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Abracada-bra! Bra-buying Made Easy
Different Types of Bra
The T-Shirt Bra
With smooth moulded cups and minimal detailing, a t-shirt bra is ideal for wearing beneath tight-fitting garments, when you don't want any lumps and bumps. A good t-shirt bra will be virtually invisible beneath clothes and gives a natural shape. This basic bra is an underwear essential which should feature in every ladies' lingerie drawer.
The Balconette Bra
Balconette bras -also known as balcony bras- offer incredible uplift for lower busts and create a beautifully feminine shape. The straps are often wider apart on the shoulders, making this the perfect choice of bra to wear beneath outfits with a square neckline. Decorative and bursting with delightful design details, our balconette bras are perfect for special occasions when you want your underwear to make a statement.
The Non-Wire Bra
As the name suggests, non-wire bras provide gentle support without the use of a wire, making them ideal for smaller busts. These bras are often available without back fastenings making them a very comfortable option. Available in a variety of styles, non-wire bras give you the chance to experiment with pretty and delicate designs, although larger chested ladies will probably find they need more support than this kind of bra provides.
The Push Up Bra
Designed to give cleavage a little extra 'boost', push up bras are a girl's best friend! Push up bras combine the support of an underwire with bust-enhancing padding, and often incorporate beautiful boudoir designs. Ever-popular, a push up bra is the cheats way to a better bust!
How to Choose the Right Bra For You...
Now that you're familiar with the most common bra types, here are some useful tips to help you choose one that gives you the support you need while flattering your figure and looking great!
Finding the perfect bra begins with having your size and measurements absolutely correct. A 2014 study found that an estimated 76 per cent of UK women wear the wrong bra size, with a third of them knowing they're in the wrong size but not sure what to do. If you're unsure of your correct bra size, many high street underwear retailers offer free bra-fitting services. Alternatively, there are numerous online guides which will show you how to measure yourself correctly.
Know what you need from your bra.
Knowing your body type will ensure your choose the right type of bra to flatter your shape while also supporting you properly. Top-heavy ladies with a large bust will usually need a bra with underwiring and fuller coverage, but that's not to say it can't be pretty too! The Stella McCartney Ladies' Penny Buzzing Contour Balconette Bra has underwired cups for full support and a glamorous design, with silky red satin cups and scalloped lace edging, plus, it's available up to an E cup. Smaller chested ladies can look at more delicate designs, and the smallest cup sizes can opt for a non-wire bra. The Hanky Panky Ladies' Signature Bralette has a slip-on design and no back closure for a seamless look that's perfect for smaller chests. Available in small, medium and large sizes, the bralette features delicate lace with scalloped edging, spaghetti straps and a bow detail to the front. Another great option for ladies with small to medium busts is the Sofia Contour Bra by Heidi Klum Intimates. With its pretty, lace-adorned cups and vintage-inspired design in delicate shades of shell pink and white, this is the ultimate girly bra.
Choose a bra that flatters your shape.
Like all clothes, a bra can either enhance and flatter your figure or let it down. Your perfect bra will give the illusions that your shoulders are the same width as your hips, giving you balance and perfect proportion. Ladies with broad shoulders can achieve this look by choosing a bra with a plunging middle, like the Calvin Klein Ladies' Perfect Push Up Bra, which will also enhance your cleavage. Narrow shoulders, meanwhile, can be made to look wider by choosing a bra that creates more of an obvious line across the body. .
Think about where and when you'll wear your bra.
It goes without saying that different types of clothing need different kinds of underwear beneath them. Before you buy your new bra, think about when and where you're going to wear it. Choose a simple t-shirt bra for work, the gym and every day wear when comfort is a priority. For special occasions when you want your underwear to steal the show, choose an ornate and intricate balconette bra adorned with lace, bows and whatever else you fancy! Always remember that sheer or thin fabrics could allow your bra to show through...and choose accordingly!