How Many Bras Should I Own Based On My Cup Size?
If there was only one word to describe your lingerie drawer, would it be “confusing?” If that’s you, we can fix that—and you’re not alone! For many folks, knowing how many bras to own and what styles to have can be mystifying. Some people we talked to said they had about five or six bras in their drawer, while others had up to thirty. But what number is correct?
You're wondering, “How many bras should I own?” Since your everyday bras are the ones you’re most likely to wear, well, every day, you’ll want to have a few on rotation, no matter your cup size or support needs. A good rule of thumb is three everyday bras — think one on your body, one in the drawer ready to wear, and one in the wash. We recommend:
- Two in a neutral or skin tone shade, like Mocha or Taupe
- At least one darker color, like Black or Espresso, for outfit variety
Small Breast Size vs Large Breast Size
In curating your bra collection make sure to consider several factors, such as your lifestyle, personal preferences, wardrobe situation, and most importantly your breast size.
While breast size doesn't determine how many bras you need, it does determine how much support you need, what functions your bra needs to perform, and how quickly your bras get worn. Understanding your breast size and bra needs will help you determine how many of each bra type you will want in your top drawer.
So, let's explore some of the best bras depending on size so that you can better determine which silhouettes you want to invest in.
Must-Have Bras for Small Breast Sizes
Those that are petite can easily enjoy the freedom and comfort of wearing wireless bras, plunge bras, or even going braless. However, there are some essential small breast bras that you should have in your collection. Here are some of our recommendations when it comes to small breasts:
This versatile piece is a must-have in your lingerie arsenal. With its light padding, it creates a smooth silhouette under any outfit while offering comfortable support.
This is a perfect bra when you’re looking for extra oomph. It will highlight your cleavage and provide plenty of lift and shaping. Its deep plunge neckline works excellently with low-cut tops and dresses.
For those with small breasts who value comfort and flexibility, this wireless design is a great option. This bra feels like a second skin and moves with you all through the day without the constraints of an underwire.
Must-Have Bras for Large Breasts
On the other side of the spectrum, those with large breasts may face some challenges when it comes to finding bras that not only feel and fit but also look great. However, you need not compromise on your comfort or style with our wide array of large breast bras that will perfectly cater to your needs. Below are some of our top picks:
Large cup sizes require bras that provide ample coverage and support. This bra does exactly that - it wraps your curves with the perfect balance of coverage and allure. Its full-coverage cups contain your breasts, and the wide band and straps provide extra support and comfort.
When you have large breasts, you don't want foam and padding adding bulk. This bra is a perfect choice for large breasts thanks to its lightness and breathability. It has unlined cups that form to your natural shape and will make you appreciate your contours.
This is an ideal bra for those days you want to reduce your bust size and create a more streamlined silhouette. It has unlined cups that compress and redistribute your breast tissue to minimize them, and a smoothing band for your back and sides. Say goodbye to popping buttons and hello to a new, sleek look.
Shop Bras at ThirdLove
It’s important to have a healthy rotation of the best everyday bras for you. That's why at ThirdLove, we offer a variety of silhouettes so that you can select your go-to based on personal preference, lifestyle, breast size, and breast shape.
We have the perfect bra for you, no matter what you're looking for. For some, this may be as simple as a pullover bralette or a wireless. For others, this might be something more structured, like a full coverage underwire style or even a push-up bra. Our bras fit amazingly and are comfortable enough for all-day, every-day wear, so you're sure to find a match.
Some of our appropriately named favorites include the 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra and the 24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra. If you prefer a natural touch or have especially sensitive skin, you may like the Organic Cotton Cloud Bra.
Mix Up Your Bra Drawer With Flirty or Bold Styles
We all need to cover the basics, but what about a bra for those days (or nights) that require a little something “extra?” Consider adding one or two statement bras to your collection. Whether it’s a hint of lace, a sexy plunge style, an alluring balconette bra, or even one of your everyday bra options in a bold new hue, a statement-making piece is every girl’s best friend. You could even pop it under a sheer blouse to really let it be the star; we won’t stop you! Here are some of our recommendations.
This bra is a sight to behold. It’s particularly is a great bra for those with large breasts as it has wide, lace straps that help provide support and redistribute weight. Show off some cleavage with its plunge neckline style, and add some spice to your look with its intricate lace.
This lace balconette is a beautiful choice for petite women who want to channel their inner vixen. It has a balconette neckline that lifts and separates your breasts and an all-around lace overlay that creates a stunning effect.
Bras for Tricky Tops, Dresses & Button-Downs
It’s also important to have a few bras for special occasions and tricker tops and dresses—like strapless bras, one-shoulder bras, or spaghetti strap styles. Multiway or convertible bras are a great choice, as these can be worn several different ways. It’s a good idea to have at least 2 of these bras in rotation as well.
This is a great convertible option since it comes with two sets of add-on straps, one tonal and one clear, to do double duty. Straps can also be worn five ways—strapless, halter, one-shoulder, straight, or crossed in the back—to provide maximum style versatility
If you find yourself searching “buttondown shirts for large busts,” we may have a bra solution for you. You can close the button gap in those “almost-just-right” shirts with the right minimizer bra. Minimizer bras can reduce the projection of bust, completely changing how your clothes fit. This one not only reduces busts up to 2 inches, it is also soft, breathable, and can be worn x-back. We even have a wireless minimizer for all wire-free lovers. It just might be a sundress summer for you after all!
How to Care for Your Bras
Once you have your bra staples handled, it’s important to take care of them to help extend their longevity. This means storing and packing them properly and hand-washing them when you can (we know it may not sound like the most convenient effort, but it’s worth the effort—we promise!).
Depending on how often you wear your bras and how many are in your total rotation, you may consider giving it a wash every 1-2 weeks, more often if needed. Bras also need rest days between wears, so having a few alternates is always a good idea so you’re never caught without.
Many women are surprised to learn that even their most-loved bras have about a one-year lifespan. In addition to more obvious signs of wear and tear like loose threads, you’ll also know it’s time to replace your bra when you notice a change in comfort and feel. For example, if your straps are stretched to the point of no return or your band still feels too loose on the tightest hook, it’s probably time to say goodbye. Most importantly, if your bra is no longer doing its job is keeping you comfortable and supported, there’s no point in holding onto it.
Time for a new bra? Shop all our styles here (your underwear drawer will thank you).