We’ve all done it. We have drawers, dressers, or closets overflowing with bras. Bra build-up can be a real problem, and sometimes we think we need a different bra for every occasion. I mean, why not?
With fashion nowadays, our tops and dresses require a particular fit, so they don’t peek out or take over a look completely.
Nothing is worse than not being able to wear something because you don’t have the right bra. Of course, it’s not all our clothes fault.
You may have a stack of unneeded bras just sitting around. Don’t worry; if you are buried under undergarments, here’s how you can slim down your collection.
Old Bras Need to Go
First things first, it’s time to get rid of those old bras. You know which ones we are talking about! Everyone has a favorite bra that they can’t let go - one with the wires poking out or with holes in the lace.
The problem with bras that have been put through a lot is that they may not retain their shape and support. Fabric stretches and wears over time, so what may have lifted your girls in the past may be drooping lately. Plus, after a year or so of washes, the straps and cups can get a little beat up.
When you’re going through your collection, ask yourself the following questions.
- Does this bra still fit correctly?
- Is it damaged, i.e., has holes, wires poking out, or snapped straps?
- Is the material still strong?
If you answered no to any of these, toss it. Don’t waste time on a bra that no longer fits your body. It’s time to find your new favorite bra.
Okay, so you have a few bras you picked up during college or even high school. That’s a long time to hold on to a bra. Like with the previous tip, bras take quite a beating through their lives, so what looked great long ago may not be up to the task years later.
Aside from that, bras have seen quite a few changes over the past few years. There are plenty of bras out that can fit your body way better than those tired old garments shoved in your drawers.
Just like when you go through your wardrobe, fashions change. Maybe you had that cold-shoulder top or that dress with the extremely low V-neck. Well, if you don’t have pieces like that any longer, you probably don’t need the specialty bras you wore with them.
Also, your body shape changes as you age; what worked before may not work now. The best thing you can do is go through your older bras and try them on. Do they suit you now? If not, it may be time to get rid of them.
They Just Plain Don’t Fit
Whether it’s wear-and-tear, time, or you just bought the wrong size, your bra isn’t doing you any favors if it doesn’t fit right. There’s really no point in keeping a bra that doesn’t fit you like a glove. Don’t let them clutter up your closet when you can grab one that makes you feel fabulous. Clear the way for something much better.
Once you’ve emptied the clutter, you don’t want to make the same mistakes again. Before you restock, take the time to figure out what bras you may need. They should be versatile designs you plan to use frequently, so you can invest in better pieces rather than buying a ton of random bras.
Here are five bras every girl should have.
1. Your Everyday Go To
Every closet needs a staple bra. This should be a design that not only fits you but your day-to-day wardrobe. Work in an office? Try to find something that will work with your daily work attire from your dresses to blouses. If you have a different occupation or want day-long comfort, go for a bra that will match your routine. Something durable, comfortable, and that fits perfectly with your shape is just the ticket.
It’s okay to have more than one of these, so feel free to buy a few different designs, like a full-cup bra or a demi-cup to go under most tops.
2. A Sports Bra
No woman should have to work out in her everyday bra. In fact, doing so might shorten the lifespan of your go-to undergarment. It’s a good idea to have a least one or two sports bras in your collection, so you can work out without ruining your other bras. If you work out frequently, you may want to opt for a design that provides extra support and sturdy material.
3. A Versatile Design
Sometimes it’s good to have a bra that can go with anything. Fashion can be tricky, with designers really pushing new trends that require some interesting bras to go with them. Rather than going without, which may not be an option, make sure your wardrobe includes a versatile bra. A strapless or convertible strap bra is the perfect ace to keep up your sleeve if you want to rock a crop top or strapless dress.
Variety is key, but you don’t want to go overboard. If strapless bras aren’t your thing, a balconette bra or demi-cup may work in your favor for any top that has a unique or lower neckline. It’s good to switch up your style and have a bra that works for any occasion.
4. A Fancy Bra
Every lady deserves a bra that makes them feel like a million dollars. It could be that go-to bra for special occasions like dinner out, parties, or special events. Or you can just wear it all the time! It’s good to have something light that can vanish underneath light fabrics or blend seamlessly.
Lace, satin, or longline designs are lavish for this option. You never know when your occupation may ask you to attend an event, or you may need to be a bridesmaid. Plus, it’s nice to know you have something just in case.
5. Something Comfortable
Bras are something we wear every single day, so it’s important to find something comfortable. That’s not saying the other bras on this list can’t be or aren’t comfortable; a well-fitted bra should feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. But we all have that one bra we grab for whenever.
If you are relaxing around the house, running errands on the weekend, or just going about your day, sometimes it’s good to have a laid-back option.
Bra Crowd Control
If you’re worried your bra drawer may be overflowing, don’t fret. You can cut through that pile and pick up some excellent bras to complete your wardrobe. Keep in mind, the fit is vital.
The best thing you can do for your girls is to pair them with a bra that fits like a dream. Old bras won’t be doing you any favors, so why keep them around? Go for the designs and styles that will boost both your breasts and your style.