The Best Bralettes to Replace the Underwire Bras That Are Doing You Dirty

Consider me an intimates expert. I've researched the best bras for small busts and fuller busts, stick-on bras, and plus size, with each category leading to hours of scrolling (I'm honestly surprised I don't have carpal tunnel) to find you ladies, and myself, the most comfortable and chic bras money can buy.

Now not to knock the beloved bra, but there's a thinner, stretchier, softer sister you won't want to rip off the second you get home. The best bralettes, like bras, give support and style, but are far better at multitasking. They can be layered under tanks, lounged around in, and can fit your curves like a second skin. Take a look below at the 11 best bralettes I found for hanging out, intimate occasions, or even worn alone without any discomfort or stabbing wires.

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Aerie Flora Lace Racerback Bralette

Traditional straps are fine — until you find yourself with a racerback top. There's no bigger faux pas in my book than a mess of straps due to improper top and bra pairing. If you refuse to wear a bandeau or strapless bra then a racerback bralette is the obvious winner. Your straps will look tidily layered and your shoulder blades will be properly bare as intended. ($25; aerie.com)

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Dora Larsen Astrid Bralette

So pretty, I was shocked when I spotted the price! The delicate straps, luxe materials, and expertly applied lace all tick boxes for a designer brand. If your taste level runs higher than your budget allows, this eyelash lace bralette will keep both you and your bank statement happy. And it would be a travesty if I forgot to mention this bralette has a matching high-waist brief that cannot be passed up. ($67; nordstrom.com)

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Colsie Cotton Henley Bralette

Summer nights can get hot — no seriously, sweating while sleeping is no bueno. If you're like me and get hot in the middle of the night, but opposed to sleeping in the nude, this Colsie bralette is the next best thing. It's a breathable, cotton, sporty bralette that will keep you cool and covered as you turn in early after an evening of binge watching. ($13; target.com)

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Lively The Palm Lace Busty Bralette

This Lively bralette is actually a personal favorite of mine that I'm sharing with all of you. It's what I like to call my weekend layering bralette, for when I want to look more put-together running errands, but not too stuffy. I'll wear this peeking out from under a v-neck tee with joggers and a pair of sneakers for an effortlessly cool look. ($35; nordstrom.com)

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Anine Bing Winnie Bralette

Last year we were all for leopard prints; time to move on to snakeskin. This python printed bralette is a standout among the allover-lace basics. This one is made for dressier occasions, so break it out for a night with the girls, date night, or any time you want to treat yourself to a little confidence boost. ($89; shopbop.com)

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Torrid Lace Ladder Bralette

Who says bralettes don't provide enough support? Some bralettes seem too flimsy to lift and hold larger bust sizes, but not this one. Torrid designed a delicate bralette with a wide band, an inclusive size range of 10 to 30, and cups that keep your chest from spillage. Wear alone for laid-back lingerie, or peeking out under a wrap dress that's a little low cut. ($27; torrid.com)

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Aerie Flora Lace Padded Bralette

When you find an everyday basic you can't live without, stock up on it. That's the case I'm having right now with this Aerie bralette. It has more than 200 5-star reviews and comes in seven stunning colors. It has a gorgeous strappy back and is one of the few to come with removable padding, which is a nice when you want a little more shape. You're going to want to order more than one! ($24; ae.com)

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Free People One Adella Bralette

If you're experiencing déjà vu right now you're not alone. I feel like I see this bralette literally everywhere, and it's to the point where we all just need to pull the trigger on it ourselves because it's so damn cute. This Free People bralette comes in an astounding 18 different shades and 90 percent of customers who purchased would recommend it. Add it to your cart and wear it as a top to that upcoming festival you just bought passes for. ($38; freepeople.com)

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Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Racerback Bra

Probably the OG sporty bralette, Calvin Klein's cotton logo banded bra is a timeless classic. Stupid cozy, with optional bottoms that you have to get for the set, you'll wear this set to the point where you ask yourself if you're wearing it too much. Wear it out with your favorite pair of jeans and don't forget to channel your inner Kardashian/Jenner for that Insta-pic. ($28; urbanoutfitters.com)

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For Love & Lemons Pastille Strappy Bralette

If you have extra cash burning a hole in your pocket (hello tax money) there's never a better way to spoil yourself than with some luxury lingerie. This For Love & Lemons bralette has all frilly details to make it worth every dollar. From the straps, floral embroidered overlay, striped print, split band, and heart-shaped clasp closure, it's absolutely lovely. If I snatched this up I would wear it under all of my summer dresses. ($128; shopbop.com)

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Free People Amber Halter Neo Bralette

So, we chatted earlier about strap issues with racerback tops, but what to do about completely open backs? Free People has the answer with its halter bralette. No need to spend your time yanking up a strapless bra, this halter bralette is made from a supportive neoprene material to keep you in and lifted. Show off those shoulder blades and don't forget to apply some SPF. ($38; freepeople.com)

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