Understanding the huge variety of Bras

Walking through the lingerie section of a department store can be a bewildering experience. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for it can be confusing as you’re bombarded with different colours, materials, shapes, sizes, uses and manufacturer’s promises. Before you lose the will to live, check out this handy guide to help clear the fog of bra bemusement:

The Full Cup

If you are a lady of ampler boob size, then the full cup is your saviour. The bra is designed to cover the whole breast, providing top class support and shaping from the cups and the wider straps. This is the most comfortable bra choice for those with bigger breasts and will make your silhouette look much neater under garments too. For the Prima Donna Deauville White Bra, visit http://www.orchidlingerie.co.uk/

The T-Shirt Bra

You will find this style of bra is available in a demi or full-cup variety. Why would you need one of these? Well, they are seamless and smooth so don’t show any lines or material through your clothing. Perfect for wearing under a tight t-shirt, hence the name. They are super comfy, casual bras and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to suit everyone.

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The Bandeau

Some of the earliest versions of bras worn by women of ancient civilisations resembled what we now call the Bandeau. Don’t let that put you off though as this simple fabric that wraps around the bust is ideal for those with smaller breasts who don’t want visible straps. They don’t offer much support but perfect if you’re petite and perky!

The Balconette

This bra style is a half-cup with built in push up action. The top half of your breast is exposed with a band around the bottom that acts a bit like a wonder bra. This bra is a great option for those with neither small or large breasts but those with medium sized boobs who want a little sexy push up.

The Convertible

This clever design can be adapted for whatever outfit you want to wear. They come in all shapes and sizes, the straps can be removed completely for wearing with strapless dresses. The straps can also be moved into a halter neck position, criss-cross or racerback depending on your needs.

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The Push-Up

The push-up bra is the ultimate answer in pushing together and pushing up towards the centre to create that awesome cleavage you seek. This bra will also come with padding. The push-up is ideal for those with smaller breasts and the padding also helps those who may be different sizes on the left and right, if the padding is removable.

The Sporty One

We all need additional support in order to feel comfortable when we exercise but it’s more important than just comfort. A supportive sports bra can reduce the chance of breast damage during jumping, running or playing sports. Holding your breasts in place allows you to move and exercise with total confidence and no distracting discomfort.