They say it’s what’s underneath that counts – and when it comes to putting together your outfit, this adage is definitely true! Bulky, ill-fitting or unflattering underwear – particularly bras – can be the downfall of an otherwise flawless outfit.
While comfort reigns supreme when it comes to choosing the perfect bra for you, that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style. Let’s not forget that sexy and supportive bras aren’t every woman’s secret weapon for stepping out with confidence!
The faithful bra is an everyday staple that we often take for granted, so we’ve picked out the five essential bras you need in your lingerie drawer to keep your ‘girls’ happy!
The helping-hand push-up bra
Every woman needs a great push-up bra, whether it’s to give your cleavage a boost, enhance your cup size or just for a sexy treat. While typically worn by women with a smaller bust, those with fuller figures can still wear a good push up to get lift without necessarily adding volume. Depending on your cup size and the type of look you’re going for, you can choose from push-up bras with air, gel and water padding to give the illusion of a fuller bust and create killer cleavage!
The comfy & contoured t-shirt bra
Lace or embellished bras certainly have their place – but it’s pretty easy to tell when they’re the wrong choice, and that’s generally when you’re looking for smooth lines and a little extra coverage! Instead, the contoured cups of a t-shirt bra give you a seamless silhouette and flawless finish, perfect for when you’re wearing less forgiving fabrics like tees, silk blouses or slinky, tighter-fitting outfits.
The versatile strapless bra
Some women, particularly larger-busted gals, fear the strapless bra – but you shouldn’t have to! A well-fitting strapless bra with underwire, wide sides and moulded cups will provide you with the right amount of support – without flattening your bust or requiring you to regularly re-adjust. You might also prefer to choose a convertible bra – this is one that has removable and adjustable straps. It will give you the option to go strapless, or to adjust straps to suit your clothing style – such as halter-neck, racer-back or one-shoulder.
The super-supportive sports bra
Even very light exercise can damage breast tissue and lead to sagging. The right sports bra for you will depend on your bust size and the level of impact or type of exercise you do, so you might find you need one for running but prefer to use something a little less restrictive for other activities. Sports bras are no longer the uninspiring pieces they used to be – choose from cool colours and luxe styles to coordinate with your activewear.
The little-bit-luxe balcony bra
Sometimes known as the demi or half-cup bra, a gorgeous balcony bra will enhance your breasts, providing half to three-quarter coverage and lifting your bust to create beautiful natural cleavage. Whether you’re gearing up for date night, or you just want to feel a little sexy, a balcony bra will add some sass to your lingerie collection!