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Don’t get us wrong: We love our underwire bras. But it’s always nice to have options, and with more and more brands jumping on the wire-free bandwagon, many women are wondering whether they can pull this style off.

Particularly if you’re full busted, you may have questioned if a wireless bra can possibly offer adequate support. If so, what features should you look for in a wire-free style? And can a wireless bra provide any lift or shaping? We’ve answered it all in this thorough guide.

The pros and cons of wire-free bras

One of the primary reasons why some women opt to go wireless is comfort. Also known as soft-cup bras, these styles are perfect for lounging around the house on the weekend, sleeping, or running errands. They’re also a stellar choice if you’ve just undergone surgery or have a particular medical condition that makes your breasts feel tender or sensitive.

While wireless bras can, depending on their construction and features, still provide plenty of support, they don’t tend to offer the kind of lift and separation that underwires bras can. So if you’re aiming to achieve a certain look, note that a wire bra will do a bit more for sculpting your bust line. However, wireless bras offer a great way to embrace your natural breast shape.

Still, there are so many wireless bras to choose from! For example, bralettes, which are very on-trend right now, are a lightweight but pretty enough to show off under those summer tanks and sundresses. You may find you prefer wire-free sports bras, which can still offer adequate support for moderate to high impact exercise as long as they include encapsulation (separated cups). Many nursing bras are wireless as well, and with good reason — when your bra size is fluctuating, it can be helpful to have a bra that more easily molds to your bust. If you’re seeking something with a little more structure, you might try wire-free molded bras, which can do wonders for shaping your bust line.

Tips for finding the perfect wireless bra

So, you’ve decided to invest in a wireless bra or three. Good for you! As previously outlined, there are plenty of perks to these bras. There are some factors to keep in mind while shopping, though, particularly if you’re full busted.

Women with larger boobs will want to seek out wireless bras that have other structured features to make up for the lack of underwire, such as cups that are separated. A molded or padded wireless bra is a wonderful choice for some subtle shaping. And wire-free bras that come with seamed cups are ideal as well. It’s important to go for wire-free styles that come in traditional band/cup sizes, and have an adjustable band and straps to achieve a perfect fit (thus ensuring you get sufficient support).

Pro tips

The truth is, anyone can wear a wireless bra — it all comes down to your own personal comfort level and preferences. However, note that underwire should never cause you any pain or discomfort. So if that’s the reason why you’re considering switching to wire-free bras, we advise getting professionally fitted because you’re very likely wearing the wrong size. Of course, it’s a good idea to get fitted anyway if it’s been six months to a year because you want to make sure you achieve a flawless fit with any new bras you invest in, especially considering their lack of underwire. In particular, make sure your wire-free bras fit snugly in the band — after all, that’s where the majority of the support comes from!

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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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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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