what to wear instead of a bra

What to Wear Instead of a Bra

With life as we know it changing entirely since the onset of the pandemic, the traditional underwire bra is out, and we’re not sure that it will ever come back. When women were confined to their homes, there wasn’t much incentive to put on a traditional underwire bra that pokes and prods in all the wrong places. During the pandemic, athleisure has taken over as the dominant force, and the sports bra market is set to rise to $38.4 billion by 2026, according to an article by PRNewswire. While sports bras are supportive and comfortable, they don’t work under every outfit, so we’ve set out to determine what to wear instead of a bra. 


What to Wear Instead of a Bra 

Yes, we recognize that the advent of work-from-home and now the reintroduction of more casual events in the return to socialization have made it more feasible to wear sports bras on every occasion, but there are still outfits that require more specialized bras. Now that the course of the pandemic is changing, and we can finally pull out these pretty backless dresses and strapless tops for nights out with our friends, we can’t ruin our outfits with a bulky sports bra. On the other hand, we don’t want to be uncomfortable in traditional bras, so we must determine what to wear instead of a bra. Luckily, Perkies has myriad alternatives to traditional bras.



perkies petals


Bra Alternatives 

First, let’s talk about Perkies petals. Petals are reusable nipple covers that have medical-grade and hypoallergenic silicone adhesive. Not only are they made out of a durable and high-quality material, but they are also matte meaning they won’t show through your clothing in flash photography. Even better, they’re waterproof, so you can wear them under light-colored bathing suits that might become transparent when they get wet. And best of all, they’re easily washable and when you wash them, the adhesive is regenerated. Perkies nipple petals are a great alternative to traditional bras and sports bras if you’re only looking for coverage. Since they’re nipple covers, they don’t offer much support. 


Another option is to make it appear your nipples are firmly showing through your shirt with nipple enhancers. This follows the "free the nips" movement.


Bras for People Who Hate Bras But Want Support

If you’re in the market for both coverage and support, then the Perkies sticky bra could be your answer to what to wear instead of a bra. It offers coverage, like Perkies petals, but in addition to coverage, it also provides excellent support and lift. Unlike other sticky bras on the market which lose their stick and need to be replaced after just a few wears, the Perkies sticky bra has a reusable and replaceable adhesive—each adhesive layer can be worn quite a few times before the adhesive needs to be replaced. The silicone adhesive sticks firmly to the skin, but it can be moved gently without tugging on or irritating your skin. 

Perkies petals and the Perkies sticky bra are both great options for what to wear instead of a bra. Like our beloved sports bras and other athletic bras, they are extremely comfortable, but they are more practical under more formal or revealing outfits. In deciding which bra alternative is best for you, your chief concern should be the level of support and lift you’re looking for in your bra. If you are solely looking for coverage, then Perkies petals are an excellent choice for you, but if you’re looking for a mix of coverage and lift, then the sticky bra might be a better choice! 


Perkies creates durable and stylish undergarments to help women embrace freedom in fashion and in life. At Perkies, we strive to help women feel their most confident in all facets of their lives, and we believe that confidence starts from within. 


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