Underwire bras can go from friend to enemy really fast. One wrong move, or one wash too many, and you can get poked by a wire.

Despite some of their downfalls, underwire bras are considered to be the ultimate when it comes to support. Supportive bras are important because without the necessary lift, your back and shoulders will ache.

At times, it feels like the only supportive bras on the market are underwire, but fortunately, that’s not true. There are supportive wireless bras available. These options are poke-free and offer enough reinforcement to keep your back from aching. 

How to shop for a supportive wireless bra

The support in a wireless bra comes from the band, so it is essential that you are in the correct size.

“Wearing the wrong size bralette will not give you proper support and fit,” dermatologist and CEO of luxury lingerie retailer Journelle, Dr. Sapna Palep, told 21Ninety. 

Dr. Palep says that a well-fitting bra doesn’t ride up as you move. Other features to look for are straps that don’t budge. Also a gap- or spillage-free fit around the sides and over the cups is important.

“Your bralette shouldn’t pinch, dig, or feel too constricting [either],” the dermatologist noted.

21Ninety has found a variety of supportive wireless bras that you’ll be happy to wear everyday.

Longline bra

Cosabella’s Never Say Never Curvy Plungie Longline Bralette is a wireless bra that doubles as a crop top. The lacey bra features a power mesh lining, plunge neckline, adjustable straps, and non-padded cups. 

The longline supportive wireless bra comes in over 30 colors in a wide range of sizes: petite, regular, curvy (pictured here), extended, and ultra curvy. The curvy and ultra curvy styles also feature a hook-and-eye back closure for extra back support – all other styles are pull-on.

Shoppers that fall under “petite” can grab a bra in sizes 28A to 30D. “Regular” sizes cover 32A to 39D. If you wear a 28DD to 40H, then give “curvy” a try. “Extended” bras come in sizes 36DD to 40DD. And, “ultra curvy” is dedicated to those that wear a 30I to 36L.

Scoop bralette

Parade’s Support Lift Scoop Bralette is a smooth seamless bra with serious lift. The bralette features a cotton lining, wide straps, and pull-on design. The body hugging bottom band will ensure that this bra won’t budge for a comfortable amount of support. 

The scoop neck bra comes in sizes XS to 3XL for those that approximately wear bra sizes 32A to 42D. If you wear a 32DD to 40F then you can shop 1+, 2+, or 3+.

V-neck bralette

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The Haper Wilde Bliss Bralette is a supportive wireless bra with a t-shirt feel. The nylon-elastane microfiber bra features wide straps, wide bottom band, and a smooth front and back. There’s enough coverage to help you say goodbye to uncomfortable back spillage.

This v-neck supportive wireless bra comes in four neutral colors and (at the time of this post) seven limited edition colors. The XS to 4XL size range covers 30A to 46G (including 42H and 44H). 

Full coverage bra

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If you tend to refer to your bras as over-the-shoulder-boudler-holders, then check out this Glamorize bra. The Magiclift Seamless Wire-free Bra was made with big busts in mind. 

Available in sizes 36C to 46H, this bra has everything you need to keep your chest lifted and back supported. It features wide adjustable straps, rear hook-and-eye closure, and smooth molded cups. 

Made of a polyester, nylon, and elastane blend, this wireless bra smooths from all sides while providing lift that rivals a traditional underwire bra. 

Strapless bra

The Wireless Form Strapless Bra from Skims is an uplifting wirefree option. Currently available in a soft pink, this strapless supportive wireless bra has features that will keep you supported and comfortable. Lined foam pads, wide wings, hook-and-eye back closure, and an optional pair of straps are included. 

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