The range of bras available to buy these days is about as diverse as our bodies. Designer brands compete for space in our lingerie drawers with high street favourites, while buzzy direct-to-consumer startups are threatening the hold of market mainstays.
三级成人视频So where does one begin when shopping for a new bra? The first step - whatever your shape - is to get professionally measured. The service is available for free at most major department stores and specialist retailers, and a specialist fitter will have sound advice on the kind of support you need. Different sizes will have different requirements, so it’s worth learning where and how your breasts should be supported, as well as what’s comfortable to wear.
三级成人视频The second step is to try, try, try. Yes, you’ll spend more time wrangling with straps and those weird little hangers than you’d like, but a 34D in one brand will feel more like a 32DD in another, and it’s worth finding out if you feel more comfortable wearing a full-cup, half-cup, soft-cup or plunge style.
Beyond that, it’s a matter of tracking down bras that meet our expectations in both style and substance. Here, the Telegraph fashion team share their tried-and-tested favourites...
Wonderbra New Ultimate Strapless Bra, £40,
三级成人视频When I was introduced to the world's best strapless bra (IMHO), my expectations of bras changed dramatically. I was used to bras that slightly lacked in support, but made up for it in pretty, intricate designs and chic colourways.
Having 'problem-solving' at the heart of the brand makes a big difference to the support factor, and I've since invested in a few of Wonderbra’s T-shirt bras which are perfect for everyday, and offer great support if you have a fuller bust. KT
Freya Fancies moulded balcony bra, £34,
My first properly fitted bra was by Freya (the younger sister brand of Fantasie), as it was one of the few lingerie makers in the early 2000s that offered a 30 back with larger cup sizes. Back then, even M&S didn’t cater to my shape. My size has since fluctuated, but I’ve stayed true to the Freya/Fantasie brand family because the bras are so consistently supportive in the cup and back, plus they don’t look like scaffolding even though they go up to a G. At around £40 a piece, they’re not cheap, but they’re significantly more affordable than similarly supportive brands such as Empreinte or Prima Donna. TA
NuFit mesh soft-cup bra, £57,
This French brand is my go-to for what I call ‘naked’ bras. The NuFit mesh soft-cup bra is a full-cup, underwired style made from a silky polyester-elastane blend that feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. It’s minimalist and elegant, and I wear my black and beige versions throughout the summer when any clothing more substantial than a strapless dress feels too hot. They offer the minimum support I reckon I can get away with day-to-day, so if you’re larger than a DD, it may not be enough. TA
Sheer kite bra, £85,
If you’re into minimalist, no-frills-or-flounce bras, then you’re in luck: before she founded her eponymous lingerie and nightwear brand in 2016, Jo Rossell worked for Calvin Klein and Margaret Howell. The bras boast clean lines, practical but still chic colours, great fabrics, and a meticulous eye for cut that negates the need for wires. Heaven. CGE
Marks & Spencer
Rosie for Autograph silk wired full-cup bra, £28,
Boring and hardly surprising I know, but I’m still an M&S girl at heart. I can pick a new one up on my lunch hour whenever I need a top-up and the styles are utterly dependable. Like many women over the past few years, I’ve moved on from wearing underwired to more crop-top like styles but as I’m a C cup, I still need good support - which is where M&S’s Flexifit (£20, ) comes in. It’s so comfy I barely feel like I’m wearing it and it creates a smooth and subtle silhouette (I can’t bear being hoiked up). I have other friends who prefer something prettier, so they head straight for the Rosie x Autograph range. BH
One of the newer brands to hit the lingerie landscape, New Zealand-based Lonely is like a breath of fresh air. Its lace full-cup bras are somehow supportive, yet pretty, in a way that looks fresh and modern. They seem designed to appeal to women in an industry where much of what's on offer seems designed to appeal to men. I also love the diversity of ages, body shapes and skin tones on its website - a lead that other bra manufacturers would be wise to follow. My favourites include the Lilian in black (£66, ) and the fishnet Hilda (£69, ). Cup sizes run from A-E, with back sizes from 30-36. TA
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