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While wire-free bras do not appear to be able to provide as much support as wired ones, they are said to be healthier for breasts and may actually be able to slow down sagging. This is credited to their unrestrictive construction, which allows for natural movement of the breasts, keeping muscles in the chest area strong.  And with the variety of no-wire options that offer good support without the matronly designs we have come to associate with comfort bras, there is no reason not to start incorporating them into your lingerie wardrobe. 

Here are our top no-wire bra picks from four retailers for every budget and every need:

 

  1. Uniqlo

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For comfortable, good quality basics, we know to turn to Uniqlo. And with a whole collection dedicated to wire-free bras, the Japanese retailer does not let us down in the lingerie department, too.

Our top pick from the brand’s Wireless Bra collection is the lightweight Wireless Bra Beauty Light. With the help of a special soft urethane sheet built into the bottom of the bra, the Beauty Light provides gentle support and shaping (no uniboob!) without the discomfort of an underwire.   

 

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For a more versatile option, try the convertible Multi-Way version, with can be worn strapless, halter, or cross-back to work with any outfit.

Both at $29.90 each.

 

  1. Sloggi

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A specially developed jersey fabric knitted in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture is the backbone of Sloggi’s new Zero Feel Collection, which promises seamless, no-wire bras that are comfortable, allow for easy movement, and will never leave imprints on skin.

 

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The patented fabric provides 360 degrees stretch to offer “complete freedom of movement”, and, despite being machine washable, keeps its shape and is resistant to curling. The brand also ensures that the bras are constructed without seams, hooks and eyes, underwires, and care labels for optimum comfort and so that they appear invisible underneath clothes.

 

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Available in two styles - a round-shaped bra top and a v-shaped bralette - and eight colours each. Each bra also comes with removable pads. $59.90-$64.90.

 

  1. Victoria’s Secret

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Here’s a wire-free bra from Victoria’s Secret Sexy Illusions range that manages to be as sexy as the other styles in the collection despite the absence of underwire for defined shaping. The Lightly Lined Wireless Bra is, like its name suggests, very lightly lined for shape, and has the collection’s signature Sexy Side Smoothing band that is raw cut for comfort and to fit “like second skin”.

 

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The plunge neckline and gold ‘V’ charm at center front also means the bra works under clothes with low necklines. $89.

 

  1. Marks & Spencer

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This season, Marks & Spencer offers a range of lacy and beautifully feminine no-wire bralettes that are made to fit even women with larger busts.

 

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Our pick is the flattering Lace Non-padded Bralet, a non-padded longline style that comes with adjustable straps, added stretch, and provides gentle support. Both printed (pictured above) and plain options are available. $39.90.