How to Tell the Difference Between Different Types of Bras

How to Tell the Difference Between Different Types of Bras

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Emanuel Perez
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Not sure of the differences between the different types of bras? We put together a cheat sheet for all the bra styles and their unique benefits.

 


 

What are the Different Types of Bras?

Do you like lower cut cups, or a little more coverage? Do you like straps that are wider set, or closer together? Always dedicated to finding your perfect fit, we are utilizing our bra expertise to guide you through the different bra styles and their best use cases to help you know exactly what to ask and look for the next time you are bra shopping.

Want to get some personalized recommendations right away? Take a quick online Fit Finder Quiz to find your perfect size and style!

 

What Is a T-Shirt Bra?

A T-Shirt bra is a bra that is completely invisible even under even your thinnest t-shirt — no excess bulk, zero bra lines. To do this, t-Shirt bras are constructed to completely form to your body to eliminate gaping and digging. The cups are seamless and generally lined to smooth out any lumps and make sure that no nipple shows through. This second-skin fit also means that t-Shirt bras have earned a reputation as one of the most comfortable bra styles. 

ThirdLove's classic T-Shirt bra has smoothing cups, no-show sides, and moderate coverage.
24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra in Taupe.

 

What Is a Plunge Bra?

A plunge bra might be the easiest bra to spot. Identified by the v-neckline, plunge bras have angled cups that help eliminate gaping while giving your breasts a little accentuation for a push-up kind of look, without any excess padding. Plunge bras generally offer lower coverage but are incredibly versatile, with a low neckline that remains invisible under most tops and dresses.

ThirdLove's plunge bras have a deep v-neckline, angled cups, and lower coverage.
24/7 Classic Uplift Plunge Bra in Twilight.

 

What Is a Balconette Bra?

Telling signs that you have found a balconette bra are in the cups and straps. The cups offer a little less coverage than a classic demi for an added emphasis on your natural cleavage. The straps are set wider apart for the same purpose, almost to the edge of your shoulders. Fun fact: the balconette bra is named after the architectural feature because it is supposed to act as a literal balcony, or shelf, for your breasts. 

ThirdLove's balconette bra features wide-set straps and lower cut cups for partial breast coverage.
24/7 Lace Balconette Bra in Black.

 

What Is a Demi Bra?

A demi bra is all about the cup. You can generally identify a classic demi bra by the partial cups that cover between 50-75% of the breast in order to emphasize your natural cleavage. Coverage is the same all across the bra (similar to a balconette bra) as opposed to Plunge or T-Shirt bras where you have a slight dip in the middle. Additionally, the wires are made in a wide u-shape, evenly arched, to fit perfectly underneath your breast tissue.

ThirdLove's demi bra features lower cut cups and evenly arched underwire for partial breast coverage.
Pima Cotton T-Shirt Bra in Sea Salt.

 

Still stumped on which is the right style for you? Take our online Fit Finder Quiz and we will match you with a size and style that fits you perfectly.

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