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If two years of working from home has taught us anything, it’s that comfort is key. Nothing is more notoriously uncomfortable than an underwired bra, which is why bralettes have taken off in such a big way. Sitting somewhere between a sports bra, a crop top and a non-wired bra, a good bralette provides moderate support without wires, clasps, or rigid bra bands and straps digging in.
For years bralettes were the reserve of people with smaller busts, but as they've become more of a staple in our wardrobes, great leaps have been made to create bralettes that offer support for F cups and above. They look great, too!
Whether you’re after seamless and supportive, or pretty and provocative, here are the best bralettes for all bust sizes.
1. Best overall bralette: Marks & Spencer Flexifit Non-Wired Bralette
Price: £12 | Buy now from Marks & Spencer
"These are really comfy and supportive. It’s more like a cross between bra and bralette" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Branleuse
"M&S are fab. I’ve not worn a ‘proper’ bra since discovering them about 5 years ago" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, IvorCutler
The Marks & Spencer Flexifit style dominates the Mumsnet threads when it comes to recommendations for comfortable and supportive bralettes. This wireless option offers super soft, shaped cups, adjustable straps and a back clasp, and even a handy racerback converter. Style-wise, the options are simple, with white, black and nude colour options. However, this is an excellent everyday option that will convert even the biggest of bralette sceptics. Can’t see your size? No problem, there’s also a full cup version that goes up to a size 44H (and it’s our top pick for a fuller bust bralette, FYI).
2. Best budget bralette: Tu at Sainsbury's Black & White Non-Wired Comfort Lounge Bra Two Pack
Price: £14 | Buy now from Sainsbury's
"Sainsbury's has loads - search for non wired bra not bralette, you get lots more options" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Swallowridge
“Tu at Sainsbury's. It's really soft and comfortable” - vetted by Mumsnet user, DagenhamRoundhouse
This two-pack works out at only £7 a bralette - a total bargain! Even better, Mumsnetters are seriously impressed with the comfort and quality of Sainsbury's’ bralettes. This bra/bralette hybrid offers the comfort of a bralette but with the support and shape of a conventional bra. The plunge front means these work with most tops, and the adjustable straps and clasp back enhance the fit. Sainsbury's’ bralettes are incredibly popular, so you may need to keep checking the website for your size to come back in stock.
3. Best bralette for a large bust: Marks & Spencer Flexifit Non-Wired Full Cup Bra
Price: £20 | Buy now from Marks & Spencer
"I've got 7 of the M&S bralettes above, I'm a 34FF/G and they are pretty good. If I'm going out out then I'll wear a wired bra but 95% of the time I wear my bralettes" - rated by Mumsnet user, BusterGonad
We told you the Flexifit bralettes are great! Mumsnetters love this option for comfort, even with a fuller bust. The full-cup version is designed to offer support for F to H cups, with moulded support and four-way stretch. The straps can be adjusted for a cross-over fit for maximum versatility. Reviewers say this bra is so comfortable it feels like wearing nothing at all.
4. Best seamless bralette: Sweaty Betty Foundation Seamless Padded Yoga Bra
Price: £40 | Buy now from Sweaty Betty
“I know they’re dear but the sweaty Betty ones are totally worth the money. I’ve got two and have worn them every day for 3 years and they’re still like new. They’re so comfy” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Wellingtonone
This might technically be designed for exercise, but reviewers love this bralette so much they use it for everyday wear. The Sweaty Betty Foundation Bra offers lightweight support, with removable padding for shape and coverage. This is very much a classic sports bra shape, with a racerback fit and enough support for those active days when you’re running errands, or taking part in light exercise. We love the vibrant colour options, although we wish there was also a nude option for maximum versatility.
5. Best bralette with removable pads: Marks & Spencer 3-Pack Seamless Non-Wired Bralettes
Price: £20 | Buy now from Marks & Spencer
It’s another great bralette offering from reliable retailer M&S, this time as a three-pack of seamless styles. These bralettes are a pull-on style, with plenty of stretch for maximum comfort. They also feature removable cups and adjustable straps to ensure a perfect fit. We like the colour combinations of these bralettes, with three sets-of-three available to choose from. There’s also matching pants available if you want to feel really pulled together (without sacrificing comfort!).
6. Best under t-shirt bralette: Sloggi Women's Zero Feel Non-Wired Top
Price: £21 - £30 | Buy now from Amazon
“Sloggi do lovely soft and stretchy bralette type things. With removable pads to give shape. Super comfy and no lumps and bumps of straps/fabric under tshirts in summer” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Frozentoo
Sloggi is one of the most respected brands in shapewear, so it makes sense that their bralettes are also top-notch. Unlike other styles with removable padded cups, this ‘Zero Feel’ option from Sloggi is crafted with moulded cups to provide support and shape without any annoying seams or show-through. The pull-on design and wide straps also make this bralette super comfortable and secure. For the ultimate ‘no show’ under t-shirts, be sure to choose the colour option closest to your skin tone.
7. Best bralette with a thick strap: Bravissimo Zara Bralette
Price: £32 | Buy now from Bravissimo
“I LOVE Bravissimo! They have literally changed my life” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, qumquat
Even larger busts can wear this lovely lacy bralette from Bravissimo. The style of the Zara bralette provides the shape and support of a conventional bra, but with the comfort offered by a bralette. It’s non-padded and non-wired, with an adjustable clasp back and supportive, thick straps. The low back and subtle V-neck front means this bralette works under pretty much anything. There is also matching lacy pants that turn this comfortable bralette into a pretty lingerie set.
8. Best lace bralette: Duufin 6-Piece Lace Padded Bralette Set
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
If bralettes are all you wear, then this bargain six-pack from Amazon is the one for you. These pull-on bralettes feature delicate straps, removable padding, and an all-over lace design with a sheer lace back. These bralettes would be particularly nice layered under a blouse. While sometimes the quality of Amazon brands can be so-so, reviewers rave about the comfort and value of these bra tops. However, these bralettes are definitely made for smaller busts, and the size guide is a little confusing.
9. Best pretty bralette: Passionata Georgia Bralette
Price: £33 | Buy now from John Lewis
The Passionata Georgia Bralette is proof that comfort can be sexy too. With its plunge design and delicate lace fabric, this pull-on style is lingerie you’ll want to wear every day. Integrated foam cups provide coverage, while a racerback adds to the design. OK, this might not be the most supportive option on our list (big busts beware!) but it sure is pretty. The Blackcurrant and Sequioa Green colour options are especially striking.
What’s the difference between a bra and a bralette?
As we seek out more and more comfort from our clothes, the line between a bra and a bralette is becoming increasingly blurred. However, a bra will usually have a clasp back fastening, a shaped cup, and often underwire. By contrast, bralettes are designed for maximum comfort and feature stretch, and either no padding or removable pads. Appearance-wise, bralettes often resemble crop tops or sports bras.
Are bralettes supportive?
Bralettes are generally designed to provide lighter support than a conventional bra, and therefore are well suited to smaller busts, or for relaxing at home. However, more supportive bralettes for larger busts are available. These feature a fuller cup design, and sometimes other support-giving features like wider straps and structured cups.
What’s the best material for a bralette?
Bralettes are often made from polyester or other synthetic fabrics with a mix including elastane. This is to provide maximum stretch and comfort. Natural fibres like cotton and bamboo are also used to make bralettes, and these have the added advantage of being breathable fabrics.
What’s the best bralette to buy?
We weighed up the opinions of Mumsnetters and individual product reviews, and decided that the Marks & Spencer Flexifit Non-Wired Bralette is the best bralette to buy. With a comfortable, supportive and neutral design, this option is hard to beat. We also love that there's a similar design available for fuller busts.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know nothing beats a review from other mums, we started by combing the Mumsnet threads to see which bralettes people were raving about. We then compared their suggestions to other ‘best buy’ lists on the internet, as well as product reviews. We then weighed up which choices were best for specific needs.
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