There are many different styles of bra available and it can get very confusing when you hear about multiway and halterneck bras. We've tried to explain them here to the best of our ability(!)
The Balconette bra is very similar to the half cup but has just over half the coverage of the breasts and adds a sexier more luxurious look. The middle of the bra is slightly different in design to the half cup and appears not to be as straight across the breasts and the chest below, this helps to add shape to the bust line. This style of bra is suitable for all women and can be worn under any collection of clothing.
The backless bra fairly self explanatory in that it has no back it also has no straps at least not in the normal way. It is usually self adhesive, lightweight and self supporting. It is the perfect bra when wearing backless tops and dresses; you can also wear off the shoulder tops and dresses. Some Backless bras may have a strap that is in a diamante design to disguise it more under clothing, it can also help to add the illusion of something more feminine underneath.
The colours of the self adhesive backless bras are usually in a neutral or flesh colour, so they can be worn under sheer garments and clothing that may be very low cut.
Bustiers are stylish and comfortable. They are either with or without straps, some have removable straps, which make them more versatile. There are lots of different designs of bustier, they might have cups or not, others have padded cups, or not. Most are very sexy looking and others can be more practical looking. Bustiers can be worn with almost any outfit depending of course on whether the bustier has removable straps or not.
Some Bustiers also have suspender straps attached which can add a very sexy look. Bustiers are made from good quality materials that are both durable and fashionable, which helps to make them more comfortable to wear. Bustiers come in sorts of colours even patterned and textured fabrics are used to make them.
Camisoles can be fitted, close fitted or loose fitted all have a very flattering look and all are available in a range of sizes. Camisoles can be worn as nightwear, day wear or outer wear depending on the style or look you are going for. All have a very flattering and sexy look and feel. Some camisoles are front or back fastening like corsets, most however just go over the head and slip down. Camisoles come in a variety of colours including patterned and are made in different types of fabrics from smooth to textured. The fitted and close fitting camisoles can be worn without the need for a bra the looser fitting ones may require the wearer to have a bra on underneath.
A Chemise can be worn as nightwear or it could be used as a long line slip under a dress, depending on the look you are going for. They come in short, halfway down the thigh, and long, just above or on the ankle lengths. Chemises are made in lots of different fabrics from sheer to silk satin and velour with added lace and bow designs. Some are shaped around the busts while others are just shaped around the body, but all show of the lines and curves of our bodies and give a very sexy and alluring look. The chemise usually have adjustable string style straps and low cut fronts and backs to give you the chance to wear them with a variety of outfits if wearing them as a slip.
The corset has to be one of the oldest but best items of lingerie around and it is now becoming more and more popular. With all the new styles and designs of corsets around it's a minefield trying to choose the one you want. Corsets are not just underwear now either, they are outerwear and have extras like faux fur, feathers and lace added to them for that extra special look.
Corsets, generally, should be anything from 2 - 4 inches smaller than your normal waist size so as to help with the fit. There is a huge array of fabric designs, feels and styles to suit all occasions and outfit, and all are boned. Some are designed to be worn to cover the bust and others are designed to sit under the bust line all are made to accentuate the bust line.
The half cup bra gives three quarters of coverage of the breasts and this gives it a sexier look and feel. The half cup still gives great support while still being very fashionable and youthful. These bras are ideal for younger wearers or those that still have firm breasts and they can help to give the look of more cleavage. They are ideal to wear with any clothing even low front cut tops and dresses.
Most bodies are designed to help flatten out tummies and smooth out our curves, to give us a smooth and flattening look to our clothing. They come with thong backs or brief backs depending on the style you are looking for, or the look and style of your clothing. Bodies can also have low fronts or backs depending on the outfit and are designed to help give us the freedom to choose that special outfit for every occasion.
Some bodies have fitted cups with underwires and smooth lines on the cups to avoid any show through if you are wearing a thin or close fitting dress or top. Most if not all bodies have press button fastening in the gusset and some have a bra type clasp system on the back.
The Full Cup bra covers the entire breast and makes a bra look larger than it is. The full cup is designed to give more support for the breasts, this is very important to help keep the shape and fullness of the breast. Full cup bras are very stylish and can be sexy looking depending on the fabric that they are made from. The full cup bras are ideal for larger breast sizes and pregnant women as less support can lead to a slight sagging of the breasts and back pains.
The halter neck bra has clasps on the straps, which attach at the back of the neck and also around the back as a normal bra does. The coverage of the breasts is similar to the half cup cut. The Halterneck bra is suitable to wear under lots of different outfits including strapless tops or dresses and those off the shoulder items of clothing that are so popular in the summer months.
Maternity Bras are worn by women while pregnant and they are designed to help give as much support as possible while your breasts grow and fill out during pregnancy. We all gain a little weight during pregnancy and this extra weight helps to increase breast size, so you may find that you need to buy quite a few bras throughout the 9 months of pregnancy, and you will need to have support while they grow to help reduce sagging. Maternity bras are made in varying designs and are very fashionable now, with different colours and styles, depending on the occasion. There are even Multiway maternity bras now, so you can look stunning in evening wear and day wear depending on the time of year and whether you are trying to feel cool or look glamorous.
The Multiway Bra is very versatile in that it can be worn as a halterneck alone, a halter neck and low back to accompany a similar style dress or top, and also a normal two strap (over the shoulders) with the normal central strap around the back. These bras can be worn under all types and styles of clothing including low back, strapless and of the shoulder items. The Multiway bra can also be worn as any standard bra with T shirt tops and dresses. The wonderful thing about Multiway bras is that the shoulder straps can be removed altogether. This is always useful for those dinner dresses and special outfits for weddings etc…including bridal wear as many wedding dresses are either low cut or off the shoulder.
The minimiser tends to be more for larger cup sizes DD and up, as they are designed to make the breasts look smaller than normal. The minimiser also helps to prevent ‘spill over’ and ‘gaping button’ syndrome in shirts and blouses. It should also help to give a more flattering and smoother look to the bust. Sometimes even with the right sized bra there can be a few lumps and bumps from the breasts and this is when a minimiser bra comes in. These bras can be worn with day and evening wear and can give a smoother look around the bust area under clothing. The minimiser helps to reduce the size of the breasts and give added support for larger sizes. As larger sizes may hang more with age they need the extra support and uplift.
Padded bras are fairly self explanatory but do vary slightly, some have thicker padding than others. They offer anything from a slight lift to the bust line or a more push up effect, as well as comfort. All are very fashionable and feminine. Some padded bras may have removable insert pads others are just padded more on the lower part of the cup to give more lift and to help give the effect of more cleavage. The padding is in different thicknesses for different styles of padded bras and it may also depend on the fabric used in the making of the bras. Padded bras come in many sizes, colours and materials.
Contrary to popular belief there is a difference between the padded and push up bras. The push up has more padding in a slightly different place and so gives more lift and cleavage to the bust. This padding is usually in the form of inserts that fit into a pocket on the inside of each cup these inserts are sometimes called fillets. These pads or fillets are usually made of sponge or some other material that will give a more natural look and feel to the breasts. The pads can sometimes be inserted or removed as necessary depending on the look you require. They can help to improve the look of cleavage or to help enhance the look of whatever outfit you are wearing. The Push-up bra can be worn at any time not just for evenings out, they can come in varying degrees of padding and designs and the fabrics are in various colours and patterns.
The seamless bra has no seams on the cups and some may or may not be underwired. They would still give some support but are not as supporting as underwired bras. Seamless bras are very elegant in style and fit and give a cleaner line under tight or close fitting clothing. These bras are ideal for wearing with evening wear that needs a more elegant look and day wear that needs to have a clean smooth look. Seamless bras are perfect under all types of clothing from t-shirts and lycra tops to seductive cocktail dresses.
The sports bar is designed to reduce breast bounce and give great support for the bust while exercising. It helps to keep your breasts in place whilst you’re doing energetic sports. Sports bras vary in many ways, depending on how active you are and what kind of sport you do, will depend on the type of sports bra you will need to buy. A lot of sports bras have a range of different supports for low impact sports up to high impact for more strenuous and active sports. Whether you are doing aerobics, tennis, running or horse ridding these bras help a lot to take the strain off the breast and chest muscles.
The triangle bra cut is really self explanatory, the fabric is cut in a triangular shape. The triangle bra is not usually underwired but some manufacturers may. The centre of the bra is unlike most as it is merely connected to the chest strap of the bra. Most bras have a central piece of material that attaches all pieces to the chest strap, but the design for the Triangle bra is very different in that they do not have this. The reason this is possible is due to the fact that they are not generally wired. Although they are not wired they can still give good support to the breasts and add a more natural shape and look. Without the wire the bust can support itself and so in turn will not cause any pinching or squeezing that some people may find with underwires.
The underwired bra is designed to give added support and shape to the bust, and help to reduce any sagging. Underwired bras can be very sexy and elegant in their design and fit. Some styles can give a seductive plunge look to the breasts. These bras are usually worn with everyday clothing but can be worn with evening and party wear also. They come in various different styles and designs and can be either plain looking or elegantly seductive. Underwired bras are designed for older teenagers and women as these are the people who need the support younger girls who are still developing may find that wired bras cause the breasts to be deformed or misshapen.