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Going Semi-Braless: 15 Camisoles with Built-In Bras

  |   By Estelle Puleston

Do you ever have days where you’d rather not wear a bra? If you’re also not keen on going braless, there is a compromise. A camisole with a built-in bra!

This two-in-one garment gets top marks for simplicity and speedy dressing. You can even wear one in place of a sports bra plus tank top for lightweight, yoga-type activities. But it’s not just for those who don’t like bras. Camisoles are also an ideal solution for those who dislike visible bra straps.


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Please note, however, that a bra-cami combination is unlikely to offer quite the same lift as an actual bra. Still, some are more supportive than others. It all depends on the type of ‘bra’ built into the style.

When shopping for these types of camisoles, you’ll come across many described as having a ‘shelf bra.’ This type is the cheapest, easiest-to-manufacture option. However, it’s just an extra, inner band of fabric. It gets held in place by an elastic band under the bust. Think of these as akin to wearing a bralette. It will keep things contained, but likely won’t be enough to reduce bounce on larger busts.

Then there are camisoles with pre-formed ‘cups’, often made from foam. These offer better shaping, but still only low-to-middling support. They’re like the padded bralette version of the style above. They may be preferable to shelf bras if you suffer from boob sweat though. They’ll keep your breasts a bit more separated.

For large busts or maximum lift, look for a camisole with integrated underwires. These are often hidden away inside the garment, so you’ll need to read the product description to check for them. Some underwired camisoles even have an adjustable inner back closure too. A whole, secret bra hidden away in there!

Here are 15 camisoles with built-in bras of various types:

camisoles

Stretch Cotton Cami With Built-In Shelf Bra by Hanes
Available in sizes S-2XL
via Amazon
Style: shelf bra

camisoles with built-in bras

Airism Seamless V-Neck Bra Camisole
Available in sizes XS-2XL
via UNIQLO
Style: wireless resin cups

stretch lace camisoles

Never Say Never Curvy Camisole by Cosabella
Available in sizes S-XL
via Bare Necessities
Style: shelf bra

Bra Cami With Adjustable Straps
Available in sizes S-5X
via Roaman’s
Style: shelf bra

full bust camisoles

Cotton-and-Lycra Camisole With Built-In Bra by Panache
Available in sizes 32D-38G
via Amazon
Style: underwired cups

True Body Adjustable Strap Tank
Available in sizes XS-XL
via True & Co
Style: removable cup pads

Lace Trim Classic Camisole With Underwire Bra by Alessandra B
Available in sizes 34B-42DD
via Hollywood Obsession
Style: underwired cups

95% Organic Cotton Shelf Bra Camisole
Available in sizes XS-2XL
via PACT
Style: shelf bra

Non-Padded Tank Top With Built-In Bra
Available in UK sizes 30DD-38J
via Bravissimo
Style: underwired cups

camisoles with underwire

Seamless Shapewear Camisole With Built-In Underwired Bra by Cybele
Available in sizes 34B-42D
via Now That’s Lingerie
Style: underwired cups

Allure Built-In Bra Camisole by Hanro
Available in sizes 32B-38C
via Nordstrom
Style: underwired cups

Bra Tank by Enbliss
Available in sizes XS-2XL
via Soma
Style: shelf bra

Plus-Size V-Neck Shelf Bra Cami
Available in sizes XL-4XL
via Old Navy
Style: shelf bra

Wonderful U Comfort Underwire Camisole by Naomi & Nicole
Available in sizes 36B-42DD
via Her Room
Style: underwired cups

Best Loved Bra Cami
Available in sizes 2XS-L
via Express
Style: shelf bra

Would you swap your regular bra for one that comes attached to a camisole? Or if you already have a favorite bra-cami, let me know which one it is!

 

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Estelle is a twenty-something mum who recently emigrated from the UK to sunny Spain. She launched her online boutique, Esty Lingerie, in 2009 while at university, and after adding a blog to the site realized that writing is really where her passion lies. She now spends her days waxing lyrical about bras and knickers for a living, as a full-time blogger and a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie industry.

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