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what type of bra should i wear

There’s no right or wrong bra for you, but there may be an ideal bra style to help you achieve a certain look. And, your bra says a lot about your personality, too. Have you asked yourself, “What type of bra should I wear?” If so, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s discuss various bra styles and the benefits of each so you’ll always know which bra is for you.

Demi Cup Bra

A demi cup bra has cups that go straight across the bust, covering about half or three quarters of your bust. This type of cup gives your breasts a lifted, rounder look, and the demi cup bra comes in a variety of materials and styles. Many demi cup bras are unlined, meaning only one piece of fabric is used to create the cup. This makes the demi cup bra comfortable for every day wear, yet it’s a sexy bra style.

T-shirt Bra

A t-shirt bra is an unlined, seamless bra that creates a smooth appearance under a t-shirt. T-shirt bras won’t be decorative with lace or embellishments, as this would not create that smooth look. An example of a t-shirt bra is a soft-cup wireless bra.

Push Up Bra

A push-up bra has extra padding in the sides of the cups to push your breasts in and up. This results in beautiful cleavage that looks great in low-cut tops or dresses. Depending on the bra, a push-up can make your breasts appear to be at least one cup size larger than your actual cup size.

Plunge Bra

A plunge bra has a plunging neckline, making it ideal to wear under low-cut garments. The gore (center panel of the bra) hits right below your breast line, so the bra is not seen in very low necklines. Many plunge bras have padding to push your breasts inward, creating cleavage, but not as much cleavage as a push-up.

Longline Bra

A longline bra has a bottom panel below the cups. This is a beautiful, vintage style that can be lined, or unlined, and wired, or wireless.

Full Cup Bra

A full cup bra is designed for women with full-bodied busts. The cups are larger, providing more coverage that results in superior support and shaping.


A bralette is a light bra style that provides a barely-there feel. They’re typically lacy and feminine and serve as a sexy accessory under your clothes. Bralettes are not very supportive, unless you find a wired bralette.

Minimizer Bra

A minimizer bra is exactly what it sounds like – a style that minimizes the size of your breasts. This is a great bra style for women with large breasts that want them to appear smaller or more proportional.

Convertible Bra

A convertible bra can be “converted” into various bra styles because the straps are moveable. From halter to one-shoulder, these bras can be worn many ways.

Strapless Bra

A strapless bra is, of course, a bra without straps. This style is ideal under sleeveless or strapless garments.

Adhesive (Backless) Bra

An adhesive, backless bra is like a strapless bra, but it doesn’t have side panels or a back. An adhesive bra is the perfect option for backless garments or with deep necklines that can’t accommodate a plunge bra.

Whether you’re wearing a plunge neck dress or a fitted tee, there’s a bra for every occasion. When buying new bras, keep everyday use in mind. Having more than one go-to bra is essential to keeping your bras looking and feeling like new.

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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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Mod By Parfait Sweetheart Padded Bra A1391 in Black/Dusty Pink


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