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You can’t help but fawn over the intimates section of your local department store or go weak in the knees every time you walk past your favorite lingerie boutique. But, seriously, do you really need 14 hot-pink push-up bras? Probably not. Here, the only five bras every woman needs in her undergarments arsenal.

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A STRAPLESS BRA THAT FITS LIKE A GLOVE

Don’t settle for stretched-out elastic that slowly makes its way to your belly button by the end of the night. Make sure your strapless is comfortable enough to wear long hours but won’t require any hiking up or adjusting. Our favorite trick: Buy one with a band size smaller and a cup size bigger than you would normally wear. (Then wrap one of those spare straps around your ribcage, like so.)

Get the look: Maidenform ($22); Cacique ($55); Cosabella ($90)

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AN EVERYDAY BRA THAT FEELS LIKE PAJAMAS

Some call it a T-shirt bra, but you should be able to wear this guy with 90 percent of your wardrobe. Go for a nude hue with zero embellishments to keep it versatile, and consider trying it on with a variety of your existing clothing to be sure you?re getting the best bang for your buck. 

Get the look: DKNY ($23); Calvin Klein ($38); Chantelle ($72)

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A LACE BRA THAT’S SEXY ENOUGH TO BE SEEN (IF NEED BE)

Whether it’s a lace bralette or embroidered balconette, you need a piece of lingerie that screams for attention. That might be in the form of a loosely buttoned blouse or a scenario for only behind closed doors. Either way, you’ll be glad you have a feminine piece on hand.

Get the look: Torrid ($37); Anine Bing ($89); Free People ($119)

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A PLUNGE BRA THAT’S STRATEGIC ENOUGH NOT TO BE SEEN

You don’t have to be J.Lo to need one of these babies. Ever tried to wear a wrap dress with a balconette? (Yeah.) Simply look for bras where the cups are set diagonally and the front wire is slim and minimal. That way there’s zero room for error.

Get the look: Aerie ($35); Natori ($50); Hanro ($84)

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A SPORTS BRA THAT’S NOT FROM 1997

It?s easy to hang onto these for years--decades even--being that their whole purpose in life is to get disgusting. But there comes a time when you need to prioritize your ta-tas and give them the support they deserve. Now, sports bras come in an array of high-tech fabrics that wick moisture, breathe and won?t let your girls bounce an inch.

Get the look: Nike ($23); Lululemon ($58); Sweaty Betty ($70)

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