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The very first bra I ever had, when I was 11 years old, was the comfiest, softest bralette. I didn’t really need support at the time, but I loved the cute white-and-orange floral print. Then I graduated to underwire bras that seemed to get less and less easy on my rib cage as the years went on. True, I may need a bra that’s a bit more supportive these days, but at a 32B, it shouldn’t be that hard to find…right?
Unfortunately, comfortable underwire bras are rare. Most styles I’ve tried on over the past year or so have pinched my skin, poked me in all the wrong spots or had unbearably scratchy lace embellishments. So I went back to the style that never let me down in middle school: the bralette. By nature, they’re comfortable, wire-free and usually free of padding. The only downside? Many of them are lacey, which doesn’t leave the smoothest finish under my tighter tops and plenty of them lack the slight lift my girls prefer.
And then Spanx’s Bra-llelujah! Bralette came into my life. It’s soft, stretchy and just as supportive as I’d hoped it would be, coming from a shape-wear brand like Spanx. It doesn’t have any lace at all and is made from a smooth, seam-free material, so I knew I could rock it under close-fitting tanks and silk blouses (spoiler: it’s totally undetectable). And it has thicker straps than any bralette I’ve ever owned, which allows for a nice upward boost without digging into my shoulders or upper back. I basically haven’t taken this bra off since I got it—it’s that good.
I’m not the only one who loves it, either. One reviewer explains, “This bralette is the most comfortable, supportive bra of its type out there. I bought it to wear around the house on relaxed days, but honestly, it gives great shape, no double bubble, no digging whatsoever—it’s awesome! It’s the only bra I want to wear right now!” Another agrees, saying, “It’s difficult to find a supportive bra that is also wireless, but this one does a nice job. The soft banding throughout makes it comfortable with [enough] support for my 38-40 C’s.”
Oh, and it's 50 percent off this weekend, so I'm planning to buy extra reinforcements.
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