Bras and Undies

5 Best Lightly Lined Bras for When You Want to Wear One, but You Don’t Want to Know It’s There

Allie Flinn

Photo: Getty Images/Jason Homa
To be honest, when the temps rise, I'd really prefer not to wear a bra at all, and there are enough benefits to going braless to make this in appealing option. Still, the major downside—lack of support—is a deal breaker for lots of women, especially those with bigger breasts. "For some of us, boobs are heavy, and without any support, that weight can strain your back and worsen your posture, especially if you do anything more than low to no-impact activity," Phoebe Kunitomi, founder of Okko, a brand of intimate wear, previously told Well+Good. And so I've been on the hunt for the next best thing. Behold: lightly lined bras.

As the name implies, lightly lined bras are made with thin layers of fabric that help add shape and support, but they aren't padded. Plus, they conceal nipples more than unlined bras, while still offering a barely-there feel that'll make them your boobs' new BFF, especially in the sweaty heat. Shop a handful of our favorite offerings in this category below.

5 lightly lined bras so thin you'll almost forget you're wearing them

Parade Asymmetrical Bralette — $34.00

This bra has just enough padding that you can wear it solo without worrying if your nipples are showing, but not so much that it feels heavy. It’s made from Parade’s signature recycled fabric that’s super stretchy and super soft. It comes in four colors and sizes XS–3XL, with three additional support levels for larger chests.

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Pepper Mesh All You Bra — $50.00

This brand makes bras specifically tailored for small breasts, and its lightweight mesh bra is one of Parade’s bestsellers. It comes in six colors and is available with band sizes 30–40 and cup sizes AA–B.

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Knix Good to Go Seamless Bra — $40.00

This bra is ultra-soft without being flimsy, and manages to give boobs support without smooshing them. In addition to being seamless, it’s also wireless (yay, comfort!) It comes in sizes XS–3XL.

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AnaOna Susan Wrap Front Lace Bra — $48.00

Lace bras can be scratchy and irritating, but not this one. It’s breathable, soft, and looks pretty enough for a special occasion while also being comfy enough to wear every day. The brand designs bras for those who’ve undergone breast surgeries. But they look great on everyone. There’s enough stretch to fit expanders, lightweight breast forms, and prosthesis, and it also features pockets with removable pads.

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Cuup The Scoop — $68.00

This bra is made from a buttery-soft fabric without padding for a barely-there feel. It comes in five core colors, with three current seasonal colors.

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