The most comfortable bras for post-lockdown life

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·7 min read
Crop tops, sports bras, bralettes, whatever you call them, they have been our go-to this last year, and we predict they'll become a forever staple.  (Getty Images)
Crop tops, sports bras, bralettes, whatever you call them, they have been our go-to this last year, and we predict they'll become a forever staple. (Getty Images)

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If you're anything like us, you'll have spent the last year either braless or wearing comfortable sports bras while working from home. 

And, quite frankly, the thought of slipping on an underwired push-up bra and suffering from the straps digging in, is filling us with utter dread. 

So it is no surprise Google searches for comfortable and supportive sports bras have risen by 58% in the last month, while the number of searches for a "wireless sports bra" has risen by 300% over the last year. 

There are a whole host of designs out there, some with supportive cups, others with a V-neck; some with thick straps, others with adjustable ones; as well as front fastening or back fastening options. 

Some designs are ideal for all-round wear, including while exercising, while others are best suited for lounging around the home. 

We have curated the bestselling and top-rated sports bras and non-wired bras across a whole host of brands to suit a variety of needs and budgets. 

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Flexifit™ Non Wired Crop Top | £20 from Marks and Spencer

Flexifit™ Non Wired Crop Top
Flexifit™ Non Wired Crop Top

The top-rated Flexifit™ Non Wired Crop Top from M&S is a versatile bra that can see you through everyday errands, sleeping and working out. 

This soft crop top-style provides full coverage, has removable non-wired, non-padded cups, as well as a gel underband for extra comfort. It is made from super smooth Flexifit fabric, which is breathable, comfortable and supportive. 

It comes in sizes 8 to 22, to fit A to E cups, and is available in four colours: black, white, green and opaline. 

Anya Padded Seam Free Bra | £18 from John Lewis & Partners

Anya Padded Seam Free Bra
Anya Padded Seam Free Bra

The Anya Padded Seam Free Bra is non-wired and boasts removable padding. 

It also features ruched detail on the chest, as well as a wide ribbed underband, to support and lift the bust. While the low back detail provides comfort and allows for extra movement. 

Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette A-E | £12 from Marks and Spencer

Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette A-E
Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette A-E

The Smoothing Non-Wired Bralette A-E grabbed our attention because it is not only flattering, but also affordable at only £12. 

This non-wired design is longline, so comes a little further down the ribs. It is made from polyamide and elastane, so it has added stretch, but is also smoothing when worn under clothes.  

Willow Non-Wired Bra | £20 from John Lewis & Partners

Willow Non-Wired Bra
Willow Non-Wired Bra

The Willow Non-Wired Bra is a simple design, but highly effective.  

It features a seamless structure and support, as well as lightly moulded, non-wired cups, to support and flatter the wearer's shape. 

It comes in three colours, black, almond and white, and is the ideal number for those lazy days on the sofa.

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Non-Wired Sports Bra | £46 from John Lewis & Partners

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Non-Wired Sports Bra
Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Non-Wired Sports Bra

The Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Non-Wired Sports Bra is non-padded and non-wired to provide comfort, and support during high impact sports, as it boasts an "eight support system" to prevent your breasts from moving when you work out.

This design is made from a polyamide, polyester and elastane blend, so there is stretch to fit your frame. 

It also has a seam-free inner lining, so as not to irritate the wearer and cause discomfort, plus moisture wicking fabric to draw sweat away from the body to regulate your body temperature.

This creation also features a full open back, hook and eye fastenings, wide padded non-slip straps, as well as reflective tape across the cups for visibility if working out outdoors.

Cotton with Cool Comfort™ Non Wired Bra A-E | £18 from Marks and Spencer

Cotton with Cool Comfort™ Non Wired Bra A-E
Cotton with Cool Comfort™ Non Wired Bra A-E

Marks and Spencer's Cotton with Cool Comfort bra ticks all the boxes. It is made from soft breathable cotton and is non-wired, but is fitted with padded cups for a smooth outline. 

This design is created with M&S' Cool Comfort technology, which is moisture wicking to help regulate body temperature, while the Supima cotton makes this bralette soft to the touch. 

It has adjustable straps and is available in a wide range of sizes from 32A to 42E

Lace Trim Non Wired Bralette | £9.50 from Marks and Spencer

Lace Trim Non Wired Bralette
Lace Trim Non Wired Bralette

For those looking for a slightly more stylish and playful bralette, we've found M&S' Lace Trim Non Wired Bralette

This chic lingerie number is non padded and non-wired, but boasts a delicate lace trim for a touch of extra femininity. 

It comes in two styles, the bright floral fabric pictured above, or a dotty grey alternative, both are available in sizes 6 to 22.

Performance Sports Bra | £27.50 from Amoena 

Performance Sports Bra
Performance Sports Bra

Amoena's Performance Sports Bra is made from polyamide and elastane, so it provides support, but also comfort. This number features adjustable padded straps, so should not pull on your shoulders. 

It is made from fine microfibre fabric which moulds to your bust for extra comfort, while the mesh front and side panels provides extra breathability and moisture control. 

This design is available in sizes 32AA to 42 DD, and is available in black and white. 

SKIMS Sculpting low-back stretch-woven bra | £48 from Selfridges 

SKIMS Sculpting low-back stretch-woven bra
SKIMS Sculpting low-back stretch-woven bra

Skims is a popular loungewear brand founded by Kim Kardashian.

The SKIMS Sculpting low-back stretch-woven bra is one of the brand's bestselling numbers, and it is no surprise, as it slips on, boasts a flattering sweetheart scoop neck, as well as gathered cups to prevent "uni boob".  

This number also features adjustable shoulder straps, as well as a silicone strip interior to prevent the straps from slipping, an elasticated underband and open back detail too. 

This stylish bra can also be worn as outerwear.

Ultimate Comfort Soft Bra | £38 from Les Girls Les Boys 

ultimate comfort soft bra
ultimate comfort soft bra

Les Girls Les Boys has become an increasingly popular leisurewear brand in recent times, and its ultimate comfort soft bra is one item not to miss. 

This design is made from soft cotton jersey, combined with 5% elastane to provide extra stretch. It is double lined for extra coverage, has soft triangle cups and a wide elasticated band, which is wire free for optimum comfort. 

It has adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable hook and eye fastening to provide the perfect fit. It comes in four colours: grey, black, white and green, with matching briefs available too. 

Bralette - Modern Cotton | £30 from Calvin Klein 

Bralette - Modern Cotton
Bralette - Modern Cotton

This Calvin Klein Cotton Bralette is a timeless staple.

These bras are made from breathable cotton that is soft to the touch, plus they are non-wired and non-padded. They have a wide underband, as well as thick straps, which form into a racerback shape, so as not to dig into your ribs, shoulders or back. 

SIMIYA Super Comfort Bra | £11.90 - £19.99 from Amazon

SIMIYA Super Comfort Bra
SIMIYA Super Comfort Bra

The SIMIYA Super Comfort Bra has garnered over 8,000 reviews on Amazon

The design is made from a nylon and spandex blend, so it is soft yet supportive for the wearer, whether it is worn as an everyday bra, during a workout, after surgery or for pregnant women.

This number is non-wired and has removable padded inserts. It also boasts a flattering V-neckline, wide underband and thick straps, for optimum comfort. 

The best part is it can be bought individually or in multipacks of white, beige or black. This bra comes in sizes small to 4XL. 

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