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 have padding 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 and still feel really comfortable to wear (we mean it).
If back bulge is your arch nemesis, let us introduce you to this bra that’s straight-up engineered to create a better back side for you. It’s no wonder they’ve sold 5 million of these bad boys and they continue to fly off shelves. “Every woman I recommend them to, loves them,” notes Luciani. “It’s a gorgeous-looking, full coverage, back bulge-fighting bra.” Another perk is that it comes in almost as many shades as your favorite lipstick—17 different colors—so you can mix and match without feeling boring AF.
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 your go-to Ts are white, you’ll need something light and barely-there, which is what this bra was designed to be. The 237 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 bra doesn’t come cheap, but it’s for good reason. It’s insanely comfortable, according to several of its 360+ reviewers, even if you’re well-endowed. They offer a huge 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.
So what, your daughter and her friends shop here, too? These bras are QUALITY—and they’re well priced. This Sunnie wireless push-up bra gives you a boost in the cup plus thin all-over foam to protect you from that sudden chill in the air. It’s lightweight, stretchy and gives you a super natural shape. “Overall the bra is very ‘light,’ so it feels like wearing next to nothing!” adds Luciani.
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.
This bra looks like it’s too light and not substantial enough to provide enough coverage, but—as they say— don’t judge a book by its cover. It has an impressive ability to lift the girls and accommodates all the way to a G cup. Ladies, if comfort over cuteness is where your priorities lie, this bra is a must-try at the very least.
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.
This bra just launched this month and already has impressive reviews. It’s designed with an innovative plastic wire that promises not to poke while delivering natural support and flexibility that feels comfortable. Chipko claims she’s never felt a bra like this before. “It has a flexible wire that provides underwire support with the comfortable feel of wire-free and is made with a flexible wire,” she says. “It’s so great to throw on whether I’m going out or just hanging out around the house.”
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