The Three Bras Every Woman Should Own

by Nikki Ogunnaike, Glamour

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that last night I wrote:

@NikkiOgun Just left a bra fitting at @shopjournelle and let me tell you it's life changing! Every new year should start this way!

I was not exaggerating ladies. When I was offered the opportunity to get a bra fitting with Carrie Brightman, manager of Journelle lingerie store in Soho, I hopped on it because I hadn't done so in years. And let me tell you, it was a seriously eye-opening experience. Want to know what I learned?

These are the essential bras you need:

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Two or three seamless T-shirt bras: These are the ones that you wear most often, your everyday bras, if you will. Opt for ones that come in nude or black.

Chantelle Rive Gauche T-Shirt Bra, $76,

One strapless molded-cup bra: This will especially come in handy for summer. Get one in your size (do not size down just to get a tighter fit). Look for a bra that has silicone on the inside band so it won't slide down. As for color, buy based on what you wear the most.

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Simone Perele Celeste Strapless Plunge Bra, $95,

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Courtesy of JournelleA few "fashion bras": "This is wear the spice is," says Brightman. Greens and blues seem to be trending this season, but I have a special place in my heart for the neon hues that were super popular last season. Brightman recommends no less than three, after all, they'll bring a smile to your face every time you wear them.

Fortnight Mira Long-Line Bra, $110,

Other tips I learned:

If you find a bra that fits really well, buy two because you'll inevitably want to wear it every day, but you shouldn't. The average bra lasts for about six months to a year so you don't want to wear out your bras before their time.

Get a bra fitting every time you buy a new one. "Women change shape constantly for many different reasons," says Brightman, so you should do it regularly. And by regularly she means at least every three to six months.

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It may seem obvious, but you can be different sizes in different brands (much like you are in your everyday clothes). There is such a thing as "running small" when it comes to bras. So while you can buy them online, it's really a good to go in and try things on.

Hope these tips help, gals! Will you get a bra fitting this weekend? You're most likely wearing the wrong size (lord knows I was), but you'll never know until you go in and get fitted!

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