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Going braless can feel super freeing (and is somewhat trendy these days) but for many people out there it's not really an option. Some women find the look of lace, feel of satin, or effect of a push-up or padding comforting, while others flat out need a bra for daily support. Sure, ripping off your bra at the end of the day is one of the first things you do when you get home, but that doesn't mean you don't need an arsenal of styles that will get you through your 9 to 5. There are loads of bras out there that are plenty comfortable, functional and flattering, and oftentimes, just plain pretty to look at (self-care, ladies). Read on for a guide on the 10 types of bras every woman should have in her lingerie drawer then shop our top picks.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 1 A Nude Bra Underwire Pillow Cup Full Coverage Bra SPANX nordstrom.com $68.00 SHOP NOW
When you want your bra to go unnoticed under light-colored clothes or sheer fabrics, a bra that matches your skin tone is essential—whether you’re into delicate lace, a cotton bralette, or full-coverage cups.
2 A Black Bra Stretch Microfiber Unlined Bra savagex.com $44.00 SHOP NOW
While skin tone bras are great for blending into the background, they tend to stick out against black or dark-colored clothing—hence the need to have a black bra at the ready.
3 A T-Shirt Bra 24/7™ Pima Cotton T-Shirt Bra thirdlove.com $68.00 SHOP NOW
If a T-shirt and jeans is your go-to outfit, a T-shirt bra you love just as much that combo is crucial. The key elements here are rounded cups to create a flattering shape (and no, this doesn’t equate to mega-padding if you don’t want it to) and comfortable straps and a band that stays put sans any digging.
4 A Sports Bra Outdoor Voices Zip Bra Outdoor Voices outdoorvoices.com $38.00 SHOP NOW
When you’re working on your fitness, a functional sports bra is essential from cycling to yoga and sculpting workouts. Read this for even more on the best sports bra for every chest size and workout.
5 A Strapless Bra Strapless strapless wearlively.com $35.00 SHOP NOW
A pain point for many women, strapless bras can feel like more work than their worth. But when you don’t want bra straps to show, they’re a must. Pro tip: look for a strapless bra with a wider band and underwires for maximum support.
6 A Plunge Bra Seamless U-Plunge bra Fashion Forms net-a-porter.com $35.00 SHOP NOW
When dressing for special occasions, weddings, or vacation, you’ll likely encounter unique silhouettes that call for a specialty bra. In the case of low-cut tops and dresses, a plunge silhouette will ensure your bra doesn’t peek out from your down-to-there neckline.
7 A Low-Back Bra Eden Multi-Position Backless Convertible Bra Simone Perele bergdorfgoodman.com $120.00 SHOP NOW
Similar to plunging necklines, garments with low backs or cutouts create quite the issue in the bra department. If your outfit isn’t entirely backless, a low-back bra will help you feel supported without having to go the strapless, stick-on, or pasties route.
8 A Convertible Bra Embrace Deep Plunge Low Back Convertible Push Up Bra Jezebel felina.com $38.00 SHOP NOW
So you don’t want to buy a bunch of bras? Okay, a convertible bra that can do it all is the answer. Whether you’re wearing a halter neckline, strapless silhouettes, or low-back number, you can tweak the straps to match any silhouette.
9 A Beautiful Bra Cybil Underwire Bra Thistle lonelylabel.com $99.00 SHOP NOW
You should certainly prioritize function over form when it comes to your bra, but at the same time, pretty lace, satin, and embroidered styles will always make you feel your best. And it doesn't have to be a compromise — many brands offer well-designed bras that are equally gorgeous.
10 A Comfy Bra True Body Lift V Neck Racerback Full Cup Bra true body trueandco.com $58.00 SHOP NOW
When you’re hanging around the house, traveling, or running errands, comfort is the name of the game. Enter: the comfy bra to lend just enough support on easy days. Think wire-free styles in super-soft fabrics, bralette silhouettes, and tank-top cuts.
Laura Lajiness Laura Lajiness is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, and fine jewelry (she pens the occasional beauty conundrum and travel essay, too). Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 15 of our Favorite Monthly Subscriptions for 2019 The Best Bra Brands for Women With Large Cup Sizes Advertisement – Continue Reading Below MTV to Honor Marc Jacobs at 2019 VMAs Gucci Hires Director of Diversity and Inclusion Um, This New Clothing Rental Company Is AMAZING Kerby Jean-Raymond Has a New Job at Reebok 6 Accessories Under $100 For Summer To Fall Created by Charles & Keith Would You Allow Amazon to Style Your Wardrobe? Fall Fashion Through the Years A Night Out With Chanel and Pom Klementieff