Ever wondered what colour bra to wear under white shirts? It’s a common bra misconception that you should wear a white bra under white shirts – in reality, the best colour bra to wear under white is one that matches your skin tone as closely as possible! A bra that matches your skin tone - or in some cases even a red bra - blends in better than a white bra. And then what about seamed bras vs smooth bras? Should it be padded or non-padded? We put these to the test to compare and find out the best hack for what bra to wear under your white shirts 👇
'Nude' or White Bra Under White Shirt?
We put two popular colours to the test to find out whether you should wear a 'nude' or white bra under a white shirt! With the white bra, you can see the lace and seams through the shirt, while the latte colour blends in with the model’s complexion and becomes invisible (except for the outline of the seams) under the white shirt.
Our verdict: Latte wins! Find a shade that matches your skin tone as closely as possible if you don’t want your bra to be visible under lighter clothes.
Seamed or Non-Seamed Bra for White Shirts?
Next up we put a couple of non-padded bras to the test – one of which is seamed and features a lace overlay, against the iconic Gossard Glossies which is a non-padded, seamless bra. You can see that despite the beige colour, the seamed bra's structure is visible under the shirt. With the Gossard Glossies bra, the seamless cups ensure a smooth fit even without the padding.
Our verdict: Seamless is the best bra for white shirts! While seamed bras do offer more support for larger busts, if you’re after a sleek and smooth fit then opt for a seamless style.
Moulded or Padded Bra for White Shirts?
Finally, we compared a moulded bra to a padded bra. Both bras feature a light foam lining in the cups and have the added benefit of concealing your nipples if that’s what you’re after. A moulded bra, also called a t-shirt bra, flaunts a perfectly smooth cup, while a regular padded bra has a cut-and-sew balconette shape with seams. Similarly, to before, the seams are visible through the fabric of the shirt despite the beige tone blending into the skin, but for a flawlessly smooth shape it's got to be the moulded t-shirt bra!
Our verdict: Moulded is the best bra for white shirts! For a totally invisible look, opt for a lightly padded moulded bra that matches your skin tone as closely as possible.
Red Bra Under White Shirts?
No, we’re not crazy! Red bras under a white shirt can work just as well as a 'nude' bra - the trick is finding one that has the same undertones as your skin! You might get the odd seam showing through, but the actual red colour won't be noticeable. If you have a very pale complexion, blush pink colours can work better over red.
The Best Bra For White Shirts
So there we have it! For the ultimate stealth bra, opt for a moulded, lightly padded seamless style in a colour that matches your complexion as closely as possible. Do you have a go-to bra for under your white clothes? Let us know in the comments or on social @Brastop.
Here are a few of our favourite bras for white shirts:
If you enjoyed learning about what colour bra to wear under a white shirt, then you’ll enjoy some of our other helpful tips and guides such as ‘Sister Sizes Explained’ and ‘Top 10 Bra Fixes and Hacks’.
If you’re struggling with your bra size, head to our Fitting Guide, where you’ll find a Bra Fit Quiz, Lingerie style guides and a tonne of bra fitting info!