As we speed into autumn, it presents a great time to refresh and update your wardrobe; in the past we’ve helped you bring new life to your swimwear and festival gear. Now we’ve turned our attention to bras, which probably get the most wear but least love from your delicates.
Life and Style are looking at the five types of bras that every woman needs to own, 73% of women agree that ‘badly fitting underwear can make or break their day’. The struggle of poorly fitting lingerie is real, 64% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. What you’re wearing underneath your clothes is just as important, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable.
- 1. Teal Bow Detail T-shirt Bra £4
- 2. Pink Bow Detail T-Shirt Bra £4
It’s only right to begin our countdown with the bra you’re most likely to wear on a daily basis. It’s usually the most comfortable and versatile option in your drawer, behind every great fitting t-shirt is a good fitting bra.
Unlike other styles which focus on looking more attractive, the t-shirt bra is designed to be simple. This is the option for standard days at the office and is all about maximum comfort and invisibility beneath your clothes.
Cotton, lycra, nylon and silk are the perfect materials here – lace often won’t work – we are looking for bras which offer maximum support and comfort. Nude tones are often best to maximise invisibility.
It’s always handy to have a few sports bras to hand. Of course if you’re into training, then a sports bra is an invaluable piece of kit, they are designed to stay in place and offer support during even the most vigorous exercise.
Thick or cross strap details are more sturdy than a traditional bra and reduce bounce during physical exercise. This style is handy for high-impact activity and are a fun athletic piece that you can add to your wardrobe.
- 1. Active Wear Black Cross-Back
Sports Bra £8
- 2. Active Wear Teal Cross-Back
Sports Bra £8
- 1. Multiway Strapless Bra £6
- 2. 2 Sizes Bigger Multiway Strapless Bra £6
Convertible and Multiway Bras
Versatility is the name of the game for multiway bras, the modifiable straps can be adjusted to lift and support any chest size. Every woman can benefit from at least one in her wardrobe to wear with a variety of tops. You can even remove the straps to create a strapless bra that won’t slip down after a few hours.
A comfortable convertible bra is a great space saver for travelling, as you’ll need to bring fewer options. If you find the perfect bra, which matches your other outfits and is actually comfortable too, it’s a lifesaver. Make sure to buy it in black and nude.
You’ll want to be able to reach for an easy-to-wear comfort bra, for when you want something easy and relaxing to wear. The most important aspect of any bra is the fit, remember that your shape and size will change throughout the year for a number of reasons. It’s important to keep up with the changes your body goes through and regularly check your size.
- 1. Strappy Lace Trim Comfort Bra £6
- 2. Pink Non-Wired Comfort Bra £7
- 1. Embroidered Non-Padded Bra £7
- 2. Burgundy Lace Non-Padded Bra £7
Non-padded bras offer the perfect amount of lift, along with shape and support to truly flatter your silhouette. Lace is a great material for a breathable bra, perfect for the warmer weather. What these options lack in padding, they compensate with tactically placed wires, stitching and supportive mesh to keep your girls comfortable.
Pregnant women will need a maternity bra that can offer support and coverage for when your body changes. Non-padded bras are the best option here for the next nine months, underwire can grow uncomfortable, meaning it could be best to avoid these when choosing your bra.
When it comes to the essential bras, you can’t go wrong with our list. Each provides practicality and style for your everyday life, if you’d like to know more be sure to check out our guide to the underwear every woman should own.