As we move farther into spring and the temperatures keep rising, I've been putting more thought into my bra collection. Since my cute spring tops are about to take over my wardrobe—from strapless to backless to halter—I need bras to make wearing them effortless.
No one wants a bra with a band that digs and cuts into their sides—uncomfortable is an understatement. These are the bras that give others a bad name, the kind you can't wait to go home and take off. Luckily, not all bras are like this, and there are online reviewers who did the handiwork for us so we can find the best ones out there. So I took it upon myself to search through top retailers like Nordstrom and Shopbop for the styles reviewers specifically highlight as back-friendly. I read through 746 reviews to find the best back-smoothing bras, and below, I'm outlining my findings (along with some of what the reviewers themselves had to say).
Chantelle Lingerie C Essential Full Coverage Underwire T-Shirt Bra ($58)
"I only wear Chantelle brand bras. The fit is perfect. The fabric is soft and supportive all around, no back or underarm bulge," writes one reviewer.
Commando Butter Bralette ($64)
The buttery-soft yet stretchy material guarantees a smooth look under clothing.
Chantelle Lingerie Soft Stretch Padded V-Neck Bra ($58)
A Nordstrom reviewer says "This smooths you out, but also supports you. Looks great under sweaters. I really can't say enough good things about this item."
Chantelle Lingerie Chantelle High Impact Convertible Sports Bra ($74)
The wide band in the back prevents the bra from cutting into you.
Cosabella Aire Soft Bra ($49)
One happy Shopbop reviewer says, "I don't ever want to take it off! It's very comfortable and the fabric is high quality. The elastic band doesn't cut in and straps are very minimalist."
Chantelle Lingerie Parisian Allure Unlined Plunge Underwire Bra ($74)
"It provides a smooth and full cover without padding. Perfect smooth fit for under a thin white t-shirt," writes one five-star reviewer.
Calvin Klein Underwear Liquid Touch Lightly Lined Plunge Bra ($48)
The seamless band on this one prevents any digging into your back.
Calvin Klein Underwear Liquid Touch Lightly Lined Bralette ($48)
Seamless bands FTW!
Top Secret Prop Top Bralette ($40)
I can tell just from looking at it that this would be my new go-to.
True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bralette ($44)
One reviewer explains the band is virtually invisible underneath a T-shirt in the back.
Chantelle Lingerie Rive Gauche Full Coverage Smooth Bra ($78)
"This bra is incredibly comfortable and is a great color. It is very smooth under clothing and fits very well," writes a Nordstrom customer.
Natori Bliss Perfection Bralette ($42)
This band looks beyond comfortable.
Spanx Bra-Llelujah! Unlined Bralette ($48)
This one has over 500 positive reviews on Nordstrom.
Kiki de Montparnasse Longline Bralette ($99)
The soft jersey fabric is so smoothing.
Natori Bliss Perfection Contour Soft Cup Bra ($64)
"I also love the back of this bra; because it is wider and comes up farther on my back than most bras it eliminates the dreaded back fat dilemma," says one happy Nordstrom reviewer.
Wacoal Ultimate Side Smoother Underwire T-Shirt Bra ($68)
The name says it all.
True & Co. True Body Triangle Lace Racerback Bralette ($52)
How pretty is the back detailing?
Wacoal Underwire Contour Bra ($58)
One Nordstrom reviewer says, "This bra is hands down the most comfortable bra I've ever owned! Straps don't slip, there is no 'fat-back' overhanging skin, and it flatters clothing."
B.Tempt'd by Wacoal Innocence Bralette ($38)
The stretchy band makes this bra ultra flattering.
Wacoal Awareness Soft Cup Bra ($62)
"I'm a D cup and this is the best-fitting bra I've ever worn... ever, The support feels very natural and the shape contours under my dresses and tops is perfect," writes one five-star reviewer.
Wacoal Visual Effects Wireless Minimizer Bra ($62)
The soft stretch material on the band ensures it doesn't cut into your skin.
Spanx Bra-Llelujah! Lightly Lined Full Coverage Bra ($68)
There's a reason this is one of Spanx's best sellers.
Wacoal Flawless Comfort Wire Free Bralette ($58)
The thick band is key.
Skims Soft Lounge Bralette ($36)
The ultimate lounge bra.
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