You’ve tried on all your bras (plus an adhesive bra and even going without one), but nothing feels right. You’re not sure if you can work with the bras you have or if you’ll need to buy a new one for your outfit. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In this series, we’re tackling your lingerie questions and sharing the best bras to wear for every occasion.
Next up: a question that we hear a lot. If you’ve ever wondered “How many bras should you have?”, this article is for you.
Here’s what you need to know:
So, how many bras do you actually need?
It really depends.
There isn’t a set number. Two of the biggest factors for determining how many bras you need and which styles are best for you are your lifestyle (what’s your day to day like?) and your wardrobe (having bras that work with your outfits is key). For example, if you work out a few times each week, you’ll want to invest in 2-3 sports bras. Don’t like wearing bras with underwire? Fill your lingerie wardrobe with wireless bras and bralettes instead. Do you live in t-shirts? T-shirt bras and seamless plunge bras are an easy-to-wear solution.
Putting fit first
Your everyday lingerie wardrobe should be functional and wearable – not just pretty. Ideally, it should be filled with bras and underwear that fit you well and complement all your favourite outfits. Special occasion pieces aside, this is the lingerie that you’ll be wearing the most. It should make getting dressed in the morning easier and less stressful, too.
Building a lingerie wardrobe
Building a lingerie wardrobe can feel overwhelming when you’re not sure where to start. If you’re replacing all your bras, you might be wondering which styles your new lingerie wardrobe should have. We’ve included a general list of styles below that you may want to add. Feel free to add or subtract them as needed. It’s all about finding the perfect mix.
A basic guide to a functional lingerie wardrobe
3-4 Everyday Bras
These are the bras that you’ll be wearing most often throughout the week. You’ll want to pick styles that are comfortable, supportive, and work well with your outfits. An everyday bra to one person might be a lacy unlined bra while another person might go for a t-shirt bra that closely matches their skin tone. It all comes down to preference.
1-3 Sports Bras
The types of sports bras (low impact, medium impact, high impact) will depend on your workouts and what you’re looking for in a sports bra. A sports bra with underwire will provide more support and better bounce reduction that a wireless sports bra. Choose the sports bras that work best for you.
Bralettes are the perfect bra for lounging, sleeping, or running errands. Their wireless fit and supportive bands feel comfortable and provide just enough support under a loose-fitting top or sweater. Plus, they’re an easy-breezy, effortless choice that can be worn year-round.
1-4 Special Occasion Bras
This is where your strapless bras, longline bras, bustiers, and come in. These are the styles that you don’t wear very often but still need from time to time.