Strapless, backless, boat-neck, one-shoulder, crisscross straps and halter- all the looks that make me pause before I purchase and ask, “Do I have the right bra to wear with this?”

This summer, I decided to wonder no longer. Thanks to some internet, foot, and word-of-mouth research, I’ll never have to sacrifice look for  lift, comfort, or budget, and the typical eye-sore of a brassiere ill-shaped for my top or dress of choice is gone forever.

Five Essential Bras You Need for Summer!

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2. Racer-Back

For $27.65, Hollister sells my favorite racer-back lacy. Perfect for the tanks and tops that cross in the back but don't quite show enough skin to warrant strapless, the racer-back provides stability and comfort without adding extra lines to your shoulders.

Banish the bra faux-pas with the only five bras you’ll need this summer (and ever).