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What Type of Bra to Wear Under Different Outfits

Finding an appropriate bra for your outfit is an important step in creating a stunning look. Luckily, there are many options available, suitable to wear under different garments. However, it’s also easy to get lost in all this variety. To help you avoid this, 5-Minute Crafts has prepared a practical guide.

1. T-shirt bra

A T-shirt bra will ensure you have smooth lines under your tops. Such bras can be seam-free or have barely-there seams. Wear it under fitted tops, like T-shirts, to achieve a smooth look. You can play around with colors, but the basic one is in a nude shade, perfectly matching lighter-colored shirts.

2. Strapless bra

strapless bra can give you good chest support, as well as provide you with comfort. It sticks tight to your skin so you don’t have to worry about it sliding down. A strapless bra is a good choice for clothing items without shoulders, like strapless dresses, halters, or spaghetti strap tops.

3. Convertible bra

A convertible bra has several straps that can be worn in different ways or be entirely removed. Such a bra can be transformed to fit under many outfits. Wear it under halters and single-shoulder dresses or even backless garments.

4. U-plunge bra

While the cups on a classic bra are straight, the cups of a U-plunge bra are angled, leaving more space for bare skin. Also, its straps sit wider on the shoulders. Altogether, this bra helps lift your breasts, create a rounded look, and provide decent support. Wear it with clothes that have deep necklines, like plunge V-neck tops and dresses.

5. Sticky bra

A stick-on bra is typically made out of silicone, but there are also some variations that are made of foam. Since it doesn’t have straps, it’s perfect for tops and dresses that are off the shoulder, backless, or that are halters.

6. Balcony bra

A balcony bra (also known as a balconette) provides good support and helps create an uplifted shape. Its cups have a low cut, which means they will cover only half of your breasts. It’s perfect for clothing items with broader and low necklines. If you want to play around with your look, you can also wear it under a sheer shirt.

7. Lace bralette

A bralette is a bra without wires, unlined and unpadded. They look very feminine and come in many colors and designs. To create a playful and daring look, pair them with a sheer shirt.

8. Racerback bra

This bra has a joined point at the back. Some of the designs can also have a J-clip or detachable crossed straps. They are great for workouts. Wear a racerback bra under your gym wear, with racer back tops, crop tops, and tanktops.

9. Demi bra

A demi bra has cups positioned low and they cover smaller parts of your breasts, leaving the top part largely exposed. Usually, the cups also have small padded cushions that help lift up your bust and create appealing cleavage. Wear it with low neckline tops or with sheer shirts.

10. Full cup bra

full cup bra provides maximum support and coverage for the chest. It’s especially suitable for women with large busts. Wear it under any outfit that shows less skin, like a turtleneck.

11. Push-up bra

Thanks to the padding in the cups, a push-up bra is perfect for creating an appealing bust shape and an appearance of enlarged cleavage. Wear it under form-hugging and low-cut tops that allow you to reveal the top part of your chest.

12. Smoothing bra

The smoothing bra is designed to smoothen a hangup of fat at the back and create an even silhouette. This makes them perfect for fitted tops and dresses.

Bonus: what bra sister sizes are

A group of different sizes that provide the same cup volume is called bra sister sizes. It means that if you are wearing a size 32E, you might also fit in sizes 30F or 34DD. In other words, sister sizes can be substitutes for your regular bra size.

Please note: This article was updated in September 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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