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When choosing a bra, we have countless options at our fingertips. But one of the key decisions we have to make is: molded or non-molded? Of course, there are advantages to each. Selecting which is right for you will depend on your expectations for what the bra should do.

Luckily, we’ve broken down not only the differences between molded bras and non-molded bras, but also the unique benefits each style offers.

Next time you find yourself which type to wear, refer to this handy guide.

Molded bras

First, let’s define what a molded bra is. The cups on this type of bra are actually heated over a mold to give them a distinct form that sculpts the breasts into a particular shape.

One of the main advantages to molded bras is that they have a thicker lining, which means extra coverage. As such, you won’t have to worry about your nipples showing through. Not only that, but the cups are almost always seamless, so they offer a smooth line. That means they’re less likely to be visible underneath knits and other thin or clingy tops.

A key reason why many women love molded bras is that the breasts conform to the shape of the cups, which is helpful if you’re looking for a rounded, lifted shape (especially if you have pendulous or sagging breasts).

It’s a common misconception that all molded bras will make your bust line look bigger. If that’s your goal, some styles may certainly add a little volume to the bust, such as push-up bras. For the most part, though, molded bras won’t add much volume.

There are also a wide variety of molded bras to choose from, including T-shirt brasplunge brassports bras, and strapless bras. They are also available in both underwire and wire-free styles.

Essentially, if you’re looking for a sculpted shape, a smooth line, and ample coverage, molded bras are a wonderful choice. Note: If your breasts are fuller on the bottom and looser or deflated on the top, make sure you get a molded bra in the proper size that doesn’t have too much coverage. A molded demi-cup bra or balconette bra may be ideal, because you won’t have to worry about not filling out the top of the cups.

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Non-molded bras

Clearly, molded cup bras come with plenty of perks. That said, there are still reasons why you might opt for non-molded bras.

Maybe you don’t want to wear bras that give your breasts a particular shape — and instead, prefer to flaunt your natural shape. More power to you! And that’s where non-molded bras come in. Since these bras do not have molded cups, they won’t sculpt your bust line in the same way. Many women who have self-supporting, projected breasts with even fullness may find they like non-molded bras because they embrace their shape. Remember: Anyone can wear non-molded bras, no matter their shape or size.

One reason why some prefer non-molded bras is that they’re very lightweight, which makes them ideal for summer since they’re sometimes more breathable than bras with molded cups.

Some non-molded bras still offer plenty of coverage — look for lined bras that don’t have molded cups, as unlined bras will be the thinnest (and thus most likely to cause the nipples to show through).

Just like molded bras, non-molded bras come in a wide range of styles, materials, and colors. From full-cup bras to longline bras and bralettes, you’re sure to find a non-molded bra that meets your needs.

Many women like to have both molded bras and non-molded bras in their collections as different outfits and occasions may require different styles. Ultimately, molded cup bras are your best bet if you’re looking for superior coverage and shaping, but if you’re just seeking a supportive bra that shows off your natural shape, non-molded bras will do the trick.

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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!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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