Full-cup, half-cup, balconette, plunge – It’s a maddeningly confusing world for a woman simply looking for a something to wear under a shirt!

To simplify the decision making process, we discuss today 4 bra cuts for different body types!

  1. Full cup bras

Pic 1

 

  • Offer high coverage and a well-contained look ideal for work/formal occasions
  • Edges of cups rest high on breast and in the armpit region thereby covering almost all of the breast tissue
  • Best suited for busty women with narrow shoulders, as the design provides adequate support and the straps are placed closer together so as to avoid slippage from shoulders
  • Not suited for busts not full on top (gap between tissue and excess fabric), and not-firm busts (same issue, leading to poor shape)

 

  1. Half- cup/ Demi-cup bras

Pic 2

  • Offer medium coverage, suited for wearing low-cut shirts
  • Edges of cups lie diagonally across breast – cut high under the armpit, and cut low towards the centre of the bra
  • Best suited for tear drop shaped busts – i.e., busts not full at the top but heavy at the lower end
  • Not suited for women with narrow shoulders – because the straps are towards the outer edge of the cup, and therefore might slip off. However, a few manufacturers do design half-cup bras with centred straps, so do experiment to find your fit in this cut!
  • Also not suited for busty women with long breasts – the diagonal cups cut into breast tissue and result in spillage for busty women with long breasts
  1. Balconette bras

Pic 3

  • Offer low to medium coverage and a rounded shape, ideal for a casual outing
  • Top of the cup is a horizontal line, with most of the support coming from the bottom of the cup – the top edge may run high or low, but as long as it’s horizontal, it’s a balconette
  • Best suited for small busts and tear drop shaped busts
  • Not suited for women with narrow shoulders – because the straps are towards the outer edge of the cup, and therefore might slip off
  • Might also not be suited for busty women – as support is only from the bottom of the cup, there might be some jiggle for busty women
  • However, it is my personal opinion that it provides an uplifted, rounded, petite look for busty women- which works wonders under fitted tee shirts.

 

  1. Plunge bras

Pic 4

  • Basically the same as a half-cup bra, but with the lower edge plunging extremely low – ideal for wearing very deep-cut shirts
  • Offer medium coverage
  • Edges of cups lie diagonally across breast – cut high under the armpit, and cut low towards the centre of the bra
  • Best suited for tear drop shaped busts – i.e., busts not full at the top but heavy at the lower end
  • Not suited for women with narrow shoulders – because the straps are towards the outer edge of the cup, and therefore might slip off.
  • Also not suited for busty women with long breasts – the diagonal cups cut into breast tissue and result in spillage for busty women with long breasts
  • Definitely not suited for long days – high chances of spillage, not very comfortable

 

So what about tee-shirt bras, moulded cup bras, and sports bras?

Tee-shirt bras can be any of the above mentioned cuts, as long as they are made seamless – that is, cut from a single piece of fabric.

Moulded cup refers to the material  used to design cups – special memory foam material provides support and a sculpted look in moulded cups.

Sports bras – usually full cup, but with additional support.

 

Advertisements