This is a question that we get asked many times and in my opinion you need a minimum of five. Yes, I said FIVE! Every woman should have one nude/white, one black, one pretty, one sport, and one for pure comfort and here is why.
If you look at your wardrobe you will probably see a “sea of black”… we are female after all and black is slimming, goes with everything and is easy to wear anytime, anywhere. What you should never do is wear a light-coloured bra under your black clothing, I know we have all done it at some point but how many of you have ruined your light-coloured bra with a black shirt (i.e. black die under the arms on your bra, black fabric pills on the cup); we’ve seen it all, ladies! You NEED a black bra.
Next you need a nude or white bra. This is personal preference for many women but the most practical is nude as it disappears under white, whereas white will show up under white. The alternative to the nude bra is a true red; looks sexy and disappears under white … truly, give it a try. The basics are where you spend your money; you wear these every day and they should make you look and feel great when you put your clothes on!
Next on the list is pretty but I am going to talk about sports bras first. Now if you never crack a sweat or only do leisure walks at the mall for exercise you do not need a sports bra. However, if you go to the gym, break out a sweat when you walk, run, bike, etc. you must have a sports bra. This bra is designed to minimize breast movement, wick sweat and reduce potential damage to the chest ligaments. The most important of these being that they reduce damage to the ligaments, because once that damage is done and the ligaments are stretched, there is no exercise to get them back. The result: saggy breasts.
Now we all have our own opinion on what is pretty; for some of you it is lace, some a pretty colour and for others maybe it is a print or extra strapping. Whatever makes you think ‘wow, I wish I didn’t have to wear a shirt with this,’ that is the pretty bra for you! We all deserve something that makes us feel really beautiful.
Lastly, let’s talk about a comfort bra. This should be something that you can put on at home and just feel total comfort in. Sometimes it does not have wires, or maybe you pull it on over the head, but if you can afford it buy yourself a leisure bra; it will last a long time as you are not wearing it as much as your basics and we all know going without a bra is often not attractive!
Lynn Kehoe is the owner of Cream Body & Bath