Go Underwired or Wire-Free?
Underwired versus wireless bras: you have options! Both can provide comfort and support, assuming that your bra is a good fit for your body.
A wired bra is built around a sturdier structure and will provide more lift, shaping, and projection than a wire-free style. If the cups are sized appropriately, the wires should lay flat against your breast bone in the center and your ribs on the sides. The poking and friction often associated with underwires happens when the wire frame is too small for the amount of breast tissue it needs to contain. Sufficiently roomy cups should not cause pain or irritation.
If you'd like to bypass this issue entirely, though, a wire-free bra might be for you. These styles often allow breast tissue to sit more to the sides, and without wires to create an inward curve between the breasts, you get a bit less definition. They are super comfortable, though! Unlike a bralette, which is not really built for support, a true wireless bra uses seamed construction or foam molded cups to lift and shape. If you'd like to give wire-free a whirl, we have a number of different options depending on where you fall on the size spectrum.