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what is a longline bra

Have you ever worn a longline bra? After many years of not getting much attention, there’s lately been a resurgence in popularity of this retro-esque bra shape. That’s probably thanks to the bralette trend, which includes as many long, crop-top inspired pieces as it does ones with a flimsy, ultra-narrow band.

Longline bras don’t have to be wireless though, and you can easily get your hands on one that’s wired, moulded, or even push-up padded.

Here are some benefits of a long line bra, that a standard bra just doesn’t have:

Enhanced support

You’ve heard that most of the support in a bra should come from the band right? So it follows that more band = more support. Though, disclaimer, this doesn’t apply to every longline bra. It depends on how that band is structured.

A longline bra with a band that ‘grips’ the body provides a lot of added support. And even more so if that band is boned, like on the Sandrine, for added sturdiness. However, if the added length is simply a frill of loose fabric or a thin, super-stretchy lace, it won’t have the same effect. A longline, just like a regular-width band, should feel relatively firm and snug if it’s to be able to do its job of supporting properly.

Smoothing and shaping

If you have a soft ribcage, bra bands will have a tendency to cut in more on you, creating ‘back bulge’ above and below the band. If this bothers you, you might have tried to remedy the situation by wearing a larger band size – but as explained above, a looser band means less support.

Instead, a better idea is to wear a wider band, which distributes the weight of your bust over a larger surface area and so cuts in less. And a longline is the ultimate wide band! You’ll get a smoother silhouette under tight and fitted clothing, and the longest of longlines may even cinch your waist a little. Think of them as a lightweight and pretty kind of shapewear.

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longline lace bra

More space to show off lace!

Or satin, or whatever other fabric type it’s made out of. Longline bras can look ultra-pretty when they’re made from something like lace or an eye-catching print, simply because there’s more of it visible. Why settle for having a beautiful fabric on the cups only, when you could have it extending half-way down your torso too?

Versatility as outerwear

Because longline bras cover more of your body than a standard-length one, they look less lingerie-like (because they’re not what we’re used to picturing when we think ‘bras’), and provide added modesty. Both of which make them perfect for styling a lingerie-as-outerwear look.

I recently wrote about how to incorporate a bralette into your outfit, and many of the ideas can be applied to longline wired bras too. How about wearing one peeking out from below a fitted blazer for example, or as a crop top with high-waist jeans?

I would love to know why you like longline bras – or if not, why you don’t! Let me know in the comments section below.

Related: Where To Buy Longline Bras

longline plunge bra

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

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Happy bra shopping!

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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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