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Bra Style Guide

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There are many different types of styles of bras with each offering a different fit and shape. Some styles will work better for certain figure types, or pair better with particular types of clothing depending on the style and function of the bra.


FULL CUP BRA

The full cup bra has more coverage for more support. Multiple seams will lift and shape the breast forward for shaping and support. Ideal for full or heavy busts.

BALCONY BRA

The balcony bra has an open neckline with the shoulder straps positioned further to the sides. The seam shape of the cup is often round and gives a forward shape.

HALF CUP BRA

The half cup bra has an open neckline with wide set shoulder straps. Half cup bras can be both padded and not padded and exposes the top of the breast.

PLUNGE BRA

The plunge bra has a lower neckline to expose the fullness of the bust. Plunge styles do not have padding. See Push-Up bras for a low cut padded shape.

PUSH-UP BRA

The push-up bra has a low neckline and is designed to push the breasts together for the look of full breasts and cleavage. Push-up bras have foam cups for shaping.

T-SHIRT BRA

The t-shirt bra has a smooth, round shape due to the pre-formed foam cup giving an invisible look under t-shirts, and will reduce nipple show-through.

MOULDED BRA

The moulded bra gives a smooth round shape but without padding. Cups are made from sturdy fabric, lace or embroidery that are moulded into the round shape.

MINIMIZER BRA

The minimizer bra is a seamless bra without foam and has shallow moulded cups that reduce bust projection to make the breasts appear smaller.

SPACER BRA

The spacer bra is a special type of lightweight foam that is highly flexible and breathable and gives a round, smooth shape similar to a t-shirt bra.

STRAPLESS BRA

A strapless bra is perfect for tops and dresses where shoulder straps may show. Strapless bras can support up to a J cup and often have features like rubber grip elastic.

NURSING BRA

The nursing bra has drop-down cups to allow for breastfeeding. Styles are available both with and without underwires.

SPORTS BRA

The sports bra is essential for full-bust women to restrict the movement of the bust during sport as it can stretch or damage the ligaments, also causing fatigue or pain.

BODY

The body gives a smoothing shape through the waist and can reduce back bulges. Adjustable shoulder straps and gusset closure allows for a flexible fit.

BASQUE

The basque is traditionally worn under a wedding or special occasion dress and often has boning in the body or detachable shoulder straps for a strapless look. Longline bras are also included in this category.


Need help with the fit of your bra? Visit the LACE Bra Fitting Guide for more information on how to fit your bra, the best way to put on your bra and our international size guide for EU and UK cup sizes, along with the LACE Pregnancy and Nursing Guide and LACE Sports Bra Guide.