When shopping for bras, there are a few crucial things to keep in mind. Application - that is, where or when you plan to wear it - is probably the first and most important consideration. You wouldn't buy a sports bra for work or a push-up bra for the gym, of course. Beyond that, you need to think about materials, support levels, special features, and how to best flatter your unique body type.
In this guide, we're focusing on helping you find cupless bras that match your body type so you feel comfortable and fabulous wearing anything. We are focusing specifically on bras that do not have extra padding or removable cups, not sexy lingerie bras that are completely open in the cups (that's for another article)!
Benefits of Cupless Bras
What is a cupless bra? This bra style features thin fabric or lace in place of thick, removable cups or pads. Typically, removable cups are added to bras to provide shape, volume, and modesty to shield and smooth the nipple, but they aren't always desirable in every situation.
For example, if you are trying to minimize your larger breasts or want to even out your breasts following a unilateral mastectomy, you probably don't want to contend with any extra padding. Cupless bras may also give your bust a more natural shape and, because they don't have wires, they can be a lot more comfortable.
Choosing a Cupless Bra
Like any article of clothing, the cupless bra comes in many styles to suit a wide variety of different body types. Here are some specific situations that will guide you towards the right style.
If you want to enhance your bust…
Go for a cupless, pocketed bra such as Gloria or Gina. These beautiful, lined bras can be equipped with realistic breast forms and can also emphasize the natural shape of your breast.
If you want to even out your bust…
Those who have had a single mastectomy surgery or who are self-conscious about their uneven breasts - don't be, by the way, it's quite common! - will also want to consider pocketed bras and using a breast form only on one side.
If you want to minimize your bust…
To minimize the appearance of cup size, go for a bra that wraps around the bust to create a smooth appearance and to play down volume. The Susan Wrap Front Lace Bra is a good option.
If you want to play up your cleavage…
If you want a comfortable, cupless bra that cranks up the cleavage potential, look for a supportive plunge bra, such as the Molly Pocketed Plunge Bra.
Go for Versatile and Adjustable
At the end of the day, you need a bra that's going to support you in everything you do. That means aiming for versatility and adjustability at every turn. We recommend picking up an adjustable, pocketed cupless bra from our store that you can fill with breast forms and prosthesis if desired. These bras have adjustable straps, multiple back hooks, and other components that provide a custom-like fit.