Have you ever avoided wearing a specific outfit just because you didn’t have the right bra to wear underneath? If the answer to this question is ‘Yes’ then don’t panic, it’s more common than you think and is a dilemma faced by some 90% of women. Let’s face it, most of us find one or two tried and tested styles and rarely purchase a new bra type unless it’s for a very special occasion. But maybe it’s time to step out of that comfort zone and invest in some new styles? By understanding the 7 bra types, you can ensure you have the right foundation garments and shapewear for every outfit, giving you amazing curves and enhancing the look and fit of your clothing.
No matter whether you’re a school mum for whom glamour is a fairly low priority or a fashionista looking for some chic and sexy additions to her wardrobe, here’s a list of bra types you should own:
1. Sports Bra
For women who indulge in physical activities, a sports bra is a must-have. This type of bra doesn’t just lend support but also eliminates discomfort while exercising. It can also help avoid premature and long-term sagging. Whether you’re attempting low- or high-impact sports it’s important to wear a sports bra.
2. Push-up Bra
This bra has padding or gel inserts in the lower half of the cup, lifting and adding volume to your breasts. The type of bra is definitely for maximum impact and helps with symmetry and adding fullness to the bust. Who can forget Claudia Schiffer’s iconic ‘Hello boys’ Wonderbra advert of the 90’s? That propelled push-up bras into the mainstream. While a push-up bra can be worn by any woman, it’s especially effective for those with a smaller bust. But if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? We say push-up bras are for everyone!
3. Padded Bra
Padded bras are designed for those who want to boost their cleavage or improve fullness and symmetry. They’re extremely comfortable and the moulded cups also provide a seamless look . You can go for non wired or underwired, depending on the level of support required. While a non wired bra offers all-day comfort, they aren’t great for fuller busted women and if you’re above a size D, you’ll need to go for a wired option. Underwired bras should be avoided if you’re breast feeding or post-surgery.
4. Strapless Bra
As its name suggests, a strapless bra is designed without shoulder straps. Perfect for off the shoulder, halter top and bardot style outfits, this kind of bra tends to always be underwired, in order to keep the cups in place. Not just for smaller busted women, there are some great options for the more well-endowed among us. Go for a fuller cup and three hook back fastening if you’re above a size D, for maximum support and comfort.
5. Backless Bra
Have a few backless gowns in your wardrobe? If the answer’s yes, then complement them with a backless bra. Backless bras tend to be silicone and are self adhesive, making these bras perfect for ultra light, satin, backless or see-through dresses.
6. T-Shirt Bra
All of us tend to have a T-shirt bra. Let’s face it, it was probably the first type of bra you owned, as it’s an ideal first bra for teenagers. These bras are a must-have if you want a smooth and seamless look under snug fits or thin fabrics. Similar to padded bras, t-shirt bras are incredibly comfortable and come in just about every colour under the rainbow. They can be lightly padded, underwired and moulded, will suit everyone and are great for everyday use. In fact, no lingerie drawer is complete without them! Go for cotton t-shirt bras in cute prints or with lace detailing to complement your everyday fashion ensembles.
7. Convertible or Multiway Bra
If you want to save yourself the hassle of buying different bras, then this bra type is a must-have for you. Known as convertible or multiway, these bras come with modifiable straps that convert into one-shoulder, racer-back, halter or strapless configurations. An all-in-one piece of lingerie, this is the most versatile bra you’ll ever own. Look for bras that also come with clear straps, as you may want the reassurance of shoulder straps under an off the shoulder top or dress.
We hope that’s helped you make the right choice when you’re next shopping online or in store. If you’re not sure, then here at Elle Courbee we have a comprehensive returns policy. So you can try on your new bra in the comfort of your own home, all in the knowledge that if the product’s not right, then you can easily return it or exchange it for something that’s more you!