Earlier this year, when Emily recommended this bra in a link up, you all went nuts for it. After that, we all had a good belly laugh about doing an EHD tried and true ~unmentionables~ post, but then it occurred to us that we would actually want to read that post. We all wear underwear, we have different bodies, different needs, and we talk enough about bras in the office as is. A small part of what we do here on this blog is give our recommendations, not as experts on everything but as humans who enjoy passing on good information and real honest reviews. Wouldn’t you tell your best friend if you found THE best bra for F-cup boobs?! Well, today you are our honorary best friends because we are getting real about the skeletons in our underwear drawers. And boy do we have strong THOUGHTS and OPINIONS on these things (namely, the boob cages) we put on our bodies day in and day out. Ready to dish? Great, let’s get to it.
Emily: Prima Donna Twist A La Folie Underwire Bra, $132
“I only wear one bra (three different colors) and have for YEARS. As I’ve mentioned before, my ladies are secretly big and while I’m by no means trying to reduce their impact, I also like them to be properly in their place. I got fitted a few years ago for this bra, and I’ve never gone back. It lifts, sculpts into a nice shape and is SO supportive but it’s still pretty with lace detailing!!! I just feel confident and secure in them, and my clothes fit FAR better than with most other bras that just don’t do the job. They aren’t cheap but they last for a few years (at least mine do) and this specific one is the only one I buy.”
Arlyn: Elomi Matilda Convertible Plunge Bra, $69
“I’m pretty sure I was a solid C cup by the 6th grade, and yet somehow, by the age of 30, I had bloomed even further into a GG/H (and that’s UK sizes folks). My breasts are g-g-gargantuan and heavy, so I need bras that are supportive and frankly, decent looking. AND THIS IS THE ONE. I have three of these bras by Elomi and I’m not stopping. I have it in blue, nude and black. Round, perky boobs with just enough cleavage when I want it. The straps stay put, the cups stay put, it’s unlined (LIFESAVER and absolutely necessary to not add even more bulk), the center plate is flush and low enough for a v-neck, the side wire doesn’t come up too high making my armpits ache all day (something I find with Panache-brand bras that I also love but that dang wire is just too high) and it looks nice, ya know? My one and only gripe is that the embroidery texture can be seen through certain fabrics, but because it is essentially impossible to find non-padded, smooth T-shirt bras in my size, I just deal with it.”
“Bras, yes. I’ll get to that. But I need to seize this opportunity to publicly shame my wife for being WRONG (typical, typical). I found the most comfortable bra EVER at Target. It’s so good, I never let Katie have a turn wearing it. When she finally had the chance, she made fun of me for accidentally buying a maternity bra. I didn’t care. Breastfeeding or not, I loved my maternity bra and the snaps that lead her to make a very WRONG assumption. While researching this post, I discovered the snaps on the front straps are to make the bra-straps flex between criss-cross or not… which means this soft, supportive but wire-free bra is even MORE brilliant than I thought. But my wife is not. It’s exhausting always being the one who’s right in the relationship, isn’t it?! If my wife sees this, I’m in so much trouble, so this stays here. But seriously, try the bra.”
“My boobs fluctuate A LOT. If I lose or gain weight, it shows in my boobs first. I am a 34 D right now but next month I may be a C. This back and forth between bra sizes is why I buy cotton bralettes almost exclusively—not for support, but for comfort and for the sake of my bank account (if my boobs had it their way I would have 10 bras in all different sizes). The reality is, I cannot rely on a size D underwire bra only to find out in a week that it no longer fits. Cotton bras allow room for growth or shrinkage. I can tighten the straps if my boobs are shy that month, but can still fit in them when my boobs decide they want to be show stoppers. This bra is perfect for my conundrum. It’s affordable, comfortable, supportive enough, and has straps that can tighten/loosen.”
Julie: Women’s Unlined Triangle Bralette, $10
“I am not one of the ladies in the office who is well endowed and so I have my one and only bralette (okay, I really do have others) that I wear on the daily. It’s very comfortable and a little sexy.”
Veronica: Bra-llelujah!® Wireless Bra, $68
“Bought this bra (in black) after injuring my sternum in a car accident because regular underwire bras hurt to wear, and now I wear it all the time! It’s ultra-comfortable with no wiring, so you basically feel like you’re wearing the comfiest sports bra ever and the thick straps and clasp in the front ensure that the straps don’t fall off your shoulders. 10/10!
Best Sports Bras
“Sports bra…HAHAHAHAHAHA. More like iron, super-strength boob cage. That’s what is necessary so I don’t knock myself out during a workout. I’ve done many things to tone down the bounce—TWO bras, a regular underwire bra + typical sports bra, two typical sports bras (nope). I finally found a few that were decent, but this one is my favorite. It wears like a standard underwire bra (i.e. no extra bulk), but the straps are heavy-duty and my ladies stay put. The center wires do come up a bit high for my petite frame but that’s a “con” I’m willing to live with. Wacoal carries American sizes so technically they don’t have my UK GG/H cup, but I find that their largest cup (H) still fits pretty well.”
Caitlin: Knockout Ultra Max Front-Close Sport Bra, $45
“Aiight, I have F cup boobs and this bra is a lifesaver (and I did ~elite sports~ for a few years, so you can trust me!). I do have to size up in the band and grab the DDD to make it work but HOLY CRAP, your boobs are not going ANYWHERE in this bra. You put it on like a shirt and clip it in the front (the first layer) and then you ZIP another layer on top of it. This is the only bra I’ll wear for things like running, jumping, and general cardio stuff.”
Caitlin: Free To Be Bra, $48
“Me again! This is my favorite bra of all time. I’m not joking: I wear this every day in my regular life. Is it as supportive as my Victoria’s Secret rec? No. Does it cover my nips and look cute? Yup. This one is functional, perfect for low impact workouts (and maybe even for high impact stuff, if you have a smaller cup size), and it is SO COMFORTABLE. It also has the fun benefit of confusing any dude who ever rubs my back (“what is going on here?” — like, at least three men I’ve dated) AND it actually looks good underneath tanks/dressers/rompers in the summer. DOUBLE DUTY BRA!”
Best Underwear & Spanks
Emily: All Over Lace Thong, $6
“I officially replaced all my underwear with these. They are extremely comfortable, cute and NOT a fortune—but here’s the trick: size WAY up. Seriously, way up. I wear a large and maybe a medium would have fit, but the large is extremely comfortable with all outfits.”
Jess: Lace Tanga, $13
“These are just really cute, some might even say sexy, and super comfortable! Plus, they are more affordable than Hanky Pankies and come in a lot of great colors.”
Velinda: Aerie Seamless Boyfriend Undie, $12
“You can’t beat Aerie’s deal for high-quality, comfortable undies. I love how many different choices, materials and styles there are to pick from. I like soft, simple underwear that feel and look seamless. This pair fits the mold.”
Jess:, from $58
“I love that they are super thin and super comfortable. No pinching and the perfect amount of smoothing without making me look like I’m trying to become a Kardashian.”
Veronica: Stretch Cotton Logo Shortie Panty, $11
“I own these in a few different colors. They are the comfiest, softest underwear I’ve ever worn, and perfect for sleeping in. They make me want to do laundry more often so I can wear a pair every day.”
“These are the underwear that I rummage through my drawer for every day, hoping and praying I have one left before laundry day is inevitable. They are comfortable, affordable, and don’t ride up in unfortunate ways. To top it off, I don’t feel like they are totally ugly period panties which is a win for me.
Alright, there you have it. Do you have any underwear recommendations that you are ready to shout from the rooftops (of the comment section)? We are all ears (eyes?).