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Article: Bras vs Bralettes: Which is Healthier?

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Bras vs Bralettes: Which is Healthier?

a navy blue bralette with the text 'are bralettes healthier than bras?' above

Most people with breasts can relate to struggling with tight underwires, restrictive cups and digging straps due to wearing bras. However, feeling secure and supported doesn't have to be accompanied by restrictive bras and un-comfy underwires!

Let's debunk the myths about wearing bralettes...

First of all, have a read of our article on the differences between bras and bralettes to get you up to speed on this topic… 

Myth no.1: “Bralettes Cause Sagging”

There is no evidence anywhere to suggest that wearing a bralette for any amount of time would cause your breasts to sag. The same way that constantly wearing an underwired bra 24/7 does not prevent sagging! So whatever you choose to wear: bra, bralette or braless, it's unlikely to affect your breasts in the long run. 

Myth no.2: “Bralettes can only be worn for lounging.”

False! Bralettes are suitable for everyday wear as well as lounging- they look great peeking out from underneath camis and strappy vest tops! Ever since the bralette trend started to gain popularity in the late 60s various new styles of bralette have seen their way onto our high streets continuously, long gone are the days that bralettes were just simple, unpadded triangles made for bed! Take a look at Top of Style’s list of 43 different bralette styles here


A woman walks in a garden wearing a short dressing gown and sustainable bralette and underwear set in white from Y.O.U Underwear

Myth no.3: “Bralettes don't offer support.”

Definitely not true in most cases! Depending on the style and your cup size, bralettes can actually feel very secure and steady, and not that different from a regular wired bra. We've had people up to an F feel supported in our Bralettes!

Myth no.4: “You can’t wear a bralette if you have big boobs.”

Incorrect again! Granted, people with larger breasts may choose out of personal preference to wear something with more structure on their boobs, but having a larger cup size in itself does not mean you can’t ever wear a bralette! There are definitely styles that cater more specifically towards larger busts though…

Our Organic Cotton Bralette suits a range of cup sizes, the stretchy elastane within the cup allows for perfect coverage on sizes ranging from A to DD, not to mention the adjustable straps that can be crossed at the back or left straight, allowing for even more customisable support! We're also working on a new style to increase support and our size range, sign up to our newsletter here to be the first to hear about it!


 So… are Bralettes healthier than bras? 

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There is no evidence to suggest that either wearing a bralette or a bra is more healthy than the other, however from a comfortability stance, braletts take the cake in a lot of people's eyes. It may feel healthier to wear something with less harsh and rigid structure on your boobs like a bralette- but a lot of people with breasts actually love the support that traditional bras give them, and that's totally valid, too! 

Let us know below if you’re a bra, bralette or braless person- we’d love to hear from you!

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By Lois Gilbert

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