A few years ago now I did a post about being properly bra fitted. This was a really great experience and I highly recommend you at some point get fitted properly for your correct bra size. I went in thinking I was a 36 B with bra straps that were constantly slipping off my shoulders, to finding out I’m a 34DD. It’s important that you get fitted somewhere that has expert bra fitters like a small independent boutique store, or Nordstrom where they are trained on many brands. Alternatively, you can measure yourself using this guide. A proper bra fitter will also be able to tell you the ideal bra style you need for your breast shape. I would stay away from being fitted at a big box store that carries only their own brand and uses vanity or limited sizing. Ever since finding my correct bra size, and ideal style, I love wearing bras and really detest wearing my sports bras. I just don’t find my sports bras as comfortable as my bras. As part 2 of my bra fitting post, I’ve come up with this guide of Bras You Need In Your Wardrobe. You won’t need these all at once, but over time you will probably want to accumulate different styles for different occasions. Here are my style picks:
My all-time favorite bra is this bra by Chantelle. This particular one at the top in multiple colors is an old season. Every year Chantelle does a new version of this bra with a demi cup and some lace detail. I got my last one at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year and I’m going to look out for more at this years Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I really love the lace detailing and the contrasting stitch on the straps. If I’m wearing a tee shirt or tank that will peep a tiny bit of bra, this is the one I grab for it’s details.
This is another bra I love. I find this one the most comfortable and most supportive and the workhorse in my bra wardrobe. If I’m wearing a tee shirt that doesn’t show any part of the bra (no low scoop or deep v) then I will choose this one over the pretty detailed tee shirt bra. I find both styles of bras comfortable but this one is wider in the straps and a snugger fit. This is the bra you want if you are working a 12 hour day. I like the Wacoal brand a lot and if you are a larger bust size, you should check them out.
This is bra you would pick when you are wearing a dressy blouse or dress with a low neckline and you want something a little sexy that gives you cleavage, yet is still comfortable. This is a comfortable enough bra, but not a 12 hour day at work bra. I found this bra on sale and had been eying it for a long long time. I really love the banded detailing across the bottom but when I first saw it, I didn’t think this was a style I needed. Turns out I definitely do. My breast shape doesn’t necessarily create a lot of cleavage despite being a DD, so when I wear something that calls for at least a bit of definition in that area, this is the bra I pick.
This is a bra that I don’t need to wear very often, and it’s not one of my favorites. I have friends that swear by this bra though and love it and collect them. It’s actually one of the yearly cult purchase for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Sometimes you need a racerback bra that you can wear with your Cool Racerbacks, or Racerback dresses that’s still bra shaped with molded cups and not a uniboob creating sports bra. For this reason, I like having this bra but I’ve really not worn my Cool Racerbacks casually in a long time.
I had no idea that an unmolded bra could be supportive. Because I was always buying the wrong size bra, I just assumed I couldn’t properly fill a bra like this out. I ALWAYS looked for molded cups when bra shopping as I thought that was what I needed for shape. Molded cups in a wrong sized bra that would sit on top of my breasts, with the bra straps falling off my shoulders and the bra lifting up at the bottom – what a great shape! It’s funny because my mom and aunts only ever wear unmolded lace bras like this one but I just thought it was because they had larger breasts than I did and they were lucky and got to wear pretty bras. Unmolded cups actually have really well-engineered seam details up the middle, and across the top that creates shape and support along with the gore in the center, and the band and underwire. You don’t need molded cups for shape and support at all! Once I found my correct size, I discovered that this bra is actually really perfect. I love wearing this bra when it’s very hot out in the summer. There is a big difference in how hot a padded or molded cup bra is with a lace unmolded bra. This is perfect for just about any outfit.
I picked this bra up very recently at Winners (Like Marshall’s in the US). A wireless lace bra is tricky if you have a larger cup size because they do not provide support in seam details, wire or banding. Typically it’s sized small, medium and large and doesn’t come in cup sizes but occasionally you can find ones like this one which has a bit of structure and cup sizes. This is very much a comfort bra. What I liked about this one is that it actually has some boning at the sides of the bust so that creates a bit of shape, but I still don’t love this bra for wearing out. This is strictly my at home bra when I want to wear something but remain comfortable. A door answering bra.
This is the bra you wear with dresses or blouses that have difficult necklines. This has become even more essential over the past few years with the cold shoulder and off the shoulder blouse trend. If you have a strapless dress, a strappy dress, or a cold shoulder or off the shoulder blouse, you need to invest in a good strapless bra. Going braless is also an option if you feel comfortable with it but I don’t. For me it’s a combination of liking the support and lift, and having a dress fit a certain way. This strapless bra is really great because it actually comes with detachable straps that you can wear multiple ways, and it has a silicone grip along the cups so the cup stays in place. This brand also has strapless bras in a multitude of sizes. I found I had to size up in this one in cup size because for some reason, strapless bras cut my boob off in the armpit.