I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You can’t be everything to everyone. There is so much diversity in the world in size, shape, budget, aesthetics and so on, that no one lingerie brand will be able to meet the needs of every single consumer out there. The same goes for bras. Even if you find your absolute favourite, #1 desert island bra, it doesn’t mean it’s going to work the same for someone else. It may not come in their size, it may not suit their shape or it just may not feel comfortable on their body. And just as one bra will not work for all people, one bra will NOT work for all circumstances.
Yet over and over brands and media will try to sell people on the idea of the Bra For All Occasions. This Swiss Army Knife of bras is usually a convertible bra that can be worn eleventy million different ways. But while it’s possible for a bra to multitask it’s impossible for a bra to do absolutely everything. Instead, it’s key to develop a bra wardrobe that can meet all your various needs.
The Bra For All Occasions initially sounds like a great idea. It’s plunging- so it will work under V-necks; and the straps are slim, so they won’t be noticeable in sleeveless tanks. But it’s probably not going to offer full support. If you have a very physical job, whether it’s lifting heavy boxes or running after your kids, you probably don’t want to deal with uncomfortable and sometimes painful breast movement. This means a fuller coverage bra made of a sturdy material may be the best option for you. But what about when you want to wear a plunging dress for a night on the town? This is going to mean a lower cut bra with less coverage (and therefore less support) in order to accommodate a more open neckline.
Lots of people prefer to wear bras that are invisible under clothing. Many of the details that make lingerie beautiful, such as lace, embellishment, patterns and bows can be visible under clothes. That’s why The Bra For All Occasions is probably not going to be the most exciting thing to look at. And it’s probably not going to be entirely seamless anyway- under a shirt you’ll notice the where the straps attach to the cups. Instead just get a good t-shirt bra. When you want to feel special you can break out your pretty bra, a lovely concoction of embroidery and bows and whatnot that you can wear under thicker clothing or perhaps on its own!
The Bra For All Occasions almost always promises that it can be worn strapless. If so, it’s probably not going to be the most comfortable bra in the world. If it can be worn strapless, the band will have to fit quite snugly in order to stay up. It’s probably going to have silicone strips on the inside of the band so it will stick better to your skin. A bra that can be worn strapless should be seen as a bra for special occasions. Obviously it shouldn’t be unbearable to wear, but if you want all day comfort, you’re going to need a regular bra.
I often say, buying bras is best compared to buying shoes. While those little black ballet flats are pretty comfy for everyday and can be dressed up or down, they’re not going to work for running a marathon or paired with a fancy gown. You’re going to need sneakers for running and fancy shoes for that glittering gala. Just as you can’t rely on one pair of shoes to meet all your needs, you shouldn’t rely on one bra. While some bras may be multi-functional, there is no Bra For All Occasions!