There is an ongoing love-hate relationship with push-up bras.
First, the way it pushes your breasts and centers them to finally achieve a semblance of cleavage comes at the cost of utter discomfort. Hello, neck and shoulder pain!
Second, for those with small boobs, what happens when it’s time for the big reveal?
And last, although a study shows that these lifting bras really do help you feel more confident, they just look so obvious.
While some people literally free their nipples for a cause, you should, too but from the perils of the push-up bra. Say no to the Victoria’s Secret image of perfect-looking boobs, ‘cause guess what? Even their models are subject to the wonders of Photoshop.
Here are anti-push-up bras that can still make you feel your best without the faux confidence boost that over-padded brassieres bring.
Honeydew Intimates Valerie Bralette (P1,150)
It has sexy lace straps and trims with soft cups that provide utter comfort.
Honeydew Intimates. Available at Zalora.
Yamamay Sicily Bandeau Bra (P800)
Play the sheer game with this bandeau bra that is entirely made of lace and frills.
Yamamay. Available at Glorietta 2, Makati Mall Walkway, Makati City. For more information, visit their website.
Only Hearts Open Seam Bralette (P2,361.79)
The daring open seams balance the very delicate lace trimmings.
Only Hearts. Available at Nordstrom.
La Perla Triangle Bra (P10,250)
This triangle bra in stretch tulle doesn’t shy away from form despite being very functional. The soft microfiber is delicate when touched and when worn.
La Perla. Available at La Perla
ASOS Rosa Lace Triangle Bra
The right shape and the right color, that is what this ASOS purple, lace triangle is.
ASOS. Available at ASOS.
Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette (P1,050)
Nothing goes between you and your Calvins. Same between your tatas and this super comfy and softly lined cotton bralette.
Calvin Klein Underwear. Available at Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City. For more information, visit their website
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