Wearing the right bra is a gift you can give yourself every day. Not only is it more comfortable but also gives your outfit the right look.

Choosing the right bra isn’t just a matter of getting your bra size right, it also involves choosing the right shape and bra type to suit your outfit best. The five most common bras all have a place in every woman’s wardrobe. Here’s how to choose the right type of bra for your support needs and outfit by understanding the basic bra shapes.

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The bralette is all about coverage

A bralette is just what it sounds like: a minimal support bra. Bralettes come in great designs, often made completely out of lace and are a great alternative to a camisole. Bralettes provide minimal support, so they are better suited to smaller breasts

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Infin8ti lace Bralette R 299, Zando

The t-shirt bra is perfect under a t-shirt (of course)

The t-shirt bra is the perfect everyday bra. With varying levels of support depending on the brand and make of the bra, the distinguishing feature of the t-shirt bra is its sleek and discreet design.

The t-shirt bra is designed to be worn under any material without bulges or lumps.

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T-shirt bra Jockey t-shirt bra black R239, Zando

The demi bra

The demi bra has shorter cups and reveals more of the top part of your breasts, showing more cleavage than your everyday t-shirt bra. This can work very well for women with firmer breasts, but might not work if you’re looking for the support and coverage of a full bra-cup.

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Maddie Demi contour bra – red R119, Superbalist

Try a balconette bra

The balconette bra is the ultimate cleavage creating bra. Designed to lift the breasts higher off the chest and create the illusion of bigger breasts, a good balconette bra is more than just a push-up bra.

This type of bra offers maximum support and lift and can be worn as an everyday bra. Adjusting the straps can modify the amount of lift you get out of your bra without compromising the support you get from the cups.

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Legit lace balconette bra purple R89, Zando

Sports bra

Made with high impact activity in mind, the sports bra is great for times when you need support and control. Unlike your everyday bras, sports bras support the breasts, holding them in place and maintaining their shape but also lightly binding them to restrict movement and jiggle while you get on with your activities.

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Vivacious sugarbird intensity  sports bra with swim crop black/blue R599, Zando