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Groan! I hear you say. Not more Bra styles! Enough already! Not again, so soon! We prefer Panties!
But hold on to your panties – this one is a slightly different take, and contains some useful information, I hope. All bra style descriptions are written with the female in mind, none of them look at bra’s from a CD perspective. Until now. I am only covering the main bra styles, and “free-standing” forms rather than self-adhesive forms. There are around 23 styles of bra with some being a hybrid of of other styles.
Bear in mind that Bra’s are designed for the female body type and pose certain challenges to our barrel chested, wide shouldered male physique. And, because we revere them so much, maybe our expectations are higher?
The Full Coverage or full cup bra.
The “Queen of Support” and the best all-rounder. The standard go-to bra for many women, especially older women. Back in the last century, before the advent of stretchy stuff these were pretty structured, semi-rigid , un-elastic and unexciting- the original “over the shoulder boulder holder.” Which gives away their main purpose. To support the
boulderbreast. Pretty much de-rigueur for the larger bosomed lady.
And ideal for the CD who likes a larger, therefore he heavier pair! The extended cup covers the tear drop form and holds it to the chest wall, and the many-piece construction provides some 80% of the load bearing capacity. Essential for D cup and larger forms. However, the underwires can cause problems with our wider ribcage, so it is essential to buy ones that fit well. The wider shoulder straps are better with sloping shoulders, and help keep your forms close to your chest. Okay with triangular forms too. Often very pretty and colourful. Softer wired versions allow a lovely girly walk in a similar way to soft-cup bras. (thanks Laura.)
The balconette or demi-cup Bra. The “presentation” or “Melons on a grocers shelf” or “Two princesses on a balcony shouting “hello boys!”” – shelf Bra.
Good for bounce and jiggle under a loose (preferably sheer) blouse. Good for support from below, but with less upper form coverage because the cups are lower. Often very pretty and sexy. A good all rounder for the medium sized lady. Wide set straps are good for low cut tops. Good for Nipple-presenters. My favourite!
Good for round “pert” or triangular forms- gives a high and perky look. No good for teardrops! And not good for forms above D cup.
Bad for falling out if you lean too far forward – your forms will spill out and either bounce off the pavement or come to rest against your skirt waistband under your blouse. Also the straps are wide-set and tend to slip off your sloping shoulders.
The Push-up “Make the most of what you’ve got” bra.
Gives the girls some extra Ooomph! Designed to shove ’em in and shove ’em up. Good to make the best of natural breasts. Alleviates the east-west movement of forms trying to hide under your armpits. The straps are wide set and can slip off. Drop out can be problematic.
The Plunger or Cleavage bra.
Creates cleavage by pushing your forms closer to the centre-line. Best chance of a cleavage for natural breasts. Also good for plunging necklines as long as you don’t mind the edges/top of your forms being visible (but can cover them with a camisole or transparent top.) Not great for smaller than a C-cup as there is not much to work with. A bit of a specialist bra.
The Bralette or “underdresser” bra.
No structure or underwires, wide straps and the band usually has no hooks& eyes to show under clothing. many are of the “pull over” type. So, good for … underdressing! Good for natural breasts or small forms not bigger than a B-cup. Bad for larger forms, which tip forward as there is no cup support, and are in grave danger of succumbing to gravity and slipping out under the light band. They are usually lacy and quite pretty. Good for sleeping in. And good for the nipple-presenter if that’s what tickles your fancy. So, bad for the nipple-hider! There are some bralettes (thanks Krista) that do have back closures and insertable pads, even some with underwiring and these are similar to soft cup bra’s, so my comments on those also apply.
The Pocket Bra – “The Crossdresser” or “What’s it got in its pocketses, Precious?” Sorry.
These are essentially designed for men(but still use women’s chest sizing), and are similar to the full cup bra, but have an extra layer of material to form a pocket to hold your forms in, and stop them falling out when you lean forward. So they are structured and usually underwired. Next to useless for forms bigger than a C-cup as the pocket openings are too small to insert larger forms into! A rather pointless bra – it doesn’t do anything a normal bra doesn’t do. And useless for self-adhesive forms. And not sexy! I can’t get away from the “designed for men” connotations.
The Strapless. The “bare shoulders” bra.
Good for the iconic bare shoulder female look – and nothing else. Overstructured and rigid as all the support has to come from the wide band and often padded cups. Bad for showing under clothes. Bad for giving the forms a weird appearance as they are slightly distorted. (With GG’s often give a “quad-boob” look.) Thick, plain and not sexy. Risk of popping out – so not for big girls! Can be uncomfortable to wear. Nipple-hiders! A specific purpose bra.
The T-shirt bra. “The smoothie.”
Moulded and seamless for a smooth outline under clothes. Sometimes slightly padded. Favoured by many CD’s. Apparently the best seller in the US. Good for natural breasts and forms up to an F-cup. Support for larger forms is poor. Good for stick-ons. Bad for being sweaty as the padded cups are not breathable. Good under T-shirts and jumpers – but can show the curvature of the cup under light clothing. Often boring and undecorated and not sexy. Not really lingerie as too utilitarian. Nipple-hider! Advice is to wear a nude colour under a white top, not a white one. Not in my bradrobe! Not pretty enough for me.
Minimiser Bra – “The suppressor” – to lower presentation. Why???
Sports bra “The sportswoman” or “Anti-jiggler.”
Good for a firm hold. Clasps your lovely soft boobs to your chest in a tight hug, so the girls won’t move about. At all. Not even a little. Good if you are indulging in sports. Good to use as shapewear? Bad for sexiness. Bad for the boob-bouncer aficionadoes. Nipple-hiders! Nah! Not feminine enough for me.
The soft Bra – “The natural” or “braless bra.” “The bounce and swayer.”
Goodbye to the “Hello Boys!” bombshell look in favour of a more relaxed look. Much less structured than the full coverage bra and often not underwired. Good for “drop and separate” – downwards and outwards, to look like more natural breasts – a flatter and more spread out look. Good for forms up to max D-cup, after which too much sag and the dreaded pendulous look. Lovely word that – pendulous. Good for natural breasts.
Very good for the Nipple-presenter, the boob-bouncer and the jiggler, and sets up a lovely natural rhythm when walking. So femme! Bad for forms obeying the laws of gravity and trying to escape downwards, especially if the band is not tight. Some bralettes are similar. Can be a bit plain and unsexy. Imho.
Sorry, not time to cover basques , bustiers, corsets, bullet bra’s (bullet bras!) and other specialised stuff. maybe another time, if there is demand for it……… Mmmm, I might do panties next.
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