The Best T-Shirt Bra, Strapless Bra & Sports Bras for the Rest Of Us
I’ve been asked to share some bra reviews, and while I generally try to steer clear of personal topics, this one is so essential to good style that I feel it’s one we should definitely discuss.
Lately I’ve seen a few fashion bloggers I follow sharing the bras they wear under their strapless and off-the-shoulder tops. They’re these itty-bitty stick-on things, and every time they show them, I literally laugh out loud. We are all built differently, of course, and more power to those of you who can get enough support from a stick-on bra, but today’s post is for the rest of us.
I really should write a post on each of these types of bras, but I don’t want to dedicate that much air time to this topic, so I’m going to lump them together and hope the SEO gods are kind to me.
And no, we did NOT do a photo shoot for this post. Ha! I will have to rely on stock photography.
Step One: Get A Bra Fitting
No matter what size you are, a proper fitting bra is crucial to good style. If you have not had a professional bra fitting in the past year, go and get one today. This is the fastest and easiest way to visually lose 10 pounds. Saggy b00bies are not in style. Ever.
I highly recommend Nordstrom for bra fittings. I’m personally not a fan of Soma, and I haven’t been to a Victoria’s Secret in years, although I used to work at one in college (true story!) and was taught how to properly fit bras so I’m somewhat of an expert on the topic. Nordstrom has a well trained staff and a HUGE inventory of virtually every style and size, but there are specialty stores if Nordstrom doesn’t have what you need. Google is your friend.
When I was nursing, I went to a shop that specialized in odd sizes, and they customized a bra for me. If that’s what you need to do, do it. It is worth it.
And now, if I don’t trip stepping down off of my soapbox, let’s get on with the bra reviews.
The Best T-Shirt Bra for D Cup and Up
This is the Wacoal Embrace Lace Contour Bra. This is the bra I wear most often. I fluctuate between two sizes, depending on the time of the month and my weight, so I make sure to have at least 2 of each that are no more than a year old in my closet at all times.
Of course every woman is different, and even two women with the same bra size will have different shape of breasts, so I can’t promise that what works for me will work for you, but I have recommended this bra to many women, and a lot of them have good luck with it. I’ve tried other t-shirt bras on, but I always come back to this one.
It is not padded, but the molded cups keep everything nice and smooth, which is essential under t-shirts and sheer tops and any top that might show the texture of your bra through your shirt. It does come in smaller sizes, and the largest cup size it comes in is a DDD so if you wear a larger size than that, I don’t have something I can recommend. Again, Nordstrom should be able to help you!
This bra is most definitely NOT a minimizer. I’ve tried many minimizers over the years, but I don’t care for the shape they create, so I finally gave up and decided to embrace the figure God gave me. I know that women who are small chested may not understand why I try to tone it down, but I just don’t care to draw attention to myself in that way. Nevertheless, I’ve stopped hiding under baggy tops because I know they don’t really disguise the chest, they just make me look heavier. Now that I know better how to dress my curvy body type, I feel more confident wearing a regular bra.
When I am not worried about texture showing through and I don’t want to have a cleavage issue with a low-cut top, I will wear this Chantelle Parisian Underwire Plunge Bra. Honestly, it doesn’t really have the support that I need, but it’s more modest when I bend over in a loose-fitting open-neck top, and it definitely makes me look smaller, which is nice sometimes.
The Best Strapless Bra for D Cup and Up
Again, everyone is different, and there are other good strapless bras, but this is the one I came home with after going to the Nordstrom store and having a professional fitting a few months ago. This is the Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Bra, and it is made specifically for D cup and up.
This is the most comfortable strapless bra I’ve ever experienced. It stays where it’s supposed to stay and creates a nice shape. It has truly changed my life insofar as I can now wear off-the-shoulder tops and spaghetti straps whereas I used to avoid them like the plague.
The Best Sports Bras for D Cup and Up
I updated my sports bras not too long ago, and I ended up buying two different styles. The only one that gives me the support I need for running is this Chantelle Intimates Underwire Sports Bra.
This sports bra keeps the girls lifted and separated (I hate sports bras that create the uniboob) and it has a J-hook in the back that converts the straps to racerback, which provides more support (I always wear it this way when I’m running, no matter if I need the racerback or not) as well as making it versatile for any type of top you might want to wear.
I also have this Natori Yogi Convertible Bra.
I really like the shape it creates, and it provides full coverage. You could wear this without a shirt if you’re one to wear your sports bras without a shirt. (For the record, I am not.) It comes in some pretty color combinations too. I don’t usually wear this to run, unless my other one is dirty. It doesn’t have quite enough support, but it’s okay. I usually wear it to my gym workouts and save the Chantelle one for running. I have a few old ones that are discontinued that I can fall back on as well.
I hope this post is helpful.
I want to say again that my recommendations are based on my own experience, which is limited. I am sure are tons of other great bras out there in these categories, and what works for me may not work for you, but it’s worth a try. Best practice is to go to the store and get fitted by a professional. Not only can they help you find the right size, they can recommend the right style and brand for you.
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