The Best Bras For Every Occasion

You there – it’s time to chuck out that old bra for good!


Clara Whispering Contour Bra, R911.77, Stella McCartney at Shopbop

If you have a drawer full of beautiful bras but turn to the same two or three styles time and time again (and let’s face it, we all do) a refresh will do you the world of good.

Not only do great bras look so much better on your outfit, it can take inches off!

Most women don’t wear the correct size (we all know that) but also; women are choosing the wrong styles, and wearing them under outfits that they’re just not made for. Honestly – how many times have you paired a black bra with a white T-shirt, or shown off your straps in a bandeau dress?

Of course, even if you pick an ideal style, no bra is perfect unless you get it fitted correctly.

The ultimate guide to buying the perfect bra

It’s a good idea to measure yourself at home so you have some idea of your size, but always get a professional fitter to check before you buy a new one. There’s nothing worse than finding out after a wash or two that you picked up the wrong size and it just doesn’t give you the lift you deserve.

Do you spend your days counting down the hours until you can take your bra off? You’re not alone, but a new breed of comfort bras are made from soft materials. And the best part? They’re actually stylish!

Find your perfect bra for every occasion:

Pretty Lace Padded Underwire Bra, R280, Woolworths


If you’ve got bigger boobs, sometimes opting for a non-padded cups can make you feel more comfortable.

The beautiful lace is super-feminine, and the scalloped edging is a finishing touch that’s easy on the eye.

Multiway Bra, R79, Mr Price

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This multi-way buy from Mr Price is the ultimate lingerie hero as you can wear it with any item in your wardrobe. Wear it as a halter-neck, crossed at the back or with no straps at all.

You don’t have to worry about straps being on show as this versatile bra has you covered. Plus, it’s incredibly good value, as you essentially get two bras for the price of one.

Ellie Leaping’ Underwire Balconette Bra R1 686, Stella Mccartney at Nordstrom


The Rosie for Autograph collections for M&S never fails to impress. Their beautiful designs and luxurious fabrics make them appear to be couture.

We adore this silk and lace style with its ultra-feminine design and winter floral print. Treat yourself this season with this affordable, pretty piece.

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Lace super push-up bra, R249, H&M


This clever push-up is designed to accentuate your assets to the max, creating a lovely, uplifted shape.

The soft padded cups guarantee extra comfort, so you can step out feeling body confident.

Merci Memory Foam T-Shirt Bra Lagoon, R794, Chantelle at John Lewis

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The memory foam design moulds against your body for ultimate comfort – making it the perfect everyday choice you can rely on.

The embroidered finish also adds a touch more femininity.

Daisy Padded Front Fastening Non-Wire Bras Two Pack, R349, Next


This embroidered design is both practical and pretty. The stretchy adjustable straps are wide and cushioned so provide extra comfort.

Plus, it features an inner cushioned band that adds definition to your bust while supporting.

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Strapless Bra, R537, Ultimo at Next


Many strapless bras lack in support when you really need it. However, this ingenious design from Ultimo gives you lift, as well as being strapless.

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By Fashion editor, Nastassja Petersen

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