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what is a lounge bra

Maybe you’ve heard it called a sleep bra, comfort bra, or leisure bra — but it’s more commonly known as a lounge bra. More and more brands are hopping on the bandwagon to add these comfy unmentionables to their collections, and with good reason: the lounge bra essentially offers a stellar compromise between wearing a bra and not wearing one.

Curious about what exactly defines a lounge bra and what features it has? Or what it can do for you? Or when to wear one? Read on for the full skinny on this unique undergarment.

What is a lounge bra?

True to its name, a lounge bra is meant for lounging (and any similar activities). It’s the kind of bra you’ll want to toss on at the end of a long workday, a lazy Sunday, or while running casual errands. It’s also a popular option for women who don’t want to go bra-free when they’re sleeping. Pregnant women or those who have just had surgery who are experiencing breast soreness or tenderness may find lounge bras to be more comfortable.

What’s the difference between a lounge bra and a bralette?

A lounge bra is more likely to have lined or lightly padded cups, as well as potentially separated cups, than a bralette. While most lounge bras are wire-free, you’ll find more of them with underwire than you will bralettes. Since lounge bras are meant for lounging around, they’ll probably be less decorative, and more simplistic in their design. Bralettes, on the other hand, are meant to be seen, so they’re more likely to have ornate details, intricate straps, luxe lace, and other eye-catching accents.

Related: Why Are Bralettes So Popular?

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Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Pearl White

How do I find the right lounge bra for me?

Women with smaller breasts may find that unlined, wire-free lounge bras work just fine. However, full-busted ladies may want to opt for lounge bras with some extra features that lend a little support.

For example, adjustability is crucial in regards to getting a flawless fit. Women with full busts will likely find that a lounge bra with a one-size-fits-all band and straps (like a pullover style) doesn’t quite make them feel secure. Note that extra wide cushioned straps will also provide extra support while adding to the comfort factor. And supportive seamed cups can do wonders as well.

Final Tips

So, is a lounge bra right option for you? Rest assured that any woman can wear a lounge bra. In fact, we highly recommend having one in your arsenal — you’ll be super grateful on low-key days when you don’t quite want to go bra-less. Be sure to do your research to assess different options. Lounge bras come with a wide range of fabrics, features, and styles, so whether you’re looking for a wireless one, a padded one, an unlined one, or a front-closing one, you’re bound to come across an option that meets your individual needs and preferences.

Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?

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Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Black

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Happy bra shopping!

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Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Sky Blue
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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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