If I had to make a list of frequently asked questions, sources for sleep and lounge bras would be at the top. Everyone seems to want one and no one seems to be able to find a great one. While the options out there are pretty limited, things have gotten a lot better in the past few years. This list is based on lots of trial and error on my part, as well as lots of feedback from other people. It also includes my personal favorite lounge bra, which you can pretty much pry out of my cold dead hands at this point. This list also includes both wireless and underwired options, as I know everyone’s comfort preferences are different.
The Ahh Bra by Rhonda Shear:
This is going to be a controversial option, given the fact that lots of us have a bias against bras that have their own informercial. Having said that, when I ask full busted women what they wear for extra support when they sleep, this is the most frequent answer. These are reasonably cheap, machine washable, and definitely provide that little extra bit of support. They’re worth trying out if you just want a little bit of extra support without an underwire, or if you’re just not into spending a bunch of money on a sleep bra.
The Panache Sports Bra:
When Panache first designed their sports bra, I can’t imagine they were thinking that women would wear it for everything. I know people who use this as an every day bra and as a sleep bra — I even met someone who traveling through multiple countries with just this and a bikini top in her suitcase for support. I own three of these, so I’m clearly part of the fan club. These bras do have wires, but they’re so well padded that you’d hardly know it. They’re comfortable, wash and dry easily, and come in a wide range of patterns and colors.
Dark Chocolate Bra by Cake Lingerie:
This is, hands down, my favorite lounge bra on the market — I own two of them and I’m intending to buy more this autumn. The flexible wire design means you get enough support, so this can pass for your regular bra while enjoying all of the comfort that comes with a soft cup bra. If that isn’t enough, Cake Lingerie makes several insanely pretty sets using this same design. This one is next on my list.
Original Un-Bra by Decent Exposures:
Full bust ladies in the know have been flocking to Decent Exposures over the past few years. I haven’t tried them yet, but I know lots of people who rave about these bras. Decent Exposures builds custom bras where you can pick the material, so you can choose how much support you want and create your ideal support to comfort ratio. These bras may not be the most gorgeous option out there, but I know several ladies who would testify that Decent Exposure bras have changed their lives.
Lavender Sorbet Bra by Cake Lingerie:
I haven’t tried this soft cup bra from Cake Lingerie yet, but it goes up to a 40J. I love the idea of a wireless sleep bra, so this will probably be next on my list to try. It’s also pretty, which gives it an extra leg up for me.
What’s your favorite sleep or lounge bra? Have you found one you love yet?