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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 four of our simple guide with two more bra styles you need to know – high neck bras and molded balconette bras.

1.  High Neck Bra

What is a high neck bra?

High neck bras typically feature a high neckline with straps that fasten or tie at the back of the neck. These bras can come in a wide range of cup styles – molded, wireless, soft cup, etc. Underwire isn’t necessary with a high neck bra, though it can make a supportive fit possible for large cup sizes.

What’s the difference between high neck bras and halter bras?

Though both styles tie or hook in the same place, high neck bras and halter bras have a few key differences. High neck bras typically have a full coverage overlay of a sheer fabric such as stretch mesh or lace over cleavage. Halter bras are typically designed with a plunging fit and a low center gore and leave little to the imagination. Both bras can be supportive – provided the band is snug and the woman wearing it isn’t relying on the straps or ties for support.

High neck bras are actually great plus size bras as they can be designed with flattering demi or balconette cups that show off cleavage under the sexy overlayer.

Why wear high neck bras?

High neck bras work well under high neck tops and dresses as well as low-cut tops and dresses (making plunging necklines less revealing). They’re often cut in closer to the body on the sides – preventing the bra from rubbing against sensitive underarm skin. High neck bras flatter a multitude of breast shapes and are a gorgeous addition to any lingerie wardrobe.

How to wear high neck bras

Pair with your favorite high neck dress or top or wear under a low-cut top or dress for more coverage.

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Evoke High Neck Padded Bra A1581 | Evoke Bikini A1583 in Blush/Purple

2.  Molded Balconette Bra

What is a molded balconette bra?

Molded balconette bras typically feature molded balconette cups for a rounded breast shape. Molded bra cups are seamless and designed to be worn under t-shirts and fitted clothing. Balconette cups are cut lower for a sexier fit – making them a great choice for round breasts, teardrop, asymmetric, and wide set. Balconette bras can be tricky to get right as it’s important for the center gore to tact to the sternum – which is difficult to achieve with full busts and wide set busts.

Why wear molded balconette bras?

We love molded balconette bras because they provide a seamless look under clothing – making them one of the most versatile and desirable bra styles.

How to wear molded balconette bras

Molded balconette bras can be worn with almost any neckline. Pair with your favorite t-shirt, sweater dress, or fitted top and you’re good to go!

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Charm Molded Balconette Bra A1591 | Charm Bikini A1593 in Spring Print


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 3

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:
Charm Molded Balconette Bra A1591 | Charm Bikini A1593 in Garden Print
Evoke High Neck Padded Bra A1581 | Evoke Bikini A1583 in Ivory
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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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