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Bras Glossary

Balconette Bras - Balconette Bras feature low-cut cups and wide set straps that give the appearance of a square neckline. The cups are designed to push your bust upwards, can be either padded or unpadded and can also have push-up pads as well. The name balconette comes from men in the balcony of a theatre looking down upon women. A balconette bra could not be seen from above.
Contour (Preformed) Bras - These bras feature fiberfill or foam lining in the cups which provide definition and shape. The cups hold their shape, even when not being worn. A great choice for women seeking a sculpted silhouette, as they offer a significant amount of coverage and control.
Full Cup Bras - The cup style fully supports the breast, giving maximum coverage. They are great for fuller figures and under t-shirts. This type of bra usually has an underwire or plastic boning holding them up. They can be worn by women of any breast size, and are especially suited for those with larger cup sizes. They are available padded or unpadded and are flattering on any figure type.
Half Cup Bras & Quarter Cup Bras - Also called a demi-cup bra. A must have for seduction! A balconette style of bra that offers less coverage for a more provocative cleavage. Generally, a half-cup bra is best suited to smaller to medium cup sizes. Quarter cups are as the name suggests, cups are 1/4 the size offering even less coverage!
   Cupless/Erotic Bras - Composed of a frame with no support cups, or exposes the nipples with notched or contoured support cups. Usually worn as erotic lingerie, a cupless bra can cause the shape of the nipples to be prominently visible on an outer garment. Also called an open cup bra.
Halter Neck Bras - Featuring straps that fasten behind the neck. Many halter style bras are convertible to strapless, regular and criss-cross.
Plunge Bras - Designed to reveal more of the bust for a sexier look. With a plunge front, angled cups and a thin centre gore, these bras create the appearance of increased cleavage. Plunge bras differ from push-up bras in that they are not necessarily heavily padded.
   Push-Up Bras - Designed to push your breasts inward and upward to create an impressive cleavage when you wear plunging necklines. They have extra padding at the underside of each cup. The breasts are pulled together by reducing the space between the cups on the bra band and this creates a desirable cleavage. Push-up bras are generally not recommended for everyday wear.
DD+ Bras - For women with larger cup sizes. Available in many styles.
Underwired Bras - A sewn-in moulded wiring that runs beneath the breast in the bra cups. Underwires help to lift and separate the bust line for enhanced shape and support. Original underwires were made from wire; they are now made from both metal and plastic.
Non-wired (Soft) Bras - Have no underwire designed for increased comfort. Some No-Wire bras give light to moderate support, for petite to average figures. Others provide full support. The lack of underwire doesn't equal a lack of support, in fact, there are many unique construction soft cup bras that offer comparable support to underwire bras. Some women with larger back sizes may prefer this style of bras because they may have difficulty finding an underwire that fits comfortably.
Triangle Bras - Made for petite figures, these bras have thin straps, triangular shape and typically soft cups; they are therefore typically not underwired.
Strapless Bras - Just as the name suggests; a Bra with no straps. Every woman should own one for those nights out when low cut dresses and strapless tops are worn. This type of bra should have rubberised or silicone beading along the top edge to hold it in place on your body. Many convertible bras can be worn strapless simply by removing the straps.



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