Bra City: We Investigate the Broad City Babes’ Lingerie

by:   |   Feb 17 2015

I don’t know if I’ve ever spent more time staring at boobs than I have while watching Broad City. Honestly, it’s not even about the tits. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they’re really nice. They’re filling out crop tops worthy of a Fly Girl, lurking under layers of cardigans and T-shirts, being self-fondled in the workplace, and generally used for the same purposes that I use my own: for a laugh and sometimes as a place to hide a cellphone or a Hot Pocket.

But it’s not the characters’ anatomy that has me drooling—it’s their bras. From Abbi’s floral long-line number to Ilana’s signature strappy bralette, every single peek-a-boo moment has me reaching for my wallet. But as a lady who’s blessed with 38DDs, finding bras is hard, you guys—and not just when I’m trying to emulate small-breasted style icons. I need something supportive and sturdy, something that won’t dig the Mariana Trench into my shoulders, and something that won’t cost a ton of money. Trying to factor “cute” into that, and the feeling is decidedly UGGH. It leaves me wishing Ilana would pull that weed out of her vag and give me a hit already.

ilana pocket

How many bras do you think you could cram into nature’s pocket? Like, just in case you wanted to change later? Or were shoplifting?

And because I’m a veritable brassiere Basset Hound, I spent two whole days compiling something special for you—for every frilly underthing I saw on Broad City, I hunted down the original bra, or some lookalike options. See, even though we’ve just met, I sincerely love you. I want you to feel as accomplished as I do when the TV shows me something I want, and I’m like OKAY, NOW MY LIFE HAS MEANING BECAUSE I FOUND THIS THING. Below, the answer all your prayers.  

EXHIBIT 1—Ilana’s strappy bralette

ilana bralette

Fun fact: Ilana’s skirt is from H&M. I have the exact same one, except I look like a blood sausage in mine.

As a busty lady, I probably wouldn’t wear this as a foundation piece, but I would layer it over my actual bra. I found this one for small/medium sizes, but I’ve heard that it stretches a lot. I ordered one because it’s only $13, and I like to live dangerously:

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And Urban Outfitters has a decent selection in other colors, if you’re on the petite side: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.29.58 PM

For those with more generous sweater muffin portions, check out this sexy plunge bra from Lane Bryant. This would likely work as an actual bra, since this brand Cacique is really supportive, just like Ilana herself: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.26.54 PM

There’s also this hot little number from Hips and Curves, which comes in a ton of colors as well: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.47.02 PM

EXHIBIT 2—Abbi’s gorgeous floral and lace bra abbi floral bra

If you’re reading this Abbi Jacobson, and you’ve noticed a spike in your rack being Googled, it’s me. I swear that I’m not entirely creepy.

This is actually a Free People item, as many of her intimates are, but the exact duplicate isn’t in stock. There is a similar one available, though… Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.25.05 PM

This one from Bare Necessities goes up to an H cup (aaaaOOOOOGA) and, at time of publication, was on sale:

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Although this next piece is technically a bikini top, I own it and love layering it under sheer shirts. And it’s one of those rare F21 pieces that is actually way better quality than you’d expect (i.e. it will not disintegrate immediately upon being put into water): Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.52.43 PM

EXHIBIT 3—Abbi’s cool-mint halter bra abbi mint bra

 It’s like a little hug.

  Again, this one is from Free People and goes up to an XL. I love the look of it, but without underwire, this may leave larger-chested ladies a-floppin’: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 5.57.16 PM

Frederick’s of Hollywood has a fantastic selection of sizes, and this one has the cutesy/sexy charm of the original: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.56.10 PM

Topshop has this lacy version, with little architectural details on the straps: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.57.07 PM

EXHIBIT 4—Ilana’s slightly frumpy red-lace bra There’s something about this that drives me wild with desire. It looks so comfortable and trashy at the same time. It’s like a bra that was your mom’s when she and your dad went through a kinky phase in 1986, but maybe she never wore it, so she gave it to you as a Christmas present and at first you were like “EWW SICK, MOM!” but then you put it on and it fit really nicely.

broad city underwear

In case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure Abbi’s bra is a discontinued Calvin Klein.

While Ilana’s exact bra is evading me online, this one from Nordstrom, which is available to J cup, is a pretty dang close match:. Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.07.57 PM

Or try this option from Frederick’s: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.11.19 PM

EXHIBIT 5—Abbi’s sweetie-pie pink balconette bra from season 2 (“To Peg or Not to Peg”) This is a perfect mix of casj and sexy. It says “I will eff you in the backdoor, but I’m also a *lady*, dammit.” abbi pink bra

Oh, we’re doing it? And I just happen to have this adorable bit of blush meringue covering my knockers?

Yes, this Catherine Malandrino bra is $58, but it’s a reasonable splurge, so you won’t have to sell your blood to afford it. Plus, her bras last for ages and are cray comfortable. Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.25.08 PM

Victoria’s Secret has this sweet little offering from their Perfect Coverage collection. The Pirouette Pink option looks a lot like Abbi’s:   Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.29.19 PM

For those who are boob-ally blessed, I’m loving this lace demi from Torrid: Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 6.31.56 PMHave you tried any of these bras? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in there when you took yours off at night? Mine was a butter carving of two snakes kissing.

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  • haleyliberrian

    Wonderful! I want all these bras but now is not the time(pregnancy barf) but I have found popcorn in my bra on more than one occasion. Which I suppose isn’t that weird. Just piggy.

  • JulaiOhMy

    You inspired me to purchase my first long-line bra. Put that in your resume!