Bralettes have had a huge amount of airtime over the last 12 months. With most of us spending all of our time indoors, the requirement for comfort has been everything, to the extent that our boobs have been screaming out for wire-free styles that still provide support. Welcome to the stage…our Bralette Collection. So, what’s a bralette? How do you find the right fit? Are they better for you than bras, and do they work for big boobs? The realm of bust support can be difficult to navigate which is why our all-female in-house design team is here to guide you. Our experts have answers to all your burning questions about bralettes. No taboo(b) will be left unturned.
What is a bralette?
A bralette is a lightweight garment designed to support and lift your breasts. There are fewer components involved in the construction of a bralette and they are traditionally made without wiring or a hook and eye fastening at the back. However, there is no strict bralette rulebook and there are many styles out there that are considered hybrids of a bralette and bra.
What is the difference between a bra and a bralette?
A bra tends to be more structured than a bralette and will often have underwiring in the cup. This means bras tend to offer a higher level of support. However, fans of serious support should definitely NOT rule out bralettes, seriously. Bralettes come in a range of different styles from delicate triangles to higher coverage scoops, all of which promise a different type of lift and support- plus, look under clothing.
Bralette vs. Bra - which is better?
Simply put, it’s a matter of choice and your choice should be steered by whatever you feel most comfortable and confident in. Bras with underwire have a bad reputation for being too restrictive and for digging in… the ones people claim to tear off the minute they get home. But Lab12, our design team, stands by the fact that if you have the right fit, you should be able to wear a bra comfortably. Bralettes on the other hand are often dismissed for their lack of support which just isn’t true for all bralettes, you just need to do your research. Hot tip: bralettes with thicker straps and reinforced stitching in the cup are great for those looking for a more secure feel.
Do bralettes work for bigger boobs?
Yes, they can! We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, the amount of breast support you need is completely up to you. Whatever your shape, we’re all different. Your personal preferences, lifestyle and fashion choices should be your guiding factors. For example bralettes are perfect for lounging in but if you are being a bit more active you may feel more secure in a bra.
Heist Bralette size guide: our hot tips for fitting
1. Triangle cup shapes tend to work better for smaller to medium bust sizes (less risk of spilling out), whereas scoop necklines are a great option for medium to larger busts if you are looking for a good level of coverage. That being said, we don’t believe in outdated fashion rules and clichés, whatever you feel happy and confident in, should determine the decisions you make around underwear as well as comfort and fit.
2. We incorporate dress size in the size chart for all of our bralettes, but as with any brand and any product, it's so important to measure up at home (if possible) before purchasing (if you are really looking for the best fit). Our size guides include bust and under-bust measurements. When measuring with a tape measure, do not measure too tightly or too loosely. It should be snug but comfortably wrapped around you for an accurate measurement.
3. Honest/unemotional measurements combined with body-shape awareness = great fitting bralettes (and all underwear really!). For example, knowing your size and shape will help you choose a bralette shape that is best suited to you.
4. Once you have your bralette you’ll know immediately if you are wearing the right or wrong size if...
Your bust is spilling out and/or underband is digging = too snug
Your cups are gaping and/or under-band too loose = too large
Your bust is securely in the cups and the band fits comfortably around your torso = the ideal fit!
Bralette Shopping Guide
Support: 1= very light support 5= very strong support
Coverage: 1= barely there 5= full coverage