Best friends of a Woman…BRA!!

“A cleavage is the best accessory”

“Having a good boy friend is like having a good bra, it’s all about support”

Bras are like oxygen for woman right use are lifesaving and combined with wrong substance can be combustible.

After becoming frustrated with frumpy and ill fitted bras I realized shape is just as crucial as size is. So many women don’t wear the right size bra, (the under bust and cup size are the parts of the breast they need to check) but the shape is just as important, as different shapes work for different breasts. When you are eighteen, your breasts are perky and follow a certain line away from the body – it’s quite high and rounded, and as you get older that line gets lower and less rounded. A soft bra follows the shape of the breast exactly, whereas a moulded cup reshapes the line of your breasts with the wiring. So if you put on a moulded cup, it gives you back the breasts you had when you were eighteen! But it’s best to try on different bra shapes and see what you prefer – some women find a soft moulded cup as it’s a little more comfortable.

Bra Designs and Their Functions

It is important to know the types of bras available and also own them depending upon your breast type so that you can pick the right one for the right time so as to protect the general health of your breasts.

  1. Adhesive Bra:

Adhesive bra

It has no straps or bands of any sort and provides little support to the breasts. This type of bra is intended for backless and strapless fashions. There are two types. There is the disposable paper ones that use a strong adhesive and the reusable ones that use silicone that can be washed and reused.

  1. Bandeau Bra:

Bandeau Bra

A simple band of cloth worn across the breasts,  it provides little support or shaping.

  1. Corset:

Corset bra

A corset mold and shape the upper body into a desired shape to fit the evening gowns. It enhances good posture and can be more comfortable as the weight of the breasts is carried by the whole corset rather than the brassiere’s shoulder straps.

  1. Built-in Bra:

Supportive brassiere-like structures on the inside of another garment. It provide support for the bust without the need for a separate bra. In most such garments, these built-ins consist of a horizontal elastic strip, although some do have cups and underwire as with other bra types. In some cases these may easily be removed, if desired.

  1. Convertible Bra:

It has straps which may be detached and rearranged in different ways depending on the outfit. Alternatives to regular straps for strapless bras are beaded bra straps or clear plastic bra straps that provide support and style. These are available in different colour style and material. There are worn under tank tops to add extra edge to the top

  1. Demi Bra:

Demi Bra

A half-cup bra style with wide-set straps and a horizontal bust line. They give great cleavage and a frame-like effect. Though they offer less support, but enable low cut garments to be worn without the bra being seen. Demi bras may be designed to provide lift as do push-up bras.

  1. Belly Dance Bra

Belly Dance Bra

Whenever you buy this style of bra you have to generally choose a size and a cup bigger than your full coverage bra. For instance if you normally use a size 32C you may well find that a 34B will fit quite comfortably with a few minor adjustments to latch settings since most belly dancing bras are designed to cover very well.

  1.  Front Closure Bra:

Bras that have closures, usually hooks and eyes, on the front rather than at the back. These bras lie completely flat at the back under clothing. Some feature a racer back style back which is great for wear with tank tops and for lending a no-slip effect to the straps.

  1.  Full Support Bra:

Types of bra designed to offer good support for the whole of the breasts and, as such, are a typical, practical bra for everyday wear.

  1.  Minimizer Bra:

Designed to play down the bust, in particular for women with cups of 34C and above. Minimizes, by compressing and shaping the breasts, help to create the illusion of being a cup size or two smaller, and are often more comfortable.

  1.  Novelty Bra:

Novelty Bra

Designed more for sensuality and adding drama than for function. They may include unusual materials, such as leather, coconuts or be unusual in design like star ,hearts,smiley face etc.

  1.  Padded Bra:

Bras with padding inside the lining. They are designed to provide a fuller shape for small breasts .unlike push-up bras, however, most padded bras support the breasts but do not significantly lift them.

  1.  Peephole Bras:

The type of bra that has cups loosely covering the breasts, which also includes holes around the nipples are again to show off your sensual side.

  1.  Push-up Bra:

Push-up Bra

Structured so that the breasts are lifted and placed closer together to enhance the cleavage. The padding, typically made of foam or rubber, but some contain gel-filled pads. The main distinction between padded bras and push-up bras that incorporate padding is whether the padding is centered under each breast to simply lift them, or is centered outside the centre of each breast such that the padding pushes the breasts inwards.

  1.  Racer back Bra:

Has shoulder straps that come over the shoulder in a V pattern very close to the neck. This design is sometimes worn under strapless dresses or tops where traditional straps would be very obviously exposed. Many Sport bras use the racer back.

  1.  Shelf Bra:

Essentially a rigid band, usually underwire, along the inframammary line that pushes up while covering none, or only a narrow strip, of the breast.

  1.  Soft cup Bra:

Has no underwire support in the cups. Rather they rely on the strength of the under band to provide support to the bust.

  1.  Sports Bra:

Sports Bra

Sports bras are a necessary part of the active woman’s wardrobe. These bras are available in sizes to fit all body types. Women need to be sure the fit is correct to avoid added bouncing and breast strain due to inadequate support. Experts agree that improper support levels in a sports bra cause breast ligament damage that is irreversible in most women.

There are two main types of support: compression and encapsulating. In the compression type of support, the material fits snugly enough to compress the breasts, which holds them in place to prevent up and down movements like the bouncing that occurs during running. With encapsulating support, there are cups that surround each breast to prevent movement all around. The best way to test the support level is to jump up and down in the dressing room, and swing the arms around. These actions give a great indication of how well the sports bra holds up during a workout. Provides firm support for the breasts, and are meant to prevent discomfort or embarrassment during vigorous exercise.

  1.  Strapless Bra:

Strapless Bra

Many women believe that they cannot wear a strapless bra due to their breast size. With the proper fit, a strapless bra is a necessity for all women to have in their collection. This type of bra is key for those hard to fit tops, such as halter-tops, tube tops, or tank tops. Women with fuller breasts need to look for a bra with a wider band and three to four clasps to maintain the proper support. Many women are afraid of the strapless bra slipping down their ribcage, causing sagging and drooping of the breasts. To avoid this, they need to look for strapless bras with rubber lining in the under band. This rubber lining acts as a grip to the ribcage, preventing the bra from slipping.

These bras are available in several colors, including black, pink, purple, and white. Some designers make a silicon version of this bra that is self-adhesive to the breasts with no under band or clasps. This allows women to wear backless dresses and still have support and coverage.With no shoulder straps, they are designed for wearing with clothes that reveal the shoulders, such as halter neck tops.

  1.  T-shirt Bra:

Designed without raised seams, so that a tight t-shirt may be worn without the bra being visible. These often have padded cups to conceal nipples and to provide a smooth line under t-shirts.

  1.  Trainer Bra:

Designed for young girls who have begun to develop breasts but have yet to be considered ‘developed’ enough to allow for a standard-sized bra to fit properly. They are of simple construction and offer very little support.

  1.  U-plunge Bra:

U-plunge Bra

Women need a plunge bra when the top, or dress, has a deep v-neck. This enables the woman to wear the style with confidence, knowing that her bra is not showing while providing the proper amount of cleavage. The best bra is one that has an underwire for proper support of the breasts. Many of these bras consist of half-cup coverage that also pushes the breasts up. Many fashionable tops and dresses have a plunging neckline where the fit of a regular bra would not be appealing due to the coverage of the cup. Women need to consider the material of the bra to ensure it is comfortable enough on their skin. Proper fit is also key to ensure no back bulge or cup spillage occurs. Plunge bras also come in the U-shape plunge,, which falls beneath the breasts into part of the under band. This allows for much deeper plunging necklines while providing the proper support

  1.  Underwire Bra:

Designed to give extra support and endurance. They have a wire, metal or plastic, running under each cup to provide rigid support to the bust.

  1.  Vintage Bra:

Vintage Bra

A type of full support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid of revolution with its axis perpendicular to the breast. Invented in the late 1940s, they were still being sold well into the 1960s.

  1.  Water Bra:

Bras which have water or silicone gel-filled cups to make your breasts look larger.


Points to be remembered

There is no such thing as the ‘most perfect cleavage’. It is the one that gives a woman confidence, feel sensual inside and sparkles in her eyes! But for that to happen plunge or push up styles need to fit and shape your breasts properly. Make different box for bras and write the size as well as what type of dress it fits to in each bra box.

There is no ‘right time’ to shop for lingerie. All women have different right and left sized breasts, and with your changing hormones, their size can often fluctuate. But a good moulded cup bra (not a soft one) can cope with changes in breast size.  If your weight or breast size really fluctuates a lot, then a moulded cup is the best shape for you. Do make it a point to check your size every 6 months

Hand wash your bras for long life of it and also to prevent detergent residue which could cause skin rashes

Don’t hide your breast size. it depends what you want. If you are happy with your size big or small then go for a soft bra and relaxed fit. If you are worried they are too small, then go for a push up – or double push up – to get a cleavage or they are too big go for minimizer etc, But remember  the breasts have to go somewhere! With a minimizer your breasts are squished downstairs, so you look thicker, like you have an extra layer of flesh under your bust – not a good sight to look at. instead wear a moulded cup bra – you get your full shape back which makes a huge difference and it makes you looks slimmer.