It's hard to find an ethical bra that in any way resembles the lightly padded, underwire bras most women are used to wearing on a regular basis. As much as I love the aesthetic and ideal of a simple, unlined bra, I feel more comfortable with a small amount of padding, particularly under thin t-shirts.
I have long had the intention of creating an Ethical Bra Guide, but to be honest with you, I couldn't find a good, everyday bra for my A cup and it seemed disingenuous to share when I hadn't even found something to suit me.
That changed once I discovered Patagonia's Barely Bra, so today I'm doing my best to share ethically produced bras in several styles for a range of body types and sizes. My apologies if you notice a gap in sizing or comfortable options for larger bust sizes. My experience as an A cup is all I know. Please do feel free to make suggestions in the comments!
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This is my go-to style. At my cup size, I don't really benefit from underwire, not to mention that the structure was beginning to cause chest discomfort. The Barely Bra is made of recycled polyester and spandex with removable padding.
Patagonia Barely Bra, $45
Prana Dreaming Bra, $35.40 (on sale)Made fairly with recycled polyester, the Dreaming bra features an intricate strap detail with removable padding.
Prana Soleil Bra, $49More of a workout or lounge piece, the Soleil bra is made a nylon/spandex blend with removable padding.
Coco Caramel Bronze Silk Bra via Azura Bay, $105.51 USD ($139 CAD)Feminine and structured, this bra was handmade in London using upcycled fabrics.
Naja Steffi Bustier, $85With a caged band detail and removable straps, the Steffi bra was made fairly.
Synergy Organic Clothing Native Summer Yoga Bra, $21 (on sale)A lightweight bra for low impact activity, this piece was made fairly with GOTS certified organic cotton.
P.S. I'm collecting thoughts and stories on the Women's March. I'll share as soon as I can.