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The Best Bras for Work Outfits

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

A lot has changed over the past few years, so let’s discuss — what are your favorite bras for work outfits? Which ones are you wearing for comfort; which for every day? Do you wear a different bra (if at all) on days you work at home? If you’ve tried any of the tons of indie lingerie brands out there, which ones have been hits — and which are misses?

For my $.02, these are general guidelines for the bras for work outfits:

The best bra for office wear is unobtrusive — I’ve always preferred simple t-shirt bras, with no seams or lace. (To be honest, seeing seams under my clothing bugs me more than the lace!) Some women would put light padding in the list of requirements for office lingerie, so as to hide any “headlights” — but you do you.

Fit is key! Regarding bras: at no point during the day should you have what I call “the quad boob look” — if your bra is cutting into you so it looks like you have four breasts, odds are good your bra is too tight. (I’ve also recently heard the term “bra hats” to describe bras that are way too big in the band for you, which — LOL — but it’s so true. Hit up a bra store with specialized expertise (I’ve always loved Bra Tenders in NYC), or check out the subreddit, r/ABraThatFits.

Get support from where it matters. Keep in mind that most of your support should be coming from the band, not the straps — know also that if your straps keep falling off your shoulders you can either get them tailored or even buy lingerie just for petite women.

(See more tips regarding fit in our post with style tips for busty women.)  

(This is a different post, but regarding panties: yes, your panties can be too tight, and no, it isn’t a good look. Here’s our last discussion on the best no-show women’s underwear.)

Readers, let’s hear from you — what are your favorite bras for work outfits? What are your favorite bras in general these days?

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The Hall of Famers: Best-Selling Reader Favorite Bras for Work Outfits

These are all the best-selling bras that readers love:

A Few Notes on Special Categories of Bras

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The Best Bras for Work Outfits

gray Natori Feathers bra

This one is kind of the OG — a number of readers have noted how much they absolutely adore the Natori Feathers bra, both in terms of how they look in the bra as well as the comfort in wearing the bra. It looks fancy in the picture but it’s generally smooth under clothes, provided it fits properly. They also have a full cup version for larger breasts. It comes in a ton of colors and sizes 30A-42H (sizes 38DD+ are only in the full cup version).

Other best selling bras at Nordstrom include a bunch from Wacoal: Wacoal Awareness, Wacoal Basic Beauty, and the Wacoal Retro Chic bra — each has more than 2000+ glowing reviews.

Another Natori favorite: readers love the Natori Bliss bra and have noted it’s incredibly comfortable. The pictured bralette, in particular, has been a reader favorite over the past few years; they also have an underwire version of it.

Some other options for comfortable bras: True & Co., Natori Pure Luxe, Wacoal, Bravado, Soma. (As a larger-chested woman, I own the last four and think they’re that unusual mix of supportive but comfortable… True & Co. rides up on me, unfortunately, but I keep buying different styles because readers love this thing. You can also get True & Co. at Target, for what it’s worth, sometimes with a “buy 2 for $X” kind of sale. I just bought the Harper Wilde Bliss bra that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t tried it yet.)

Speaking of larger chest sizes — this Chantelle one has been a best-seller for years; it’s available in sizes 32C-42G. (This Chantelle minimizer is also a best seller, if you’re on the hunt for minimizers.)

Other great bras for larger chest sizes (speaking personally!) include Fantasie, Birdsong, Freya, and Natori. I have a lot of random styles from Elomi that I like a lot, but I don’t think I’ve tried their best-sellers, the Matilda and Cate. (Oh wow – I think they stopped selling it for a few years, but the Le Mystere bra that was Oprah’s favorite long ago is available again.) And of course, if we’re talking about styles for larger-chested women, we have to mention Bravissimo — they sell clothes, swimsuits, and undergarments.

{related: 10 things about dressing professionally if you’re busty}

Readers, let’s hear from you — what are your favorite bras for work outfits? How have your bra-wearing habits changed over the past few years, if at all?

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Stock photo via Pexels / Nataliya Vaitkevich.



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