Spoiler alert: It’s not nude.
If there’s one time when the color of your bra truly matters, it’s when you’re wearing a white shirt. That is, if you don’t want everyone to get a peak of your bra through your clothes. (Although, if you do, then by all means.)
You’d almost think that if you’re wearing a white shirt, it’s smartest to match your bra to the color of your shirt. So you put on a white bra and immediately saw it shine through. “I’m here!” your boobs practically shout. Then, you likely went to the old standby, the skin-tone bra under the white shirt. That can work, sure, but nude bras don’t always feel very sexy. And if the “nude” color available for sale doesn’t match your actual skin tone, then you can be SOL.
Luckily, the Internet has uncovered a crazy secret: Red bras are invisible under white shirts. Seriously, run to your closet, pick out a red bra, and try this trick. You won’t believe it at first, so you have to witness it firsthand. Apparently, it’s a (rather brilliant) well-known trick among French women.
If you don’t have a red bra hanging in your closet or need another stat, here are seven options that are perfect. Because who says a bra can’t be practical and sexy?
If there’s a sexier bra to wear under a white T-shirt, we haven’t found it. The red pop of color is, like we’ve mentioned, completely invisible. And the built-in push-up pads and the pillow cups give you a great shape. The u-back design keeps the back hidden, too.
Buy it: $68, spanx.com
In the color “racing red,” this bra is best for women with bigger boobs, as it’s available in cups D to L. (Before buying, make sure to convert the U.K. size into your U.S. one.) The seamless foam-lined cups keep your nipples undercover, while the underwire provides a nice lift. Seamless stretch microfiber lays perfectly under shirts.
Buy it: $68, barenecessities.com
You know how annoying it is when the sides cut into your body and give you underarm rolls that show through T-shirts? This bra has larger side panels so there’s no bulge. The full-coverage bra keeps everything in, and the cups are smooth and seamless so they won’t show.
Buy it: $19.99 – $28.99, target.com
The color scarlet looks sexy on all skin tones. And this option offers a great fit. Lightweight foam around the sides helps lift your puppies up, and the satin cups feel comfortable. You’ll also love how you can wear this bra in the traditional way or criss-cross the straps for a racerback style.
Buy it: $65, nordstrom.com
Sometimes you don’t need a ton of va-va-voom in the lift department, and that’s why a bralette can be perfect. (This one is designed for A to C cups.) The keyhole in front is super-cute, and the triangle cups and bottom band give some light support. This one can be converted into a racerback bra, too.
Buy it: $59, nordstrom.com
Candy apple is calling your name! This one shapes sans padding, thanks to hidden underwire and molded stretch mesh. The v-neckline is perfect for anything plunging and the sheer panels in back stay, well, sheer under shirts. Go ahead and snag this one if you’re a 32B to a 36DD.
Buy it: $60, macys.com
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In cool maroon, this new style is the how low can it go of plunge bras. The cups are unlined, a plus if yours are bigger and you don’t want to have to contend with any extra padding. That doesn’t mean you won’t get the support you need—underwire cups keep ‘em up at attention.
Buy it: $34.50, victoriassecret.com