Are Bralettes Better Than Bras? Main Differences & Similarities

Are Bralettes Better Than Bras? Main Differences & Similarities

Bralettes have been around for over 100 years, but they haven't always been as popular as wired bras. During the last few years, bralettes have skyrocketed in popularity as more women started seeking something more relaxed and comfortable. So, what is a bralette and how is it different from your typical wired bra? Read on to learn more.


What Is The Difference Between Bralettes & Bras?

The difference between bralettes and bras may not be obvious to those unfamiliar with the world of lingerie. But if you pay attention to a few key details, the differences will become extremely obvious. Bras primarily focus on providing support and solving specific issues (such as lifting, minimizing, nursing, ect.) through the use of contoured pads and underwire. Typically, bras come in a large range of cup-band sizes to support everyone, no matter their size or shape. On the other hand, bralettes focus more heavily on being comfortable and provide gentle support. Designed without underwire or heavy padding, bralettes are a popular option for those who don't need high support.




The main purpose of bralettes is provide as much freedom as possible while keeping you comfortable and gently supported throughout the day. If you're looking for a light, airy bra that you'll forget you're even wearing, you should definitely try a bralette. So, are bralettes supportive? Well, most of them are soft, following the natural contour of your breast, and do not provide much support. However, at ThirdLove, we've created several styles of wireless bras that provide just as much support as a regular wired bra through our innovative designs and sizing.


  • A vast variety of styles to choose from.
  • Can be worn on its own as a top.
  • Creates a beautiful natural silhouette.
  • When it comes to bralette vs bra size, the first one offers a much simpler sizing system, making bralettes incredibly gift-friendly.

When To Wear It:

You can wear bralettes for any occasion - just go for a more upscale or casual look, depending on your outfit. Pair a lacy bralette with a jacket and some tight-fitting pants for a night out, or choose a more relaxed design when you want to just chill at home. This is one of the most comfortable bra types to wear all day long.


Our Top Bralette Picks

Let's explore our top wireless bras that will comfortably support even those with larger breasts!

Form 360 Fit™ Wireless Bra

Dreaming about great support and a smooth silhouette but without a wire or uncomfortable straps? No need to look any further because ThirdLove’s Form 360 Fit™ Wireless Bra offers excellent fit (while still being wireless) and smooth peachy fabric. Designed with Precise Sizing technology, we offer 3 different cup sizes for every band size so you can be sure to get superior fit, lift and support regardless of your cup size.

Everyday Lace Full Coverage Bralette

For hot summer days and relaxed evenings, try our Everyday Lace Full Coverage Bralette. Made from soft, scratch-free lace, this ultra-breathable bra will hold you just right while providing full, lacy coverage.

Sculpting Wireless Minimizer

Minimizer bras are a perfect choice for those that want to reduce their breast size. ThirdLove’s Sculpting Wireless Minimizer can minimize your bust up to 2 inches without flattening your breast or turning them into a uni-boob. Say hello to wearing button ups without any wardrobe malfunctions!



Bras come in a huge variety of different styles that you can pick between based on your needs. Whether you need support, smoothing, lifting, or special features like minimizing or nursing, there is a bra out there for you!


  • A wide variety of silhouettes and styles for every occasion, be it a workout session at the gym or a night out with your friends.
  • Different levels of support and padding.
  • Versatile features and solutions based on your needs.

When To Wear It:

There are different types of bras created especially for different looks and occasions: plunge bras for dramatic dresses with beautiful cleavage, sports bras with great support for your workout session or yoga class, t-shirt bras for everyday wear, and many more!


Our Top Bra Picks

There are so many different bra styles that it can be hard to choose! Read on to learn more about our bestselling bras and which we recommend for you.

24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra

If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear bra that will be invisible under your outfit, then look no further, because ThirdLove’s 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra offers just that, and more. Created in a variety of colors to match your skin tone, this beautiful bra is ultra smooth and uses foam memory cups to fit your body perfectly. It's our #1 seller for a good reason - once you put it on, you'll forget it's even there.

24/7® Second Skin Unlined Bra

When you hear "unlined" you might think of light support - but our 24/7® Second Skin Unlined Bra is quite the opposite! The comfortable underwire and smoothing sides and back provide plenty of separation and support while the double-layer cups let your natural shape shine. It’s an airy design for an effortless look, no matter what outfit you choose.

24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra

The sleek and simple design of ThirdLove’s 24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra is truly unmatched. Whether you want to show off a little bit of cleavage wearing a stunning dress or simply want extra lift under your everyday outfit, this plunge bra is here to save your day. It also has removable pads and adjustable straps for even more comfort.

24/7® Perfect Coverage Bra

Our 24/7® Perfect Coverage Bra is the holy grail for those with fuller cups. With more coverage and support than ever before, this bra comes in a variety of nudes and fun colors. Full coverage without losing style, it's a great everyday, all-day bra.

24/7® Unlined Minimizer Bra

If you're looking for an answer to your wardrobe malfunctions - this bra is it! Our 24/7® Unlined Minimizer Bra reduces your bust up to 2 inches without squashing them or creating a uniboob. Not your nana's minimizer, it's not only comfortable and supportive but also cute!


Find Your Perfect Fit

There really is no 'better' choice between a bra and a bralette. They both solve for completely different problems, so we always recommend you keep a couple of each for every wardrobe situation. When choosing between a bra and a bralette, think about the support you need for the day. If you're craving something light and airy, a bralette is the way to go, and if you need more smoothing, lift, support, and coverage, a bra will be your best friend. Explore bras and bralettes and ThirdLove to find the best one for you!