A little back story, the bra became popular around the late 19th century and quickly replaced the corset as the main source for breast support. I mean, can I get a hearty amen for that?
The brassiere has since undergone a metamorphosis and has turned into a "can't leave home without" necessity for most women (because ya know, other girls like Rihanna are deeply enthralled in the #FreeTheNipple movement, which is totally great for them).
However, if you're looking to keep your girls in tip-top shape, you'll need these 15 bras at some point in life.
Ahh, the trusty training bra! How could we ever forget that moment our boobs began to come in, and we went shopping with mom for a brassiere to contain those bad boys? They were simple, but got the job done.
Padded bras are the more sophisticated solution to stuffing (for all you gals who stocked your brassieres with tissue). They come with lining that make your breasts appear fuller in no time. Pretty much a godsend, no?
Strapless bras are perfect for those occasions where you're rocking a shoulder exposing frock. Pesky straps? Ain't nobody got time for that.
Because sometimes you just need an extra lift, ya know? Push-up bras instantly add 1-2 cup sizes to your bust and do wonders to your cleavage. Have one of these on deck, ladies!
There have been far too many times where I've wanted to wear a low-cut top, but still wanted my boobs to be properly supported. The answer was so simple: the u-plunge bra! When I tell you it's life-changing, it's life-changing.
Not only are maternity bras super comfy, they're designed to accommodate your growing bust during pregnancy.
Okay, don't be alarmed by all the straps. Convertible bras are a must. The removable straps allow you to rearrange them to suit whatever outfit you're wearing. You'll get much bang for your buck with this beauty.
All the women out there who like to sweat it out in the gym, this one's for you! Sports bras provide support for your breasts while you're working out, and keep them firmly in place.
Ladies with larger boobs might find themselves wanting to conceal their bust. The minimizer bra is the answer. This brassiere can help them appear up to 2 cup sizes smaller.
Got a tank top that you want to wear, but still need some extra support for your girls? Racerback bras will do just the trick.
Bandeau bras have recently become a fashion staple. They don't provide a ton of support, but they sure do look good.
The best thing about softcup bras is that they come without pesky underwire. This makes them really comfy to sleep in.
T-shirt bras are expertly designed to be seamless, even under the tightest and most form-fitting of tees. They're pretty much an essential at all points in life. Seamless = perfection.
After you've welcomed your bundle of joy into the world, it's time to get to breastfeeding. You can make the experience smoother with nursing bras; crafted with front clasps that can be unlatched to reveal the nipple.
Adhesive bras are often compared to chicken cutlets because the resemblance is undeniable. However, weird appearance aside, they're just the brassieres to turn to when you're rocking a backless look.
What are some of your go-to bras? Which ones have you sworn off entirely? Tweet us @sofeminineUK!