Every woman needs a nude bra in their life.
The un-sung hero of your wardrobe, this essential underwear item is the key to making the most of your clothes.
Kim Kardashian’s stand-out sheer dresses wouldn’t be possible without a good old nude bra
The perfect nude bra should look and feel invisible. It creates a smooth silhouette and blend into your skintone – ideal for wearing underneath your staple white T-shirt or the daring sheer dresses sported by Kim Kardashian.
Contrary to popular belief, a nude bra looks better underneath white clothing than white underwear which can be easily mismatched and often greys over time due to washing and general wear.
And while it is may be true that underwear that looks better with your clothes on does not look so good with your clothes off, we’ve sussed out a few hybrid beauties that tick all of the boxes.
Here’s our round-up of the best nude bras that you can buy no matter what your size, shape, style and the occasion.
Best push-up bra
Trust Wonderbra to make the best of your bust. The nude ‘Full Effect’ bra is a good one to have in your repertoire – the brand claim it will make your look two cup sizes bigger. Crafted with a mixture of air, gel and featherweight foam, it attacks (seriously) your assets from all sides to give you the ultimate lift.
Push-up bra, £24 from Wonderbra at Debenhams – buy here
Best T-shirt bra
Your ultimate wardrobe hero, a T-shirt bra is named as such because it should look invisible underneath the tight-fitting jersey of a simple T-shirt. It should be smooth, not too padded and well-fitting, so that it sit close to the breast but doesn’t create any undesirable bulges. H&M’s is made of microfiber fabric which wicks moisture away from the body and holds its shape, even after multiple wears and washes.
Microfibre T-shirt bra, £12.99 from H&M – buy here
Best triangle bra
Finally, a triangle style that suits cup sizes above an A. If you love the fuss-free approach of an unpadded bra but need more support, Oysho’s version is ideal – it’s constructed with curved seams underneath the bust and has wiring on the wings to hold everything in place while creating a natural-looking silhouette.
Triangle bra, £15.99 from Oysho – buy here
A party girls best friend, this nude bra by Marks and Spencer isn’t called ‘100 ways to wear’ for nothing. Cleverly constructed with deconstruct-able cups and straps, you can contort and convert it to suit any outfit – racer-back, one shoulder, strapless, backless, plunging and more. It’s the best £22.50 you’ll ever spend.
100 ways to wear bra, £22.50 from Marks and Spencer – buy here
Made from shell coloured silk and creamy lace, this Rosie by Autograph bra is the nude bra exception. And the best thing is, it is insanely comfortable too; the sling construction is supportive and creates a natural-looking silhouette that looks virtually invisible underneath your clothing – a rarity for lace underwear. Buy the matching briefs and you’ll won’t have any unfortunate Bridget Jones moments, ever again.
Silk-blend bra, £27.50 from Rosie for Autograph at Marks and Spencer – buy here
When ASOS launched this nudes collection with Dorina we couldn’t help but sing about it – just like Fenty Beauty’s iconic foundation, this lingerie line has shades aplenty, so you’ll never feel mismatched again. The Tone on Tone range boasts every style under the sun including comfortable triangle cuts, little lace numbers and this smooth cotton T-shirt bra with detachable straps.
Dark T-shirt bra, £18 from Dorina at ASOS – buy here Medium T-shirt bra, £18 from Dorina at ASOS – buy here Fair T-shirt bra, £18 from Dorina at ASOS – buy here
Uniqlo’s sports bra may not be the prettiest, but it’s guaranteed comfort. High impact movement makes your breasts bounce, which can cause sagging and stretching over time – so it’s really important to keep everything supported when you’re exercising. Uniqlo’s has bonded seams which sit completely flat to the skin and inbuilt, moulded cups that enhance your natural silhouette so you look smoking hot in your gym kit…just don’t show anyone what’s underneath.
Wireless bra, £14.90 from Uniqlo – buy here
Stick-on bras aren’t a new concept, but the separated adhesive cups of old didn’t exactly make the most of our assets. Enter the lace-up version, this clever bra works in the same way but has moulded butterfly cups and a corseted front so that you can create and control your own cleavage. Perfect for when you’re going all guns blazing in a low cut, backless number.
Lace-up bra, £15 from ASOS – buy here
Best sustainable bra
From H&M’s coveted Conscious Exclusive collection, this nude bra is spun from recycled nylon to create a beautiful lace fabric. Cut into a cool triangle shape, its crafted without underwiring or padding to achieve a natural-looking silhouette. It has pretty spaghetti straps too, so you can channel Kendall Jenner and let it show beneath your clothing.
Non-wired bra, £17.99 from H&M – buy here
H&M’s T-shirt bra is panelled with lace wings, so it’s prettier than most basic styles. Made from breathable cotton, the cups are moulded and lightly padded to create a rounded silhouette and give a subtle lift. It’s our favourite bargain buy because you get a black version thrown in too. Winning.
Lace and cotton bra, £12.99 for two from H&M – buy here
Best for bigger busts
Those with bigger busts may struggle to find a nice streamlined bra that doesn’t have all sorts of hoisting mechanisms and ultra wide straps. Fantasie’s nude T-shirt style has moulded cups with minimal padding to create a smooth, natural-looking shape but the full cups provide support and coverage, so you can avoid spilling out of your top.
DD+ T-shirt bra, £34 from Fantasie at Figleaves – buy here
Best for breastfeeding
Nursing bras are not always the prettiest but with its delicate mesh overlay and subtle fastenings, this Cake Maternity version is a diamond in the rough. It has subtle drown-down clips for easy feeds, provides support with its full-coverage cups and still looks streamlined underneath your clothing. Oh, and did we mention it comes with convertible clips so that you can make it racer-back?
Nursing bra, £30 from Charley M by Cake Maternity at ASOS – buy here
There’s a reason that Calvin Klein has been a go-to underwear brand since the 1990s. This nude number is our a absolute all-rounder for everyday wear and super comfortable. It’s set on a stretch-mesh band that sits flat to the skin and has supportive cups with bonded seams that look invisible underneath your clothing. The gradual padding creates a nice little lift that is appropriate for everyday and it has those branded logo-stamped straps that we all know and love.
Iconic push-up bra, £36 from Calvin Klein at Zalando – buy here