August 2, 2019

A pet peeve most women can relate to when wearing a great outfit is the bra straps gone rogue that require constant adjusting to stay in place. Today, we have different types of bras that are specifically designed for different body types and outfits. While some women may be unaware of the types of bra available, others might feel apprehensive about trying new styles.

Keeping up with all the style might feel a tad overwhelming, but experimenting with your style is the key to getting the fit right. So get on board on this quest to find the perfect bras that will support you! (pun intended)

Padded Bra

These bras contain padded cups that prevent your nipples from showing from under your clothes. They make an ideal choice if you want to achieve a fuller look. There are two variants, non-wired and underwired padded bras. While non-wired are comfortable for everyday use, underwired bras offer a gentle lift for fuller breasts.

T-Shirt Bra

They are non-padded bras with smooth and seamless cups. T-shirt bras can be paired with thin fabrics and body-hugging clothes as they come with a soft and seamless fit. These bras also offer moulded protection and add rigidity.

Push-up Bra

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These bras push the breasts upwards and bring them closer together to give you a deeper cleavage. They have underwired cups and angular padding to enhance the look of your breasts. There are three levels in these bras that offer varying degrees of lift; low, moderate and high.

Underwired Bra

As the name suggests, these bras are wired underneath, providing support from the bottom and ‘lifting up’ the breasts. It is best suited for people with medium-sized to large bosoms. They come in padded and non-padded options and offer varying levels of coverage.

Convertible Bra

Convertible bras or multi-way bras allow you to wear the same bra in multiple ways with the help of detachable straps- one strap, two-strap, cross-shoulder, criss-cross or halter. You can even go strapless by taking off the straps. It is ideal for off-shoulder, single-shoulder, boat-neck, and strapless attires.


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A bralette is what you get when you combine a bra and a crop top! It is non-wired, non-padded and a fuss-free bra that is comfortable and easy to wear all day. They come in a variety of fabrics and prints, and can be worn under square-cut tops or paired with a jacket or oversized coat.

Strapless Bra

These bras are strapless and provide support with the help of underwired cups. They have silicone lining along the edges to hold the cups in place and prevent them from slipping. They are perfect for tube tops, strapless tops and off-shoulder dresses.

Balconette Bra

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These bras have straps that are spaced farther apart, and feature more profound cleavages. They are designed with a balcony-like neckline that covers the breasts from the sides and bottom, but provides a rounded appearance at the top. They are best suited for people with broad shoulders, and can be worn with dresses with plunging necklines and V-neck tops.

Front-Open Bra

As the name suggests, these bras have a closure at the front, making it very convenient to wear and remove. If you constantly get annoyed with hooking your bra at the back, front-open bras are a true saviour.

Halter Bra

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It’s a bra with straps that can be tied behind the neck. It is stylish and looks great on strapless outfits and as beachwear.

Bandeau Bra

Also known as tube bras, these bras are non-wired, non-padded and have no straps. They are made of stretchable material that can be pulled over the breasts without any fastening. It provides maximum comfort with minimum support and can be worn for long durations.

Nursing Bra

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Made for pregnant women and women who have just given birth, these bras come with a flap on the cups, making it easy for the woman to feed her baby. It is underwired and non-padded, thus offering utmost comfort. These bras are made of elastane fabric to allow for the changing breast size of women during maternity.


The straps in these bras are closer to the collarbone, like a tank top. Apart from wearing them under tank tops, padded racerback bras are also comfortable enough to be worn during workouts.

Plunge Bras

With a deep plunge at the centre, the cups provide minimum coverage but are great for certain outfits. The bra takes the shape of the breasts and is perfect for dresses and tops with low necklines. They also act as push-up bras and offer support.

Sports Bra

Comfortable, trendy and practical, these bras are the best option for workout sessions as they provide support during vigorous exercise. They come in low-impact and high-impact varieties so you can choose one according to the kind of activity you’re participating in.

Stick-On Bra

Silicone stick-on bras are free from bands. Instead, they have an adhesive that sticks to the body and stays in place. It is perfect for backless outfits and sheer tops. They are also suitable for deep neck outfits as they provide minimum coverage for the breasts. Stick-on bras are suitable for women with smaller breasts as they don’t offer much support.

Bridal Bra

This is a fancy bra, usually made of lace and satin and part of a bride’s trousseau. Even though they are made of lace, the fabric is seamless and light on the body and can be worn for long hours without any irritation. Despite its name, it doesn’t have to be worn only if you’re a bride!

Beginner’s Bra

It is usually the first bra that a young girl starts wearing. It has no hooks, pads or wiring. It is incredibly comfortable and can easily be slipped on. It is ideal for adolescents and women with small breasts.

Full-Coverage Bra

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The cups in this bra offers full coverage to the breasts and has broader sides. They work well for women with fuller breasts and bigger cup size. Such bras prevent spillage and sagging of the breasts. They also provide a more well-shaped figure by keeping the bust firm and in shape.

A woman witnesses several body changes during her lifetime. Weight gain, weight loss, puberty and pregnancy may change the size and shape of your breasts. However, there is a bra for every stage, and every attire! The only thing you need to remember is to pick out the right bra for your needs. Also remember to pick the right size, because most women choose the wrong size and that can cause anything from mild discomfort to back pain. You can shop for them at Shoppers Stop online and in-store.

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