My Favorite Bras For Every Occasion and Outfit

Whether I’m going braless, exercising, wearing a gown, or just running errands, here are my...

Whether I’m going braless, exercising, wearing a gown, or just running errands, here are my favorite bras to wear.

My Favorite Bras For Every Occasion and Outfit

It’s tricky finding good bras. And no one wants to go to the department store and try on bras for hours. I’ve always felt uncomfortable doing that and I remember my mother taking me to Nordstrom to see the “bra specialist.” It felt intrusive and I wanted to get out of there as quickly as I could.

As a reference for my personal bra size and situation, I grew up with a big bust and a small waist. Throughout my life, I’ve ranged from a 34DD (in high school) to a 36G (breastfeeding.) Needless to say, I’ve had to test out a lot of different bras, and I’m sure there are so many that I haven’t tried that I should. But, for the sake of this post and to help others try out bras they may not have thought to try, I’m sharing which bras are currently working for me or have worked for me.

Let me also state that my boobs have changed a lot since birthing and breastfeeding four children. All of my children were exclusively breastfed for 14-16 months, so my boobs don’t look or feel like they used to! I’ve lost a lot of volume in my boobs and they are obviously not as firm or perky as they were at one point. Thus, a lot of the bras that I wear now are because they support my current boob situation. Over the years, there have been other bras that I loved, but now, these are my go-tos!

Right now, my current bra size is a 34/36DD (depends on the brand.)

The Best Bra For Everyday Support

Fits Everybody Corded Lace Underwire Bra by SKIM in size 36DD or Natori Bliss Perfection Underwire Contour Bra in 36DD.

There’s one bra that I wear for support and all-day wear that makes my boobs look and feel good. It’s the Fits Everybody Corded Lace Underwire Bra by SKIMS, but only the lace version. The other Fits Everybody bras don’t fit me right – it’s something about the material of the lace version.  I own it in 4 different colors!

Before my breasts lost all their volume, I swore by the Natori Bliss Perfection Underwire Contour Bra. Now, it still fits in a different size, but the top of my breasts don’t fill out the top as well (they’re not as firm!)

The Best Bra For Exercising

Lululemon Run Times Bra in size 36DD or Ultimate Bra by Athleta in size Medium.

So since my boobs have lost volume and they’re not as firm, I now prefer pull-on bras for strength training and more low impact workouts (although it’s so comfy, I’ll wear it on runs.) My favorite is the Ultimate Bra by Athleta. However, for seriously high-impact workouts (like running), I’ll wear my Lululemon Run Times Bra and it never fails. Since I don’t have as much volume in my breasts, they don’t fit as well as they used to but they still support me, and I own them in many colors. This is also the bra that I wore postpartum (when my breasts were full of milk!)

The Best Nursing Bra for Breastfeeding

Body Silk Seamless Recycled Nylon Blend Wireless Maternity/Nursing Bra in size Large.

I swear by the Bravado Designs nursing bras. They worked for me with all 4 of my kids. I like most of them, but my favorite is the Body Silk material, I feel like it’s sweat proof (and you’re always sweating postpartum.)

The Best Bra While Pregnant (Not Nursing)

Aurora Seamless Crop Rib Tank in size Small.

They say you should just purchase nursing bras while you’re pregnant and wear them to be comfortable, but I didn’t want to do that! I wanted something I could wear without clips and that would look a little nicer under shirts. For me, that was the Aurora Seamless Crop Rib Tank, which (because of how big my boobs were/are), it felt more like a bra and was just so comfortable. I still wear it when I’m just running around in athleisure. Does it make my boobs look good? No. Is it super supportive? No. But, it’s insanely comfortable, gives me enough support, and it doesn’t squish me like a sports bra does. I wear it mostly at home and on the weekends being active with the kids! I sized down!

The Best Strapless Bra

Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra in 34DD

When you find a good one, you know it. That’s how I feel with the Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra. It’s the only bra that I can wear all day, doesn’t dig into my back, and stays up. I’ve been wearing this bra since college, and its the best. I’ve varied in sizes in this bra (up to 36G!), so don’t be afraid to try out different sizes as your body changes.

The Best Sexy Bras

Underwire Scoop Bra in Ultra Fine Mesh by SKIMS in size 36DD, and Wicked Unlined Lace Balconette Bra in size 34DD.

Okay, okay. Relax! How can I talk about bras without talking about lingerie and just-for-my-husband bras? I have a few that I love that I can wear underneath regular clothing for that post-date-night surprise. I actually love this Underwire Scoop Bra in Ultra Fine Mesh by SKIMS, because it’s super supportive and I’ll wear it as an everybody bra sometimes. And then this Wicked Unlined Lace Balconette Bra is just a beautiful lacy bra that gives a little boost. It’s okay under sweaters or chunky fabrics, but the lace pops through t-shirts.

The Best Boob Tape

Bring It Up Instant Breast Lift-Boob Tape/Sticky Bra or Body Tape.

I’ve been using this little secret for many years (since before kids!) to wear backless tops or just to wear anything where you can’t really “wear a bra.” It’s boob tape! I’ve used this when my breasts were larger and I use them now to give them a little lift and shape when I’m going braless (Lord knows I need a lift!) When I am wearing something that has a plunge and the shoulders are covered, I’ll use this tape.


What are some must-try bras that I need in my rotation?

with love, Ali

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