Bra Style Guide:

Types of bra explained

We’re often asked, ‘what type of bra is best?’. There are many different bra styles and so the honest answer is it depends on what you’re looking for! Our bra style guide is here to help you navigate your way through the different bra shapes and styles and arm you with the knowledge to know what to look for.

If you’re not sure about what bra styles might work well for you or if you have any other questions, we’d love to help. You can call us on our toll-free number +1 877 826 3857 (we’re open 7 days a week) or chat to us via Live Chat.

What are the different types of bra?

Did you know?

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!

Did you know?

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.

Did you know?

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!

Did you know?

We offer a friendly, knowledgeable and free fitting service in our stores, over the phone, by email or via Live Chat on our website. We'd love to hear from you soon!

Other things to look out for when choosing a bra…

Stretch Lace

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.

Side Sling

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.

How do I find a bra that fits?

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.

What to do if your bra is uncomfortable


We advise what we believe to be a good fit, but only you can know if your bra feels comfortable. If your bra is uncomfortable, please get in touch with us so we can help.