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Which Types of Bras Should You Own?

BY: Editors | Jan 31, 2017

When you find a bra you love (and a size that fits), it’s tempting to keep buying it again and again. But not all bra styles are created equal: though your favorite may look great with a polished work blouse, it might look strange under a casual T-shirt. That’s why it’s important to stock your lingerie drawer with multiple types of bras.

Start by taking stock of the tops and dresses you wear most and the activities you engage in. Next, consider if they’d be better served by any of the following styles of bra:

Comfortable Bras

Full Coverage

woman lying down and wearing a black full coverage bra

This bra style covers most of the breast and provides maximum support. It is one of the most popular bras for larger busts.

T-Shirt

female torso wearing nude colored t-shirt bra

Designed to remain invisible even under very thin fabrics, this bra usually sports a seamless design and provides ample coverage.

Soft Cup

female torso wearing a black soft cup bra

These types of bras are defined by their lack of an underwire: that means extra comfort, but less support. They may be padded or unpadded, seamed or seamless, and lined or unlined.

Sexy Bras

Demi Cup

Female lying down and wearing a pink demi cup bra

This style covers anywhere from half to three-quarters of the breast and provides modest cleavage.

Balconette

Female adjusting straps on balconette bra

With nearly horizontal cups, this sexy bra style offers even less coverage than a demi cup and usually provides dramatic cleavage.

Pushup

Female torso wearing white pushup bra

This underwire bra boosts cleavage with the help of either graduated padding or removable pads. The cups are usually demi-style and angled to suit lower necklines.

Specialty Bras

Strapless or Convertible

Female lying down and wearing a white lace strapless bra

The strapless bra style is characterized by its straps, which can be removed or adjusted in myriad ways to accommodate unusual garment necklines and formal attire.

Sports

Female torso wearing a white sports bra

Designed to minimize breast movement for athletic activity, sports bras provide firm support and are available with or without underwire. For maximum comfort, make sure you're wearing the right sports bra for your body type.

Bras for Larger Busts

Full Figure

Full figured female torso wearing a white lace full coverage bra

These bras boast extra comfort and design features for more voluptuous women.

Minimizer

female torso wearing a brown minimzer bra

Designed for women with larger busts, these types of bras visually reduce breast size. They’re ideal for wearing under button-down shirts, as they cut down on bothersome gaping between buttons.

Maternity Bras

Maternity

pregnant female wearing a black maternity bra

This bra style offers extra support and bounce control for pregnant women, often including wider, more supportive straps and comfort-focused fabrics.

Nursing

female wearing nursing bra and breast-feeding infant

This bra’s cups have detachable clips at the top, which allow nursing mothers easy access for breastfeeding. Supportive cups keep the breasts comfortable.

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