10 Padded Tank Tops for People Who Hate Bras

Say goodbye to fussy clasps and uncomfortable underwire!

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PHOTO BY Wacoal, MUJI, Maidenform ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) We know, we know: You hate bras. We get it and we’re right there with you, which is why we’ve previously listed some comfy bras you can shop in Manila right now—no one deserves to have to imprison their girls in a tight, restricting, er, boob cage. Now, if you’re all about that #FreeTheNipple movement, then by all means we support you, but we understand that for some, there may be an internal conflict. Going bra-less sure feels better, but the eyes of society are forever trained on our bodies (unfortunately) and not everyone is willing to let it all hang out at work, family gatherings, or outside of the home in general. So here’s a compromise: Bra tops a.k.a. tanks and camisoles with built-in padding and bust support. These handy tops do away with the need to begrudgingly strap on a bra, but keep your girls covered up and in place—the best of both worlds! If you’re ready to stock up on as many as your closet can hold, we list some basic bra tops you can shop below. 


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Hate wearing bras? Keep your girls in check with these padded tops instead:

Silk Blend Tank Top with Removable Cup (P895) from MUJI

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Keep your outfit comfy and breathable with this silk blend tank from MUJI. It features a relaxed fit that won’t feel restricting—or worse, form any awkward bulges—but still flatters the form. It has a built-in space for bust-supporting cups, which you can opt to remove or replace.

Available online; see a list of MUJi stores.

Padded Camisole (P895) from Wacoal

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Highlight your curves and go for that ultra-feminine look with this padded camisole from Wacoal. It sports a sweetheart neckline, which gives the tank an added touch of sophistication while still maintaining its plain and versatile look. Its straps are both adjustable and removable, so you can make them conform to your exact size or do away with them altogether and turn your tank into a tube top.

Available online and at Rustan’s.

AIRism Bra Camisole (P790) from Uniqlo

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Uniqlo is one of the most reliable shopping destinations when it comes to stocking up on basics and yup, they’ve got a wide range of bra tops for your capsule closet. This tank, which is made from their light, breathable, and moisture-wicking AIRism fabric, features a classic round neckline that sits just above the breasts. It’s built with soft cups inside that don’t peek through the fabric and promise to flatter your natural body shape.


Available online and at Uniqlo stores nationwide.

Cami with Built-In Bra (P3,850) from Maidenform

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Whether you need an undershirt that won’t peek out from your neckline or you just want to rock a basic tank that shows off a little (or a lot) of cleavage, this Maidenform cami has your back. With a built-in wire-free bra that offers natural lift and a seamless finish, you’ll feel both comfy and confident rocking this on its own or with layers over it. Plus, the fabric (a mix of nylon and spandex) promises to help smooth out your back and stomach, so you look polished front to back.

Available on Zalora and at Rustan’s.

The Everyday Capsule Sleeveless Bra Top (P498) from ForMe

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A basic blank tank top is a closet staple and this piece from ForMe could quickly become your go-to thanks to its plain design, ribbed texture, and padded bra top. Just throw it on over some jeans and you’re good to go!

Available online; see a list of ForMe stores.

Time Out Longline Sports Bra (P1,200) from Easy Active

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If the popularity of athleisure has taught us anything, it’s that making activewear pieces work for casual outfits—whether or not you actually exercise—is a total life hack. This racerback tank from local brand Easy Active is built with medium-support padding for physical activities, but you can also dress it up with tailored trousers or pair it with some old denim shorts. The stretchy fabric will keep you cozy all day long.

Available online.

Devynn Padded Cropped Tank (P1,197) from Love, Bonito

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Those of you who subscribe to the religion that is high-waisted pants (we’ll never give them up, Gen Z!) probably own several stacks of cute crop tops to pair with your fave trousers—and we doubt you’re anywhere near finished collecting pieces for that ever-growing collection. Add this stylish cropped halter from Love, Bonito to your lineup. It’s available in black, white, and lilac. Best of all, it’s padded so you can put it on without having to clip on a tight, uncomfy bra.

Available online.

Camisole (P999/set of two) from Impression

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White and nude camisoles are a must-have if you constantly need to wear an undershirt—whether to make your blouses a little more work-appropriate or if you just like having an extra layer for warmth. You can cop both essential colors for just P999 thanks to this camisole pack from Impression. Each features removable bra pads, adjustable shoulder straps, and a V-shaped neckline. 


Available online.

Easy Bandeau Top (P850) from Olivine

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Straight-across necklines have been extra popular in the last few years, especially when it comes to tanks and crop tops. If you love the style, you’ll want to cop both shades of this bandeau top from Olivine, which comes in black and taupe. We all know finding the right bra for a straight neckline can be a chore, so this no-frills top does away with that task altogether. Wear it to work out or with a casual ensemble!

Available online.

Heart Black Spaghetti Strap Bodysuit (P950) from Love, Ara

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We’re of the opinion that a bodysuit is a wardrobe staple, especially for those who love tucked-in outfits. The style instantly makes any outfit more polished, doing away with any excess folding around the waist or chunks of fabric awkwardly drooping around your midsection. Try the look with this corset-like bodysuit from Love, Ara. It’s padded and has a structured build that supports and accentuates your bust, so you can look put-together with no fuss.

Available online.

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