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Paramour Madison Unlined Bra in Pink
When I started this blog, I was in grad school, which meant money was pretty tight. But over the past few years, I’ve taken to writing more and more about high end and designer lingerie. Some of that’s because my budget is different from my early blogging days; more disposable income means more choices. But a lot of it is because my tastes have changed. The typical, inexpensive t-shirt bra just isn’t satisfying anymore, and novelty generally comes at a higher price point. That said, I know everyone is working with a different budget, and I thought it was high time to do a post on some more inexpensive lingerie options. That’s why every bra in today’s blog post is $40 or less.
Because the internet moves so fast (especially around the time I’m posting this, which is the holiday season), some, if not all, of these bras may be sold out by the time you read this. But that doesn’t mean this article stops being a resource. Even if the specific items listed are no longer available, you can check the stores and the brands shown here to find other items in the same price range. And if you can afford to spend more than $40 on a bra (even if it’s only $5 or $10 more), please do. Your options increase exponentially around the $50-$60 range.
One last note, I often tell my readers when they’re asking for lingerie advice that it’s important to have reasonable expectations…and this is especially true for inexpensive lingerie, Bras in this price range have two major distinguishing features: 2) they’re made by large companies, who usually work in the thousands of units (as opposed to a few dozen or a few hundred piecs) and manufacture overseas, and 2) they’re more likely to utilize simpler silhouettes (for example, bralettes and contour cups). The fact that there are 85 choices on this particular list doesn’t mean every company, brand, or designer is capable of selling lingerie at this price point. Nor should you expect to see a lot of complexity or fancy fabrics here. In addition, some of these bras won’t last as long as more high end or expensive product. That is both okay and appropriate. The fact is, all of these bras, even if I think they’re quite pretty, are inexpensive. And the product you receive will reflect that.
Below is a quick list of the brands and stores featured in this post. Clicking on the image shown for a bra will take you directly to the item. All prices are full prices, not sale prices.
Hips & Curves
Marks & Spencer
Brands (excluding store-owned brands such as Just Peachy by Figleaves or Gilligan & O’Malley):
Affinitas and Parfait by Affinitas
Frederick’s of Hollywood
Lunaire and Whimsy by Lunaire
Wacoal and b. tempt’d by Wacoal
b’tempt’d by Wacoal Lace Kiss Wirefree Bralette – $18.00
Modcloth Fetching Femme Bralette in Noir – $19.99
Gilligan & O’Malley® Women’s All Over Lace Bralette – 19.99
Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Floral Lace Padded Longline A-DD Bra – £14.00 (approximately $22.93)
Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.