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how many bras should i own

You’ve tried on all your bras (plus an adhesive bra and even going without one), but nothing feels right. You’re not sure if you can work with the bras you have or if you’ll need to buy a new one for your outfit. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

In this series, we’re tackling your lingerie questions and sharing the best bras to wear for every occasion.

Next up: a question that we hear a lot. If you’ve ever wondered “How many bras should you have?”, this article is for you.

Here’s what you need to know:

So, how many bras do you actually need?

It really depends.

There isn’t a set number. Two of the biggest factors for determining how many bras you need and which styles are best for you are your lifestyle (what’s your day to day like?) and your wardrobe (having bras that work with your outfits is key). For example, if you work out a few times each week, you’ll want to invest in 2-3 sports bras. Don’t like wearing bras with underwire? Fill your lingerie wardrobe with wireless bras and bralettes instead. Do you live in t-shirts? T-shirt bras and seamless plunge bras are an easy-to-wear solution.

Putting fit first

Your everyday lingerie wardrobe should be functional and wearable – not just pretty. Ideally, it should be filled with bras and underwear that fit you well and complement all your favorite outfits. Special occasion pieces aside, this is the lingerie that you’ll be wearing the most. It should make getting dressed in the morning easier and less stressful, too.

Building a lingerie wardrobe

Building a lingerie wardrobe can feel overwhelming when you’re not sure where to start. If you’re replacing all your bras, you might be wondering which styles your new lingerie wardrobe should have. I’ve included a general list of styles below that you may want to add. Feel free to add or subtract them as needed. It’s all about finding the perfect mix. For more on building a lingerie wardrobe you’ll love, check out this article.

How Many Bras Should You Have

A basic guide to a functional lingerie wardrobe

3-4 Everyday Bras

These are the bras that you’ll be wearing most often throughout the week. You’ll want to pick styles that are comfortable, supportive, and work well with your outfits. An everyday bra to one person might be a lacy unlined bra while another person might go for a t-shirt bra that closely matches their skin tone. It all comes down to preference.

1-3 Sports Bras

The types of sports bras (low impact, medium impact, high impact) will depend on your workouts and what you’re looking for in a sports bra. A sports bra with underwire will provide more support and better bounce reduction that a wireless sports bra. Choose the sports bras that work best for you.

1-3 Bralettes

Bralettes are the perfect bra for lounging, sleeping, or running errands. Their wireless fit and supportive bands feel comfortable and provide just enough support under a loose-fitting top or sweater. Plus, they’re an easy-breezy, effortless choice that can be worn year-round.

1-4 Special Occasion Bras

This is where your strapless bras, longline bras, bustiers, and come in. These are the styles that you don’t wear very often but still need from time to time.

how many bras should a woman own

We Highly Recommend

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!


Which styles do you have in your lingerie wardrobe?

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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