If you’re looking to revamp your lingerie wardrobe, then you’ve come to the right place. So before we begin, take a minute to toss at least one worn-out bra or an ill-fitting bra that has been languishing in the back of your drawer for ages. Good. Now it’s time to start fresh and focus on fit, form, and function.
Because bra sizes often differ among styles and certainly vary between brands, previously we’ve asked women about the best bras, but we also think it’s smart to have a professional help steer us in the right direction. Jenna Cohen, Nordstrom’s director of merchandising, dpecialized, has been overseeing the lingerie department for over six years, so it’s safe to say she has seen it all. While there are dozens of styles from which to choose, Cohen advises sticking to the basics: the underwire bra, the bralette, and the sports bra. And keep in mind that a super-expensive bra doesn’t guarantee a better fit—affordable bra options can work just as well.
But before you start browsing, it’s important to know your bra size. Since breast size and shape can evolve over time due to weight, age, menstrual cycle, and events like pregnancy, Cohen recommends getting measured every time you purchase a new bra in order to ensure the best fit—or once a year, at least.
Ahead, browse the three types of bras that everyone should own—it may require trying on a few to find your perfect fit—then, when you’re ready to level up, keep scrolling for more bra styles to consider, including push-up, bandeau, wireless, strapless, and adhesive. Your lingerie drawer is about to get some much better support.