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How well do you know your bra styles? We’re covering your favorites and more in our multi-part guide.

Read on for part three of our simple guide with two more bra styles you need to know – unlined wire bras and Y-back front closure bras.

Unlined Wire Bra

What is an unlined wire bra?

Unlined wire bras typically feature wired cups, adjustable straps, and a supportive band with a back hook and eye closure. Some unlined wire bras have a piece of sheer lingerie mesh sewn into the inside of the bra’s cups for comfort. But, rest assured, the mesh is only there to enhance the fit and doesn’t take away from the sexy look of the bra.

Unlined wire bras are often designed with multi-part cups (like our Amour Unlined Wire Bra). The three-part cups of the Amour Unlined Wire Bra shape, center, and lift the bust. Depending on the cut of the cups (which can vary), unlined wire bras can work for many breast shapes, including round, teardrop, slender, wide set, and outward facing breast shapes.

Coverage can also vary with unlined wire bras. Some are constructed with demi cup or balconette cups, while others have full coverage cups designed to cover the breasts entirely.

Why wear unlined wire bras?

Unlined wire bras may not offer the same rounded shape as their contour bra sisters, but that isn’t the reason why women choose them. Unlined wire bras are amazing supportive bras. They offer the same superior level of support as contour bras (and arguably even more so for DD+ cup sizes when we’re talking about multi-part cup unlined wire bras). They’re a lighter, less bulky alternative to padded bras and molded bras. And they’re often constructed in unbelievably beautiful fabrics – with some even looking like gorgeous, wearable art.

How to wear unlined wire bras

Wear your unlined wire bras under your favorite tops, sweaters, t-shirts, and dresses. Look for modal and cotton cups for extra comfort. Lace unlined wire bras look best under loose-fitting tanks, sheer tops, and slouchy sweaters.

unlined wire bra

Amour Unlined Wire Bra A1472 | Amour Bikini A1473 in Blue

Y Back Front Closure Bra

What is a Y-back front closure bra?

Y-back front closure bras (similar to T-back bras), typically feature a front closure, adjustable straps, and a supportive band. The cups can be molded or cut and sewn. The combination of the shape and placement of the cups and the front fastener (as opposed to a back hook and eye closure) often results in a plunging shape with a low center gore. Unlike other bras, front closure bras do not have adjustable bands, so getting a great fit is crucial for maximum support. We suggest visiting a local lingerie store to try on front closure bras in person instead of buying them online as the fit can be tricky to get right.

Why wear Y-back front closure bras?

Y-back front closure bras are designed to be worn under racerback and t-back tops and dresses. The thin straps stay in place and remain hidden, so the focus is on your outfit and not what’s underneath. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about your bra straps falling off your shoulders with a front closure bra.

Speaking of the front closure, the front fastening design makes this bra style easier to put on and take off if you have limited mobility. Women with narrow shoulders can rest assured that their straps will stay in place when they opt for a front closure bra.

If you’re shopping for a new front closure bra, check out the Deco Y-Back Front Closure Bra. In addition to being a great everyday bra, its seamless molded cups are designed to provide a smooth, rounded shape for a no-show look under thin shirts. Just like a strapless bra, every woman needs a front closure bra in her lingerie wardrobe!

How to wear Y-back front closure bras

Wear with a racerback top or tank and you’re set!

best front closure bra

Deco Y-Back Front Closure Bra A15411 | Deco Hipster A1545 in Shell Pink

We hope you’re enjoying our mini guides on bra styles. Let us know in the comments below which styles you’d like us to cover in future blog posts, and as always, happy bra shopping!

Missed part of the series? Check out all of the Bra Style Guides below:

Bra Style Guide Part 1

Bra Style Guide Part 2

Bra Style Guide Part 4

Bra Style Guide Part 5

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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.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a local lingerie store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Featured image lingerie:
Amour Unlined Wire Bra A1472 | Amour Bikini A1473 in Blue
Deco Y-Back Front Closure Bra A15411 | Deco Hipster A1545 in Shell Pink
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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