I know the saying "you get what you pay for" sadly, every single bra I have gotten from VS has fallen apart. I wash how they say to & every thing. The wires pop out after a few ways or get twisted some how & that just makes them uncomfy. I will give VS props, I emailed them about the problems & they sent me coupons for new bras up to $45.
You pay for higher quality bras that will have a longer lifespan than some other brands. However VS does offer some more affordable options like the PINK wear every wear bras for 2/$42 or the mix n' match cotton bras for 2/$49.50! Which is still a good deal and they come in a variety of colors and styles!
You pay more for better quality. Think of it as an investment. You pay more up front for something that will last you a lot longer. Plus, it is something you have to wear everyday, so you want a bra that is comfortable and higher quality.
I wish I knew. Has to be the name brand or something, I don't buy my bras from there because I cannot image spending $45 to $50 for a bra. There is no reason lol I buy mine other places and I think they are just as good!!!