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should you wear a bra to bed

There are two kinds of women: Those who prefer to go bra-less at night, and those who would rather keep them securely contained. With a DDD cup size, I personally fall in the latter camp — as many full-busted women tend to. And it’s not only women with large breasts that appreciate a bra while they’re sleeping — women who are nursing, pregnant, or just had surgery also often prefer to have some kind of support in bed.

Of course, the bras you wear during the day aren’t likely to be the ones you feel comfortable in at bedtime. (In fact, we don’t advise sleeping in your day bras, as it could wear them out faster.) Luckily, there are a variety of different styles that are well-suited to sleeping. Here are our top picks for bras to wear to bed: 


Sure, bralettes are super trendy and typically aesthetically pleasing, so sometimes you may want to show them off during the day. But a bralette also happens to be a stellar option for sleeping in. After all, it’s lightweight, typically wireless, and offers gentle separation and support without being too constricting. You might want to seek out a bralette that has seamed cups or at the very least, an adjustable band and straps. And a lace bralette doubles as a pretty piece of lingerie — so who says you be comfortable and look stunning at the same time?

Wireless bra

The bralette isn’t your only wire-free choice for bedtime. Particularly if you wear underwire styles all day long, you might want to alternate with a wireless bra while you’re sleeping to free up your breasts a bit and give them a break. If you feel most comfortable with ample support, look for a wire-free bra that has molded or at least separated cups and a wide underband.

Wire-free maternity bra

Fortunately, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, there are special bras tailored to your needs — and they just so happen to transition very well to sleeping! Both maternity bras and nursing bras tend to be constructed with comfort in mind, and many of them are even soft-cup styles. As such, you’ll likely find that they’re ideal for those times when your breasts are particularly tender or sensitive. It can be uncomfortable for many women (especially those who are full-busted) to roll around in bed without keeping their breasts protected, and these bras are the perfect pick for gently containing them during the night. Look for a style with extra wide cushioned straps for maximum comfort.

Wireless sports bra

Did you know that sports bras aren’t just for the gym? These are a great option because they’re designed to minimize breast movement, which is a crucial element to eliminating discomfort while you’re sleeping. Of course, you want to prevent sweat from getting trapped, so seek out one that’s made with moisture-wicking material — some even have extra features to address this issue, such as breathable mesh inserts, which are ideal during the sweltering summer months. Whatever you do, don’t wear the same bra to bed that you wear to your spin classes — you should have separate sports bras for sleeping in. Ideally, they will have a supportive band, but as far as underwire is concerned, it comes down to personal preference. Large-busted women may prefer encapsulation sports bras, which separate the breasts more effectively than compression sports bras.


Clearly, you have a slew of viable options when it comes to bedtime bras. And as with your daytime bras, it’s crucial to ensure you achieve a flawless fit to prevent any discomfort while ensuring maximum support. So, which will you choose?

Related: The 12 Most Comfortable Bras To Wear All Day

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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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