Bras can be awfully mechanical. Hooks, wires, reinforced straps, push-ups — these sound like the components of heavy-duty machinery and not something that’s soft, supportive, and gentle on the ladies. While there are certain occasions that warrant the lift and structure of a highly-engineered boulder-holder, sometimes we want the lite version. This is where the bralette comes in as a traditionally wire-free silhouette that skimps on hardware wherever possible.
It's a comfortable, uncomplicated, and judgment-free answer to the traditional torpedos that we reserve for moments that require more oomphs. Plus, these gentle garments aren’t just for the small-titted; plenty of brands offer devised options for ta-tas of all sizes. Ahead, shop 12 of the internet’s top-rated bralettes — and don't be shy in letting us know if your must-have style didn’t make the cut in the comment section below.
Lively Busty Bralette
Size range: 1 – 3 (See the brand’s fit guide for full details)
Lively’s bralettes are the stuff of legend, boasting the lethal combination of comfort, support, and — thanks to a daringly deep plunge — sex appeal. Customers go wild for the brand’s bralette, available in both regular-support and busty sizes.
Lively The Busty Bralette, $, available at Lively
Aerie Sunnie Lace Padded Bralette
Size range: XXS – XXL
Aerie’s beloved Sunnie t-shirt bra is reincarnated as a top-rated bralette, complete with cheerful lace trim and a longline band that pushes it into undergarment into crop-top territory.
Aerie Sunnie Lace Padded Triangle Bralette, $, available at AE
True & Co True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bra
Size range: XS – XL
True & Co’s supportive bralette boasts a near-perfect rating on Amazon, thanks to its buttery-soft fabrication and lifting capabilities.
True & Co True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bra, $, available at Amazon
Skims Fits Everybody Scoop Neck Bra
Size range: XXS – 4XL
Banish any notions of Kim Kardashian’s Skims as a celeb vanity brand — the successful shapewear imprint boasts partnerships with heavyweight department stores like Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter and scores of customers accolades on its website. The brand’s bralettes are beloved by customers of all bra sizes, thanks to an inclusive size range of XXS – 4XL.
Skims Fits Everybody Scoop Neck Bra, $, available at Skims
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