PSA: New York Magazine Features Some Lovely Wire-Free Bras for Smaller Busts

I just came across a link to this on Facebook, and it had so many pretty things in it I thought it would be worth sharing.  Now for my own personal lingerie collection, I am staunchly pro-underwire.  Underwire is my friend.  However, women with smaller busts than mine sometimes find that they need the support of a bra without the aggressiveness of an underwire.  NYMagazine has rounded up a really fantastic collection of soft-cup bras, in a very wide range of styles and prices.  Go check out their slideshow!  Some of my favorites below.

Fortnight Ophelia Longline Bra

La Fee Verte Spun Gold Bralette.  Ugh.  Gorgeous.

The Lake and Stars Hot Bed Stretch-Satin Soft Cup Bra

Undrest Liberty Stitched Bralette. This is a subdued version of a bullet bra, with its concentric stitching. Very cute!

VPL Stripe B Bra

It’s almost the weekend!  Go look at something pretty.

5 Comments on PSA: New York Magazine Features Some Lovely Wire-Free Bras for Smaller Busts

  1. Jo
    August 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm (8 years ago)

    Very pretty! I love them. But why, why don’t more pretty bras do some sort of clever racerback? Non racer back bra straps WILL not stay on my shoulders, ever. 🙁 Racer back bras tend to be less than fun. (And yeah I’m also one of those smaller ladies who finds underwires STAB me.) I’m sorta a bra diva I guess. 😉

    • Sweets
      August 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm (8 years ago)

      Ha, it’s just another indication that every woman is an individual! I would recommend finding a reputable smaller lingerie boutique (like Journelle or Linda the Bra Lady in NYC) and going in and explaining that you have this issue. It may be that there’s the perfect bra out there for you that you haven’t found yet, and smaller boutique will know how different brands fit different women. It may be also be a sizing issue: as finicky as full-bust women have to be about their bras, small-bust women can suffer some of the same problems! A smaller back size and a larger cup size can sometimes remedy slipping straps. If you continue to have trouble, check in with me again, and I’ll see if I can track down a bralette or wire-free bra with convertible straps that can cross over in the back (that’s still pretty, of course!) 🙂

  2. Mary
    August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

    Those look so lovely. Since you are genius at everything, do you know of any non-underwire bras that might be supportive and uplifting for full-bust, small-ribcage people like me? Underwire is my friend, too (sweet fancy Moses is it), but especially as my bras get older, the underwire tends to dig painfully into my sternum and underarms, and it would be nice to have an alternative.

    Though actually, put this at the bottom of your List Of Concerns, because a) you just showed us that non-underwire bra from the Curvetiere line, and I just took against it because I don’t like animal print, and b) I don’t have the money for new bras at the moment, anyway. But a girl can dream. And plan. And scan Ebay.

    • Sweets
      August 10, 2012 at 10:07 am (8 years ago)

      Yes! I do have recommendations! Both Freya and Panache have released many pretty full-bust non-wired bras over the years. Panache’s styles are called Alisha and Sophie, and Freya just came out with a new style called Rosie (check out Erica of A Sophisticated Pair’s in-depth review here: Sometimes in the US they’re called “maternity comfort bras” or something, to distinguish them from nursing bras, but I know a lot of full-bust women like to use them for sleeping, doing stuff around the house, yoga and the like. If molded cups are your thing, Curveturiere will be releasing their non-wired molded plunge bras in solid colors (without the mesh over-layer), and Freya will be releasing (or has done already) their popular Deco bra in a non-wired style. I would definitely recommend checking eBay, Amazon, and the other major e-retailers for past-season styles at a discount. Hope that helps!

      • Mary
        August 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm (8 years ago)

        That helps so much–thank you! I do really like molded cups, I confess–although I think part of that has to do with my being much less careful with my bras than you are supposed to be (they go in the washing machine, I stuff them with one cup folded inside out in the other cup, etc.). But I am going to keep tabs on these.


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