34 Bras Every Woman Must Know About

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 Lift-up Bras, do exactly as their name suggests – they gently push your breasts upwards and move them close together to give you that enhanced 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. Pair your Push-Up Bra with a sleeveless turtleneck bodysuit, skinny jeans and pencil heels for those killer curves.

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.

Pair your favourite Padded Bra with a fitted blouse, leather tights and heels for a night of dancing and fun!

#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!

Pair your T-shirt Bra with a fitted tee for a seamless and smooth look. Vintage style bell bottoms, boots and a cute hat will complete your easy going afternoon ‘on the go’ look.

#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 rearranged 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!

Convert your Bra into a cross-back, to pair with a noodle strap top. Slip into a short A-line skirt and sneakers. Add some faux gold hoops and you are good to go on a coffee date.

#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.

Pair your Strapless Bra with a sexy strapless dress. Go for neutral makeup with a hint of red lippie and nude heels, so your dress can shine on your dinner date.

#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.

Pair your Balconette Bra with a wide neck blouse to show off your decolletage. Pair this duo with a hand painted chiffon sari and stand out at any afternoon party you get invited to. 

#7 Lace Bra:

One of the most sensuous pieces of lingerie is a Lace Bra. As the name suggests, it is made of delicate lace and is available in a range of colours and styles. Perfect for the bedroom as well as for regular wear, Lace Bras are available in full-coverage cups, demi-cups, push-up styles and many other variations. You can even go for a pretty Lace Bralette for a fun yet classy look.

Pair your Lace Bra with a low-neck top so even if your Bra peeks through, it looks cute. Wear a high-waisted midi skirt and strappy sandals to finish this day look.

#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 Bras, 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 loosely-fitted tops and low necklines!

Pair your Bralette with some denim shorts, military-style boots, and a flower headband to the next music festival in town. Throw in a jacket for added comfort.

#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 to hold the bust firmly during strenuous movement, they are a must-have for every woman during exercising. There are many types of Sports Bras available in the market today: padded Sports Bras, compression or encapsulation Sports Bras, pull-over or back-clasp Sports Bras, etc. 

Pair your Sports Bra with leggings/shorts and gym shoes for a workout. Add a sports jacket and a cap for the ‘out of gym’ athleisure look.

#10 Plunge Bra:

Have you ever found yourself wondering, ‘what is a Plunge Bra?’ Well, we’re here to answer that question. 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 breasts. 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.

Pair your daring Plunge Bra with a plunge neck jacket and pants set worn with heels, sleek hair and a bold lip. It’s a red carpet look you will love to try out for photoshoots/Instagram.

#11 Stick-On Bra:

Stick-On Bras are perfect for backless and sheer-back outfits. The 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.

Pair your Stick-On Bra with a sheer back floor-length gown with pencil heels and a statement necklace for your best friend’s engagement party.

#12 Underwired Bra:

If you are curvy or are looking for a Bra that provides superior support, wired Bras are the ideal picks. These Bras have a wire stitched at the bottom of the cup to prevent any saggy appearance of the breasts while offering an alluring shape. The best Underwired Bras have good quality wires – in many styles – which are great for daily wear.

Pair your Underwired Bra with a collared shirt, trousers and heeled oxfords for a work meeting.

#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.

Pair your Maternity Bra with a flowy floral dress and comfortable flats for a party. 

#14 Minimiser 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 solution 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.

Pair your Minimiser Bra with a fitted kurta pyjama set for a family function. Chandbalis and embellished flats will complete your look. Wear your dupatta stole style- no more cover-ups required!

#15 Transparent Strap Bra:

Want to wear a backless or strapless number to a party, but worried about going strapless? Get your mitts on a transparent strap Bra. These are basic Bras (with or without wires) which have plastic straps on the shoulder and back, making them ideal for outfits which otherwise reveal straps.

Pair your Transparent Strap Bra with a cowl neck strappy top and a skirt. Carry a matching handbag and wear slingbacks to complete this look.

#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.

Pair your Cami Bra with high-waisted loose shorts and sneakers for a day at the beach.

#17 Long Line 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 dual-purpose and help shape your waist. With an extra-wide band that helps in slimming and giving 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.

Pair your Longline Bra with a crisp white shirt and blue jeans. Kitten heels and a classic tote will finish this chic look perfectly.

#18 Cage Bra:

The Cage Bra is a stylised padded Bra with a multi-strap designer back and neckline 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.

Pair your Cage Bra with mesh-lined leggings. Finish with a leather jacket and boots. This is the grunge look at its best!

 

#19 Halter-Neck Bra:

If sliding Bra straps have been bothering you- you need a Halter Neck Bra asap! The design of a Halter- Neck Bra eliminates the straps from your back and have them go around your neck instead. It can either be a long strap around your neck or two straps tied at the back of your neck. Owing to this unique Bra design, the Halter-Neck Bra can be worn with a variety of outfits, especially backless dresses and tops.

Pair your Halter Neck Bra with a backless halter-neck blouse and a saree. A top knot hairstyle with chunky silver cuffs and heels will complete your look.

#20 Bandeau Bra:

Bandeau Bra is great for women who like wearing bandeau or tube dresses. It is a stretchy piece of fabric designed to cover your bust.  Unlike Strapless Bras, Bandeau Bras do not have hooks and can be worn easily by simply slipping them on. Since they have no padding, underwires or structured cups, they’re best suited for women with smaller breasts.

Pair your Bandeau Bra with a tube top, flared jeans, platform sandals and a matching handbag for a chic street look.

#21 Non-Padded Bra:

Plus-sized women understand the importance of Non-Padded Bras! They always make your breasts look true to size without any enhancement. Non-padded Bras can be wired or wire-free to suit your comfort levels. Some Non-Padded Bras are designed for a minimiser effect and can make your breasts appear smaller as well. Because of their sleek design and natural look, Non-Padded Bras are great for everyday wear.

Pair your Non-Padded Bra with a smart Salwar Kameez set, ‘Kolhapur’ sandals, silver jewellery and a ‘jhola’ bag for a casual ‘desi’ look.

#22 Racerback Bra:

Straps peeking out of your cute racerback outfit are such a killjoy! Racerback Bras are the solution to this problem. Instead of a traditional Bra with shoulder straps, this one has straps joined between the shoulder blades! The most popular type of Bra featuring a Racerback style is the Sports Bra.

Pair your Racerback Bra with a Racerback tank-top, jeans, cool ‘chappals’ and a cloth tote bag for the ultimate college chic look.

#23 Demi Bra:

If you are after a killer lift and some cleavage action opt for a Demi Bra. Demi Bras have half or 3/4th cups so the top half of your bust gets that heart shaped cleavage you’ve always wanted. 

Pair this Bra with a low-neck dress, stilettos and big wavy hair- the bold look is sure to be a head turner at the next big party you are planning to go to.

#24 Blouze Bra:

Combine a Bra with a sexy blouse – what do you get? A Blouze Bra! Why keep looking for a matching Bra for your blouse when you can get a two-in-one solution? Blouze Bra is a revolutionary invention from Zivame that is a wire-free, padded lace blouse with an in-built Bra.

It can be paired with sarees and lehenga skirts to suit your ‘desi’ look.  For a more modern twist, you can pair it with high-waisted trousers, a smart blazer and boots for a semi-formal look for an office party.

#25 Front Open Bra:

Front Open Bras are a blessing for women with arm mobility issues or simply anyone who is tired of figuring out the back hooks of a Bra. Since there are no hooks at the back, this Bra almost always features an interesting back design mostly with lace. So, ladies who like to bring sexy back- this Bra will let you show-off your back beautifully. Front Open Bras can be underwired and padded or not; depending on your preference.

Pair your Front-Open Bra with a low back dress to display the pretty back design. Kitten heels and gold hoops will complete your easy brunch look.

#26 Wireless Bra:

Just like Underwired Bras, Wireless Bras have their own loyal fan base. Some women prefer going wireless for reasons of comfort. These Bras are extremely comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time. Wire-free Bras can also give you great support like a Wired Bra when they are reinforced with moulded cups.

But if you are still looking for the comfort of a Wire-free Bra with the amazing support of an underwire- go for Zivame’s Wonder Wire Bra. This revolutionary metal-free Bra has a flexi wire which gives you incredible shape and long-wear comfort. It is a must have in your lingerie collection!

Pair your Wire-Free Bra with a smart collared shirt, flared trousers and heels for your next work meeting. Complete your look with neutral lips and a sleek high pony.

#27 Full Support Bra:

Full Support Bras are a must have for full-figured women. If your concerns lie around full bust coverage, zero spillage and maximum support- look no further. A good Full Support Bra will take care of all your problems. For example, Zivame’s Super Support Bras are wire-free, non-padded and are designed with a unique 4-way support system for maximum support and comfort for plus sized women. Wide straps, broad back band along with full coverage ensures you can wear this Bra over long hours comfortably.

Pair your Full Support Bra with a fitted kurta (finally!), palazzo pants and sandals for a casual day out shopping.

#28 Beginner Bra:

Puberty can be a confusing time for growing teenagers. Their bodies are constantly changing and developing. Transitioning to wearing a full time Bra can be daunting. If you are wondering which type of Bra is best for teens- here is your answer!  Wearing a Beginner Bra is the perfect getaway to ease into this new process. Beginner Bras are designed like Sports Bras. They can be easily slipped into without any hassle of hooks and clasps. They are non-wired and non-padded for all day comfort. Some of them also come with built in pockets for removable cookies for nipple coverage. They can be paired with school uniforms and casual tee shirts and shorts for an easy everyday look.

#29 Backless Bra:

Fashionistas would know what a pain it is to find the perfect Backless Bra. A low-back outfit can be tricky to pair with a Bra, as visible straps and bands can spoil the whole look. In Backless Bras the back of the Bra takes centre stage. So Backless Bras usually feature transparent and clear back bands that can be paired with backless and low-back dresses. The front cups may be padded or non-padded according to your preference. Stick-On Bras can also be used as Backless Bras as they provide coverage only in the front.

Pair your Backless Bra with a low back choli and a matching lehenga at your best friend’s wedding. Style your hair into a low nape bun and decorate it with fresh flowers.

#30 Seamless Bra:

Visible seams can ruin your look and make you feel uncomfortable. For a smooth appearance, Seamless Bras designed to have cups with no seams/stitches. They are designed to be discreet and almost invisible under your clothes. They usually feature moulded cups or double layers for structural integrity and nipple coverage. Most T-Shirt Bras are padded and have moulded cups, making them seamless.

However, if Padded Bras are not your cup of tea, try Zivame’s Miracle Bra. Its body is made in a 100% stitch-free design to give you the perfect seamless appearance. The cups have double layers ensuring nipple coverage. Plus, it provides full bust coverage and is so light weight- you will feel almost Bra free! We believe this innovation from Zivame is the most comfortable Bra to ever exist!

If you are wondering which is the best-suited Bra for Kurtis- this is the one! No more hiding behind your dupatta, just get yourself a Seamless Bra! Wear your Kurti confidently with a Patiala salwar, sandals and a matching ‘bindi’.

#31 Built-in Bra:

Camis and slips are comfortable to wear especially when you are unwinding at home. The only downside is their inability to provide any coverage to your bust. Built-in Bras are the solution to this problem. They form the shaping and support structure in a camisole or slip. This way you can wear the cami/tank/slip as an outerwear – eliminating the need for an extra layer of a Bra. Take for example Zivame’s Miracle Shaping Tank which has a Built-in Bra great for support and lift. It also has discreet pockets for removable cookies ensuring nipple coverage. Similarly, the Blouze Bra is also an example of a Built-in Bra.

Pair your Miracle Shaping Tank (with a Built-in Bra) with a high-waisted midi skirt, block heels and a matching handbag for a night out with bae.

 

#32 Multiway Bra:

One of the most versatile Bras to have in your wardrobe is a Multi Way Bra. This Bra can be worn in more ways than one. Designed with convertible straps, Multiway Bras can be worn like a traditional Bra with side shoulder straps, criss-cross style, strapless, single strap- as many ways as you can imagine!

Wear your Multiway Bra like a normal Bra paired with a smart plaid dress with oxford heels to work. Transition your Bra into a Single strap Bra and pair it with a one-sided off-shoulder dress for after-work drinks with friends.

#33 Low-back Bra:

Low-Back Bras are designed to be worn with low-back dresses and tops so that the Bra’s back band is kept out of sight. The back band of the Bra is very narrow, unlike a traditional Bra. Sometimes, instead of a band, Low-Back Bras have straps that go around your waist for support.

Pair you Low- Back Bra with a backless cocktail dress, strappy pencil heels and a smart clutch for a formal do.

#34 Mastectomy Bra:

Mastectomy Bras are designed for women who have had breast removal surgery.  They come with pockets in the cups to insert breast prosthesis to help with the natural appearance of breasts post-surgery.

Mastectomy Bra can be paired with anything from western tops, dresses to kurtas and sarees.   

 

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. Check out Zivame’s Fit Code to know your current Bra size. It is always a good idea to read wash care instructions for extended life. The right Bra can give you unbridled confidence and help you face every day with renewed energy. Head to Zivame and bring home your favourite Bras today!

 

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2 Comments
  1. Sasmits 3 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 3 years ago
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    awesome i loved it to knew things discover for more

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