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While many bras are designed to lift, shape or accentuate your bust, not every woman is after those results. Some women prefer wearing bras that keep everything in its place without much padding. Does this sound like you? Good, you’re in the right place! Let’s talk about the type of bras that offer a barely-there feel.

Bra features that create a barely-there feel

There are some key features to look for in a bra if you’re after simple, everyday comfort and a natural feel.

Unlined bras

Unlined bras don’t include padding. Instead, the unlined bras use only the bra cup fabric to cover your breasts. This fabric could be lace, mesh, spandex, etc. The simplicity of an unlined bra makes it a good selection for women who want to forget they’re wearing a bra.

Many women love unlined bras because of their natural look. However, others don’t because of the exposure. In an unlined bra, it’s very likely your nipples will show through your top since there’s no padding to hide them.

Bras with light padding or no padding

If you’re not comfortable with unlined bras, opt for a lightly padded bra to give you that barely-there feel. Some bras have just enough padding to provide more coverage. A little padding can still feel ultra-comfortable and natural.

Non-molded bras

Non-molded bras don’t have built-in padding that shapes or “molds” your breasts into position. Non-molded bras may be unlined or have light padding. Molded bras can leave your breasts feeling a little tired when the bra is taken off. That’s because the bra has been pushing or manipulating your breasts into shape. However, non-molded bras don’t do this, making them a very natural-feeling bra option.

Wire-free bras and wireless bras

Wire-free bras don’t have underwire beneath the cups. Instead, there’s only a band of material beneath your breasts. This creates a natural look, because there’s no underwire to lift your breasts, and a comfy fit.

Of course, wired bras aren’t uncomfortable. If you need more support, but still want that barely-there feel, a wired, an unlined bra could be a great option for you.

Comfortable, natural fitting bras come in a variety of styles. However, a bra that has a combination of any of the features mentioned above will have a barely-there fit.

Related: Why Are Bralettes So Popular?

We suggest:

Parfait has several bras that will give you that barely-there feel you’re after. Here are some of our top picks:

Tess Unlined Wire Bra

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The Tess Unlined Wire Bra has underwire and light padding. With three-part cups, you’ll get support without your breasts being manipulated into place.

Emma Wire-Free Padded Bra

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The Emma Wire-Free Padded Bra is a wireless bra with soft padding a plunge fit. This seamless bra is perfect for all-day, natural comfort.

Adriana Lace Bralette

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A bralette is a go-to if you’re after a barely-there feel. With no underwire, a structured band and wide straps, the Adriana Lace Bralette keeps everything in place in the most comfortable way.

When shopping for bras that provide an easy, unnoticeable fit, pay attention to the bra cups. An unmolded bra will always be comfortable, but your personal preference dictates what type of lining is best for you.

Related: The 12 Most Comfortable Bras To Wear All Day

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Tess Unlined Wire Bra P5022 in Charcoal Gray
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