How Many Bras Should I Own?

Four ThirdLove bras in nude shades classic contour plunge lace balconette t-shirt lace plunge

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?

Maybe it’s the sheer indecisiveness of picking out a bra in the morning or an untimely wardrobe malfunction, or just the same issues every day with an old, tired bra that has you wondering, “How many bras should I own?” We’ll answer that question, and more, below.


What Bras Should I Own?

The ‘what bras’ part will vary: it’s important to have a healthy rotation of the best everyday bras for you.

Your go-to style of choice can depend on your personal preference, lifestyle, and breast shape. For some, the ideal type of bra 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. Everyday bras are styles that fit amazingly and are comfortable enough for all-day, every-day wear. 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.

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. 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

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. Consider adding a wireless option into your rotation for those days when comfort is key and a sports bra for those days when you want to get active.


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!


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.

Our 24/7™ Classic Strapless Bra 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. Our 24/7® Unlined Minimizer Bra not only reduces busts up to 2 inches, it is also soft, breathable, and can be worn x-back. 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!).

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).