Do you have a good bra collection but never feel like you have the right one for your outfit? It sounds like this is a case of where you have a lot of cute bras but you might be lacking some basic ones. Just like every wardrobe needs some good basics, every lingerie drawer needs some basic bras. When you have them, it makes life so much easier.
I’m here to talk strictly basics. I’m not going to talk about why you need to have a push-up bra in your wardrobe or why you need eight *fancy* bras. If you want to have all those, that’s great. I’m trying to keep things easy by whittling down the list to the core bras that should be the most versatile for all wardrobes.
Have a look at six different types of bras that will make getting dressed easier. With the suggestions in mind, feel free to add or subtract based on your personal wardrobe requirements.
A Skin-Colored T-Shirt BraThis will likely be the bra that you wear over and over again. If you have the budget, you might want to get a couple of them, especially if you find a style that you love. The benefit of T-shirts bras specifically is that they're lightly lined and seam-free so you don't have to worry about lumps and bumps under shirts. Choosing one in a neutral color that matches your skin tone means you can wear it with everything from white to pink to yellow T-shirts and tops. Image source: Victoria's Secret The T-Shirt Lightly Lined Demi Bra, $34.50
A Convertible Strapless BraSome shopping guides like to separate strapless and convertible bras. To me, it doesn't make much sense. If I'm buying a bra with straps that adjust for different necklines, I'm going to make sure I buy one where you can also take the straps off so I can get the most value for my money. A good convertible bra will allow you to wear it at least five ways: straight straps/regular, strapless, halter, crisscross straps, and one strap. Other ones will have hooks around the bra so you can come up with different combinations and necklines. Image source: Natori 'Truly Smooth' Strapless Underwire Bra, $64
A Black BraI'm putting this one on here for those who wear a lot of dark colors. If you're wearing something with a heavy fabric, it shouldn't matter what color bra you're wearing underneath. The thicker material should keep it a mystery. If you're wearing something fine, it's worthwhile considering getting a black bra. You don't want to have your photo taken and realize you can totally see your white bra through your black top. #Awkward Image source: City Chic Sabine Black Bra, $52
A Sports BraIf you're doing any sort of physical activity, whether it's low impact stuff like yoga and Pilates, to something more high impact like running, I suggest that you do your girls a favor and get a sports bra. Even if you have a smaller chest, you will be glad you made the investment. Life is so much easier and more comfortable with a sports bra. If you're wearing a regular bra to work out, it can be uncomfortable and stretch out your bras that much quicker. Plus, you probably don't want to get that nice bra of yours all sweaty. Image source: GapFit High Impact Convertible Padded Sports Bra, $30
A Low-Back BraIf you're lucky, you might be able to get a convertible bra that adjusts into a low back one. Other occasions, you might have to get separate ones. It will depend on how low the back is and what you're comfortable with. If you wear a lot of backless tops, there are specific bras you can get for those, too. They range from stick-on cups, to bra cups that are attached but don't have any band. Image source: Coco’s Closet Low Back Bra, $10.95
A BraletteDo you have days where you want some support but don't want to wear an underwire? *You might actually experience these sorts of feelings on a regular basis.* Enter the bralette. Bralettes are great because they stop your girls from bouncing around but many don't find them as restrictive as underwire styles. Bonus: They also look very cute under tops. Image source: Halogen Seamless Contour Bralette, $29
How many bras do you own? Let us know in the comments!
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