Types of Bras
They are 2 main categories of bras. Bras that are have underwire. This means that the bottom and sides of each cup is lined with a flexible wire to give great shape and support. When your bra fits well an underwired bra is completely comfortable to wear.
Another Type are those bras without wire also referred to as non wired or soft cup bras. This type of bra relies on structured cups for shape and support.
There are many styles/types of bras depending on the cut, shape and design.
Full Cup Bra
Offers great coverage, shape and support.These style come up high in the cup for those who like or need a little extra coverage and the shoulder straps are more centrally placed on your shoulders as they come from the middle of the cups. Perfect with high cut necklines, round necks , high V necks.
Lower at the front with a sweetheart neckline, making them ideal to wear with relatively low cut tops, V Necks, wrap arounds, cowl necks, square necklines. The wires on a balconette bra come up mid way between your boobs, and the cups tend to give a rounded shape without coming up too high over your boobs. Balconettes have medium/wide set straps.
Adapted to be a halter neck bra, racer back bra or one strap bra or strapless bra. Perfect with strapless, off shoulder or one shoulder, sweetheart strapless, spaghetti strap, sheer necklines.
This is the ideal bra to give you a great cleavage due to the low centre-front and minimal coverage at the front centre. Ideal with low v neck, deep plunging tops, sweetheart, straight necklines or, or when you need your cleavage to pop.
Specially designed with a seamless surface for a ridge free appearance under close fitting tops. Often have padding/moulded cups. Ideal for T shirts, work clothes, light unforgiving materials, bodycons, flawless look for occasions.
Push Up Bra
A fashion bra that creates the appearance of increased cleavage. Uses angled cups containing padding that pushes the breasts inwards and upwards, towards the centre of the chest. A push-up bra is usually a demi-cup bra.
Designed to reduce breast movement during exercise and make you more comfortable. Wearing a sports bra for exercise also protects the ligaments that support the breast tissue, which can otherwise become irreparably damaged.Sports bras are very high cut and full in the cup for total coverage. Because your boobs have no muscles in and cannot support themselves, sports bras compress or encapsulates your boobs close to your chest for maximum hold and minimum movement!
A nursing bra is a specialized brassiere that provides additional support to women who are lactating and permits comfortable breastfeeding without the need to remove the bra .Nursing bras are soft cup bras, but have the feature of a clip at the top of the cup to allow for easy access to your boobs while breastfeeding.
This could be a full cup, balconette, multiway or plunge bra it all depends on the wedding dress style and design. No bridal look is complete without a pretty foundation. Spoil yourself ensure that your dream wedding dress looks perfect on the big day.
What Are Minimizers Bras?
A minimizer bra is a bra that makes the bust look smaller and lends a more slender silhouette.
Generally, a minimizer bra works by using strong material to compress the breasts and hold them tighter against the body, making them look one or even two cup sizes smaller.Minimizer bras can reduce your bust size up to an inch and a half and can also reduce side fullness. These bras minimize through compression, basically smashing and smoothing your breasts so that they appear smaller and flatter. The bras hold and compress and work almost like an elastic bandage with contouring. A minimizer bra can make shirts looser and more comfortable in the bust area and can prevent embarrassing mishaps such as popped buttons or ripped seams.
Are you wearing the wrong Bra Size?
Obvious clues your bra is the wrong size
Digging Straps: the bra band is too big and is not supporting you properly. The bra band gives 80% support when you feel the straps digging its then means that the straps are taking on too much support.
Bumpy fit or Seeing Doubles If your cups runneth over it’s time to go up a cup size so that you may get your boobs get better coverage.
Back Cleavage: If you have the dreaded back fat, you probably think your bra is too tight, but you’re wrong—your bra is too big. Wearing the bra lower on your back with a smaller band size will completely eliminate the back fat.
Baggy Cups: If your cups dimple or if you have too much fabric creating wrinkly cups, it’s time to go down a cup size because the bra is too big for your boobs.
Slipping Straps: If your strap falls down, that means your bra band is riding up and you probably need to go down a band size.
Back Band Rise: If the back of your bra is riding up that means your bra band is riding up and you probably need to go down a band size.
Super Drooper: The back of your bra may be too big and the straps too loose. Try adjusting the fastening and the straps or try a smaller back size.
The Big Standoff: If the front of your bra does not sit flat on your sternum, the back of your bra is too big. Try going down a back size.
Quadraboob: If your cleavage spills over the cups giving the impression of four breasts your cup size is too small. You need a bigger cup size
The Side Boob: If the wires in the side of your cup are sitting on your breast rather than your rib cage, it is likely your cup size is too small. You need to go up a cup size.
Spillage: Do you experience any kind of spillage at the tops and the sides? You need to find a bigger band and a bigger cup size! A nicely fitted bra should cover the entire breast area and not leave anything left at the sides.
Puckering Cups: If those cups crinkle and pucker when you put them on, you are wearing a bra size that is way too big for your breasts. Find a smaller size that flatters your figure.
Back Riding Up: The bra should fit in nicely without getting the back part riding up and slipping off. If your bands slide up or down when you wear them, then get one with a tighter band.
Jutting: The bra should not be jutting out; it should be firmly placed on your breast and cover it nicely without any parts sticking out. If you experience any kind of areas jutting out, then you need a better fitting bra.
Grooves: If you experience any form of grooves when wearing the bra, it means that you need to check the back size. Choose a smaller band or cups until you get the perfect flattering fit you are after.
Sagging Breasts: Your bra is supposed to support your breast and hide any form of sagging. If you have gotten yourself a well fitted bra, it can actually camouflage any form of sagging you may experience and makes it look firm and contoured.
Poking Wires: Feeling the sensation of poking wires against your skin? This is one tell tale sign that your bra is too big for you. If the cups are too big, the wire would tend to move around instead of being placed firmly to support the breasts.
Straps Leaving Marks: If the straps of your bra are leaving red marks then it is possible that the bra is just too small or too tight to fit you. You need to lengthen those straps by adjusting it or you need get a new bra that would fit you better.
Discomfort: This is the biggest indicator of an ill-fitting bra. A bra that fit you well would flatter your shape and leaves you feeling comfortable. Any sign of discomfort is a sure fire indicator of a wrongly fitted bra.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several sizing systems in different countries.Most use the chest circumferences measurement system and cup sizes A-B-C+,.
Cup and band sizes not only vary around the world but also between brands in the same country. For example, most women assume that a B cup on a 34 band is the same size as a B cup on a 36 band. In fact, bra cup size is relative to the band size, as the actual volume of a woman’s breast changes with the dimension of her chest
The biggest bra now available is KK – that’s a 16 inch cup size difference between your underbust measurement and fuller bust measurement.
Breasts bouncing around during exercise can stretch supportive ligaments causing the boobs to sag, which is why it’s essential to wear a supportive bra. You can also suffer from Jogger’s Nipple if you exercise without wearing a sports bra. Friction is caused by breasts rubbing against fabric, making the nipples sore
As we get older, connective tissues inside the breasts are replaced with fat – which means breasts lose firmness and get droopier with age. It becomes critical to get your bra fitted properly so that you wear the right bra that gives you lift, comfort and shape.
A woman’s breasts are most symmetrical between days 14 and 16 of her monthly cycle, due to hormones released during ovulation
It’s perfectly normal to have UNEQUAL MEASURES Most women have one breast bigger than the other, and for some reason it’s usually the left one that’s larger
Some women have one nipple wider than the other. It’s perfectly normal.
According to figures from Cancer Research breast cancer is now the most common form of cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed and the most deadly cancer among women worldwide, taking roughly half a million lives per year. Early detection and prevention in case of Cervical cancer is key.
You may have heard that you should wear a soft cup bra when you are pregnant. This isn’t necessarily the case – in fact it’s entirely your choice. It’s perfectly OK to continue to wear an underwired style as long as you ensure it fits you well.