The Best Built-In Bras--For When You Don't Want To Wear A Real One

February 28, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
shefinds | Fashion

Many women can probably attest that bras, no matter the style, are pretty uncomfortable and a nuisance to wear most of the time. But, camisoles with bra support? Now that’s a different story! In fact, built-in bras are typically comfortable as they don’t have painful material like clamps and wires that dig into your skin or feel restraining. Not to mention, camis with built-in bra support are arguably one of the best articles of clothing for layering, perfect for wearing underneath sweaters, cardigans, jackets, and blazers. Forget about straps that dig into your skin, these camis with built-in bra support that help lift, shape, and cover just as good (if not better) than a regular bra. Here are our tops picks for the comfiest and most supportive built-in bras:

Aeropostale Bra Cami

Aeropostale Solid Shelf Bra Cami ($6, originally $10.50)


This cami features adjustable straps and a built-in shelf bra for support. Choose from 9 different colors to match any cardigan or jacket in your wardrobe. Also, you can't beat that price!


"I bought these in every color. Love them for layering. Great material and holds up well." -Jen

2 in 1 Tank

Athleta Max Out Chi 2 in 1 Tank ($29.99, originally $69.99)


This Athleta top features a relaxed fit tank with breathable fabric and a built-in bra that provides medium support for cup sizes A through C. The tank is perfect for any workout!


"After wearing this top for the first time, I immediately ordered a second one. It is comfortable and has just the right amount of support. I love that the tank and bra are detachable." -Shajoe

Airism Bra Sleeveless Top

Uniqlo Women Airism Bra Sleeveless Top ($19.90)


A lightweight tank perfect for layering all year round. The tank is made of Uniqlo's breathable AIRism fabric and has soft bra cups for support and comfort.


"These are the most comfortable tops. I'm a 34G - bought XL - and was skeptical [whether or not it would fit] but it does and I love them for around the house or even running errands. I do throw another top over it if I'm leaving the house. While they wouldn't work for me to exercise in, they are perfect for just about everything else!" -Nic

Shelf Cami

Yummie Amelia Shelf Cami ($19, originally $34)


Not only does the Amelia Shelf Cami provide support with a built-in shelf bra, it also shapes your middle section with seamless soft nylon fabric. The cami has a wide size range of S/M through 1X-2X and comes in 4 different colors, perfect for layering. Did we mention it's on sale!? Shop now and get 44% off!


"I have a particularly painful back problem that makes wearing bras for more than a few hours almost impossible. I found the Amelia shelf cami almost by accident and it has become my favorite lingerie. I can wear it all day. It supports my back but doesn't pinch or bind or cause more pain. Many thanks for this." -Mary C.

Loved Bra Cami

Express Best Loved Bra Cami ($19.90)


What's in a name? This is the Express' best-loved cami and for good reason: It has stretchy cotton fabric for comfort, a flattering fit, and a built-in bra for support! It also comes in 4 colors for a perfect addition to your essentials.


"I have been buying these camis for almost a decade now and literally wear them almost every single day. For me, they are the perfect base for any outfit and seem to smooth everything out. I have been a wide array of sizes and these always seem to fit me. I recommend these to everyone!" -Fiver716 


What do you think of these built-in bras? Let us know in the comments below! 


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