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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 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, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.

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