Most of us have a love-hate relationship with bras. They help hold up our gals and give us nip coverage when we’re with the kiddos at school, but they can also be really uncomfortable, not to mention constricting. We pretty much just can’t wait to get home so we can rip our bra off at the end of a hard-worked day. But, as it turns out, bra-wearing doesn’t have to be such a battle. We’re no longer restrained to rigid, bad fitting bras that only come in limited sizing. Now we have tons of options—and one of the best ones out there if you’re looking for comfort and flattery, is the ever-loving t-shirt bra.
What is a t-shirt bra, you ask? Essentially it’s a bra that is meant to be worn for comfort and can’t be seen under a t-shirt (hence the name). “It’s usually a seamless, molded cup bra designed to appear essentially invisible under form-fitting clothes,” explains Megan Chipko, Director of Product Strategy and Innovation at PVH Corp (the company that owns brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Warner’s and True&Co). But like most clothing items, not all t-shirt bras are created equal. Some are wire-free and some have an underwire—some are lightly padded and others are truly seamless, with zero molding.
Similar to every bra, finding the kind of t-shirt bras that are best for you requires knowing what to look for. “The bra should lie flat between both breasts, your girls should be lifted and not sagging, straps shouldn’t be sliding or digging in, and there should be no bulges around sides, underarms or back,” explains Jené Luciani, lifestyle expert and author of The Bra Book. “If you have very round, full breasts, look for full coverage bras and if you’re a bit smaller, but just need lift, a demi bra will do.”
Here are some of the top-rated t-shirt bras that can give you a completely smooth seamless look (even for DD+ cups) and still feel really comfortable to wear (we mean it).
The arrival of summer will have you flocking to find the ultimate t-shirt bra. Well, let’s just say that Lively has you covered with a slew of versatile neutrals ranging from toasted almond to umber to warm oak. If a barely-there t-shirt bra is what you’re truly after, then a flesh-toned hue will be nearly invisible (yes, even under paper-thin tees). Deemed a can’t-live-without-it-staple, this t-shirt bra has front-adjusting straps and a back J-hook that easily converts from a classic to a racerback bra. If you’re between band sizes, be sure to size up! Could it be love at first sight? This Lively lady thinks so, “I can’t believe how much I love this bra. It isn’t wireless but it is so comfortable! The texture of the bra is very soft but gives great support. I haven’t utilized the j-hook yet as I prefer to wear my bras classic, but the straps adjust so I’m confident I could wear this cross back comfortably. I’m buying another (or 2 or 3) as soon as I need my next bra refresh!!!”
If your go-to Ts are white, you’ll need something light and barely-there, which is what this bra was designed to be. The 368 4-star reviews include customers raving over the breathable fabric, snug, yet comfortable, fit, and low scoop neck that allows it to hide seamlessly under shirts. Probably the most appreciated asset, aside from its comfort level, is that it feels true-to-size and comes in X-small to X-large. This Amazon customer raves, “I am 5’9” and wear a women’s shirt size L/XL, and I’m in between 40 & 42C bra size. I ordered an XL in this item. It’s thin which is nice for less lines under your clothing, and it’s well made. Comfortable, stretches with you, but not too tight. The padding helps with breast shape under tshirts – doesn’t make you look flat like a traditional sports bra. Padding is removable if you don’t like it. I’ve been looking for something for long, everyday wear, and that can pass for a shell under a tank top. Some sports bras for bigger women can be so thick and cumbersome, especially if you don’t have large breasts. This is perfect. I absolutely love it, so much so that I immediately turned around and bought another.”
Part of the thrill that comes with bra shopping is the adrenaline rush you get when you find the one. You know that feeling, right, ladies? For every 10 bras that suck, it’s the confidence-boosting one that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. We’ve heard only good things about True & Co which is why we’re so excited to put their Madison Lace Ultimate Coverage Balconette Bra on your radar. Not only does it come in five different colorways (from dulce to lavender macaron) but it has a beautiful lace trim and sweetheart neckline. So yeah, you could say that it’s a step up from your basic bra. We especially love that it’s made from a smoothing fabric that moves with you. If you’re not sure about your size, there’s tons of five star reviews to help guide you along the way. Tracy says, “I LOVE this bra. It is lightweight, and the coverage makes it extremely comfortable. I have no shifting, no muffin top, everything just stays exactly where it should. I now have this in two colors, and it definitely beats out every VS bra I have ever had in terms of coverage and comfort. It’s fantastic!”
This bra doesn’t come cheap, but it’s for good reason. It’s insanely comfortable, according to several of its 380+ reviewers, even if you’re well-endowed. They offer a wide range of sizes, and don’t make you look super busty under your t-shirt (even if you are). It also has a sexy lace-trim, if you’re looking for it to be more than just a t-shirt bra. Says this Wacoal enthusiast, “I love, love, love this bra. Like all Wacoal bras, it is well-made and supportive. I wear a 40DD and this fits perfect. I measure 40″ around my band, so it was right on as far as figuring your size. It looks beautiful on, and there are matching panties to make a nice set. It is lightly padded (so the headlights don’t show) but not enough that it would increase a cup size. It gives a very nice smooth look under clothing. The straps are thin but there is little bounce and they seem to be supportive for everyday use. I will buy this style again.” We LOVE to hear it.
Just as the name suggests, reviewers of the brand claim it’s truly soft as a cloud. It fits true to size, as 87 percent of Amazon customers say, and provides the support and lift they’re looking for all while hiding seamlessly under their t-shirt. One of its biggest perks, however, is its back-smoothing panels that tuck all of the right areas without making you feel tied down. The reviews speak for themselves: “I am always on the hunt for a bra that offers support, proper coverage and comfort, a bra I can wear all day and not have to adjust, loosen/tighten or worry about “popping out of” This warners bra is absolutely perfect! It is slightly padded, soft material and the straps don’t dig into your shoulders! I love the way this bra fits ( true to size) and I am not in a hurry to get it off as soon as I get home!!! By far my most comfortable bra!!!”
When it comes to shopping for anything-but-basic basics (ahem, like bras), it pays to shop smart. Once you’ve found a bra that you love (not just like, but l-o-v-e), it makes sense to stock up while you can. You never know when they’re going to sell out, or worse, get discontinued. This 2-pack set of Essence T-Shirt Bras from Calvin Klein includes one black and one bare bra, but rest assured there are other combinations available depending on your preference. With a demi cup coverage and minimal lining for shaping and support, you’ll never have to worry about spilling out. This customer weighs in, “I love these bras so much! They’re my favorite bras now. They’re soft and it’s like they didn’t even have that “break in point” where you have to break your bras in before they get comfy. They were comfy right away and still are.”
If you’re not looking to spend too much on a t-shirt bra, but still want one that can deliver, give this one by Bali a try. It has seamless, smooth support on all sides, convertible straps that allow for versatility and a lightweight and breathable material that is truly comfortable. It’s particularly praised for being full coverage enough for ladies in the double D category. Read on to see what this Bali convert had to say, “I can never find my size in stores so I’ve given up. 34DD. I tend to get quadra-boob or fun side-boob, or the material just can’t hold me up. Not so with this wonder. I’m all in. But unlike other restraining devices I don’t feel like grandma. This is not at all padded so there can be some nip-show through thin fabric. Wore it all day, at 10pm I still hadn’t set the ladies free. Normally I’m wrestling out into a flimsy sport support the second I know I’m not leaving the house again.”
Just as the name suggests, this bra truly feels like a next layer of skin. Users claim it to be made of the straight-up softest and most comfortable material on the market. It’s wireless and lightly lined so it keeps your girls in place, but is as lightweight as a bra can come so you don’t feel tied down. It’s ComfortStrength™ Wing technology ensures sides are smooth—no digging, slipping or pressed lines on your body. If 24/7 comfort is what you’re after, then this bra delivers. This buyer weighs in, “I’ve been looking for a bra that’s comfy, doesn’t dig in and still gives the support I need. This bra gives me all of that and is an amazingly soft material. Moves with me rather than against and doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a bra at all. 10000/10 recommend for all women! I can usually wear either 34 c or d, and I recommend doing the larger cup size if you can wear sister sizes.”
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