Last night, I did the unthinkable and slept in my bra. Anyone with boobs is intimately familiar with the irresistible compulsion to tear off your bra Hulk-style by 8 p.m. at the latest. But not this time. Not since the invention of memory foam mattresses has human flesh felt so held, so completely snug. Underwire? I don’t know her anymore, thanks to my discovery of the world’s most comfortable bra.
Chantelle’s Soft Stretch Padded V-Neck Bra Top ($54) is wireless, clasp-less, and has all the function of a sports bra with the soft caress of a bralette. The garment also eschews the ultra-utilitarian aesthetic of many other options out there that don’t feel like—well—cages. At the risk of sounding like a 4 a.m. infomercial, the 18-hour period I’ve owned this bra has changed my outlook on what my chest deserves to feel. Quite frankly, I think I’ve found my B cups’ one true pairing.
When I slid Chantelle’s design over my head yesterday afternoon in Well+Good’s bathroom (what? I couldn’t wait!), I said to myself quietly: “Oh, we are sleeping in this tonight!” As a current graduate school student who sometimes doesn’t crawl into bed until midnight on week days, the idea of not having to remove my bra before escaping beneath the covers felt like a beautiful, beautiful luxury. Although this is only secondary to comfort in my opinion, the bra also looks perfectly normal under my shirt. I’m totally incognito.
I left the office and headed to class to listen to my instructor profess the genius of Cormac McCarthy for several hours. All the while, I reveled in another kind of brilliance, one McCarthy probably has no conception of—the simple pleasure of feeling like your boobs are having a Netflix and chill of their own. I sauntered home like a first-class lounger camouflaged in everyday attire. I put on my pajama pants with just the bra and passed out without once wondering if I should take it off.
I could go on to sing the praises of this particular piece for many thousand words. However, it also needs to be stated that both the color ranges, color names, and sizing of this bra could use some re-engineering. “Nude” doesn’t look the same for everyone, and that needs to be reflected on the tag. Similarly, sizes XS-2X simply don’t cut it in a world where 67 percent of women are above size 14. Personally, I enjoy the look and feel of the bra and I’ll be wearing this bra until it turns to threads. Everyone—regardless of race, or body shape or size—should be able to do the same.
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