So you’ve found the perfect top or dress, but none of your bras look right underneath. Whether it’s exposed straps, nipple show-through, or the dreaded “uniboob”, the wrong bra can ruin a look. If you keep a variety of bras in your wardrobe you never have to worry about another lingerie faux pas. Here are our tips for the essential bras that every woman should have.
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Nude bras match your skin tone and are perfect when you wear white or light-colored clothing. If chosen correctly they visually blend into your skin and make them less noticeable. For a long time, nude bras came in one standard hue. Thankfully bra manufacturers are now producing nude bras in a variety of shades that are suitable for women of color.
Exposed bra straps can cheapen your look. Every woman needs a high-quality strapless bra to wear under strapless garments or clothes with spaghetti straps. If you’re ever worn a strapless bra, you know that some of them just don’t stay put. Make sure you choose the correct size and look for a bra with a rubber lining that helps keep it in place.
Convertible bras are the perfect all-in-one solution for a variety of tops and dresses. They can accommodate halter tops, one-sleeve tops, and low-back styles. The straps can be converted to a halter, crisscross, or removed altogether for a strapless look. Convertible bras with plunging front work best with deep V-necks.
If you lead an active lifestyle with exercise or sports, you’ll need a good sports bra. Women who hate wearing bras may find them a more comfortable alternative to bras with underwire. Not all sports bras are created equal. Heavy-duty sports bras can reduce uncomfortable bounce for more busty women. If you sweat a lot, look for bras with moisture-wicking fabrics such as nylon or polyester that move sweat away from the skin.
Demi bras often have wide-set shoulder straps. They’re ultra sexy and flattering with a low cut and square necklines. Demi bras are often designed more for looks rather than support. Ladies with a larger bust may want to avoid these and go for a cup with fuller coverage.
When your outfit calls for a lot of cleavage, go for a push-up bra. These are designed to give you the illusion of a fuller bust and extreme push-ups can make you look up to one cup size larger. The additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup lifts the breasts and pushes them together for a sexy rounded look.
T-shirt bras are seamless and help prevent nipple show-through. As their name suggests, they’re perfect for wearing under t-shirts and anything tight-fitting. They’re available with or without underwire in a variety of padding options. They’re super comfortable which makes them perfect for everyday wear.
Not exactly a bra, but nipple covers are still a wardrobe essential. Wearing a bra may be nearly impossible for some tops and dresses with extreme plunges, backless and low cuts. Most come in nude colors and are designed to be worn multiple times.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.