Bra style guide

Your guide to different bra styles


There are so many different styles of bra available it can sometimes be a little confusing! Here’s our handy bra style guide.

Underwired bra

Most modern looking bras are underwired bras. This means that the underside of the bra cups as a gentle wire inside the fabric which helps give great shape and support – especially for women with a bigger bust.

Non-wired bra

Non-wired bras are also referred to as wire-free bras or soft cup bras. These don’t have an underwire and instead rely on the shape and structure of the fabric for support.

Full cup bra

Full cup bras completely enclose the breasts and come up a little higher than other bras. This makes them very supportive but not always suitable for wearing with lower cut clothes.

Three quarter cup bra

Three quarter cup bras provide less coverage than a full cup bra, so they look more fashionable whilst still being supportive.

Balconette bra

Balconette bras are cut so that there is more of a horizontal line across the top of the cups. This makes them perfect for wearing with square cut or scoop neck tops.

Strapless bra

Strapless bras are sometimes known as bandeau bras. They go around the body, supporting the bust without any shoulder straps, perfect for wearing with boob tube tops and strapless dresses.

Multiway bra

Multiway bras have straps that can be altered or completely detached to suit different types of outfit. Most can be worn as a halterneck or crossover back. Some can be worn with asymmetric straps or even strapless.

Minimiser bra

Minimiser bras redistribute the breast tissue to make the bust appear smaller or less prominent. If you have a big bust they can help make some clothes fit better, such as button up shirt and blouses.

Sports bra

It’s so important to get the right support when exercising, especially when you have a big bust. A sports bra is non-wired bra, usually with padded shoulder straps that helps minimise bounce when you’re running or working out.

Seamfree bra

Seamfree bras usually have moulded foam cups made all in a single piece. This means that they give you a smooth outline without any ridges form your bra.

Support bra

A support bra is a type of wire free bra with very structured cups for excellent support. One example is the Triumph Doreen brassiere.

Push up bras

Push-up bras are designed to push your breasts up and together, giving you an amazing cleavage. Perfect for big nights out!