How to Choose the Right Bra for Your Outfit

How to Choose the Right Bra for Your Outfit

Let's talk bras. We all know a good one can make a difference, but knowing what bras to wear with all the fantastic outfits can feel tricky. Let's be honest; we've sometimes had bras that don't cut it. Whether it's peeking bra straps, the bra band showing under backless dresses, gaping lines, or just some other bra troubles. The truth is, no matter how good your bra is, it cannot suit every ensemble in your wardrobe. The perfect bra for a night out might not be suitable for a workout session. Don't worry; this guide is about helping you unlock the secrets of wearing the right bra for your outfit with confidence and comfort.


Identifying Your Breast Shape

Before we embark on this uplifting journey (pun intended), it's essential to understand the shape of your breasts. Are you more of an east-west, rounded, or bell-shaped? Knowing your breast shape gives you a foundation for understanding what bra serves you best. No worries! ThirdLove has a wide range of bras to flatter every figure. To learn more about each breast shape, explore our breast shape dictionary and our bra style guide. 


Different Types of Bras

When choosing the right bra, you must have an arsenal of options in your lingerie drawer. Here are some bra styles and how they match. 

1. T-Shirt Bra

The T-shirt bra is the most common and owned bra type, and for good reason. It is a comfortable, everyday essential that offers seamless cups that disappear under clothes. T-shirt bras are perfect under all-fitting clothes, giving you a smooth silhouette. Our 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra provides unmatched comfort and support and is available in half-cup sizes for a perfect fit.

2. Full Coverage Bra

Need maximum support and coverage? Look no further than the ThirdLove full-coverage bra collection. The bra style keeps you supported and ensures no peek-a-boo moments. Our recommendation? The ThirdLove 24/7® Classic Perfect Coverage Bra is a lifesaver, especially for fuller busts.

3. Wireless Bra

Sometimes, you just want a break from the underwire. ThirdLove Wireless Bra collection offers that comfy, supportive feeling without wires. They are perfect for lounging, thanks to their cozy, barely-there feel. Our 24/7® Classic Wireless Bra is a customer favorite for its gentle shaping and lifting, plus it comes in your precise size with an adjustable back closure and strap.

4. Unlined Bra

The unlined bra is the way to go when you prefer a more natural look. It offers subtle support while letting your curves take center stage. The 24/7® Classic Second Skin Unlined is an excellent choice, offering an airy, comfortable, close-to-the-body fit that disappears under clothes.

5. Front Close Bra

Sometimes, there are more convenient things to do than fumbling with clasps behind your back in the morning. For those who struggle with traditional back closures, the ComfortStretch Front Close T-Shirt Bra is a lifesaver, featuring a convenient front closure and a smoothing convertible design. You can also check out our other convertible bras for added convenience.

6. Plunge Bra

Don't we all love to wear those low-neck outfits? Since your regular bra is visible underneath, the ThirdLove plunge bra collection is your secret weapon. The 24/7® Classic Uplift Plunge Bra offers a deep V-neckline for fabulous cleavage.

7. Strapless Bra

The bras come with detachable straps and silicone lining to help them stay up. They go with strapless tops and off-the-shoulder dresses, ensuring you stay secure and stylish all day. Try our 24/7® Classic Strapless when you want to rock the shoulder-bearing look; it'll stay in place all day long.

8. Minimizer Bra

Sometimes, less is more, especially when it comes to minimizing your assets for a streamlined silhouette. Enter the minimizer bra; it gives you a smooth and sleek look under button-down shirts and fitted blouses, helping you avoid the pesky gaping buttons. Try our 24/7® Classic Unlined Minimizer Bra - you deserve a perfect fit.

Matching Bras with Outfits

Now that you've familiarized yourself with various bra styles, it's time to pair them with your favorite outfits. Here are a few things to consider: for a start, choose a bra with a neckline that matches your outfit. For plunging necklines, opt for a plunge bra. 

When wearing thin or clingy fabrics, opt for seamless or unlined bras that will disappear under clothes without showing unwanted bumps. Also, consider a bra style that does not show the straps, especially when wearing a shoulder-baring or bare-back dress. A strapless or a backless bra is your best choice here.


Color Coordination

When it comes to color coordination, there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are some tips. Match your bra to your outfit, especially under sheer or light-colored fabric, for a seamless look. You can also wear a nude bra that matches your skin tone. However, you can always wear bold colors to contrast and have a pop of personality. The important thing is to have a bra that makes you comfortable.


Seasonal Considerations

Just like your wardrobe, your lingerie drawer should evolve with the seasons. During the summer, opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics. Bralettes and unlined bras are excellent choices for warmer weather. Consider a cozy option, such as a full-coverage bra, for warmth and support during the colder months.


Personal Style and Comfort

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to the age-old question, "What bra should I be wearing?". Your personal style and comfort preferences are key. There are a few things that you can consider when it comes to personal style. Do you prefer a lot of support or a more relaxed feel? Do you like an underwire or a wireless design? How much coverage do you like? Do you want to show some cleavage? Feel free to experiment with different styles until you find what works best. 

With this bra-buying guide and ThirdLove's range of styles, you're on your way to a successful bra-shopping experience. No more second-guessing your lingerie choices. Embrace your unique shape, explore different bra styles, and find what makes you feel fabulous.