This underwire- and hook-free bra is incredibly comfortable.
At Real Simple, we spend a lot of time hunting for comfortable bras. Finding the perfect bra that doesn't pinch or rub, yet still supports, is perhaps one of the most difficult clothing challenges around (ranked right up there with finding the perfect pair of jeans). Generally, the process starts with making sure you're wearing the right size (learn how to measure your bra size here)—because if you're buying the wrong size, finding the ideal bra is a losing battle. And from there, it's all about finding the one that fits your body and matches your lifestyle.
And while some RS editors think they've found the ideal bra for them (and readers are loving our Feature Editor's pick for bustier women), I still hadn't found an underwire-free bra that was pretty and lacy, yet still comfortable. Was it too much to ask? I didn't think so—so when I spotted Underbares, a new bra company that creates all-lace underwire-free bras that slip on over your head and promise to never rub, I had to give it a shot.
As a long-time hater of underwire, I've always loved the concept of a bralette—but in practice, it never worked out. All too often, these flimsy bras either provide zero support or create the dreaded "shelf" look. So when I slipped into a black lace Everyday Underbares bra ($44), I was pleasantly surprised. The deep V neckline helps with shaping, while the bottom band provides support, even without clasps or adjustable straps. And because there are no hooks or metal bits, there's nothing to pinch into your skin when you lean against your office chair or lie down on the couch after work. And that scratchy feeling lace has when it rubs against your skin? I haven't felt it once, even after wearing this bra for three days straight.
In the support department, the bottom band helps, but it works to enhance and smooth your natural shape, rather than hoists you up. For those with small to moderately-sized busts, or who want to embrace a more natural shape, this will become your new go-to bra. Just slip it on, and you're ready to go.
Underbares provides a conversion chart for translating standard bra sizes to the company's sizes, but if you have any questions about finding the right fit, email the Underbares team, and they'll serve as your sizing gurus.