Is your underwear drawer complete? Chances are it could do with a spruce, so we've put together the definitive guide to bras that every woman should own...
You there – it’s time to chuck out that old bra for good! If you have a drawer full of beautiful bras but turn to the same two or three styles time and time again (and let’s face it, we all do) a refresh will do you the world of good. Not only does a great bra look so much better on your outfit, it can take inches off – you’ll finally be standing up straight!
Most women don’t wear the correct size (we all know that) but also; women are choosing the wrong styles, and wearing them under outfits that they’re just not made for. Honestly – how many times have you paired a black bra with a white T-shirt, or shown off your straps in a bandeau dress?
Of course, even if you pick an ideal style, no bra is perfect unless you get it fitted correctly. It’s a good idea to measure yourself at home so you have some idea of your size, but always get a professional bra fitter to check before you buy a new bra. There’s nothing worse than finding out after a wash or two that you picked up the wrong size and it just doesn’t give you the lift you deserve.
Do you spend your days counting down the hours until you can take your bra off? You’re not alone, but a new breed of comfort bras are made from soft materials. And the best part? They’re actually stylish!
If you’ve got bigger boobs, sometimes opting for a non-padded bra can make you feel more comfortable. This beautiful lace bra is super-feminine, and the scalloped edging is a finishing touch that’s easy on the eye.
Amourette 300 Underwired Bra, £34.00, figleaves.com
This multi-way bra form Next is the ultimate lingerie hero as you can wear it with any item in your wardrobe. Wear it as a halter-neck, crossed at the back or with no straps at all. You don’t have to worry about straps being on show as this versatile bra has you covered. Plus, it’s incredibly good value, as you essentially get two bras for the price of one.
Phoebe Light Pad Multi-way Bras Two Pack, £24, Next
The Rosie for Autograph collections for M&S never fail to impress. Their beautiful designs and luxurious fabrics make them appear high-end rather than high street. We adore this silk and lace bra with its ultra-feminine design and winter floral print. Treat yourself this season with this affordable, pretty piece.
Silk & Lace Print Padded Balcony Bra, £26.00, M&S
This clever push-up bra is designed to accentuate your assets to the max, creating a lovely, uplifted shape. The soft padded cups guarantee extra comfort, so you can step out feeling body confident.
Enchanted Magic Boost Push-Up Bra, £40.00, Triumph
The memory foam design moulds against your body for ultimate comfort – making it the perfect everyday bra you can rely on. The embroidered finish also adds a touch more femininity.
Victoriana Full Cup Memory Foam Bra, £25.00, M&S
This embroidered bra is both practical and pretty. The stretchy adjustable straps are wide and cushioned so provide extra comfort. Plus, the bra is designed with an inner cushioned band that adds definition to your bust while supporting.
Full Cup Non-Wired Bra, £43.00, Glamorise at JD Williams
Many strapless bras lack in support when you really need it. However, this ingenious design from Wonderbra gives you lift, as well as being strapless. The bra is designed with silicone dots that replace traditional strips (so you can actually breathe) and don’t have to worry about it slipping down. It also features a unique hand support design, which uplifts and holds your cleavage.
Wonderbra Strapless Bra, £39.00 available at Debenhams