They say nothing in life is certain except death, taxes…and bras that will forever annoy us with their rib-cage-pinching, underwire-jabbing ways. But no more. Here, 12 great bras without a trace of push-up padding or sharp hardware.

The Best Lace

Lightly lined with scalloped lace, featuring a little stretch. Pretty and practical.

Talula ($32)

The Best Seamless

Stretch cotton means softness for days. Plus: No risk of nip slips.

American Apparel ($14)

The Best (Barely) Push-Up

Editor tested and approved: Unlined mesh and a half-cup demi style, this baby gives just enough oomph while barely clinging on. And that underwire? You won’t even notice it. Trust.

Timpa ($36)

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The Best for the Well-Endowed

No underwire. We repeat: no underwire.

Bali ($40)

The Best No-Slip Straps

A racer-back that doesn’t dig. How novel.

Aerie ($20)

The Best Strapless

Want a comfy strapless that won’t slip down? Steer clear of push-up ones and seek out minimizers.

Lilyette ($40)


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The Best for Sporty Girls

Looks like sports bra. Acts like a sports bra. Doesn’t feel like a sports bra.

PINK ($23)

The Best for “Sporty” Girls

Mesh: It’s breathable, supportive and made for athletes. But it’s also perfect for Netflix binging.

Negative Underwear ($55, available October 14)

The Best According to Science

For the lazy, this one cleans itself (for real).

Knix Wear ($50 and up)

The Best for Fashionistas

All the cool girls are letting their superfluous upper straps show. (Just pair with a billowing top--nothing too tight.)

Free People ($28)

The Best Bows for Grown-Ups

When you need just a little sass.

Journelle Collection ($52)

The Best for the Budget-Be-Damned

Who wouldn?t want a little stretch tulle and silk satin in her life?

La Perla ($368)

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