Bralettes are great in theory — they're soft, comfy and flexible, after all — but for many of us, this relaxed bra style doesn't always provide the support we need.
The most supportive bralettes provide extra fabric and stretch to make your dressing experience, stress-free and efficient. The Shop TODAY team has been on the hunt for some lightweight bra options that offer comfort and coverage, and we recently stumbled upon some shopper-approved options that seem pretty promising.
But first, we asked a bra expert for her tips and recommendation when shopping for bralettes. We're pretty sure you (and your chest) will love this expert's advice.
What is the difference between a bralette and a bra?
According to Ra'el Cohen, co-founder and chief creative office of ThirdLove, "the main difference between a bra and a bralette is that a bra will have an underwire and a bralette will be wireless."
While some bralettes still offer hooks and adjustable straps, their construction also offers more stretch than traditional bras.
What features should you look for in a bralette?
"It’s important for a bralette to be comfortable and still offer support," said Cohen. Some bralette features that can help accomplish protection are foam cups "for smoothing support and an adjustable back and straps for a customized fit."
What are the best bralettes for large busts?
Large busts require extra coverage and some of the features to look for "include fuller coverage cups that are comfortable and supportive, a wide band with a smoothing silhouette and straps that stay put but never dig in," said Cohen. Basically, you want a bralette that won't pinch, squash or squeeze your breasts, similar to this wireless bra for plus-size women.
Most supportive bralettes, according to customers
Rhonda Shear Ahh Divine Underwire Leisure Bra
If you love wearing deep-V necklines, this bralette will give you the softest feel with its knit-in features. The advanced tech compression and nylon/spandex blend created extra breathability and a seamless shape when wearing tops. Customers call this bralette a midway between a regular bra and a sports bra.
"Love the wide straps and pull-on ease. The bra doesn’t move all day. It gives wonderful support. And unlike other pull-ons, the underwire separates instead giving you a [uniboob]," shared one customer.
ThirdLove Form Seamless Scoop Bralette
For those looking for extra comfort, opt for ThirdLove's scoop bralette. This design features a four-way stretch that gives you extra freedom to move, along with an invisible fit that won't dig into your skin. It comes in different neutral hues and limited-edition colors to match your wardrobe.
One verified reviewer said this bralette is "super comfy, and I don't have any issues with the insert pads. Nice support, a little compression. Overall very happy with this bra."
Bodily The Everything Bra
If pregnancy has taken a toll on your boob comfort, this bra will become your best ally. The bralette is made with OEKO-TEX certified and an ultra-soft fabric to give your breasts a gentle feel.
One customer with a large bust said this was the "most comfortable bra! Literally loungewear. I'll continue wearing it even after baby duties are done."
Kindly Yours Women’s Sustainable Micro Scoop Bralette
The combination of silky-smooth micro fabric, support and coverage will give your breasts a comfortable refuge. The bralette is made with recycled nylon and other plant-based materials that provide a smooth feel.
"The material is very smooth and comfortable next to my skin. The straps fit securely without slipping so no need for readjustment either," said one verified reviewer.
Pepper Ultra Fine Bralette
The semi-sheer triangle bralette from this small bust-focused brand features a double layer of micro-fabric and zero padding to give your twins that satisfying boob-hugging feel. Customers called out how flattering it is thanks to no cup gaps in between. So if you're looking for a minimalist look without extra padding, this bralette is perfect.
Nude Barre 9AM Mesh Bralette
Boobs come in different shapes and tones, so this bralette option coming in a dozen different signature shades is perfect for wearers across most skin colors. The V-neckline is ideal for dresses with a deep decolletage and the lightweight material practically feels like second skin.
The Tank Bralette
Searching for a bralette that will actually support a larger bust? Look no further! Andie's tank bralette offers full coverage and layers seamlessly under clothing. The closure-free back, soft rayon fabric and flattering scoop neck design are just a few of our favorite features.
Pearl By Venus Lace Bralette
With this sassy bralette, you'll never have to sacrifice style for comfort. The lacy design comes in over a dozen colors and has a light lining that provides just enough coverage. The flexible style also comes in letter sizes (XS- XXL), so it's easier to find your perfect fit!
Moi Cotton Plunge Bralette
Va-va-voom! This plunging bralette brings plenty of sex appeal while also focusing on comfort. This one has a wide band for extra comfort and wire-free cups that provide enough coverage. Of course, the organic cotton is what gives this bralette the extra soft finish.
The triangle design will match most of your T-shirts and thanks to the triangle design, this bralette separates your boobs without creating a flat silhouette.
True Body Triangle Lace Racerback Bralette
We've professed our love for True & Co.'s Triangle Bralette before, so we're thrilled to see that the brand has a lacy racerback style, too. The soft bra feels like you're wearing nothing at all, but it also hugs you in all the right places and gives just the right amount of lift. Removable cups and an adjustable back also help!
Red Hot by Spanx Primers Bralette
Spanx knows a thing or two about support, and the brand hit it out of the park with this bralette. The slight V-neck design and adjustable straps are some of our favorite features and we adore the fact that the cling-free fabric won't stick to your skin or clothes.
Live-In Pretty Bralette
Sometimes it's the little details that make something work, like this V-neck bralette's soft fabric and memory fit. The sleek silhouette looks polished but feels insanely comfy and features adjustable straps that help you get the perfect fit. We also love that it comes in the three staple colors that every bra wardrobe needs.
Floatley Cozy Wireless Bra
Many bralettes look cute but offer flimsy coverage, but this one from Floatley offers the best of both worlds. The wire-free style is made of a light, breathable fabric that dries quickly and it has stylish straps that add a touch of sass. Basically, your shirts will look smooth thanks to the smooth bonding edges on the strap.
Soft-Knit V-Neck Bralette Top
This is an ultra-affordable find that you won't regret adding to your intimates collection. The wide shoulder straps help anchor the V-neckline and offer plenty of support for a range of bust sizes. There are nine colors to choose from and we're tempted to pick up a few!
The Busty Bralette
Love the bralette look but need a bit more support? Lively's Busty Bralette is perfect for sizes D-DDD and has an inner sling that hugs your curves and offers optimal support. It also comes in five neutral hues.
Jockey Generation Recycled Seamfree Ribbed Plunge Bralette
Make your clothes look extra sleek with this budget-friendly plus-size bralette find. It is perfect for larger busts and has sewn-in cups for extra coverage, a plunging neckline and adjustable straps. The stretchy rib knit is meant to offer wire-free support while the seam-free design provides a smooth finish to your clothes.