Here are the Only 5 Bras You’ll Ever Need this Summer!

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!

The Convertible Bra

1. Multi-Way Bra

Victoria’s Secret sells one for $29.50 in 6 different colors for 5 different looks. Strapless, front-halter, one-strap, back-cross, and “regular,” the extra boost from lining the cups will practically transform any look from nice to va-va-voom.

The Racerback Lacy

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.

The Bandeau Bra

3. Cupped Bandeau

You’ll love the fit and price of this one. Only $14 at Urban Outfitters, this bandeau meets lined cup-bra means you get the feel and look of an underwire but in the form of a soft-top. Say goodbye to a squished rack!

The Backless Plunge Bra

4. Plunge Bra

While it will rival with the best of corsets, this backless plunge-bra is the savior to every low-cut number you may own. Thank god, the ladies will never be left hanging! Gotta love this particular plunge in black or nude from Maidenform for $30.


5. Nipple Petals

For when all else fails, I’m a huge fan of having a complete stash of nipple petals just in case. Great for those days when you just can’t justify wearing the real deal, peel and press on a pair of petals and at least cut out the obvious point that you aren’t really wearing anything else ($17.99 at Target).

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



Sallie lives somewhere between the sun and the ocean in Santa Monica, CA. She fills her days with creativity, hard work, and deep thought. Sallie can be found eating, running, writing, and sharing about it all on her blog and newspaper column.

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