1. T-shirt bra
The humble t-shirt bra may not be the fanciest piece of undergarment you own, but it’s probably the hardest working member of your bra drawer. Given that you’ll be wearing this underneath a multitude of outfits, make sure you pay extra attention to the fabric and how it feels on your skin. Spend a bit more on this bra, if it means finding one that’s made of a good fabric that’s appropriate for our weather.
Cosabella bra, $111.90, from Zalora.
2. Strapless bra
Best for those super-stylish off-the-shoulder tops, the key to finding a good strapless bra is to find one that offers a sturdier fit. A good underwire can help with that, and it always helps to get yourself measured by the shop staff, so you don’t end up buying an underwired strapless bra that’s too tight (read: cuts into your rib cage).
Impression bra, $19.90, from Zalora.
3. Balconette bra
Think of the balconette bra as your go-to for when you want to look a little sexier than average — after all, their slightly shallower fit will have you looking fuller in the front. There are plenty of balconette bras out there — from the everyday cotton ones to pieces that feature sensual lace designs. Ultimately, it’s up to you and how you want to feel in them.
Bra, $69.88, from La Senza.
We love bralettes, because they’re one of the few pieces in our undergarment cupboard that we’d happily show off. Find one with a gorgeous lace pattern, which you can wear underneath a white button-down shirt. Since there are no underwires in a bralette, a thicker under-band helps with keeping it in place.
Bralette, $39, from perk by kate.
5. Sports bra
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s also an incredibly important bra to have. If you like to hit the gym, then it goes without saying that the sports bra is a need-to-have in your gym bag. Plus, as atheleisure continues to be a trendy way of dressing, a fancy sports bra means that you can show it off a little.
Bra, $69, from Calvin Klein Underwear.
6. Bandeau bra
The difference between a strapless bra and a bandeau is that the latter often comes with a thick band underneath the cups. This allows for it to stay in place and offers more support and sturdiness throughout the day. Plus, here’s a little fashion tip for you: pair it with a buttoned-up blazer and pants for a sensual but HR-approved office look.
Bra, $29.95, from H&M.
7. Stick-on bra
Also affectionately known as “chicken fillets” in our office, stick-on bras are great for when you want to get all dolled up for a Friday night with a low-back dress. They offer adequate coverage sans the unsightly bra straps.
Stick-on bra, $83.23, from La Senza.
8. Push-up bra
The perfect bra companion for women who want a fuller-looking bust, the trick to finding a good push-up bra is to ensure that it gives just a little boost without looking like you’ve stuffed melons down your shirt. Anything that’s overly padded will not do you any favours.
Dorina bra, $10.30, from Zalora.
9. Seamless bra
While t-shirt bras are also seamless, we felt it was important to highlight that the seamless bra is something you need to have. So whether it’s an unpadded bralette or your regular t-shirt bra, make sure you have one on hand. It’ll come in handy for all those tightly fitted knits, when you don’t want lumps and bumps poking out the front of your top.
Bra, $59, from perk by kate.