There are approximately forty gazillion bra styles out there (we should know, we carry them all). So how do you narrow down which bra types are the best for you? Here’s a cheat sheet. Ideally, you’ll have at least 6 bras in the mix—two nude, two black, and have fun with the rest—to get through the week. (Bras work hard, they’ve earned the next day off!)
Perfect for: the daily grind; average-to-full busts
Why we love it: complete, confident coverage that seriously supports a chest
Perfect for: the daily grind; small-to-average busts
Why we love it: lower-cut balconette-style cups flatter those whose cups don’t runneth over
Why we love it: the T-shirt bra is the no-brainer of all bra styles—crazy comfy; smooth under clothes; comes in all sizes, shapes and shades
Perfect for: work blouses or after-hours; going-out looks
Why we love it: The plunge bra has supportive sides to do the heavy lifting and give a slight push, while cups dip low in the middle to disappear under a V-neck or wrap dress—smart and sexy, always a winning combo
Perfect for: whenever you need a boost
Why we love it: a little strategically placed foam, gel or air (yep, air) can make any size chest look va-va-va-voom-levels of voluptuous
Perfect for: a big bust you’d rather downplay
Why we love it: the surgical-free answer to a breast reduction, these bras can visually take you down as much as two cup sizes. Clothes fit better and, most importantly, you feel better
There’s a whole universe of brilliantly-designed bra styles for nursing mamas, women who’ve undergone mastectomy, accessible front-close bras and every imaginable type of smoother. Whatever you need, know this: you’re not the only one.
Check out our Bra Glossary for even more on the different types of bras and their features.