The 10 Most Comfortable Bras to Pack for Every Trip
The misery of an uncomfortable bra is even worse when you’re traveling. Just picture an eight-hour car ride with jabbing underwire or a long layover with itchy, chafing lace cups. That’s why you need a supportive everyday bra that’s a comfy choice for travel days. Double-check your measurements, then check out our 10 picks below that are up to the task of long-haul trips. Whichever model you choose, we—like a great bra—support you.
Best Everyday Bra
If you’re only packing one bra, this versatile Knix bra might just be it. Why? It’s multipurpose and crazy comfy. With convertible straps, this reversible bra can be criss-crossed or worn straight in a jillion configurations. (OK, eight. Eight configurations.) Plus, the fabric is quick drying, breathable, and moisture-wicking, and there are no jabby wires or seams. This is the brand’s best-selling bra, and the reviews prove it. Sized 1-8 (i.e. 32A-42E).
Best T-Shirt Bra
Designed for everyday wear, this versatile T-shirt bra has slightly padded, molded cups that make it basically invisible under tops and tees. The cut of the cup and the convertible straps (which can be worn straight or cross-back) means this’ll work with everything from V-necks to racer-backs. Available in a big range of neutrals from soft pink to black and in band sizes 32-38 and cup sizes A-DD.
Best Seamless Bra
Light support without hooks, molded cups, or wires—the True&Co’s smoothing bra could be the perfect bra for long-haul flights or layover lounging. Plus, it’s insanely soft (with removable padding) and lays flat against your body. The bras many, many fans (busty ones included!) adore the gentle support and wireless design on offer here. And since there’s a fit quiz, it’s a low risk purchase. Available in eight great colors and sizes XS-XL.
Best Sports Bra—With a Pocket
Whether you’re hitting the hotel gym or going for a trail run around your Airbnb, you’ll need a place to stash that room card, keys, or a phone. Cue the Stow-N-Go Bra from The North Face, which has a hidden front pocket that’s big enough to fit a smartphone and your keys. It also features all the sporty details you expect from North Face: breathable, lightweight, quick-drying material and a supportive racerback cut. Offered in sizes XS-XL with separate listings for A/B cups and C/D cups for a more tailored fit than your average S/M/L sports bra. Plus, there’s a lifetime guarantee, if the elastic ever gets shot.
Best Affordable Wire-Free Bra
Classic bra or lounge bra? Warner’s Easy-Does-It No-Bulge Wire-Free Bra gives the best of both, making it a great multitasker for those with limited suitcase space. We’re not the only ones gushing about it; the versatile bra has earned an average 4.5-star rating from over 2,000 customers on Amazon who wear it for everything from bedtime to yoga to work. More than a few reviewers claim it’s the most comfortable bra they own, and the price is hard to beat. Though it’s not sold by cup sizes, it does feature the standard hook-and-loop closure at the back and adjustable straps for a more customized fit. Available in 11 different colors and neutrals and in sizes XS to XXL.
We’d never waste valuable luggage space on a date-night bra you only wear once. But this 24/7 Lace Balconette Bra from ThirdLove serves up a lingerie look plus all-day comfort. Loved by 3,000 reviewers, the bra features the company’s trademark body-conforming memory-foam cups and a beautiful lace finish. Its convertible straps can be worn straight or criss-cross, while the band closes with a soft padded clasp. Sure, the price is a bit of an investment, but aficionados rave about the company, which offers a fit quiz and half-size cups (yes, really!). Available in band sizes 30-48 and cup sizes A-I.
Best Luxury T-Shirt Bra
Heaps of praise has been piled on The Pure Luxe Underwire T-Shirt Bra from Natori. Good Housekeeping’s testers gave the original version top marks, and this updated model is a hit on Nordstrom, where more than 600 reviewers have given it a five-star seal of approval. The cut of the cup pairs well with a range of necklines and the molded design looks smooth under fabric. Big-busted women in particular are smitten, finding it comfortable, durable, and supportive without looking matronly. (Win, win, win!) Available in six lovely colors and in band sizes 30-38 and cup sizes B-4D.
Best Convertible Evening-Wear Bra
Among strapless bra-wearers, the award for best bra goes to Wacoal’s Red Carpet. The lightly padded underwire bra has a major cult following, earning over five stars from over 1,000 reviewers on both Nordstrom and Amazon. In addition to a smooth fit, it offers exceptional support—even, or especially, for the big-busted among us—with one person claiming it “defies physics.” The bra comes with removable, convertible straps (which can be worn straight, crisscrossed, or halter), making it an evening-wear workhorse for all those trips with lots of outfit changes. Available in band sizes 30-44 and cup sizes B-6D.
Best Halter Bralette
Sexy yet casual, lace bralettes are having a moment. (Just ask Kendall Jenner.) With no padding and a wireless construction, they make for a comfy, light-support lounge bra, and their elegant straps and flirty lace are fun to show off as a layer under all kinds of necklines. This affordable pick from Urban Outfitters features a super-soft lining, scalloped edges, and an adjustable back. It’s also a customer favorite, recommended by nearly 1,000 reviewers. Available in three colors and in sizes XS-XL.
Best No Bra
For that sexy strappy number that can’t handle a bra, these reusable, non-adhesive nipple covers are the ticket to smooth wearing. Customers say they’re comfortable, invisible under clothes, and reusable through many wears. They also stay put even through sweaty dance numbers. (Good to know when you’re busting a move at that destination wedding.) Available in three nude tones. (If you’re larger than a cup C, go for Size 2.)
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