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    stephanie plumb
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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 boulder  breast.  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.

    Stephanie P.

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      Mikey Johnson
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      Hi Steph!  Excellent post as always – many thanks!

      I would disagree on two points.  One, I have a couple of pocket bras from Glamour Boutique, and they are rather special.  They are lacy and pretty, and they keep the girls contained – no possibility of escape.  But more importantly, they are quite sheer in front, and present the girls in a very natural manner, but with a bit of support.  They look almost braless under a light top, but you do have to deal with the straps.

      And that brings me to the other point – I agree that most strapless bras are not good, but I’ve found a couple from Third Love that are excellent.  They have good coverage, and contain the forms quite well.  They also stay up (somehow – the edges have silicone on them).  And they’re quite comfy and the girls are nicely presented.   I have bought a couple of “bargain” strapless that did disappoint, so maybe you just have to spend some cash for the good ones.

      So that’s my two cents worth.  And, I am also intrigued by Gracie’s “pantless crutchies!”  Can’t wait to hear more about that!

      Mikey XOXO

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      Hilda Beaumont
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      Steph M’dear
      That is a great review of bras. In a previous life I was a teacher and developed ‘chooser chats’ which contained useful summaries of information the learners could use to make choices as to what to use for particular purposes. I remember a particularly good one on fastenings for learners who were designing and making clothes. They were usually very visual in nature. I think your wonderful summary ( a taxonomy really) of bra types with pro and con information could be turned into a highly visual easy to use bra chooser chart. Might the powers that be at CDH take this on a a resource that would be useful to us gals? They might able to get sponsorship from various bra type manufactures. What do my other sisters think?
      Love and Hugs
      HildaRuth 💋💋

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      Stevie Steiner
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      Urggg.  Thanks Steph.  You’ve just made me realize how badly I need to buy more bras.  A lot more bras.  No, really.  Let’s forget the panties and camisoles, my bra selection is …. lacking. 😪

      Stevie

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      Autumn Valiant
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      Hi Stephanie!

      This post of yours isn’t just good, it’s epic! Thank you for this one.

      As for the opening salvo….. if the number of comments and likes on my past posts are any indication at all, the ladies here at CDH definitely prefer bras to panties when it comes to posts. 😉

      Give me a soft cup bralette that I don’t need forms for. Something sheer, lacy, stylish, cute, pretty……

      Perhaps my preference will change one day when I get around to buying myself a set of breast forms.

      Hugs

      Autumn

       

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        Polly Stewart
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        Plumb… great research and a great line-up of the essentials!

        Full coverage for my D-DD forms! When I run they ‘run’ with me! How fab! I can’t say anything else… the style suits me as a broad shouldered type and I heartily dislike forms showing or worse, falling out!
        What about you? Polly xxx

        Ps: when I get augmented they will be at my whim! I can then wear bra types that feel good, sexy… or otherwise.

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      Laura Lovett
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      Bra-vo, Steph – well thought out and researched list – the breast one I’ve ever seen.

      I like the soft wired full cup bras, as they allow a really natural feeling bounce, which encourages me to walk in a girly way, as they set up a natural rhythm, whilst keeping the fillets in place under all conditions.

      Marks and Spencer make really good (but not cheap) ones.

      Suits you, mam.

      Love Laura.

       

       

       

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        stephanie plumb
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        It comes from decades of trying out bra’s and forms in combinations (plus a little research).  Makes a change, doesn’t it, from the uninformative  “I like a push-up  bra, it makes me feel sexy, how about you?” type of post?

        You and I have similar tastes – we are both natural rhythm girly walkers. Lately I have been trying out soft unstructured bra’s – I am experimenting with the natural braless look. Almost pendulous.

        Love Steph xx

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          Diana Morgan
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          Thanks Steph & Laura, the natural swing of a womans breast as she walks was something I’d never considered, this will need some experimentation and (groan) something else to surreptitiously observe on the street!

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            Laura Lovett
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            That’s why coffee shops often have tables in the street!

            Everyone watches people – and en femme, it’s a natural thing to do. Sometimes you get rewarded with a smile, or, the ultimate, a lovely conversation!

            Love Laura

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      Beth Green
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      Wow, what a wonderfully informative post. I’m small so a B cup is about as far as I like to go. I have tried C but it doesn’t feel or look right to me. It might be the influence of my history. My mother was small and of course I  started with her things, as most boys do. My favorite GG girlfriends and my ex-wife were all A or B. What this really leads to is that I don’t need so much support but it has to be lacy and sexy.

      As for a panty discussion, I look forward to it! Lol. I just had such a discussion with my GG best friend. I think she might be making a birthday/Christmas list for me!

      Beth

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      Krista
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      Good Morning Stephanie.  Thank You for the review of bras from the perspective of a CD.  I have every one of the bras you’ve described in my collection of over 50 bras.  My one addition to your descriptions deals with bralettes, my favourite style of bra.  Why you ask?  Of my over 20 bralettes, over 90% have two or three hook closures in the back (so there is no awkward pulling over the head).  Their lace construction is very attractive. I always try to buy bralettes with removable padded inserts.  That way I can wear it with the padded inserts, without the padded inserts, or bonus, I can take out the inserts and put in my breast forms (similar to a pocket bra but much sexier as they are designed for women).  Once those forms are inserted into the bralette, they are NOT going to fall out no matter how hard you bounce and jiggle.  Keep up the good work, look forward to your next review (but not sure of Grace’s suggestion of pantless crutchies).  All the Best, Hugs, Krista.

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        stephanie plumb
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        Hi Krista, I have amended my descriptions to incorporate the type of bralette you describe. Your favourites seem to have the plus points of the typical bralette and soft cup bra in one “superbralette” item. My, you sure have a large collection!  I have no idea what a “pantless crutchie” is so I will have to consult with Grace on that one!

        Hugs, stay well, Steph xx

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      Grace Scarlett
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      Hello ( groans ) Steph.

      Beautifully descriptive…

      This sounds really boring, but i like my breasts to be comfortable, so i go for the full cup. They hold teardrops so snuggly….i really dont need/want my rock n rolla’s bouncing around the red wine in Tesco’s…..

      ( 📢   =   Booby malfunction in aisle 6 !! )

      So i will leave the….  peek – a – boo, look at you!!!, plunged from view, pushed up two, padded phew!!! and the latex crew….. to all the rest of you girls…. after all, there’s something for everyone.

      This girls cup does not runneth over…..

      grace xxx.

      p.s.    will the next post include pantless crutchies???.very popular 😂😂

       

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        stephanie plumb
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        Hi Grace,

        You are a snuggler. I am a bouncing Jiggler!  Both can be achieved with a full-cup bra.

        I know what you mean about aisle 6. You bend forward to reach for that cheap bottle of wine (they always put the cheapies on the bottom shelf), and plop! out they come! Squishy bounce!   So embarrassing! Someone has called for the manager…………   So yeah the full cup bra could be described as “The supermarket wine shopper.”    You could of course wear a balcony bra and only buy middle shelf wines, like I do.

        Its wonderful that there is a bra style for every taste, with some of the more  exotic ones, beloved by the – more – exotic – girls, like  cut-outs for  nipple showers, and the bondage-wired sort, made from leather, latex, rubber and PVC  (styles that I know nothing about.)

        We need to have a serious talk about “pantless crutchies!”  I am intrigued…

        Hugs (from me and your bra), Steph xx

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          Grace Scarlett
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          Gosh….i agree, all the cheaper wines are on tbe bottom shelf….so I’ve been told!!!

          so the skimpier the bra, the higher up the shelves you shop, so more expensive…….

          i love Chateauneuf du pape….but going to Tesco’s topless!!!….noooooo

          haha, grace 😂😂

           

           

           

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            stephanie plumb
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            You have (slightly) expensive taste!   Not my cup of tea – but only because its French. I will not drink Macron juice.  I like good Aussie and NZ wines.  Give me “perth pink” over Macron juice anytime.

            You be careful reaching so high! Your boobs might escape under the band and end up round your waist if you are tucked in, or dropping through to bounce off your shoes.

            hugs, Steph  🍷🍷🍷

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      Amanda Burton
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      Wow you certainly busted out the information there Stephanie. Boob encasement engineering specialist Mrs Stephanie Plumb. “No boob left out, no forms deformed”. 

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        stephanie plumb
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        I have a good selection in my my bra-drobe and boob-drobe.   As bras and panties are so popular I thought, if you can’t beat ’em – join ’em. So I  jumped on the bandwagon to teach the lingerie lovers a thing or two some might find useful. No expertise in the exotic range so I left them  out.  Mmmm – possible research and post, could combine with exotic tucking as well.

        Bra hugs, Steph- BEES. xx

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          Grace Scarlett
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          Oooeeerr Steph…

          erotic exotic tucking…cant wait

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            Amanda Burton
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            Exotic tucking, is that with a cocktail umbrella, with a olive on inserted into the end?

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            Grace Scarlett
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            Yikes….#eyeswatering

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      Marlie Shyly
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      A lot of good info there. I have D-DD forms and I want something that is going to look good under my clothes.
      Marlie

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        stephanie plumb
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        Full cup bra’s best for you then, or a good balcony bra for a little more bounce.

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