Best Bras on a Budget: Five Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Lingerie Drawer

Many of us make the mistake of completely neglecting what goes underneath. Not having the proper undergarments means that the clothes on top don’t look or feel as good as they should. Knowing this, The Budget Fashionista has complied this quick list of five things every women needs in her lingerie drawer:

1. A pair of Assets. Fact: Even the most slender of us women can benefit from a little “packaging” (ask Jennifer Love Hewitt). Assets, sold at Target and made by the same folks who make spanx, hold you in at about half the price of the more expensive brand. 

2. A half slip. Here’s why you need a half slip: manufacturers are not lining dresses anymore, which means there’s little protecting you from an unfortunate mooning incident on a windy day. Also, don’t underestimate the effect of lighting conditions in different locales. The slip doesn’t need to be pricey (pick one up for next to nothing at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx) it just needs to be the right length. Too long and you’ll look like you don’t just shop in the bargain basement, you actually live there.

3. A basic black (or flesh colored) bra. White bras are great, but we all know that sometimes they show, and that’s not a good look on any one. A simple flesh colored bra is a necessity and if you’re unable to find one that is close to your skin tone, then try a basic black bra.

4. A camisole that can double as a bra. This means a camisole with some reinforcement lyrca-type fabric and/or a built in shelf bra.These bra are a great alternative on days you don’t want to wear a bra and/or when you want to have a little extra covering underneath a low cut sweater.

5. A pair of basic flesh-colored nylons. Yes, we know your Granny has these too, but they do come in handy from time to time, especially if a) it’s kind of chilly, b) you haven’t shaved, c) for more conservative environments like a job interview and/or church

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    I didn’t know Assets were made by Spanx.  I love the name. I have a pair that I wear under tighter fitting pants—which is a must after the cookie-eating season.

    I saw a show about the gal that started the Spanx company. Very interesting.

    A nude bra is a must! Everyone should have 2 nude bras in their lingerie collection as they are the only color that won’t show……..even under white. You need 2 in case one is in the wash when you need it most.

    Flesh colored nylons also add instant “sexy librarian/secretary” to your outfit! I also like wearing them with flats so my feet don’t get sweaty.

    How about a corset?

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