After four months of lockdown wearing only our most comfortable clothing, it felt like a big shock to the system when the world returned to this new semblance of normality and we had to go back to our usual underwear.
Confined to the comfort of our own homes for that extended period of time was stressful to say the least, but letting it all hang loose was one of the few silver linings.
So we firmly believe that as social calendar refills, and it becomes essential once again to wear the correct lingerie that we should stick to our cosy agenda and switch out the pieces that have been digging in, riding up and gaping for comfier alternatives.
Putting on a bra each morning doesn't need to be a painful experience. We’ve all had that satisfying feeling at the day’s end when it comes off and, freed from the confines of boob jail, it feels like anything is possible - but we’ve here to tell you, this doesn’t need to be the case. There are options out there that are both comfy and cute, fit properly and you can wear every day sitting virtually undetected beneath your clothes.
It all comes down to finding a good fit. The cups shouldn’t gape, the band should lie flat across your back without riding up and its wise to stick to adjustable straps. There are options for all bust sizes as well as with and without underwire.
Bra shopping should not be a traumatic or frustrating experience, so we’ve here to help and have gathered the most comfortable bras that we could find.
Fantastie Illusion Bra
Comfy bras don’t need to be unattractive - case in point, this pretty lace option from Fantasie. The label is ideal for bigger busts, offering a secure and supportive fit with bras that are comfortable yet stylish. The Illusion has long been a fan-favourite due to its full coverage. The cups are designed to mould to your body to prevent gaping and ensure it is the proper shape.
The fabrication is also super soft and smooth so can sit undetected under your t-shirt. The adjustable straps won’t cause irritation or dig in - even the hooks come with padding. The bra is available in four hues; navy, black, white and beige. It comes in sizes 30-40 and DD to J. If you love this bra, check out the Impression bralette too.
Spanx Bra-llelujah Bralette
We've done it. We've finally found a bralette to support bigger busts. Spanx describes their latest bra offering as "more bra than lette" and that is most certainly the case but nevertheless, we didn't think this day would come. Composed of a sumptuously soft fabrication, the piece doesn't have any wires, padding or actually any hardware at all. It is formulated with the same skin smoothing fabric as the signature Spanx shapewear but doesn't feel tight or constricting in the slightest. The bralette also doesn't ride up or bunch and works wonders in keeping everything firmly in place with impressive comfort. Can you tell we're obsessed? It comes in size XS to XL which corresponds to around 30A to 40D or 32DD.
Triumph Infinite Sensation Minimiser Bra
Your quest for comfortable lingerie should always make a stopover at Triumph. The brand has done it once again with this bra, designed to flatter your assets with a minimising effect. The moulded cups give an impressive amount of coverage while the elasticated trim detail customises it to your shape while adding style points. The back band is made from a soft fabrication and the adjustable straps have you covered for lifting and fit purposes. It comes in navy and beige as well as in sizes 32-42 and C-F.
Cosabella Pret A Porter Curvy Longline Bralette
For those with bigger busts, bralettes were once an impossibility. Yes, they looked pretty but they just didn’t have enough reinforcements - but no longer.
Cosabella offers this stunning floral lace option in sizes 28DD to 40FF and in black, ivory and white with an impressive amount of security. While it is wireless, it has a mesh lining that keeps your bust supported and comfortable all day long along with five (yes, five!) hook and eye closures. The straps are wide and the band is longer than most to ensure neither digs in. Pair with the matching thong for a sexy and supported look.
sloggi Zero Feel Bralette
Sloggi has long been a go-to for lingerie that won’t interfere with your life. The Zero Feel does what is says on the tin. You can wear it all day long; it sits like a second skin pain-free and unnoticed thanks to the seamless design - you'll forget you're even wearing it. The piece is made from a jersey fabrication without wiring and has a soft feel. There is also just the right amount of stretch where it works to mould to your body to keep it fitted in all the right places. The bra comes with removable pads that work to lift the bust and add padding if you need it. The band sits flat against your skin and the shoulder straps are wide to prevent rubbing. It is available in three colours and XS to L, which corresponds to around 30A to 38DD.
Pour Moi? Twist Cotton Soft Non Wired Bra
The first thing you will notice about this bra is the sumptuous soft cotton fabrication. It has a lovely skin feel and total lack of wiring. Even without this, there is a really good amount of support with adjustable straps and a lightweight padding. There is a stripe design along the cup and a pretty bow. You won’t want to take it off.
Heist The Bralette
A supportive and comfortable bra that just so happens to also have a super sexy design - Heist’s Bralette ticks all the boxes. It works to lift, shape and enhance your assets no matter your size. The mesh detailing is far more than just aesthetically pleasing, it also offers breathability and mimics the fascia for additional reinforcements. It is offered in sizes S to XL so for sizes 30-40 and A to F. Also check out the brand's Scoop and Triangle silhouettes.
Triumph Doreen Cotton Non Wired Bra
If the retro design of Triumph’s iconic Doreen bra doesn’t draw you in, then its testimonials will. The classic bra has been around for over 40 years, earning cult status with bigger busted women everywhere. Forget uncomfortable wiring, this bra offers you all the support necessary without it thanks to the robust underband. It has a soft cotton fabrication and a great fit. The cups are unpadded yet still have a shaping effect. They are adorned with pretty eyelet embroidery. The straps are thicker to reduce the pressure on your back and shoulders and even the closure is padded. It comes in sizes 34B to 40G.
M&S Light As Air Padded Underwired Bra A-E
Feel the freedom you deserve with this underwired bra from M&S that is complete with the brand’s trademarked Light As Air technology. This bra is designed to combine both comfort and style and we can confirm that it succeeds on both fronts. While bigger busts may steer clear of padding, it is quite subtle in this piece and helps with shaping. The fabric sits smoothly under clothing and is stretchy for a customised fit, while the satin feel at the trim and shoulders elevates comfort levels.
Panache Andorra Non Wired Bra
Not only do we love the pretty floral lace design of this bra, but the support and comfort doesn't disappoint either. Designed without underwire, it offers an impressive amount of support thanks to the full cups, powermesh construction and fully adjustable straps. It comes in three covetable colours; blush, sky blue and black and in cup sizes D to J and band sizes 28 to 40.
The Freedom Bra
This bra has been specifically crafted to offer comfort for those with bigger busts. Tailored for the size range of D and above, it has a well-made, structured design that offers a great level of support without any padding or flattening. The fabrication is sumptuously soft, which allows for all day wear with ease. The straps remain in place without digging in and are even fitted with hooks so they can be worn crossed over the back. It is available comes in sizes 32DD to 38FF and in black or clay colours.
The godsend Fantasie Fusion Bra has a secure fit, attractive design and is super comfortable for all day wear - what more can you ask? It has a pretty lace detailing but can still sit unnoticed under t-shirts. The construction is durable and so will last for a long time.