18 Bra Types Every Girl Must Know

How many times have you avoided wearing a certain outfit – simply because you didn’t have a bra to match? Or rather didn’t know what’s the right bra to wear underneath! We break down all the known bra types to help you find the right bra – fit for any outfit or occasion!

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How many times have you avoided wearing a certain outfit simply because you didn’t have a bra to match? Or rather, didn’t know what’s the right bra to wear underneath! It’s true, we women often find ourselves in a dilemma when it comes to making smart lingerie choices. Whether you are a teenager feeling a tad overwhelmed by the numerous bras for girls available in the market or a bride-to-be looking for sexy additions to her bridal trousseau, we have you sorted. We have gone ahead and broken down all the different types of bra styles to help you find the right one – fit for any outfit, occasion, design preferences or budget!

#1 Push Up Bra
Women’s push-up bras, also known as the lift-up bras, do exactly as their name suggests – they gently push your breasts upwards and move them close together to give you sexy cleavage. They are padded on the under-side of the cups with either silicone gel or foam to lift up the breast tissue, and come in 3 different levels of push up – gentle, moderate and explosive!

Although they are best paired with low-cut tops or dresses, you may wear them to enhance your curves even under high-neck outfits. Whatever the size and shape of your breasts, a push-up bra can be comfortable and give you oodles of confidence. Buy a push-up bra online on Zivame based on your style and functionality requirements – there are many types to choose from.

#2 Padded Bra
This is one style every woman should own! The padded cups of the bra prevent nipple show under T-shirts and fitted outfits. Women’s padded bras can be underwired for added support or wire-free for all-day comfort. What’s more, the padded bra has different necklines and coverages for different sized breasts. So, choose wisely to find the style that’s best suited for your girls! Remember that you can wear one even if you have a fuller bust – simply choose the lightly-padded variety for enhanced comfort and a smooth, seamless look.
#3 T-shirt Bra
The ultimate style staple for your lingerie drawer, ladies’ T-shirt bras are padded bras designed for everyday comfort. Designed to go invisible under body-hugging outfits, this bra has seamless, smooth cups that do not show and support your bust gently. They come in a variety of styles, from strapless to plunge. While indulging in some T-shirt bra online shopping on Zivame, keep in mind that all T-shirt bras are padded to different extents, but not all padded bras are seamless and meant for T-shirts!
#4 Convertible Bra
One-strap, two-straps, strapless or cross-back – the convertible bra has a wealth of styles to pick from and is hence also known as the multi-way bra. It comes with detachable straps that can be re-arranged in multiple ways by hooking them onto different slots at the front or the back. Now you can have one bra for a wide variety of outfits!
#5 Strapless Bra
Yes, a women’s strapless bra, as the name suggests, is a bra without straps; and no, it won’t fall off. Perfect for shoulder-baring outfits, the two cups of the strapless bra are held in place by a strong, wired under band. Since all the support comes from this band, it is important to wear the right fit – if it’s too tight, you’ll be uncomfortable and if it’s loose it’ll keep slipping off! Some multi-way bras even come with detachable bra straps that you can wear the way you want or even skip them altogether.
#6 Balconette Bra
A balconette bra is a very delicate lingerie style that gives a gentle lift and a rounded appearance to the bust. With wide set straps and cups that form an almost horizontal neckline (quite similar in appearance to a balcony) this bra can stay hidden under the widest of necks. Our balconette bra online collection has many elegant numbers that can be worn regularly.
#7 Bandeau Bra
A cross between a strapless bra and a tube top, the bandeau is simply a band or a strip of stretchable fabric that can be pulled onto the bust over the head. It has no straps, no cups and no fastenings. The bandeau is more of a casual bra to wear at-home or to sleep in as it provides minimum support but maximum comfort!
#8 Bralette
A strappy bralette is a no-fuss bra! Usually unlined, unpadded and wire-free, bralettes can be styled as both underwear and outerwear. Though essentially considered to be a bra, they are designed with minimal construction and can be slipped on easily. Buy a bralette bra online on Zivame – show off those gorgeous peeking lace edges under loose-fit tops and low necklines!
#9 Sports Bra
Sturdier than everyday bras, women’s sports bras are designed to provide support to the breasts during workouts. Engineered to prevent bounce and hold the bust firm during strenuous movement, they are a must-have for every woman during exercising. There are many types of sports bras, including the padded sports bras, compression or encapsulation sports bras, pull-over or back-clasp sports bras, etc. Slip on your favourite sports bra for the gym with ease and work out for as long as you please!
#10 Plunge Bra
Have you ever found yourself wondering, ‘what is a plunge bra?’ A plunge bra is designed to show off cleavage under deep-neck outfits. With a deep centre gore and cups that cut away on the sides, they easily mould to the shape of the breast. This bra vanishes under low necklines, while giving a fuller appearance to the bust and cleavage. Note that there are many variants, including the deep plunge bra, multiway plunge bra, etc. and you must consider getting one based on your bust type, outfit and of course, your style sensibility.
#11 Stick-On Bra
Stick on bras are perfect for backless and sheer-back outfits. The adhesive stick-on bras are designed with a gentle adhesive substance along the cups and wings, and glue seamlessly on to your curves. There are also silicone stick-on bras that come without side wings and work as an efficient alternative.
#12 Mastectomy Bra
Mastectomy bras are designed for women who’ve undergone a mastectomy without breast reconstruction. They are thoughtfully designed with silicone prosthesis pockets in each cup and feather-soft fabric that has an anti-microbial finish, making them a comfortable as well as practical option.
#13 Maternity Bra
Specially designed to give extra comfort and support, maternity bras, or feeding bras as they are also popularly called, have moulded cups of elastane fabric to accommodate changing breast shape and size during pregnancy. Some baby feeding bras also feature thoughtfully crafted cups with easily removable flaps that can be unhooked to allow comfortable breast-feeding post pregnancy – these are called nursing bras.
#14 Minimizer Bra
If you have always struggled to find a supportive bra for heavy breasts, you are in luck. You can now buy a minimizer bra online on Zivame as a resolution to this problem. It is a boon for women who want to reduce the appearance of a large bust under fitted dresses. These bras are engineered to visually reduce the projection and circumference of the chest, by redistributing breast tissue to create the appearance of a smaller bust. They also provide the added benefit of extra support and shaping for a proportionate look.
#15 No Sag Bra
Sagging breasts are a sad reality for a lot of women. A no-sag bra can help alleviate your troubles as it is the most functional and comfortable bra for sagging breasts! Designed with high-strength, no-stretch fabric, this sagging breasts bra is highly functional and holds the breast tissue firmly in place. The breast-tightening bra’s reinforced frame, wide back and thick straps work together to give a youthful lift and prevent sagging.
#16 Cami Bra
With the coverage of a camisole and the support of a bra, this bra is the perfect combination of style and functionality. The camisole bra features high necklines and full cups to conceal cleavage under deep neck outfits. Some styles are underwired and padded to give a gently rounded lift, while others feature detachable straps for multiway styling.
#17 Longline Bra
Both stylish and functional, the longline bra provides extended coverage from below the bust to a few inches above the belly button; some might even be of dual purpose and help shape your waist. With an extra wide band that helps in slimming and gives a sleek and sexy look, this bra is great for layering under everyday outfits or even bridal wear. Go ahead and order a longline bra online on Zivame after referring to our detailed sizing guide for a perfect fit.
#18 Cage Bra
The caged bra is a stylised padded bra with multi-strap designer back and neckline that are meant to be shown off! Perfect for low cut and sheer back outfits, this bra is a universally loved style that is both sexy and supportive.

Women go through myriad bodily changes, be it pregnancy, weight gain or loss, growth spurts (for adolescents), etc. We recommend that you reassess your bust measurements every six months and stock up on the right bras for yourself. It is always a good idea to read wash care instructions for an extended life. The right bra can give you unbridled confidence and help you face every day with renewed energy. Come shop on Zivame to satisfy all your lingerie needs – log in to our website or mobile app now!

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2 Comments
  1. Sasmits 2 years ago
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    Hi mam my size is 30B so kindly suggest me some bra for western wear nd Indian wear

  2. Kartik Aggarwal 2 years ago
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    awesome i loved it to knew things discover for more

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