Friday, 15 June 2012


The first bra has emerged in 1907. These days it is considered as an essential part of the female wardrobe. Many women still do not know how to shop for bras tough. Bra shopping does not really have to be difficult you just have to know what bra go with what kind of cloth. Then even finding bras online can become a pleasure and you do not have to put so much effort into it anymore. Remember that bra does not only covers, supports and elevates the breasts, but also shapes the women’s figure. The degree of which the bra frames the breasts varies between style, functionality, fashion and fabric. It is important to know the types of bras available so that you can pick the right one for the right time so as to protect the general health of your breasts as well. Most of the bras fall into 1 category mentioned below:

                                                                   Adhesive Bra
This kind of bra adheres to the breasts. It has no straps or bands and provides little support to the breasts. It is intended for backless and strapless dresses or tops. There are two types. There is the disposable paper ones that use a strong adhesive and the reusable ones that use silicone that can be washed and reused.

Bridal Bra/Corset

A bridal bra/corset form and shape the upper body into a perfect shape to fit the wedding dress. It also promotes good posture and can be more comfortable as the weight of the breasts is carried by the whole corset rather than the brassiere’s shoulder straps.

                                                                    Convertible Bra

Convertible bra has straps which may be detached and rearranged in different ways depending on the design of women’s outfit. You can use beaded bra straps or clear plastic bra straps.  

                                                                       Cupless Bra

Another type of bra is cupless bra that consists of a brassiere frame with no support cups. They expose the nipples with notched or contoured support cups. The most of the time it is used as an erotic lingerie however recently it is also worn in order to make women’s shape of the nipples to be highly visible on an outer garment.

                                                                      Demi Bra

Fifth bra style on the list is demi bra with wide-set straps and a horizontal bust line. Often seamed or boned, they give great cleavage and a frame-like effect. It allows garments with a low cut to be worn because bra will not be visible. 

Front Closure Bra 

This bra get fasten at the front which makes it easier to fasten but also nonexistence of metal clasps and a stronger band makes greater back support. It is great for wear with tank tops and for lending a no-slip effect to the straps.

Full Support Bra

Next bra type as its name says offers good support for the whole of the breasts. It is practical for everyday.

Maternity Bra

Another bra type Is perfect for these ladies that their breast size increases. It can be expanded to adjust to the breasts size.  

Minimizer Bra

Designed to play down the bust, in particular for women with cups of 34C and bigger. Minimizers, by compressing and shaping the breasts, help to create the illusion of being a cup size or two smaller, and are often more comfortable.

Nursing Bra

Meant for baby feeding women. The design makes easy access to the nipple for baby.  Traditionally, the cups of nursing bras are covered with flaps of fabric that can be unclasped at the top and pulled down to expose the breast.

Padded Bra

Bras with padding inside the lining. They are designed to provide a fuller shape for small breasts and are an alternative to bra stuffing, a practice among teenage girls in which ‘falsies’ like tissues, sugar packets, cotton balls, or socks are placed inside a bra to simulate larger breasts. Unlike push-up bras, however, most padded bras support the breasts but do not significantly lift them.

   Peephole Bras

The type of bra that has cups loosely covering the breasts, which also includes holes around the nipples.

   Push-up Bra

Structured so that the breasts are lifted and placed closer together to enhance the cleavage. The best known brand of push-up bra is the Wonderbra. Many push-up bras contain padding, typically made of foam or rubber, but some contain gel-filled pads. The main distinction between padded bras and push-up bras that incorporate padding is whether the padding is centred under each breast to simply lift them, or is centred outside the centre of each breast such that the padding pushes the breasts inwards.

  Racerback Bra

It has shoulder straps that come over the shouder in a V pattern very close to the neck. This design is sometimes worn under strapless dresses or tops where traditional straps would be very obviously exposed. Many Sport bras use the racerback.

  Shelf Bra

Essentially a rigid band, usually underwires, along the inframammary line that pushes up while covering none, or only a narrow strip, of the breast.

Softcup Bra

Has no underwire support in the cups. Rather they rely on the strength of the underband to provide support to the bust.

 Sport Bra

Provides firm support for the breasts, and are meant to prevent discomfort or embarrassment during vigorous exercise.

Strapless Bra

With no shoulder straps, they are designed for wearing with clothes that reveal the shoulders, such as halterneck tops.

   U-plunge Bra

Allows you to wear clothes that have a deep plunging neckline.

 Underwire Bra

Designed to give extra support and endurance. They have a wire, metal or plastic, running under each cup to provide rigid support to the bust.

Vintage Bra

A type of full support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid of revolution with its axis perpendicular to the breast.

Water Bra 

Bras which have water or silicon gel-filled cups to make your breasts look larger.

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