It has been proven scientifically that no two pairs of boobs are the same. If that is correct, it would be wrong to expect the support of massive proportions from a single, run-of-the-mill type of bra. The many outfits that we house in our wardrobe serve different purposes. And each one of them deserves a different type of bra that will uplift certain body parts, restrain the others, and just make our clothes fit well overall.
While most of us made our homes a bra-free zone in the pandemic and lived days at the end in soft, tumble-washed t-shirts and shorts, the time has come to start wearing them again. If you, too, are a part of the gang that wants to step into the new world with new bras on, then have a look at the types of bras that you can equip yourself with.
1. T-Shirt Bras
2. Demi Bras
3. Strapless Bras
4. Plunging Bras
5. Balconette Bras
6. Bralette Bras
7. Push-up Bras
8. Sports Bras
9. FAQ on bras:
A T-shirt bra is smooth, has molded seamless cups without any lace decorations or embellishments making it perfect to wear underneath most outfits as it provides a smooth finish. It is slightly padded (usually 2mm thick) and may or may not have an underwire.
Tip: This one is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. It is the best type of bra for everyday use.
Demi refers to the shape of the bra. These bras are low cut and cover only cover half the breasts. They provide a natural lift and make way for a soft cleavage without looking too obvious. They come with lace coverings or plain and have an underwire.
Tip: Like the T-shirt bra, this is also a must-have in the closet especially if you like wearing dresses that have a low neckline. Demi bras also come with multiway removable straps that could be used in different ways. It is best to invest in one of those.
As the name suggests, these bras come without a strap. They have a cup-like that of a demi bra and have a low neckline. They are great for wearing with tube dresses, off-shoulder tops, and other strapless outfits.
They also come in a non-padded variety that is called a bandeau where the fabric is of a stretchy variety. Nowadays, bandeau bras are being worn as standalone tops and inside blazers and jackets for a statement-making look.
Tip: Since these bras come without straps, it is important to buy a snug fit (preferably a size smaller) as the top of the bra can otherwise look ill-fitted.
These bras have a low neckline and they also do not provide full coverage. They are great to use when you want to wear a dress or a top with a deep neckline. They are available in lace, non-padded and padded varieties. The padded type of plunging bra contours and accentuates your cleavage.
Tip: Plunging bras also come with a front clasp work that has a racerback strap pattern in the back. They can be used with sleeveless crop tops that have a plunging neckline.
A balconette or a balcony bra provides little coverage as compared to a T-shirt bra or a demi bra, hence best suited for women with smaller busts. The top of the cups has a horizontal cut that lifts the breasts and helps shape a natural-looking cleavage.
Tip: These bras are best to use with outfits that feature a deep boat neck because of their depth and squarish cups.
A bralette is a type of bra that comes with little to no padding. It is usually of the longline variety (where the band is thicker and extends all the way down to the waist) and comes in lace or other soft materials. These bras have no underwires making them super comfortable and suitable for relaxed occasions. However, they provide very little support.
Tip: Bralettes can be used as tops to wear with culottes, flared leg, and mom pants, and underneath sheer tops to zhuzh up an otherwise mundane look.
As the name suggests, these bras are used to lift the breasts and give a very prominent cleavage. The push-up type of bra has extra gel or foam padding at the bottom of the cup which lifts the breasts up and toward each other.
Tip: As these bras amplify the cleavage in epic proportions, it is advisable for women with medium to heavy busts to avoid them, especially if they want to achieve a natural-looking cleavage.
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Regular bras cannot provide adequate support when it comes to playing sports or during any of the other intense physical activities. Such occasions call for sports bras that are specially designed to keep the breasts in place while providing the necessary support. They are padded and are often made with materials that absorb sweat and dry easily, too. Depending on the kind of activity that they will be used for, they are available in low impact, medium impact, and high impact varieties featuring varying degrees of padding.
Tip: It is difficult to get into and out of sports bras that must be worn over your head. It is advisable to choose sports bras that come with side clasps, zip closures, and hook and eye fasteners in the back that make it easy to wear and take off.
FAQ on bras:
Q. How do I measure my bra size?
A. Wearing the wrong bra size is not only bad for the overall look of your outfit but also physically discomforting. Ill-fitted bras, worn over a period, can permanently alter a woman’s posture. It is also associated with backaches. Tight bra straps often chafe the shoulders. Bras that are too small put pressure on the ribs whereas loose bras that don’t provide enough support can lead to sagging breasts. Research about the correlation between wearing the wrong bra size and breast cancer is also underway. For all these reasons, it is best advised to wear bras that are apropos of your size.
Q. Below are some tips to help you choose the right bra size?
- Determine your band size: Measure the torso below the bust where the band would normally sit. Add 4 if the measure is a positive number and 5 if it is negative. This is your band size.
- Measure your bust: place the tape around the fullest part of your chest. This is your bust size.
- Calculate your cup size: The difference between your bust size and your band size will determine your cup size.
Cup size = Bust size – Band size
Q. Which bra is best for daily use?
A. A well-fitted T-shirt bra is best for everyday purposes. It provides the right amount of padding and coverage and comes with and without the underwire that one can choose from. Although originally meant for wearing underneath T-shirts, these bras can be worn with shirts, tunics, kurtas, and many such everyday clothing items.
Q. How do I care for my expensive bras?
A. The secret to maintaining good bras is washing them less often and correctly. You can get away with wearing the same bra at least two to three times – spaced out over a period – before washing it. It’s best to stick your bras in a bucket of cold water and leave them with gentle detergent in there. Avoid tumble-washing and dryers. Air drying them by laying them flat or over a rod is the best way to go about it.