The 12 Best Bralettes to Spend All Day In

Say hello to the bra's comfy cousin.

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Bralettes are no longer synonymous with adolescent training bras. Today, this wear-everywhere staple is a fashion statement in its own right. And whether you're looking for a style to wear while lounging at home, for peeking out underneath a top, or as a full-on top replacement, we have bralette picks for every vibe. (For outfit inspo, check out our guide to what to wear with a bralette.)

“An everyday bralette should provide equal support and comfort, without sacrificing that feeling of being held,” says Helena Stuart, founder of Only Hearts. “It should add a little lift and be fitted well to the body.” 

What should I look for in a bralette?

  • Check the size. Remember that bralettes aren’t one-size-fits-all. “Most brands have conversion size charts that help you narrow down what may work,” says Stuart.
  • Quality counts. “What makes it or breaks it is the tension of the elastic used in the design,” explains Stuart. “It has to be just right! Soft, but also with some lift.”
  • Coverage is key. Some bralettes may be light on fabric, but fuller sizes may still want to find options that provide enough coverage, “just like in a traditional underwire,” says Stuart. However, she says, “It really can depend on the type of bralette! Some are just for fun, but for every day I would look for wider shoulder straps and lined cups, for extra support.”

Lindy Segal is freelance writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York. She has worked as an editor at Glamour and People, and contributed to publications including Harper's Bazaar, Who What Wear, Fashionista, and Cosmopolitan. Her spare time is usually spent watching Bravo with her chihuahua mix, Barney.

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