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Semi-Annual Holiday Sale: Time to Stock Up

Two for you, one for me: When the holiday sales are too good to pass up, how can you not? Especially when it comes to bras and undies, which wear-and-tear faster than most other closet staples, it would be a mistake not to use this time to stockpile things you know you love and are going to need in the year ahead.

Luckily, this end-of-the-year lull is the one of the best times to replenish your seen-better-days Hanky Panky pairs, amass enough sports bras to slay those 2021 workout goals and start fresh with everyday essential bras and undies. From sleepwear to swimwear to sexy lingerie, it’s all marked way down to make room for the new, and it’s a great opportunity to take full advantage.

In other words, it’s time for the Semi-Annual Sale, baby—start your engine and read on for the inside track on the best deals at Bare Necessities.


Hanky Panky Original Rise Thong

One size fits all, and so does this rare markdown, which runs through early January. Fans of the Signature Lace Original Rise Thong can save on some really beautiful colors that impart more fun into a wardrobe dominated by black and nude, including the perfect teal of Beau Blue and the year-round rosy Ripe Watermelon (as shown).

If you foresee real pants and skirts in your future and prefer an assuredly invisible finish every time, you’ll want to consider the Signature Lace Low Rise Thong version, which comes in intensely rich shades like Roasted Pumpkin. (Don’t forget about donating or recycling your old H.P. pairs.)

And if you have other panty preferences, underwear in general is marked down to as low as $4.99 a pop.


Panache Ultimate High Impact Sports Bra

This marks the start of sports bra season, so all the better that they’re well priced enough to start strong on a fitness resolution. Technical marvels that they are, sports bras tend toward the expensive, so it’s awesome to see our #1 best seller for full busts included in the sale. The Panache Ultimate High Impact Underwire Sports Bra (as shown) has over a thousand happy customers, so it’s no great risk to try it out or add to your collection with a wildly motivating print like Neon Animal or Pastel Retro.

The similarly super popular Freya Sonic High Impact Underwire Sports Bra is also a steal at the moment in a lot of prints; we’re partial to the Lime, which actually somehow functions as a neutral in the context of workout wear.

The minimalist, modern Natori Gravity High Impact Underwire Sports Bra has serious underwire cups underneath the sporty compression layer, a strong elastic hook-and-eye band for support and, at $54, is an absolute steal.

If you’re the type who relies on the motivating effect of inspiring design helps to get you on the spin bike or yoga mat, you’ll love the Pour Moi Jenn Convertible High Impact Underwire Sports Bra. The Charcoal floral is so gorgeous, you may feel compelled to whip off your shirt when you start to sweat just to give it some well-deserved airtime.


Rhonda Shear Aah Angel Bra

Let’s take a closer look at our most affordable bras:

For the comfort of a bralette in the silhouette of a strapless, you’ve got to try the Aah Angel Seamless Bandeau Bra by Rhonda Shear (as shown). It’s actually pretty amazing: no uniboob, no falling down on the job, no problem. It’s also available in 1-3X.

For front-close fans, the Playtex 18 Hour Front-Close Wire-Free Bra racks up points for comfort, from the high-cut full cups to the padded straps and crisscross elastic band. Another take on the beloved 18 Hour bra is the Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support Wire-Free Bra, with a similar underlying structure but the addition of the ultimate lift panel to boost, shape and support up to a G-cup. For a light bra that comfortably fits a full figure, the Playtex Secrets Seamless Cotton Bra has been a winner for decades and, for what you get for the price, you can really see why.

In the market for a minimizer? The Bali Passion for Comfort Minimizer Bra does its magic in over a dozen different designs do you can wear one you love every day of the week.

From Birdsong to Bali, Simone Perele to Spanx, Elomi to Empreinte, fans of our proven-winner bras are uber-loyal and know what they want…be it a longtime favorite or new bra style. Either way, now would be a good time to get it.

By Brooke Glassberg

Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.