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21 Types of Bras You Should Know About: The Complete Bra Style Guide

Rachika SinghFebruary 27, 2019

Most of us women share a love-hate relationship with bras. No matter how much we hate their pokes and stabs, we just can’t do without their lift and support. But once you get to know what style, size and type suit your body, it can transform your quality of life. Also, did you know more than 80% of women don’t know their correct bra size let alone the bra types!


The right bra type can magically enhance any outfit you wear but the wrong one can spoil the complete look. That’s why women should know different types of bras available and the outfits they go with.


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Types of Bras


#1 Padded Bra

Padded Bra

A padded bra is crafted with padded cups or has pockets to insert pads (also called cookies). This style works best when your main concern is to hide visible nipples. It also adds volume to your breasts and gives them a rounder and fuller shape. Padded bras are available in both underwired & non-wired styles. Underwired padded bras give you a gentle lift while non-padded ones are great for everyday wear.


#2 T-shirt Bra

T-shirt Bra

A T-shirt bra is quite similar to a padded bra. It has smooth and seamless cups that don’t leave any impression when worn under body-hugging outfits. This style works best with fitted outfits for a clean & smooth silhouette.


#3 Push-Up Bra

 Push Up Bra

A push-up bra lifts your breasts and pushes them closer while giving you a very prominent cleavage. Push-up bras usually have underwired cups for a gentle lift. They have angular padding that drastically changes the shape and look of your breasts. Starting from level 1 push up, which is a gentle push to a level 3, which is a heavy lift, you can pick the amount of drama you need!


#4 Underwired Bra


As the name suggests, these bras have wired cups. The cups may or may not be padded. The underwires provide a gentle lift to breast making them look perkier. This style works best for women who feel they have saggy breasts and need that extra lift.


#5 Convertible/ Multiway Bra

Convertible Bra

This style is the master of all bras. With detachable straps, it allows multiway styling including one strap, two straps, cross-shoulder, halter, criss-cross and even strapless. This one bra solves the purpose of many bras combined.


#6 Bralette


Bralette is a bra style that lies somewhere between a bra and a crop top. These easy-to-wear bras are usually non-padded non-wired and have a slip-on style. With less of support and construction, this style focuses more on style and comfort factor. They can be styled as a fashionable outwear too!


#7 Strapless Bra

Strapless Bra

A strapless bra is pretty much self-explanatory. This style can be worn without the straps. Its main support is offered by underwired cups and an inner silicon lining along the edges that prevent the bra from slipping down. Such styles sometimes have side boning for extra support. They work best under tube, strapless and off-shoulder outfits.


#8 Balconette Bra


A balconette bra can be identified by its wide set straps. The name has been derived from the word ‘balcony’ that pretty much resembles the neckline that is created by wide set straps. This bra style works best for broad necklines.


#9 Front Open Bra

Front Open Bra

Front open bras feature a clasp or a hook at the centre gore. This can be considered as the most convenient bra to wear. This style is popular amongst women who find it difficult or annoying to hook the bra at the back.


#10 Halter Bra

Halter Bra

Halter bras have a single strap that either goes around the neck or straps that can be tied at the back of the neck. This style works best under halter dresses and tank tops. Most of the convertible bras give you an option of converting them into a halter style too.


#11 Bandeau Bra

 Bandeau Bra

Bandeau bras are also called tube bras. These are pretty basic in structure with no wiring and no straps. Most of them don’t even come with padding and some of them are designed with pockets to insert pads. These work best under tube tops or racerback tops where you don’t want your straps to be visible.


#12 Nursing Bra

Nursing Bra

Nursing bras are a blessing for new mothers. They feature a flap at the cups for easy feeding access. These flaps are usually secured with a clasp that can be unhooked by a single handle making it easy to feed the baby. These are crafted with breathable cotton fabric and are non-padded and non-wired to keep the mother at utmost ease during the time of changing breast shape and size. These are also called Maternity Bras.


#13 Racerback Bra

Racerback Bra

Racerback bras are the ones that have a tank top-like back. These work best under outfits that have a similar back style. A racerback bra is also a great option for women who are tired of their bra straps slipping down the shoulders. A lot of women claim that these bras are very comfortable and feel light on the back.


#14 Plunge Bra

Plunge Bra

Plunge bras have demi-coverage cups that covers one-third of the breasts and has a deep neckline all the way to the centre gore. They work best under outfits that have a low neckline and ensure no embarrassing bra peeks.


#15 Cage Bra

Cage Bra

A cage bra is a very sexy style that features multiple straps on the front or back. This style is such that no woman can resist showing off. Cage bras can be styled with trendy & fashionable outfits or can be just worn alone with jacket.


#16 Sports Bra

Sports Bra

Sports bras are a must-have for any physical exercise. They are designed to support the breasts and to minimise bounce. Depending on the nature of the activity, one can pick from a range of low impact, medium impact and heavy impact bras.


#17 Stick On Bra

Stick-On Bra

Stick on bras have no back straps or shoulder straps. They have an adhesive on the inner side of the cups that sticks to the body and stays put. These bras work best under backless and strapless outfits.


#18 Transparent Bra

Transparent Bra

Transparent bras feature transparent back straps and shoulder straps. These straps go invisible under backless and strapless clothes and give a clean and smooth look.


#19 Bridal Bras

Bridal Bra

Bridal bras are the fanciest bra type of all. Crafted in premium fabrics like lace and satin, these bras are designed for a bridal trousseau.


#20 Beginner’s Bra

Beginners Bra

Quite similar to a bandeau bra, this bra has no hooks, pads or wiring. These are designed for teenage girls who need gentle support while their breasts are getting developed. Featuring a slip-on style it makes it easier for young girls to get introduced to bras.


#21 Full Figure Bra

Full Figure Bra

Full figure bras as the name suggest has full coverage cups and broader side coverage. Such styles work best with women who have bigger & fuller breasts. These bras prevent spillage and give a much more flattering figure.


Now that you know about all the popular bra styles available in the market, you are ready to get-set-shop!. Also remember, picking the right bra size is as important as picking the right bra type. A lot of women suffer health issues because of incorrect bra size. You can use the Bra Size Calculator to find your size in quick and easy steps.




Rachika Singh

Rachika Singh

Content Manager at Clovia
Dipped in glitter and soaked with thoughts, Rachika just wants to share her experiences with the world. She is a foodie, a pet-lover and a writer, based out of Delhi and is obsessed with beauty, fashion, and food. Being a fashion enthusiast, she loves keeping herself updated with the latest trends.
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