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Bras are a key component of your wardrobe — you rely on them to provide a flattering foundation for all of your outfits, helping you to feel confident and comfortable no matter what you’re wearing on top. But with so many styles to choose from, it can be challenging to assemble a practical collection. Which ones are the most supportive? And which ones are best for showcasing cleavage? Most importantly — which ones are best suited to your body?

If you’ve found yourself bewildered by the complicated world of bras, don’t fret. This Q & A should answer all your burning questions so you can make better decisions about the undergarments you invest in.

How many bras should a woman own?

The exact number depends on your lifestyle and wardrobe, but you need enough in your collection to rotate throughout the week (which means three to five bras). Make sure you have several options for your everyday go-to, whether it’s a T-shirt bra or unlined wire bra. Beyond that, you’ll likely want one convertible (or strapless) bra for tricky tops and dresses, a couple sports bras for workouts, and at least one extra luxurious bra for date night and special occasions.

What does underwire do?

In an underwire bra, a thin piece of wire (coated by fabric) lines the bottom and sides of the cups, offering supreme support and separation for the breasts. This degree of uplift is particularly helpful for those with a large bust, however, it all comes down to a matter of personal preference when choosing between underwire bras and wire-free alternatives.

How often should you change your bra?

It’s important to have enough bras in your collection because wearing the same bra two days in a row causes the elastic to stretch out much faster, meaning it won’t last nearly as long. Switching every day ensures that you preserve your precious investments. Wearing the same bra because it’s the only one that fits? It might be time for a bra fitting.

Related: How Often Should You Change Your Bra?

What’s a molded vs. non-molded bra?

With cups that are pre-shaped, molded bras are designed to sculpt your breasts, creating a flattering rounded and lifted shape. Within this category are a wide variety of styles — you can find molded push-up bras, plunge bras, contour bras, T-shirt bras and more. They can also be found both with and without padding. Non-molded bras don’t have quite as much structure in the cups, so while they may be incredibly supportive, won’t offer quite the same separation/shaping benefits for your breasts, resulting in a somewhat more “natural” appearance.

Do I need a full-cup bra?

The answer to this question all comes down to one word: coverage. If that’s what you’re looking for, a full-cup bra is best, as it features more fabric across the cups to fully contain the breasts. Full-cup bras are an excellent selection — unless you’re seeking to show off a little cleavage, in which case a demi-cup bra (which only covers about half the breasts) is a better choice.

Why is the fit of a bra so critical?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of styles, remember this: finding a perfect fit is the most important factor when bra shopping. So if you’re noticing strap marks on your shoulders, gaping cups, underwire that’s poking, or other uncomfortable issues, you very well could be wearing the wrong size. Not only will a professional bra fitter help you to determine your correct size, but they can also guide you to the styles that are best for you.

We advise getting professionally fitted once a year, or after any dramatic weight changes.

Learning more about the ins and outs of bras means you’re better prepared to find the ones you’ll get lots of use out of. Just remember: it’s advisable to first get fitted by an expert, and then build a well-rounded collection with a sufficient number of bras that so that you don’t wear them out too quickly.

Related: 10 Telltale Signs You Are Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

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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, 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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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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