A balconette is a popular shape as it offers a rounded look and great support with less coverage than a full cup style. The straps tend to be a little wider-set and join at the side of the cup rather than the centre.
Plunge bras offer less coverage (but no less support!). Many big-boobed women find that the low centre wires in a plunge are super comfy and they work really well under low-cut outfits as there’s no pesky lines peeking out over the top of your clothes!
Just as it says on the tin – full cup bras offer all-over coverage and great support. Lots of Bravissimo girls tell us they feel really secure in this shape. The straps are a little closer-set, joining at the centre of the cups so this style is ideal if you find that your straps tend to slip off your shoulders.
Not everyone's boobs 'fit the mold' so a seam-free style may not always work for you - however we do offer styles with barely-there seams for a smooth silhouette which are a great option for under T-shirts, too!
T-shirt bras can be padded or unpadded. They are seam-free (or molded) which means the cups are a fixed shape and give a smooth line under clothes. Not everyone ‘fits the mold’, so we have a range which are cleverly constructed with barely-there seams, so they offer the same smooth silhouette.
Bravissimo girls can feel secure while going strapless (yes, really!). Strapless bras give you the freedom to wear what you want and they’re cleverly designed to prevent slipping.
Sometimes called a demi-cup, this style is slightly less covering than a balconette and offers an upfront and uplifted shape. These bras boost your cleavage from the bottom and can be great if you don’t have as much volume at the top of your boobs.
You are probably not 'one bra size'! Compare buying a bra with buying a pair of shoes - you might know what size generally feels good, but things like styles, shapes and brands can make a difference.
Bralettes tend to be non-wired and give lighter support. We also offer wired bralettes to give the look of a bralette (but with all the support us Bravissimo girls look for!). You can find out more in our Bralette Guide.
Business at the front… party at the back! Front fastening bras have the clasp or hook and eye between your boobs at the front, so they’re really easy to get on and off, and often have pretty detailing at the back. They are a great option for lower-cut outfits as they usually have a low centre front with wires slightly wider set which some Bravissimo girls find really comfy.
Sports bras work by holding your boobs close to your chest for maximum hold and minimum movement. They tend to be made from non-stretch fabric with minimal stretch to reduce jiggle, so you can beat the bounce and go for it!
It's completely normal to have one boob bigger than the other. For most of us they are not identical - think of your boobs as sisters, rather than twins!
There are lots of reasons why you may prefer to wear a non-wired bra. While they tend not to offer as much support as underwired styles, they offer a soft fit and natural shape that it great for those us who prefer not to wear wires.
Nursing bras are designed to accommodate your body through pregnancy and beyond and have clips and drop-down cups for breastfeeding. They tend to be non-wired or have flexi-wires, which are softer and more flexible than normal wires and help to provide more uplift and separation than a non-wired style.
Our sleep bras are designed to give you a bit of extra support while you’re sleeping or lounging. They’re non-wired and have a soft band and padded straps so they’re super comfy.
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Stretch lace bras are great for those of us who have one boob bigger than the other (which is most of us!). They mold to your individual shape, so they work for Bravissimo girls with more or less volume or those of us who fluctuate in size during the month.
A side sling (or side support) is a panel at the side of your bra that pulls your boobs in for a forward-facing look.
Padded bras don’t necessarily add bulk – the padding is there to give a rounded shape and a smooth look (as well as an extra job of nipple coverage!).
Molded bras = seam-free! Molded bras are made from one piece of material which gives a smooth look under T-shirts and can be padded or non-padded.
There a few things to look for, to know if your bra is fitting you well. The underband should be firm but comfortable, the wires should lie flat against your chest and your boobs should be fully enclosed in the cups. You can read more about this in our bra fitting guide.
If you ever have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch - we love to help women feel confident and amazing! Come and see us in our New York store, give us a call or contact us via live chat. We can fit you over the phone and via chat (yes, really!) so you don’t need to be near a store to get the Bravissimo experience.