Best Bras for Daily UseMay 8, 2018 5 min read
Investing in best bras is a must for every woman because wearing the right bra makes you confident and comfortable. You might have your favorite bra but it is important to know the various types of bras as you never know which one would come handy when you try that outfit of yours. So, here are 8 different types of bra you should own.
1. The T-Shirt Bra
It seems only fitting to begin this breakdown with the T-shirt bra. It’s more than likely the style you wear most often — due in large part to its minimalist design and focus on comfort. The T-shirt bra is best for daily use and is really any style of bra that has a seamless, smooth look under a fitted shirt. Bells and whistles get in the way of the intent of the bra. Think smooth cotton, lycra, nylon, and silk — lace generally doesn’t cut it here.
2. The Balconette Bra
Balconette bras are your sexier wear-everyday bra. They give breasts a natural lift while also creating cleavage. Its wide-set straps create a more open neckline. This is a particularly appealing option if you’re wearing a lower-cut top.
3. The Bralette
Bralettes are wireless bras with a bit more shape to them than a bandeau, and with a bit more sex appeal than a sports bra. They generally they work best with smaller cup sizes (cups A through C, to be safe) and augmented chests that don’t require as much support. They’re an ideal choice for lazy weekend days spent lounging around your apartment or for quick errand runs when you can’t be bothered with an underwire. Whatever your particular predilection, there’s undoubtedly a bralette to fit it.
4. The Plunge Bra
Plunge bra is best for daily use and is distinct for the deep-V décolletage they create. The center gore (the connector piece between the two cups) is intentionally slimmed or lowered to allow for low-cut tops and dresses. The plunge bra creates the appearance of increased cleavage because of their angled cups and narrow center gore. Plunge bras differ from push-up bras in that they are not generally as heavily padded. This angled-cup bra is often made with underwire and is designed to stay hidden under tops and dresses with plunging — get it? — necklines. All we’re going to add now is: date night.
5. The Push-Up Bra
We can probably all agree that “perfect cleavage” is elusive, and subjective at best. But, that hasn’t stopped women from trying to master it for ages — and succeeding with the help of a great push-up bra. They’re typically underwire bras with some form of extra padding inserted into the side and/or bottom of the cups to create a pushed up and in effect. Your resulting insta-cleavage can be modest, or an extra cup size and beyond, depending on the brand, style, and construction. The key is to make sure you’re getting a smooth transition from cup to breast along the top edge so that you don’t develop the dreaded ‘double boob!’
6. The Bandeau Bra
For starters — because it needs to be said upfront — the majority of bandeaus are best for women with smaller busts (and who, maybe, dislike wearing traditional bras). Once you get above a C cup, wearing these pieces can prove tricky as they don’t offer much in the way of shape or support. Bandeau bras are pretty much a band of fabric. Of course, some do have built-in support in the form of side boning or cups, while others are just fabric, like lace or mesh. All in all, it’s a solid summer or lazy-weekend staple to keep in your underwear drawer. It’s also a perfect solution for anyone who likes to keep her pair snug at night.
7. The Sports Bra
Whether or not working out is part of your day-to-day, you should have a sports bra (or 10) in your arsenal. The racerback is really popular in activewear bras. They are designed to stay put, and that’s one less thing for you to worry about, whether you’re sweating it out or not. Just remember to shop sports bras with the proper levels of support for your chosen workout. Ones with light support are best for yoga and walking, but go for maximum structure if you’re into running or high-impact sports.
8. The Strapless Bra
The queen bee of bra woes for women everywhere! While every woman can benefit from at least one great strapless bra in her wardrobe, it may take some guesswork in the fitting room to find the right one. Go for one with a wider back and gripping elastic to help keep it in place. Most options feature underwire, boning, and padding for the additional support since there are no straps to lift. Once you find one that fits you perfectly, make sure you buy it in both black and nude. Remember, the goal of this undergarment is to not be seen.
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