By Gabby Neal

In an age where the average women is spoilt for choice with more outfits than clothes hangers, it’s important to remember that what you wear under is just as important as what you wear over.

Inspired by our latest collaboration with Maiden Form Australia, it really got me thinking about what kind of bra’s we should be wearing…considering the most part of the last two years has been dominated by bralette’s and crop tops (ahem..for those lucky enough to have lemons as opposed to watermelons that is), it’s surprising (shocking for some) to learn that there are a SO many more styles out there. Some, I’m sure most of you didn’t even know existed.

From plunge and push-up bra’s, mastectomy and maternity bra’s – I’ve done the research and given you a quick run down on which bra to wear when.

The Basic T-shirt.

When you’re wearing a t-shirt your main concern is comfort and practicality. So generally speaking this tends to be the stock standard old faithful at the bottom of the drawer. Depending on your size, this could be anything from a sports bra, bralette from bamboo underwear or push up bra. Most women however opt for either the standard full cup or seamless soft/demi cup. The full cups completely cover the breasts so are a great support for bigger sizes and the demi-cups usually have straps a little wider apart so you can wear any variation of a neckline.  Make sure that you wear a comfortable bra. Finding a perfect fit bra is crucial. You have to do your research, know your size and the perfect design to fit your fashions.

The Funky Backless Number

No longer reserved for the itty bitty committee, backless dresses and designs are a great way to make a statement for women of all size! Sometimes you can be lucky and get away with wearing a basic bra but most of the time you’ve got to get creative.

First and foremost, nipple stickers and adhesive cups are best for these outfits. But if you tend to hang a little low, you can go for the convertible bra (no, not car, bra) with a low back option. These let you change the straps and usually hook around your stomach.

Alternatively, strapless bra’s and those with adjustable straps are fine – depending on how low and quirky the design is.

Spagehtti Straps and off the shoulder

You absolutely can wear a normal bra under these, however if you’re looking for clean lines don’t want any straps hanging around the place, opt for a bandeau or strapless bra.

Alternatively, the strapless bodysuit is a great way to hold shape if you’re working with a tighter outfit. Will help hold you in in all the right places too!

The Sexy Plunge

You’re either out on the town and not afraid to get the girls out or you honestly just happen to be wearing a nice little top that happens to have a v-neck plunge.. either way you’re going out and you’re showing a bit of skin!

Now when deciding what bra, you’ve got a few options.

The first, Hollywood tape – alternatively if you’re like Kim Kardashian, you can substitute duck tape if needed. Here you pretty much stick your boobs to the outfit from the inside.

In saying that, it’s usually the U plunge bra or bodysuit which is used for a more comfortable and seamless approach. With boning on the sides for a bit of added support it holds you in from the ribcage, meaning your waist will show off in all the right places underneath a tawght little number.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding’

This is 100% up the individual and you don’t have to wear them, but the maternity bra’s are specifically designed to help you with comfort and practicality during this time, so most women do. The benefit of wearing this style is that they’re built to give you maximum comfort and support as your boobs swell; including soft cups, no underwire and thicker straps with the option whilst breastfeeding to unclip the cups. The best part is there are plenty of options for comfortable maternity underwear that are also fashionable, if you want to feel a little sexy sally over plane Jane.

Everyday Wear 

For every day wear, you should have something comfortable, breathable, and moisture-wicking, such as bras and bralettes from Bamboo Underwear. Bamboo bralettes are a great everyday option for a bra, especially for teenagers. They’re soft like cotton because they’re made from bamboo, a material that helps eliminate odors and regulate temperature. 

Bamboo bras and bralettes are perfect to wear every day, most especially during summer. You’ll find many different styles and sizes of bamboo bras and bralettes that are comfortable and supportive. Whether you need a simple bamboo bra or a padded bamboo bra, you can find them available online.

Another great material for everyday wear is cotton. Brands like Q for Quinn offer organic cotton bralettes made from soft, sustainable materials that provide all-day comfort. Pair it with your favorite loungewear or under a casual top for a relaxed and stylish look.

Active Lifestyle and Sports 

Women who have active lifestyle can benefit from bamboo bras and bralettes too. They provide greater support than cotton and other fabric materials because of their natural toughness. They absorb perspiration very well, helping you focus on your activity than on your undergarment. 

Are you ready to pursue your favorite sport, exercise, or physical activity? If yes, then you can pair your bamboo bras and bralettes with bamboo underwear for a complete undergarment, perfect for your active lifestyle. Of course, you can wear them with your favorite sports gear such as spandex tops and shorts.

Now this is a rough guide and we’ve only covered a few scenario’s so it’s 100% case dependent. Not everyone’s boobs are made the same so it’s important to get your chest professionally measured so at the very least, you’re wearing the right size whatever the style!