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Is it time to give your lingerie collection an update? Maybe your bras and panties are showing signs of wear and tear. Or, maybe you just don’t love the way your intimates fit and look on you anymore. Updating your lingerie with new bras and panties is empowering. You get a fresh start with items you love and fit you well.

If you’re ready to update your collection, you’re in the right place! Here are the types of bras and panties you need in your lingerie drawer:


Two or three every day bras

Every woman should own two or three every day bras. This ensures you can rotate the bras for proper care. If you have only one go-to bra, you risk wearing it out and shortening its lifespan. Wearing it for too many days between washes can also deteriorate the bra’s materials and break out your skin.

There many bra styles that are perfect for serving as your go-to. The Tess Unlined Wire Bra gives you a lift while accenting your natural shape since it’s unlined. A bra that’s seamless under your tops is also a great choice. The Lynn T-Shirt Bra is lightly padded with minimal details, making it an everyday staple.

A convertible bra

A convertible bra adds versatility to your wardrobe because it can be worn several ways. Some convertible bras can be worn up to five ways. The Jeanie Contour Bra, for example, has straps that can be worn as one shoulder, halter, criss-cross, strapless and regularly.

A convertible bra is a must for your lingerie collection update. You virtually get five bras in one, omitting the need to buy various styles.

A sports bra

You’ll need a good sports bra in your new lingerie drawer as well. How many sports bras you need depends on how vigorous your exercise regimen is and how often you wear sports bras.

A bralette

A bralette is a feminine accessory that can spice up your wardrobe. Many are unlined and wire-free. This makes them comfortable, but not super supportive. They’re a good fit for women with smaller breasts.

Related: Bralette vs Bra: What’s The Difference Between A Bra and A Bralette?


Seamless panties

A lingerie drawer is not complete without seamless panties. Not only is this panty style ultra-comfortable, but it helps omit panty lines. The Jeanie High-Cut Brief is a full-coverage panty that offers a smooth and sleek silhouette.

Every day panties

You have some seamless panties and thongs, so now it’s time to find panties you’ll love to wear every day. (If you prefer seamless styles or thongs for every day wear, then just stock up on those styles!) However, if you like a little more design or coverage to your underwear, we have some suggestions for you.

The Lydie Bikini Panty features smooth microfiber on the back and front with geometric lace detailing on the hips. Or, perhaps you’ll like the Casey Boyshort Panty. With a smooth band and flirty, sheer lace, this style is comfortable and feminine.

A matching bra and panty set

A matching bra and panty set boosts your confidence and makes you feel femininely fierce. So, every lingerie drawer needs at least one – especially the Charlotte Padded Bra and Highwaist Brief. This matching set features sexy contrasts of matte and satin, and the panty comes in a bikini or a high-waist brief.

Check out some of our tips for lingerie shopping before you hit the stores. It always helps to have a plan and to get a bra fitting to ensure you love your purchases.

Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Wendy Plunge Padded Bra P5411 | Wendy Bikini P5413 in Victorian Rose
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