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Confession time: I didn’t own a single underwire bra until I turned 29. A size 34A ever since puberty, I always figured I could get away with a lacy little bralette for the rest of my life. A blessing, I thought, since every wired style I’d ever tried on left me feeling like Rose in that scene from Titanic where her mean mom is yanking on her corset strings and trying to coerce her into marrying Billy Zane.
But while bralettes may be wonderfully comfy and sufficiently supportive for some, they tend to fall short in two key departments: shaping and coverage. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with boobs that look like boobs (ones that aren’t sculpted into two perfectly symmetrical domes at all times), but sometimes a girl wants a little shape! And as someone who’s usually cold — particularly at the office — I often found my beloved bralettes left me looking, shall we say, perkier than I’d like to be in a professional environment.
Eager for a lightly lined alternative to my wire-free favorites, I headed to Victoria’s Secret Pink. (I figured that since I’d spent the entirety of my 20s in what were basically training bras, I might as well start slow with bras targeted at teens). And I’m glad I did, because it was there — hanging alongside peach-emoji-printed thongs and “Party in the U.S.A.” sweatshirts — that I found my new favorite bra.
It’s Pink’s aptly named Wear Everywhere T-Shirt Bra, and it’s the best. It comes in colors both basic (black, buff, blush) and not (palm print!), has straps that convert to cross-back, and only costs $35 (and in the grand tradition of all things Victoria’s Secret, even less if you buy more than one at a time). It’s lined just enough to help you survive even the most aggressively air-conditioned offices, but it doesn’t look or feel like a padded bra.
But really, it’s the comfort that’s the selling point here: You really, truly cannot tell there are wires hidden in this bad boy. It’s so comfortable I sometimes wear it to work out. On several occasions, I’ve even fallen asleep wearing it! And as someone who refuses to wear anything other than a shapeless house dress while slumbering — seriously, even elastic-waisted shorts feel too constricting — that’s saying something.