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The Bra Style Guide: Decoding the Most Popular Bra Types So You Don’t Have To

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There are approximately forty gazillion bra styles out there (we should know, we carry them all). So how do you narrow down which bra types are the best for you? Here’s a cheat sheet. Ideally, you’ll have at least 6 bras in the mix—two nude, two black, and have fun with the rest—to get through the week. (Bras work hard, they’ve earned the next day off!)

Full Cup BraFULL CUP

Perfect for: the daily grind; average-to-full busts
Why we love it: complete, confident coverage that seriously supports a chest

DEMI CUPDemi Cup Bra

Perfect for: the daily grind; small-to-average busts

Why we love it: lower-cut balconette-style cups flatter those whose cups don’t runneth over

T-Shirt BraT-SHIRT BRA

Perfect for: everyone, everywhere, every day

Why we love it: the T-shirt bra is the no-brainer of all bra styles—crazy comfy; smooth under clothes; comes in all sizes, shapes and shades

Plunge BraPLUNGE

Perfect for: work blouses or after-hours; going-out looks

Why we love it: The plunge bra has supportive sides to do the heavy lifting and give a slight push, while cups dip low in the middle to disappear under a V-neck or wrap dress—smart and sexy, always a winning combo

Push-Up BraPUSH-UP

Perfect for: whenever you need a boost

Why we love it: a little strategically placed foam, gel or air (yep, air) can make any size chest look va-va-va-voom-levels of voluptuous

Minimizer BraMINIMIZER

Perfect for: a big bust you’d rather downplay

Why we love it: the surgical-free answer to a breast reduction, these bras can visually take you down as much as two cup sizes. Clothes fit better and, most importantly, you feel better

Sports BraSPECIAL SOMETHINGS

Fill in your collection with unitaskers that mesh well with your life—things like sports bras, strapless bras, bras with convertible straps, a racerback or unlined bralettes.

Side-Smoothing BraEXTRA-SPECIAL SOMETHINGS

There’s a whole universe of brilliantly-designed bra styles for nursing mamas, women who’ve undergone mastectomy, accessible front-close bras and every imaginable type of smoother. Whatever you need, know this: you’re not the only one.

Check out our Bra Glossary for even more on the different types of bras and their features.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, calligraphy, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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14 Comments

  • Reply Allison July 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you, Bare Necessities for this amazing blog, especially the Bra Glossary! Looking forward to more entertaining and useful posts!

    • Reply Bare it All August 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! Stay tuned right here for more good reads….

  • Reply Sütyen October 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Great post for beginners and looking for changes 😉

    • Reply Bare it All October 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Really glad you found it helpful! Give our amBRAssadors™ a shout at 1.877.728.9272 if there’s anything they can help with.

  • Reply Maureen November 7, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hi! This is a great post and I’m glad I found it, i just wish I had found it when I had to redo my whole bra wardrobe, but I think I got most of it right. The only thing I still have a question on is that I am home on disability and therefore the regular work bra is very uncomfortable for me to wear all day at home. I’m usually in lounge ware because anything tight around my pelvic area causes pain, but as far as my bra, I just want something comfortable, but yet with enough support. What would you suggest? Thanks! :-)

    • Reply Bare Necessities amBRAssador November 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Maureen! We’re here to support you. Give us a call at 7.877.728.9272 (select option 4) for a complimentary, personalized over-the-phone bra fitting and shopping assistance. We’d be delighted to help you complete your new bra wardrobe.

  • Reply Cherie Hanson November 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Hi, I am at a loss I can NOT find a bra. My band size is 44 and thru various measurings at different shops they come up with a D or DD cup-Problem is the fullness of my tiny breasts is at the bottom so I can’t EVEN imagine a D or DD -I had a lumpectomy on my left breast which of course has left a noticible divot on that breast-
    I have had surgeries on my left shoulder so wearing anything with stiff,tight straps becomes unbearable after 6hours and my torso is Long I really LOVE All in One units but they don’t work now with the shoulder,extra long torso-I have been wearing sports bras and have tried so many different bras-so frustrated I even went to a strapless bra but of course the cups are too big and collapse at the top-HELP if you can!!

    • Reply Bare Necessities amBRAssador November 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Cherie! There’s a great bra out there for every body. At your convenience, call us at 7.877.728.9272 (select option 4) for a complimentary, personalized over-the-phone bra fitting and shopping assistance. We’ll help you get it right and find something you really like.

  • Reply Beth O'Connell March 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Advice on bra for back support and posture. I wear 32 D wacoal, 85185

    • Reply Bare Necessities amBRAssador March 6, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi Beth! We’d suggest the Leonisa Posture-Corrector Wire-Free Bra (try the 34C). Or feel free to call the amBRAssadors at 877.728.9272 for further assistance.

  • Reply cristina brauer April 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I have had a lumpectomy on my right breast. The bra store says that I am a 36DD but my left strap always
    goes down and I have to pull it up. Can you help me?

    • Reply Bare Necessities amBRAssador May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Hi, Cristina. I’d really like to remeasure you: A falling strap is usually a good indicator that the band of your bra is too big. Give me a call at your convenience (877.728.9272, select option 4 and ask for Mette); I’d be more than happy to help!

  • Reply Kelliann April 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for all this insightful information. ..Looking forward to Shopping for NEW BRAS THAT WILL ACCENTUATE WHAT I’M WORKING WITH AND FIT PROPERLY.
    SINCERELY
    KELLIANN

    • Reply Bare Necessities amBRAssador May 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Our pleasure, Kelliann! Give us amBRAssadors a call if you need any assistance (877.728.9272).

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