16 Types of Bra: Understanding Different Types & Styles of Bra

The amanté Closet Style Guide

So, there are a whole LOT of bra types out there. But what’s the difference and how does it even matter, you ask? Confused between a plunge and a balconette? Can’t make up your mind between choosing a wired or non-wired? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Now you’ll never have to guess which bra is right for you.

First, let’s understand the different types of bras based on their construction, neckline, neckline shape and function. Once you’re done with this, we’ll go into explaining each type in detail.

Bra types based on construction:

  • Wired
  • Non-wired
  • Padded
  • Non-padded

Bra types based on neckline:

  • Full coverage
  • Demi coverage

Bra styles based on neckline shape:

  • Sweetheart neckline
  • Plunge
  • Balconette 
  • Bra types based of function
  • T-shirt Bra
  • Push-up Bra
  • Strapless/multiway Bra
  • Sports Bra
  • Minimiser 
  • Bralette 
  • Front closure Bra

1. Wired Bra

Wired Bras

With a metal underwire sewn into the cups, a wired bra supports and shapes your breasts to create the perfect silhouette. You’ll get that much needed support and lift with this style. This type of bra is available in both full coverage and demi coverage styles.

2. Non-wired Bra

Non Wired - Wireless Bra

The non-wired bra doesn’t have a metal underwire in the cups, making it much more flexible and easy to move in. The elasticity of the band and straps provide support to your breasts. Perfect for comfort and long periods of time.

3. Padded Bras

The smooth moulded cups of a padded bra will give you an uplifted and a seam-free look. Many of amanté padded bras come with 2MM padding which are ultra-thin. They not only provide the right kind of coverage but also give you a sleek look.

4. Non-padded Bras

Non-padded types of bra don’t come with additional padding in the cups. The cups are simple in form and come with 2 or more layers of fabric. Women with fuller breasts may often be seen opting for non-padded bras. Without the padding, you might feel that the bra is not overly accentuating your breasts but is also providing you the right amount of support you need.

5. Full Cover Bra

Full Cover Bra

Full cover bra offers more coverage for the top of the breast while providing support and comfort all day long. Available in seamless options to be worn under fitted clothing, this style is perfect for women with heavier bust size who want to eliminate any movement in their bust, or as an everyday bra which offers complete coverage.

6. Demi-cup Bra

Demi Cup Bra

With cups that cover half the breasts, the demi bra provides a natural look to your bust with the same comfort of a T-shirt bra. The cups of these bras offer less coverage than full cup bras, but more than a balconette. They also provide lift to your bust and accentuate your cleavage.

7. Sweetheart Neckline

Sweetheart Neckline Bra

The sweetheart neckline bra is perfect for any outfit with a low neckline! It provides medium coverage for a natural cleavage and all the comfort and support you need to look gorgeous and effortless.

8. Plunge Neckline

Plunge Bra

The plunge bra has cups which are low cut making them perfect for outfits with low necklines. These bras are also available with padding, providing a certain degree of lift and contouring to your bust.

9. Balconette Neckline

Balconette Bra

With cups that only cover your breasts partially, the Balconette bra offers much less coverage than a T-shirt or a push-up bra. It gives you a natural lift and a much more naturally contoured look. Because this type of bra offers less coverage, it is better suited on women with small to average sized busts. As the straps are wide, balconette bras make for great inner wear when wearing a boat neck silhouette.

10. T-shirt Bra

T-shirt Bra

The T-Shirt bra is a staple and MUST Have in every woman’s wardrobe. Generally seamless with moulded cups, it provides a smooth look, which makes it ideal under fitted clothing.

Note: With amanté's ultra-light 2MM padding, these bras can contour and accentuate your figure without making you feel bulky.

11. Push-Up Bra

Pushup Bra

The padding in a push-up bra will centre, shape and accentuate your bust. It can also help you go up a cup size for a more ‘full’ look. Push-up bras also help give a uniform appearance for asymmetrical bust shapes. Being one of the most popular types of bras, they are available in wired and non-wired options, as well as with full-coverage or demi cups. Push-up bras are great for when you want to accentuate your silhouette, or when you plan to wear an outfit with a low neckline. Seamless push-up bras that can be worn under tight shirts and fitted T-Shirts.

12. Strapless Bra

Strapless Bra

Stylish yet invisible, the strapless bra gives you all the support of a regular bra without the shoulder straps. This makes the strapless bra perfect for when you want to wear an off-shoulder or halter-neck style outfit.

13. Multiway Bra

Multiway Bra

The multiway bra is one of the most versatile bras types in lingerie. With straps that detach at one or both ends, they can be re-attached in multiple ways, to meet the needs of different outfits.

The straps can be worn:

  • Traditionally – both straps attach front to back
  • Strapless – without the strap
  • Single Strap – with only one strap
  • Halter-neck – with a single strap around the neck
  • Cross-back – with the straps crossing across the back

14. Bralettes


This fashion-first style is perfect for special occasions. They look great when worn under sheer ensembles, blazers and tops with plunging necklines, or even worn on their own with a chic pair of trousers! There is no underwire in a bralette making it very easy to slip it on and move freely while wearing one.

15. Front Closure Bra

Front closure

A front closure bra has a clasp in the front, right between the cups, rather than on the back of the band. As the clasp is located at the front of the bra, it offers a smooth finish at the back. This style of bra is available in various fun colours, perfect for those deep neckline outfits.

16. Sports Bra

Sports bra

A regular bra will support you through your day, but isn’t meant to be worn during any intense activity. Designed to support your breasts and back during physical activities, a sports bra can be categorised based on the intensity of the physical activity.

16.1 Low Impact

Designed for comfort first and support second, a low impact sports bra is very flexible and allows you to move freely. It’s perfect for low intensity activities such as yoga, walking, pilates and cycling can be done comfortably with a low impact sports bra.

16.2 Medium Impact

With more support than a low impact sports bra, a medium impact sports bra is ideal for any activity which results in a greater amount of breast movement and ‘bounce’. Hiking, playing golf, weight lifting and power walking are activities that are ideal for this type of sports bra.

16.3 High Impact

A high impact sports bra provides the highest degree of support to the breasts. Wear a high impact sports bra whenever you’re doing any activity which could create a lot of movement of the bust, like running, skipping, jogging, etc.

Well, that’s all for now. Don’t get overwhelmed just make sure you choose the right bra based on the function you’d like it to serve. Some of them are must-haves, some are bare-essentials while the others might be for a special occasion. In case you’re wondering which bra style suits your breast shape, we have another blog on different types of breast shapes. The perfect bra for you is out there, it’s time to go looking!

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