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Uncomfortable underwire and straps that dig into our shoulders are so 2020. Now that we’re transitioning to more relaxed wardrobes that keep us presentable yet comfortable, we’re stocking up on bralettes.

These cotton bralettes (and a very cozy bonus!) serve all shapes, sizes, and styles, up to H cups and 4XL. They’re made sans wire, excessive padding, or tight straps and instead offer gentle support to enhance our body’s natural curves.

While you’re at it, consider upgrading your entire collection of undergarments and basics with our favorite ethical lingerie and sports bras!

1. ARQ

Materials | Organic cotton & spandex Ethics | Size/cup-inclusive, GOTS certified organic cotton, BlueSign natural dyes, family-owned factory, plastic-free & recyclable shipping Size Range | Cups A–H, sizes XS–3X Price Range | $34–$38

ARQ prioritizes ethical production, responsible sourcing, and inclusivity in a way we’ve rarely seen apparel brands do before. The brand generally works with a family-owned US sewing factory (though some pieces are currently made overseas due to the pandemic), using GOTS certified organic cotton and natural dyes. ARQ stocks a dozen colors and sizes through H cups, so you can find the support you’re looking for.

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2. Brook There

Materials | Organic cotton & spandex Ethics | Made in the USA, GOTS certified & low-impact fabrics, fair working conditions, eco-friendly packaging Size Range | 32A–38D Price Range | $48–$68

For minimalist lingerie that’s ethically and locally made, we love Brook There. Reviewed by our own team, these bralettes and bras come in four different styles, made with GOTS certified cotton that was milled and dyed in California. Fabric is then sent to Massachusetts, where Brook There’s team cuts and sews each piece, designed to fit real bodies. You can pick up matching undies, too! Add these no-wire bras to your list of little luxuries—you deserve it.

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3. Knickey

Materials | GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified organic & sustainable materials Ethics | Climate Neutral & Fair Trade Certified, recycling program, eco-friendly packaging, gives back Size Range | XXS–3XL (bust 30”–46”) Price Range | $48

For a bra so comfortable you can sleep in it (yes, really!), we love Knickey’s organic cotton bralettes, available in four styles and the most beautiful earth tones. Our editors specifically love this brand for WFH or lounging around the house on weekends. We recommend sizing up and also snagging a pair of Knickey’s organic underwear—it makes for a cute and comfy set! Knickey even has a recycling program, so you can turn your old underwear and bralettes (from Knickey or other brands) into furniture batting, insulation, or even new thread. We love to see it!


4. The Nude Label

Materials | GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton & elastane Ethics | Locally made in Spain, fair working conditions, gives back Size Range | XS–XL Price Range | €45–€50

You’ll look, feel, and do good with The Nude Label’s organic cotton bras. The brand partners with an exclusive Portuguese supplier to gather GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton, which is then transformed into undergarments at a family-run factory in Spain. In addition to simple bandeaus and triangle bras, we also love their sexy cut-out bralettes giving us that “oomph” we desire! Global shipping is available.

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5. Thunderpants

Materials | GOTS certified organic fair trade cotton & spandex Ethics | Made in the USA, WOC-owned factory, fair trade working conditions, artisan-designed, water-based inks, gives back Size Range | S–2X (32”–40”) Price Range | $38

Thunderpants is an offshoot of the wildly popular Thunderpants NZ, but with the same commitment to responsible production: The brand sources only Fair Trade Certified and GOTS certified organic cotton, which is fabric-printed using water-based inks from Los Angeles. Pieces are then sewn and cut at their nearby Portland, Oregon factory. We love Thunderpants’ bright patterns (made by freelance designers!), stretchy feel, and unisex options.

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6. Pansy

Materials | Organic cotton, natural rubber, & elastane Ethics | Made in the USA, sustainable materials, nontoxic dyes, compostable Size Range | XS–XXXL Price Range | $48–$54

Pansy keeps it simple and sustainable: All underwear and bralettes are made with organic cotton grown in Texas and natural rubber from Rhode Island. Even the threads and tags are organic cotton! Dyed with nontoxic colors and sewn in California, it’s a fully compostable garment when you’re ready to part ways. Pansy’s cotton bras are so comfortable, you won’t even notice you’re wearing one.

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7. Boy Smells

Materials | Pima cotton & elastane Ethics | Ethically made in Peru, woman-owned & run factory, locally grown fibers Size Range | XS–XXXL (Cups A–E) Price Range | $34

You may know about Boy Smells’ candles, but the brand also carries a wonderful line of “unmentionables worth mentioning.” These genderful pieces are all made in Peru from locally grown Pima cotton and intentionally dyed in colors that flatter any skin tone. With adjustable straps and no hooks or clasps to worry about, it’s easy to throw on and even easier to lounge in. Sign us up.

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8. Nubian Skin

Materials | Organic cotton & elastane Ethics | Shade-inclusive, OEKO-TEX certified & recycled fibers, ethically made in Europe Size Range | 30B–38F Price Range | £39

Nubian Skin is here with a new kind of bra, particularly for Black and melanated women who’ve historically been ignored when it comes to “nude” skin tones. The brand carries four main shades, sizes up to 38F, and sells matching organic undies, so you can find your perfect set. And all pieces are ethically made in Europe via long-standing partnerships. Nubian Skin is in the UK with worldwide delivery available, though US- & Canada-based consumers can shop through their American site.

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9. MeUndies

Materials | MicroModal & elastane Ethics | Responsibly sourced, low-impact production, natural dyes, fair working conditions, renewable energy Size Range | XS–4XL Price Range | $32 ($22 for members)

We know, we know, technically MeUndies’ bralettes aren’t cotton. But, they are ethically made with sustainable materials like Modal, spun from beechwood trees. And the no wire bras go perfectly under any low-cut looks (or with no cover at all), especially with the double-layered cups and convertible straps. Gentle, freeing, and impossibly soft. (Sign up to be a monthly member and you’ll receive $10 off each pair!)

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Featured image from ARQ