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what is a demi bra vs full coverage

A well-rounded lingerie wardrobe is made up of a few different styles. Typically, we recommend keeping 3-4 everyday bras, 2 sports bras, 2 bralettes, 1 strapless bra, 1 racerback bra, and 1 beautiful lingerie set in rotation. Of course, your lingerie wardrobe depends on your lifestyle and specific needs. An everyday bra to you could be a bra with three-part lace cups while to another person it could mean a seamless, molded bra with a full coverage fit.

One thing we can all agree on: most people have at least one demi bra or full coverage bra in their lingerie wardrobe. These are arguably two of the most popular styles when it comes to everyday bras. People love demi bras for their sexy, low-cut fit and full coverage bras for the peace of mind that they provide when it comes to fit and comfort (after all, no one wants a wardrobe malfunction at work).

So what’s the difference between a demi bra and full coverage bra? And why would someone choose one over the other? Read on to find out.

What is a demi bra?

Demi bras are beloved for their sexy fit. This popular style features wide sets straps and low cut cups that lift and center breast tissue. Demi bras come in a variety of fabrics and designs and flatter a multitude of breast shapes – from full on bottom to asymmetrical to wide set (just to name to a few).

what's a demi bra

Marion Unlined Wire Bra | Marion Hipster in Pink Parfait

The Marion Unlined Wire Bra, for example, features three-part demi cups, a supportive microfiber band, and wide padded straps for comfort – making this a quintessential demi bra for anyone who loves vintage-inspired lingerie.

what is a demi bra

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Bikini in Blossom Print

The Charlotte Padded Bra, on the other hand, features cut-and-sewn molded cups in foam with a satin overlay. Unlike the Marion Unlined Wire Bra, which enhances your natural shape, the Charlotte Padded Bra provides more of a rounded shape under clothing.

Related: A Guide To The Different Bra Cup Styles

What is a full coverage bra?

Full coverage bras provide comfortable coverage and support for all bra sizes. This style is designed to minimize cleavage. As such, full coverage bras are perfect for work or school, when you want a little more coverage and the attention on you and not your bust.

what is the best full coverage bra

Jeanie T-Shirt Bra in Black

The Jeanie T-Shirt Bra is a full coverage style that features smooth molded cups for opacity. The soft padding adds an extra layer of coverage and prevents nipples from showing through clothing.

what is a full coverage bra

Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

The Enora Minimizer Bra is an example of a full coverage cut-and-sewn bra. A true minimizer bra, the multi-part, minimal stretch cups visually reduce the bustline by 1-1.5 inches. If you’ve been looking for a supportive minimizer bra for large breasts, you may want to give the Enora Minimizer Bra a try.

Which style is right for you?

Demi bras and full coverage have their perks, but it really depends on your breast shape and style preferences. Next time you’re shopping for new bras, be sure to try on both styles. You might be pleasantly surprised by their very different fits and find a new favorite!

Related: How To Find The Right Bra For Your Breast Shape

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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 store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Featured image lingerie:
Left: Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Bikini in Blossom Print
Right: Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry
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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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