WirelessBali Comfort Revolution ConvertibleUNIQLO MultiwayWacoal Embrace Lace

Highly Rated Wireless Bras:

Taking feedback from Wardrobe Oxygen readers, researching reputable sites that review bras, and looking at customer reviews on multiple sites that carry the same style, I gathered the highest-rated wireless bras:

Soma Enbliss Wireless BraCalvin Klein Soft CupWacoal Level UpBali Double SupportWacoal AwarenessWarner No Side EffectsWarner Daisy LaceGoddess Audrey 

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Wireless Bras for Weekends and Working from Home

While the above category focuses more on shape and definition and being invisible under clothing, this is the category of bras for just being comfortable.  Comfort goes beyond not having anything dig into you.  Comfort can be taking the dog for a walk without having to change the bra you were wearing while binging a series on Netflix, it can be having separation between your breasts and your ribcage for airflow, it can be your clothing fitting properly for your work Zoom call without underwires.

The Best Bralettes for Large Busts:

Parfait AdrianaBravissimo JadeCurvy Kate UnwindAerie HibiscusChantelle Soft StretchCosabella Never Say Never Curvy SweetieCosabella Never Say Never Curvy Racie | Curvy Couture Cotton LuxeSugar Candy BasicKnix LuxeLift 

Highly Rated Bralettes:

Taking feedback from Wardrobe Oxygen readers, researching reputable sites that review bras, and looking at customer reviews on multiple sites that carry the same style, I gathered the highest-rated bralettes online:

Soma Embliss Wireless BraletteCommando ButterSoma Seamless BraletteBali Comfort Revolution FuseCosabella Never Say NeverBali EasyLiteAerie Eyelash Lace PlungeWacoal B Smooth 

The Best Everyday Wireless Bras for Large Busts:

Torrid 360Soma Embraceable Full CoverageCacique Cotton UnlinedThirdLove Pima CottonBravissimo Nova LoungeAnita Twin ArtWacoal How Perfect 

The Best Everyday Wireless Bras:

Aerie Real HappyLively The Spacer BraCocoa by Nubian SkinSoma Embraceable UnlinedBali Comfort RevolutionBali Lace DesireSpanx Bra-llelujahSpanx Breast of Both WorldsHarper Wilde The Bliss 

If your favorite wireless bra isn't listed in this blog post, do share it in the comments.  Some favorites may not be here because they are out of stock due to shipping and production delays from SIP but I will update this post periodically. I want this to be a valuable resource for those who are looking for comfortable, supportive, and good-looking wireless bras for going back to work or for their time at home!

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Not all Underwire Bras are Created Equal

I have spent most of this time at home in underwire bras.  They are the right size, they are not stretched out, they are a style that works for my shape.  My two favorites are this one from Fantasie and this one from Soma.  Many, especially those with more pendulous or heavy breasts, may find an underwire with a well-fitting bra to be more comfortable, even when lounging at home, than a wire-free alternative.  I have focused this post on wireless bras because that is what so many of you have requested in the past couple of months.  I will do a separate blog post sharing my favorite bras including the underwire bras I have found that are quite comfortable… stay tuned!

20 Comments

  1. July 1, 2020 / 8:24 pm

    Love the SOMA Jade color…and available in one of your favs. These will look great with the “neutral” loepard panties that are my standby with them. What a pick me up right now!
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  2. Anna
    July 1, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    I have the Glamorise Magic Lift in the first display (44F) and it is comfortable, nicely shaped, lifts well, and separates fairly well. I also have the Soma Embraceable Full Coverage, which is extremely comfortable, although I was really disappointed when it arrived because the slings under the cups gave me cone-shapes that were too pointed. I cut the slings out with a sharp pair of scissors, and now the shape is more becoming and the support is good.

  3. Cynthia
    July 1, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Wow. This is amazing. As a 36G, I haven’t worn a wireless bra in years. You’ve given me some good ones to try. Thanks for all your hard work!

  4. Karen
    July 1, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    Thank you for this round up. Count me as one who has moved to wire free or bralette since the WFH started, and honestly, I don’t see myself going back to my old wire bra’s even when we go back to the office. My issue is that I’m I’m a 30D and a small 30 at that. Like Lee mentioned, I’ve found the True bra’s to be really comfortable, but I’m not a fan of the removable pads, but that i need some padding for my personal comfort/privacy. I have found this bra/bralette hybrid works well for me Natori Bliss Perfection Contour Soft Cup Bra, as does the Nike Indy Luxe Sports Bra.

  5. JMod
    July 1, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    I am trying the Warner’s Cooling bra. Thank you!

  6. Nihongo Dame Desu
    July 1, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    34H or HH here. My gripe with wireless bras (and bras in generally, really) is that someone seems to think that no one with a band smaller than 36 (or even 38 sometimes) has large breasts. I’ve tried several from your “large bust” list. Sadly some don’t go up to an H and among those that do, many don’t go down to a 34. And anything that isn’t sized like a bra won’t work. It may say that size L or size 4 or however they label goes up to a H, but again, that’s made for someone more proportional with regard to band/bust. My breast tissue promptly slides out of the bottom of those because they band ends up being several inches too large. So a bralette/sports bra/pullover style is out if your rib cage/band is proportionally smaller than your breasts. The only wireless I’ve found that works and comes in my smaller band with larger cup options is the Panache Andorra wireless. (I think the Andorra also comes in a wired version, so it’s important to check before ordering.) It’s not ideal, and I find the cups run small. I order a J, the largest cup size, and while I don’t slip out and that top edge of the cup is smooth, it doesn’t press in between the breasts much at all, which I suspect a larger size would. It doesn’t create a uni-boob–there’s an inward curve, but no where near to reaching the skin between my breasts. So for me– someone with large and very full breasts–I go up a size and a half (from an H/HH to a J, which is up 2/1 cups) and could probably go up 3/2. Still, it works well and is very comfortable and seems to be the best out there and looks nice under clothing, meaning no spillage over the cups.

    • Erica
      July 1, 2020 / 10:00 pm

      I highly recommend the Cosabella Curvy line for the small-band-large-cup situation! I wear the lace one, the Curvy Sweetie, and it is SO COMFORTABLE. The lace shows more than I’d like under clothes so it’s not perfect but I have never had a bralette that looked and felt so good on.

      • Nihongo Dame Desu
        July 2, 2020 / 1:45 am

        I’ve looked at that one because it seems to be heavily recommended but sadly, their size chart only goes up to an F in a 34. So several cups too small. I could size up but to get to an H I’d have to go to the size recommended for 38H, the first band where the size chart mentions H, and that would certainly be way too big. Same problem I have with most bras, even those not wireless. The industry seems to think that only 38 or maybe 36 should be above about a DD.

  7. Joan
    July 1, 2020 / 11:28 am

    I bought the Soma Enbliss wireless bra when you featured it earlier this year. It’s so comfortable and it’s the bra I reach for most often. But sometimes the bottom band rolls up. Wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

  8. Lee
    July 1, 2020 / 10:50 am

    My favorites are True & Co. wireless bras. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon them on Nordstrom’s website but am so glad I did. I get the Large (I’m a 36 C) & it fits well, giving me support, some shape, and it’s extremely comfortable! It’s got removable pads as well, so I feel very “covered.” They wash well in a lingerie bag & then I hand to dry. I’ve got 4 now & another on the way. Since I work in public education, I can dress more casually & find that these are very appropriate for my work day. Of course, working from home these past few months, they’ve been just perfect.

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/true-co-true-body-scoop-neck-wireless-bra/4860916?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=inspired%20blue

  9. July 1, 2020 / 9:27 am

    the links from your 2 favorite bras are not working
    “My two favorites are this one from Fantasie and this one from Soma”.

  10. CHARLOTTE
    July 1, 2020 / 9:26 am

    I was just thinking this morning that I wanted to try and find a “good” wireless bra and then your post was in my inbox! I have loved the Soma bras on your recommendation . Somewhat interested in the Wacoal wireless bras. Have you tried them?

    • Pam
      July 1, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      I just bought the B Smooth Wire Free Bralette from Wacoal in a 36. They don’t have cup size designations (I wish they did), I am normally a DDD or G cup and miraculously, this fit and is a comfortable and effective bra. It leans towards Uni-Boob, but not too bad. And it is so comfortable, I think it will be my new go-to for yardwork.

  11. Julie
    July 1, 2020 / 8:47 am

    I also love the wireless bra from Uniqlo, both for comfort and for price! I am a 34DDD, and while the bra on the hanger looks suspicious, it gives nice shape and support without pinching or feeling too heavy. Especially great under t-shirts.

  12. Marla
    July 1, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Looking forward to reading this in its entirety. Thank you, Alison. My daughter HATES bras. She would spend her life in a crappy sports bra she’s had for years, but ugh! I think this is going to be incredibly helpful. Thank you!

  13. Bonnie Grove
    July 1, 2020 / 8:44 am

    I love that one in the lead-picture of the article – do you know which brand it is?? TIA!

    • July 1, 2020 / 9:42 am

      Sorry, it’s a royalty-free image I don’t know what the model is wearing

  14. Darlene
    July 1, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Thank you so much for this list! I’ve been looking for a wireless lounge bra for hanging around the house, especially as the heat goes up! I’m a 40ff in UK bra sizing so it’s not as easy as just buying a cheap bralette. I just bought a plus size wireless bra from Target’s Auden line and it was a complete fail – the place where the bra strap connects to the bra ripped within one hour of wearing it (I wasn’t even walking around! Just sitting around a fire!) and it’s not fixable because of how the threads came undone. Definitely going to check out your recommendations instead!

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