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The Different Types of Bras and the Best Outfits to Wear Them With

Here's everything you need to know before going bra-shopping!
The Different Types of Bras and the Best Outfits to Wear Them With
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Here's everything you need to know before going bra-shopping!

Ladies, part of nailing your outfits is knowing the right underwear to pair it with. Don't let your wrong choice of bra hinder you from sporting a gorgeous OOTD, so it's best if you master the right type of undergarment to wear for each outfit. Below, we put together a quick guide to brassieres with everything you need to know. We even added some recommendations on how to make the most of each type!

How to Correctly Measure Your Bra Size

Of course, knowing what kind of bra to wear is only half the battle. You also need to know your correct bra size and fit. Often, women get frustrated with the bra they're wearing, not because of the style, but because they're wearing the wrong size. Here, we list some practical tips you can use when purchasing one:

Tip #1: Always measure.

Our body is constantly changing. So before going out to buy a bra, measure yourself to be sure. First, get your band size (the part underneath the bust); and second, your cup size (one inch above your band size). You can use these as your baseline numbers when you go to the store.

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Tip # 2: Wear a thin T-shirt.

By doing so, you can see what the bra looks like under a thin piece of clothing.

Tip #3: Try it on the right way.

Yes, there is a correct way to fit a bra. Remember this technique: Lean, swoop and scoop, and fasten. What you want to do is to put on the bra then lean about halfway forward, then swoop and scoop your breasts into the cups before fastening. Stand up property and adjust the straps. Make sure that there is no boob or back spillage, no cup gaps, and no pinching at the bands—and then you're good to go!

The Different Types of Bras

T-shirt Bra

T-shirt bras are one of the most modest and comfortable to wear. They're often seamless and designed to be nearly inivisible so you don't have to worry about having bra lines visible through your shirt. To fully render your brassiere lines invisible, choose a color that comes close to your own skin color when wearing light-hued tops.

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Features: Full coverage, often seamless, molded

Outfits to wear them with: any form-fitting shirts

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PHOTO BY Uniqlo

Wireless bra, P790, UNIQLO, SM Megamall

Demi Bra

Demi bras are sometimes referred to as a half- or shelf bra. It's a partial-cup bra style that covers half of the breast (thus the name) and creates cleavage and uplifts, compared to a full cup or T-shirt bra. Should your demi bra have underwires, they're usually shorter and forms a shallower "U" shape under the cup for a slight lift.

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Features: Partial coverage, enhances cleavage

Outfits to wear them with: low-cut tops, lace tops

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Demi bra, P2950, MAIDENFORM, Zalora.com.ph

Full Cup Bra

Full cup bras are also called full-support bras. They're designed to offer maximum support and coverage for the breast. Large-busted women will find this a practical choice of intimatewear.

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Features: Complete coverage, maximum support

Outfits to wear them with: any garment that doesn't show too much skin

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PHOTO BY Zalora

2-Pack Non-Wired Full Cup Bra, P1650, MARKS & SPENCER, Zalora.com.ph

Balcony Bra

Balcony or balconette bras can easily be distinguished with their tilted shape, where the sides appear higher and the front is lower, exposing more cleavage. This is a more revealing option than the demi bra.

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Features: Slight push-up effect, enhances natural shape

Outfits to wear them with: low neckline, boatneck tops

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Core lace balcony bra, P2650, DEBENHAMS, Zalora.com.ph

Padded Bra

Padded bras are designed to enhance perceived breast size and cleavage. The bottom part of the cups is usually thickened by foam inserts or is already lined with foam padding inside. This kind of bra may offer bust support but will not fully increase your cleavage like a push-up bra would.

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Features: Slight push-up effect, adds volume to bust

Outfits to wear them with: Form-fitting tops, dresses

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Bra with underwire and padding, P1450, WOMEN'S SECRET, Zalora.com.ph

Push-Up Bra

The push-up bra offers the best option to create and enhance your cleavage. This kind of bra uses angled cups with padding which pushes the breasts inwards and upwards, towards the center of the chest.

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Features: Push-up effect, creates cleavage 

Outfits to wear them with: Form-hugging pieces, low-cut garments

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Push Up Plunge Bra, P3650, CALVIN KLEIN, Zalora.com.ph

Strapless Bra

Strapless bras, as the name suggests, don't have straps; instead, they rely on a thick band at the back for breast support. They also usually have longer underwire, cup padding, and shaping panels inside to reinforce the strength of the bra. These features help support the bra without needing straps. Some strapless bras may also have rubberized or silicone beading inside at the top edge of the cup to help the bra adhere to the bust better.

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Features: No visible straps

Outfits to wear them with: off-shoulder, halter, tube, thin-strapped pieces

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PHOTO BY H&M

2-pack cotton strapless bras, P899, H&M, Robinsons Magnolia

Convertible Bra

The convertible bra offers detachable bra straps, which can be rearranged and aligned in different ways depending on the outer garment.

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Features: Multiple ways to wear the straps

Outfits to wear them with: off-shoulder, halter, racerback, asymmetric

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PHOTO BY Zalora

5-Way Convertible Bra, P2150, DEBENHAMS, Zalora.com.ph

Plunge Bra

Plunge bras are recommended if you're wearing a top that shows your cleavage. They're designed to have angled cups and with an open and lowered center part. They're not usually padded.

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Features: Shows cleavage

Outfits to wear them with: plunging neckline, low-cut, V-neck tops

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Seamless Plunge Bra, P1799, MISSGUIDED, Zalora.com.ph

Adhesive Bra

Adhesive bras are also called backless or stick-on bras. They're usually made of silicone material and adhere to the underside of the breasts using medical-grade adhesive. They can be reused for a limited number of times and provide little support. They're your best bets if going braless or using nipple tapes aren't an option for you.

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Features: No visible straps, No visible bra hooks or clasps

Outfits to wear them with: off-shoulder, halter, racerback, asymmetric, tube, thin-strapped pieces, backless

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PHOTO BY H&M

Self-adhesive bra, P899, H&M, SM Megamall

Bralette

A bralette has no wires or molded cups. It's usually made of thin, lacy material that offers little to no support.

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Features: Decorative, no underwires, usually has no clasps

Outfits to wear them with: sheer, crop top, structured clothes (e.g. blazer)

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PHOTO BY Stradivarius

Delicate triangle-shaped blonde lace bralette, P995, STRADIVARIUS, Glorietta 2

Sports Bra

A sports bra provides intense support for the breasts during physical exercise. Maximum support sports bras minimize breast movement with thier snug fit.

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Features: Compression, support, no underwires

Outfits to wear them with: Gym clothes, crop top, sheer clothing

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PHOTO BY Zalora

Breathe Bra Medium Support Sports Bra, P2795, NIKE, Zalora.com.ph

Bandeau

A bandeau bra is made of a wide, simple band of stretchy material worn across the breasts. They're best for ladies who have small busts. Bandeau bras can sometimes have built-in cups but offer little support or shaping.

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Features: No clasps, has stretchy fabric

Outfits to wear them with: plunging, low-cut, sheer, on its own

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PHOTO BY Bench

Seamless Bandeau Bra, P379, BENCH, Bench.com.ph

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