Bra Styles Explained

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Panache Lingerie

Many of your favourite types of bras are probably pretty self explanatory – strapless, push up, underwired and padded come to mind – but others certainly require a bit more explanation. You might be quite happy in choosing one that, quite simply, looks lovely, but knowing what each style can do for you will make the shopping process far easier and fun at that.


Read our explanations and be bra-savvy:

Full Cup

This bra covers the entire breast and is generally for support. The style is especially favourable with ladies boasting larger cup sizes because the fullness of the breast is maintained and the back is fully supported. This may all sound the opposite of sexy, but full cup bras come in a variety of sumptuous styles these days.


The balconette bra is very similar to the half cup style, but it covers just over half of the breasts. This provides a certain look of luxuriousness, which is also aided by the curve on the middle of the bra.


A plunge bra is for you if you want to show off your cleavage. There are varying degrees of plunge types from subtle to deep, so you can decide on just how much you want to display. This is one of the most sumptuous styles on the market.


The triangle bra is naturally comprised of two triangle shapes for the breasts. There isn’t a chest strap in the middle either, so it’s an intriguing look to offer something new. This style is often wireless so it’s great for a natural look, and you’d do well in choosing a lace finish.


Molded bras have cups which are machine moulded from a single piece of fabric without any seams. The cups are shaped to give the breast a natural look. Moulded bras are usually unlined and may be either soft cup or underwire. They are seamless to create a smooth silhouette, unless overlaid with lace. A moulded bra with thin foam or fiberfill lining which causes the cup shape to stand alone is known as a contour or t-shirt bra.

T-Shirt Bra

This is the other name for a contour bra. Like a moulded bra, the cups are seamless with a thin layer of foam included for shape and modesty against nipple show-through when wearing form-fitting tops. T-shirt bras are always seamless, have contour cups, and have no lace or ornamentation.

Nursing Bra

A bra designed for women who are pregnant. A maternity/nursing bra will offer more support with wider sides and an underbust band. Non-elastic straps to reduce bounce. Designed with more breast coverage and breathability to prevent breast tissue irritation.

Non Wired Bra

A bra without underwires. Especially comfortable for everyday wear. Can also be padded or lined.


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Bra Styles Explained