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There are countless categories when it comes to bras: demi-cup and full-cup, molded and unlined, and of course, underwire and wire-free. Deciding between the latter two is one of the most challenging decisions ladies face when shopping for new underthings. You may find yourself wondering, what’s the difference? Which is right for me? What are the pros and cons of each?

Fortunately, we’ve broken down all you need to know in this handy comparison guide. That way, you can make more informed decisions about which style will best meet your specific needs and preferences.

Underwire bras

These bras feature sturdy wire (encased in fabric) that lines the bottom of the cups. The primary advantage to these is that they provide a ton of support, making them ideal for the full-busted among us. By providing more support for heavy breasts, they can reduce any pesky back or shoulder pain.

Moreover, underwire can also offer more separation and shaping, giving you a more rounded look while helping you to avoid the dreaded “uni-boob.” Underwire bras are particularly ideal for those with slender, pendulous, or sagging breasts, as they have immense lifting power.

Underwire sports bras can be ideal for high-impact exercises, such as running, jumping, and dancing.

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Finding the right fit

Some might say that a con to underwire bras is discomfort, but underwire should never cause you any pain. If it does, you’re likely wearing the wrong size. Or, if the underwire is bent or poking your skin, your bra is probably well past its prime and needs to be tossed.

Remember: the underwire should always lay flat against your torso right beneath the breast tissue, and should never cut into your sides or the breasts themselves. If you notice any kind of indentations or marks from your underwire, then you’ll know the bra is too small.

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Wireless bras

Also known as “soft cups bras,” wireless bras do not have any wire in the cups. Instead, they are constructed solely with fabric. As such, these styles are obviously very comfortable. However, they usually cannot quite offer as much support, lift, or separation as underwire bras.

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Finding the right fit

If those aspects are a concern, look for wireless bras with padded/molded cups, a sturdy, wide underband, and adjustable straps/back closures. To clarify: none of this means that wire-free bras are only for women with small boobs.

Many women prefer wireless options for sleeping, lounging around the house, or running casual errands. Wireless sports bras can work for low-impact exercises, such as Yoga or Pilates.

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Pro tips

Can’t decide between underwire bras and wireless bras? There are some styles with partial wires that can serve as the perfect compromise, promising a little boost of support and lift without extending along the entire cup bottom.

Keep in mind that whichever bra type you choose, a proper fit is essential to looking and feeling your best. So before you invest in some new ones, do yourself a favor and get fitted by a pro to make sure you know your correct size.

Related: Are Wireless Bras Right For Me?

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We Highly Recommend

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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