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The 7 Bra Styles, Finally Explained

The 7 Bra Styles, Finally Explained

Bra shopping can be daunting, with seemingly countless shapes and styles to choose from. When we’re faced with everything from cup sizes and half sizes to plunge silhouettes and demis, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Finding the right bras is all about inspiring confidence, not confusion. So we asked our Bra Fitters to decode the 7 key bra styles every woman should know, who they’re most flattering on, and how they work with your wardrobe. Because you might negotiate in a business meeting or chore with your partner, but you should never negotiate a perfect-fitting, comfortable, stylish bra.

Here are the 7 styles of bras every woman should know, according to Simone Perele’s Bra Fit Experts:

Andora 3D Demi

The T-Shirt Bra

The queen of all t-shirt bras is the “3D spacer bra,” a breathable, flexible fabric that molds to fit your shape. A 3D spacer bra truly feels like a second skin and creates a rounded shape without adding volume. Look for a t-shirt bra in a flattering plunge or open-neckline demi shape.

Who it’s great for: Just about everyone! The magic of 3D spacer t-shirt bras is that they mold to your shape, not the other way around, so they work on all breast shapes and sizes. Simone Perele’s 3D spacer bras start at a B cup.

The Wish Demi

The Demi Bra

Affectionately referred to as the “French woman’s t-shirt bra,” the demi cup is an elegant showcase for the most beautiful laces and embroideries. This bra style sits lower across the breast, with wider-set straps for a more open neckline.

Who it’s great for: Generally B-F cups, and anyone looking for a more natural, sexier shape. Demi bras make the perfect date night bra.

The Afterwork Full Coverage Plunge

The Plunge Bra

Perfect for plunging necklines, deep V’s and button-downs, a well-fitting plunge bra is a wardrobe must-have. The sides of the bra are higher up, and the center plunges between the breasts.

Who it’s great for: This is a universally flattering shape on just about everyone! The low center gore makes it perfect under any top that dips down low. The extra coverage at the sides supports and flatters. This bra style is also great for women with narrow shoulders who struggle with their bra straps constantly slipping.

The Caresse Full Cup

The Full Coverage Bra

More coverage = More support. Your bust is contained and supported on all sides. This category includes everything from all-over lace coverage to embroidered bras. For a sexier full coverage bra, check out Simone Perele’s Saga Full Coverage Plunge, Delice Full Coverage Plunge and Java Full Coverage Plunge. For extra support, look for 3-part cups—they’ve been specially designed to give incredible lift to fuller busts.

Who it’s great for: Women with full busts (DD+) looking for extra lift and support, and women who have lost some fullness in the upper part of their breasts.

The Eden Bralette

The Bralette

No wire, no problem. Whether you wear bralettes all week-long or look forward to slipping into them on evenings or weekends, they’re always lovely (and oh-so-fun to style).

Who it’s great for: Women with small busts who want something lacy and pretty. For women with fuller busts, a bralette is a great option for “staying in” and taking a break from underwire.

The Caresse Minimizer

The Minimizer

Designed to reduce the appearance of the bust, a flattering minimizer will have you loving your silhouette from every angle. The secret of minimizer bras? They shape the bust to create a visual reduction of the bust that’s flattering under clothing. Added bonus when you find one with touches of lace  for the feminine finishing touch.

Who it’s great for: Women with full busts who struggle to style certain tops (fitted button down shirts, we see you!). A good minimizer bra will reduce the bust from a quarter of an inch up to an inch. Simone Perele’s Andora Minimizer bra is a tried-and-true favorite.

The Promesse Contour with Racerback

The Contour (or the Push-Up)

When you need a little extra drama, turn to a push-up for oh-la-la lift effect. Push-up bras generally have contoured foam cups with either built-in padding or removable padding. Added perks: an optional racerback hook turns up the volume on cleavage, pushing breast together.

Who it’s great for: Women with smaller busts who want to fill out their clothing and women who want to accentuate their cleavage under dramatic, plunging necklines.

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