Types of Bras and Should You Wear Them?

There are many types of bras out there, so many that there is a bra for any type of breast. In this article, let’s explore the different types of bras and if that bra is the right kind of bra. Are you ready? 


Underwired

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The first bra we’ll be talking about is the underwired bra. An underwired bra can be any type of bra, as long as it has an underwire fixed at the bottom of the bra. The function of the wire is to provide support and shape to the wearer due to its underwire structure. Those with large breasts and in need of good support will benefit greatly from this bra.


Push up

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The next bra we’ll be talking about is the push up bra. Push up bras have a lot of padding, and while it is something like a padded bra, it also has padding at the bottom of the inside of the cups. They also have the ability to push your bras upward   and outward, giving an illusion that your breasts are bigger and fuller. Those with smaller breasts will get great perks wearing this.


Balconette

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A balconette bra has a horizontal cup cut that creates an upward lift, but not inward. Also known as a shelf bra, this bra helps lift the breasts to enhance the appearance, shape, and cleavage. If you’re just looking to boost your overall appearance and cleavage, this is the bra for you.


Bralette 

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A bralette can be considered a lesser version of a bra. It has less structure compared to a normal bra and is a wireless type of bra. The design is mainly for comfort, and the style allows it to be worn like a top so it can play as outerwear. Young girls who are still developing would find this bra to be perfect for them, and those with smaller breasts would find this to be more comfortable compared to those with larger breasts.


Strapless

A strapless bra isn’t too much different from a normal bra, the only difference is that it doesn’t have bra straps. This bra can be worn under strapless clothes like tube tops and bandeau dresses. The problem with this bra is that it lacks the support and hold other bras offer. If your breasts are firm and don’t need much support, then this bra is for you.


Tube

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Tube bras are like strapless bras, and are essentially fabric tubes that can be worn underneath a tube top. The difference between these bras and strapless bras is that these bras normally don’t have wiring or padding and thus they do not have a lot of support. If you have firm breasts and not so perky nipples, then this bra is suitable for you.


Sports bra

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Sports bras are common to find, and are essentially used in sports. They provide good support and are sturdier than other bras, which helps minimise movement during exercise that could hurt otherwise. These bras may feel uncomfortable to some, but if you have the right size then it shouldn’t hurt. If you are a very active person who likes to exercise often, you should opt for this bra. 


T-shirt

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A t-shirt bra is like a normal bra, but it has little to no seams, which allows it to have a smooth look under even the tightest of t-shirts. The cups are moulded so seams aren’t often used in a t-shirt bra. This bra is more suitable for women with evenly-shaped breasts as most of the time the cups are moulded. 


Beginners 

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The beginners bra is seamless, cupless, wireless, and doesn’t protrude out like other bras. This bra is meant to be comfortable for girls beginning to wear bras. This type of bra is typically made out of comfortable cotton material to prevent discomfort or rashes when wearing it.


Transparent 

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Transparent bras, also known as sheer bras, are bras that are see-through and you can see what they’re hiding underneath. These bras are naughty and if you’re looking for some fun, this is the type of bra to look for. If you’re a party animal or just looking to flaunt your assets, this bra is your best bet. 


Bridal

This bra is specifically designed to compliment a wedding dress, and make your girls look good on your special day. A bridal bra improves your posture and the shape of your breasts, and makes it easier for you to be active on your wedding day. It also reduces back pain, so you don’t have to suffer and instead focus on the party. 


Multiway 

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A multiway bra has detachable straps that can be worn in any fashion so you can look good and still be supported. You can even wear it like a strapless bra if you do please! If your dress requires you to have a custom strap position, the multiway bra will be your savior. 


Plunge

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A plunge bra is like a push up bra, but it has a low cut at the centre so you can wear this with low cut tops. They don’t provide as much support as balcony and full coverage bras, but this bra is suitable for women with large busts to make the cleavage look wonderful. 


Cage bra 

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This bra is pretty unique, because it brings out the best in any breast size! It has various patterned straps that make it look like a cage, thus the name cage bra. It can look edgy, yet elegant at the same time. If you know what to pair this bra with, you’re sure to find this bra a welcoming addition to your wardrobe! 


Halter

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This type of bra is like an ordinary bra, but the strap fits around your neck. It looks and feels like a garment meant for the summer, and you can pair it with various types of outfits! Due to the strap position, this bra takes stress off your shoulders, and you can find this bra in padded and non-padded variants! This bra is also quite versatile so anyone can wear them. 


Nursing

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Not much is needed to say about this bra. It is a bra meant for breastfeeding mothers. They have ample support to keep the breasts in place, and a flap to open for easy breastfeeding. The good ones also have a larger gap so the infant can feed easily. 


Stick on

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These bras are fun to try out, but have no band or strap. They’re capable of giving the support and cleavage a normal bra offers, but for the extra point that the bra isn’t easily visible under your clothing. These bras are made of silicone or materials similar to that. To top it off, if it’s the really good kind and in the right size, these little wonder bras can support large busts as well! This versatile bra is suitable for anyone to wear, and you won’t have to worry about your bra showing out of your outfit. 


Full figure

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This type of bra sports full cups, and offers maximum coverage for breasts. It also has broader side wings so your bust doesn’t spill out from the sides. This bra is more suitable for women with a large bust, as this bra is specially designed to keep the bra in place and prevent spilling. 


Padded

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Padded bras are essentially bras with padding inside, and help give an even, smooth look. They also help enhance cleavage and make your breasts look fuller. These bras, however, are more suitable for those with a smaller breast size as heavy padding could essentially cause pain for those with a large bust. 


Minimizer

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A minimizer bra is like a normal bra, but it gives a lot of support and is designed to evenly distribute breast tissue to make your bust look smaller. This type of bra is good for those with a large bust seeking to make their breasts look smaller. 


Maximizer 

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A maximizer bra is the opposite of a minimizer bra, containing padding and underwire to make your bust seem bigger. It also has less than full coverage to ensure you have ample cleavage. This bra is suitable for those with a small chest looking to make their breasts look bigger. 


Racerback

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A racerback bra is like a normal bra, but the straps form an X shape at the back. These bras help disperse weight across the entirety of the back, and add an extra angle of lift to your bust. These bras are suitable for wearing with racerback shirts and sleeveless clothing. This bra is most beneficial to women with large breasts, to help with the heavy weight of the breasts and back pain. 


There are many types of bras to choose from, but you could experiment to see which bra best suits you. Your body, your rules.

Want more informative reads? Why not check out How To Pick a Bra As Your Own Special Birthday Gift? 


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