All About T-Shirt Bras

What exactly is a t-shirt bra, anyway? Find out!

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The Panache Cari bra is an example of a molded bra with flexible, spacer molding. Panache

Updated by Kim "Kimmay" Caldwell 4/30/16

What is a T-Shirt Bra?

A t-shirt bra is typically a kind of seamless, molded cup bra. The cups are designed to not show any lumps, bumps, or textures through your clothing - even when worn under the most form-fitting t-shirt or tee. T-shirt bras are popular not just for wearing with tight t-shirts, but for the seamlessness and versatility of wearing with any garment in your wardrobe.



Some bra manufacturers and brands have their own definition of what makes a bra a T-shirt style - so look at a bra's features and don't rely on the name alone when you're shopping. The biggest tell tale sign of a t-shirt bra: smooth, seamless cups. Keep in mind that some t-shirt worthy bras may not be molded or padded. These seam-free, stretchy or woven cup bras are great for wearing under t-shirts, but are typically not included in the t-shirt bra category. If it suits your t-shirt needs, however, then go ahead and wear it!

Does a t-shirt bra have... 

  • PADDING? It's possible. A t-shirt bra may have padding or built-in push up, but this feature is not a requirement. Most t-shirt bras have cups that are lined with a very thin layer of foam, which provides shaping benefits without adding bulk. In addition, this thin layer can act as a built-in nipple cover, concealing nipples even when you're wearing the most lightweight, form-fitting t-shirt. 
  • SEAMS? Never. The most important aspect of a t-shirt bra is its smoothness, which means it will always have seamless cups. t-shirt bras are meant to be nearly invisible and not show any lines under clothing - even under the most curve-hugging t-shirt.
  • UNDERWIRE? Usually, but again, this is not a t-shirt bra style requirement. Some bras carry smooth, wire-free t-shirt bra designs.

    Benefits of wearing a t-shirt bra:

    • No Bra Lines: t-shirt bras are designed to be worn with the clingiest tops, and won't ever show a line. The seamless cups will look invisible under clothing.
    • Modesty: A t-shirt bra is ideal for wearing under thin, lightweight and form-fitting tops, because the lined cups provide an opaque layer between your body and your clothing. You can wear a molded t-shirt bra without the need for nipple covers.
    • Shaping: Because most t-shirt bras are molded, the thin layer of foam added to the bra's cups are meant to enhance your natural shape, creating a slightly more rounded look.


    Women of all sizes - from small cup to full figure - can wear a shirt bra. This is because a t-shirt bra refers to how the bra is made, and the cup's features, not a specific cup style.

    For instance, women who are a smaller bra size may prefer a t-shirt bra with a demi cup, while women who wear a larger cup size may enjoy a t-shirt bra with a full-coverage cup to get the best fit. With the high demand for t-shirt bras, brands are making them in many sizes and styles. The options are endless.

    However, they aren't for everyone. Just like other molded bra styles, if you don't like the feel of synthetic fabric or foam padding, then a t-shirt bra may not be for you.

    This kind of style may also provide a shape that you don't prefer. Or you just may like to wear lace, seamed, or cut-and-sew bras. It's up to you!

    Even if you didn't care for this bra style before - or any bra with molded cups - remember that there are advances in bra-making and fabric technologies every year. Trying on new a t-shirt bra style is worth the effort - you may find that it fits you well, and it could even become the most comfortable bra you own.


    Remember, a t-shirt bra style is not just for wearing with t-shirts. It is also a great style to wear under almost every item in your wardrobe. Try one today!

    Updated by Kim "Kimmay" Caldwell 4/30/16