Bra Buying Guide

Which Bra Style is Best For You?

Heres a list of bra style pros & cons.

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Underwire Bras

Bras with underwires for breast support and definition.

– Good style for:

  • Almost everyone will benefit from a well-fitting underwire bra. It gives great definition to the bustline.

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Soft-Cup/Wireless/Wire-Free Bras

Bras without underwires.

– Good style for:

  • Wide-set breasts, splayed breasts, non-traditional under-bust crease, and pendulous breasts.
  • Providing full breast coverage.
  • Comfort.

– Not so good for::

  • Adding definition to the bustline.
  • Creating push-up or cleavage.
  • Those who prefer the centre panel to lay flat against their sternum.
  • Plunge blouse styles.

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T-Shirt / Seamless (Moulded) Bras

The cups are of a single piece of fabric without seams that have been moulded and shaped over a pre-determined breast form.

– Good style for:

  • Not adding any additional fullness to breasts.
  • Breasts that are self-supporting and therefore do not need a lot of breast support.
  • Smooth and natural look under form-fitting tops.

– Not so good for::

  • Uneven breasts (unless the cups are stretchy), erect nipples, and thin breasts.
  • Deflated and/or pendulous breasts will look unattractive due to lack of adequate support.

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3-Part/Multi-Part cup Bras

These bras have 2 or more fabric pieces making up their cup design. By far, seamed cup bras are the most supportive bra style you can have.

– Good style for:

  • Full, pendulous, and heavy breasts.
  • Creating more traditional shaping for splayed breasts.

– Not so good for::

  • Smaller cup sizes since the seaming that provides breast support is not really needed.

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Demi / Half Cup Bras

Demi Bras – The cups have shorter underwires, less upper-breast coverage, and wide-set straps.

– Good style for:

  • Settling breasts and shallow breasts will probably get some mounding.
  • Petite women with large breasts will enjoy the shorter underwires and reduced cup coverage.

– Not so good for::

  • Pendulous breasts will probably not look attractive in this style.
  • Omega-shaped breasts have too much breast tissue for this bra style. Thin and conical breasts will not fill out the cups.
  • Women looking for the same support that a full cup bra gives.
  • Large aureolas could show along the top bra line.
  • Women with sloping shoulders will have strap slippage issues.

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Minimiser Bras

Designed to reduce the projection of your breasts.

– Good style for:

  • Button-down blouses will not have that pulled apart look.
  • Reducing forward breast projection in fuller figures.
  • Women with reduced projection will find minimiser bra cups a great fit – if they can be found in their size.
  • Full-busted wide-set breasts will get kissing cleavage.
  • Pendulous breasts and breasts with a non-traditional under-bust crease.

– Not so good for::

  • Women wanting to avoid cleavage.
  • Enhancing breast projection.
  • Cup sizes larger than a G are not made in this style.
  • Those who perspire heavily – the breast tissue is moved towards the under-arm.
  • Short-waisted women could find their breast tissue is too high up around their neck.

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Long-line Bras

Longline Bras have bra bands that extend down to the waist or lower.

– Good style for:

  • Reducing stress on shoulders and back.
  • Relief of back pain and additional discomfort when standing for long periods.
  • Combination bra and shapewear all-in-one.
  • A columnar body shape.
  • Eliminating bumps from under the bust.

– Not so good for::

  • Short-waisted women could find the garment too long for their torsos.
  • Pear and tomato-shaped bodies will have fit issues – hips will be too tight, or the tummy will be larger than the band size. One option is to go up a band size and down a cup size to get a more generous fit around the torso.
  • Spine curvature may look more pronounced if the fabric tends to bias or twist.

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Padded Bras

Padding added to the inside of the cups to give definition, add size and eliminate nipple definition. The padding can be light, medium or heavy. It’s location can be built-up along the bottom of the cup, along the sides of the cup, or evenly around the insides of a cup.

– Good style for:

  • Small cup-sizes desirous of a larger profile.
  • Uneven breasts, especially if there are removable pads.

– Not so good for::

  • Keeping breasts at their natural volume.
  • Those who perspire heavily will find that the padding doesn’t breathe – unless the padding is spacer foam or specifically says “breathable” in our description.

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Plunge Bras

A bra with a low centre panel to allow for plunging necklines.

– Good style for:

  • Someone wanting the appearance of more cleavage.
  • Looking for a bra that doesn’t show under plunging or button-down necklines.
  • Wanting cleavage without padding.

– Not so good for::

  • Cup sizes smaller than a C cup.
  • Woman needing padding to create cleavage
  • Leaning forward too far could cause your breast to fall out of the bra.
  • Settled breasts, deflated breasts, shallow upper breasts and pendulous breasts.

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Push-up Bras

The cups have various pads to push your breasts up and inward to optimise cleavage and breast size. Straps are usually wide-set.

– Good style for:

  • Shallow (but supporting) breasts and semi-supporting breasts.
  • Creating a more youthful and/or sexy appearance under strapless dresses or low cut tops.
  • Smaller breast sizes wanting to look larger and fuller.

– Not so good for::

  • Pendulous breasts or deflated breasts – these breasts won’t mound enough.
  • Uneven breasts will need to add an additional pad to even out the smaller side.
  • AA and A cup women will probably not see much benefit.
  • Wide-set breasts will not get kissing cleavage.
  • Women with strap slippage issues.

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Sports Bras

Bras with and without underwire.

– Good style for:

  • Specially designed bra to minimise breast movement during exercise. They come in a variety of impact levels.
  • Any woman wanting support during any exercise activity.
  • Great coverage and support
  • Minimising breast bounce

– Not so good for::

  • Woman wanting to add size or padding

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Strapless Bras

A bra without straps. Many convertible bras can also be strapless bras.

– Good style for:

  • Strapless tops and dresses.
  • Firm and self-supporting breasts.
  • Breast sizes smaller than a G cup.
  • Necklines where other bra styles won’t work.

– Not so good for::

  • Breasts larger than a G cup needing significant support – longline and bustier bras are a better choice.
  • Raising your arms up and down frequently.

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Convertible Bras

The straps either come off or are detachable on one end so that you can configure your straps according to your top. For example, a convertible strap can be one-shoulder, crisscrossed in back, halter, kicked in and strapless.

– Good style for:

  • Wearing under unusual/asymmetrical tops.
  • A great travel bra because of its versatility

– Not so good for::

  • Those preferring comfort straps or wide straps since this bra style primarily come with only thin removable straps.
  • Those with heavy or large breasts will find they lack some support and have uncomfortable straps.

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