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Longline Bras: The Secret to Comfort

Longline Bras: The Secret to Comfort

Dana Donofree
2 min read

If you’ve been wearing traditional underwire bras for years, you might just assume that bras are naturally a bit uncomfortable. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a number of unique bra styles that can help you feel much more comfortable throughout the day, especially if you’re in recovery from a breast surgery or treatment, such as reconstruction, mastectomy, lumpectomy, augmentation or radiation. Fortunately, AnaOno offers plenty of guidance in finding the best post-surgery bra.

One of the most popular bras to wear during recovery and beyond is the longline bra. But what is a longline bra? Learn more about this unique style to see if it might be the right fit for you.


Delilah Soft Cup Longline Pocketed Bra

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Why Wear a Longline Bra?

A longline bra is one that has extra fabric that extends below the bust. Sometimes this extra fabric is just a few inches in length, while other styles cover most of the torso down to around the belly button or waistline.

Originally, most longline bras were designed to create a trimmer waistline. But today, the style is more commonly used to increase bra comfort and support. Because the fabric extends further down, longline bras are more likely to stay in place; when you wear one, it won’t slip down or ride up. The added fabric below the bust also helps provide extra support. In fact, underwire and structured cups often aren’t necessary with these styles, which makes them more comfortable to wear during long periods of time.

Trish Molded Cup Contour Longline bra

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The Best Longline Bras for Recovery

If you’re recovering from breast cancer treatment or a breast surgery, a longline style can provide a simple and effective solution for what bra to wear. For your everyday needs during the initial stages of recovery, choose a longline bra with a front closure. This makes it much easier to get the bra on and off without having to stretch your arms to your back to secure the band. Another option is a stretchy bra that you can step into, which minimizes arm movement.

Be sure to take the fabric into consideration as well. You want a material that’s soft and has some stretch. This will ensure that your bra never feels restricting and minimizes irritation to any stitches, incision sites or other sore areas. At AnaOno, a silky-soft modal fabric is often used to prioritize comfort for every patient, survivor and thriver.

Another perk of choosing a longline bra for recovery is that the extra fabric can provide the needed support without a hard underwire. Whether you’ve had a single or double mastectomy, breast reconstruction or another chest surgery, a longline bra can help you feel comfortable while you recover.


Leslie Leisure Pocketed Longline Mastectomy bra

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Consider adding a longline bra or two to your collection of post-surgery undergarments. While it may be a departure from your typical underwire bra, you may find that you love the soft support of a longline bra so much that you want to wear it well after your recovery is complete. Check out the full selection of post-surgery bras at AnaOno to find your perfect fit.

Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.