They're a close second to going braless.

Mackenzie Dunn
Aug 18, 2020 @ 10:20 am
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There’s a reason that underwire bras are jokingly called boob jails: They’re intentionally made to lift and shape our breasts in a way that’s often uncomfortable due to sculpted wires, tight straps, and plentiful padding. Bralettes, however, are the complete opposite. They’re designed to offer a bit of coverage and subtle support while feeling like a second skin, and since the best bralettes are meant to feel like you're wearing nothing at all, they’re perfect for lounging around. Since so many of us have been working from home for a few months now, we’re officially naming 2020 as the year of the bralette.

Oh, and contrary to popular belief, bralettes are not just for small-chested ladies; there are plenty of options for those with bigger busts that still offer non-constricting support. From lace options to cool cotton, there’s something for everyone when it comes to bralettes.

Shop our top picks for the best bralettes of 2020:

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1 Best seamless bralette: Anthropologie Rockie Bralette

This ultra-stretchy, ribbed bralette is the epitome of comfort. It's lightly compressive, so it keeps the girls in without being too tight or feeling suffocating. Plus, it comes in nine cute colors and patterns for versatility and style, either under clothes or on its own.

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2 Best floral bralette: Aerie Shine Triangle Bralette

The smooth, stretchy satin and dainty lace trim make this sweet floral bralette a must-have. It has an adjustable hook-and-eye back closure that provides wireless support for busts of all sizes.

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3 Best strapless bralette: Lively The Bandeau Strapless

Grab this strapless bandeau to wear under those cute crop tops and off-the-shoulder dresses. With a breathable mesh back and removable straps for adjustable structure, this slightly stretchy bandeau is as effortless as it is comfy. Plus, it has a no-slip strip to ensure it stays in place all day.

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4 Best smoothing bralette: Skims Fits Everybody Triangle Bralette

Available in sizes XXS to 4X, this Skims bra was made with all bodies in mind, and it feels like a soft second skin. The supportively stretchy two-ply fabric works with your body, not against it, so it won't dig or create back lumps. Instead, the nylon and spandex fabric smooths, lifts, and shapes with a streamlined style.

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5 Best cotton bralette: Calvin Klein Women's Modern Cotton Bralette

Add this cozy cotton, unlined bralette to your loungewear must-haves. It's simple, breathable, and classic with an elastic bra band and racerback straps. Can you say comfy?

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6 Best lace padded bralette: Aerie Garden Party Lace Strappy Padded Bralette

Something about a lacey bralette just makes us feel extra sexy. This lace longline one features adjustable straps and removable padding for a customized fit and support. Plus, sizes XL and XXL are made with added coverage, so there's no need to worry about spillage.

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7 Best bralette for bigger busts: Lively Seamless Busty Bralette

Think bigger busts can't pull off bralettes? Think again. This one is made with the DD and DDD crew in mind. It's got wider straps for a touch of extra support, plus soft, resilient fabric that's made to lift and hug all the right places.

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8 Best T-shirt bralette: Halogen Seamless Day Bra

This soft, seamless bra creates natural support with a wider elastic bra band. Plus, it won't show underneath T-shirts thanks to the lightweight, form-fitting material.

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9 Best invisible bralette: Calvin Klein Women's Invisibles Lightly Lined V Neck Bralette

Eliminate the look of wires or traditional bra straps with this smooth, flexible bralette. The seamless microfiber material creates clean-cut edges and is invisible under clothing. It's also lightly lined and features removable cups for customizable shape and support—no matter your size.

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10 Best plus-size bralette: Torrid Black Lace Bralette

Cute lacy bralettes aren't just for smaller-chested babes. This one is sexy and stretchy for laidback wear. We love that the lace details are cool enough to allow it to peek out from our favorite tees and tanks, too.