When I first started writing Sweet Nothings, most of the bras in this post would have been at the very bottom of my wishlist. I was so starved for glamour and color and lace and frills and whimsy that I wanted nothing to do with what I perceived as “boring” minimalist bras. I wanted hyper-femme drama or I wanted nothing, good day to you.
I still love silk and lace and color, and I firmly believe that lace, particularly stretch lace, is one of the more powerful engineering tools in modern lingerie making. However, recent trends for athleisure are still going strong, and there are lots of customers out there who want support without sacrificing their sleek personal style. Furthermore, not everyone who wears full bust sizes is femme, and it can be challenging to feel comfortable in a bra, no matter how well it fits, if its appearance is fundamentally at odds with your identity.
My criteria for inclusion in this post are a little arbitrary, but primarily I was looking for bras available at least up to a UK G-cup (or the Euro or North American equivalent) with no bows, no lace, and no strappy bits (well, mostly). True, there are otherwise sleek bras with bows that could easily be snipped off after purchase, but I wanted to find bras that are minimalist from the get-go. I also specifically didn’t include any minimizer bras. Contrary to what you might reasonably expect, minimizer bras often don’t work terribly well: they don’t provide great fit or support, they can widen one’s silhouette, and they frequently don’t play nicely under clothing. I’ve found in my personal experience and in those of my fit clients that a well-fitted seamed bra (and I know some people freak about seams but I love them), will ultimately help clothes fit better and lie more smoothly.
All sizes listed are UK sizes unless otherwise indicated. The UK cup size progression is D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K.
Do you have a go-to bra for when you want a more minimalist look? Are there any that I missed or may have overlooked for this round-up?