What is the Difference Between a Bra and a Bralette?

The Lingerie Know it All

Us girls love our bras and have a drawer dedicated to our supportive and pretty pieces that are more than just a piece of cloth. Sports bras, strapless bras, bralettes, wireless, underwire bras and more - all of these styles seem to fall under one category. But, there’s more than what meets the eye.

For instance, how many of us actually go into understanding the different uses and differences between all the bra types and styles out there?

At amanté, we try to address all your questions and put the lingerie whispers in your head at ease. We’re talking differences, benefits and more.

So, what really is the difference between bras and bralettes? Let’s jump into the deets.

The Traditional Bra

Traditional Bra

Traditional bras are made specifically to help shape and support while also being perfect to pair with certain types of clothes all while adding a seamless look to your overall silhouette.

Let’s find out more, shall we?

Shapes and Fabrics


The bra is more structured in form and is designed for support. Available in padded, non-padded, wired and non-wired construction, it is made in different types of fabric - cotton, polyamide, lace, satin, mesh, spandex, silk, etc. Depending on the usage and need, you may pick a bra.

Hook and Eye

Traditional bralette

The traditional bras come with hook and eye closure to secure and fasten your bra. Which is feature lacking in a bralette.

Is it for You?

The best part is that, bras can be worn easily by women of all shapes and sizes because of support and comfort they provide and because variety in styles and sizes too!

Modern Bralettes

Modern Bralettes

Bralettes are similar to bras but different in many ways. Mostly loved for the comfort and freedom they offer, these beautiful pieces are all about embracing more natural silhouettes. Oh, and don’t forget the style quotient they bring with them.

Shapes and Fabrics

light padding bra

Bralettes usually come with light padding and are almost always non-wired. They are made of cotton, lace and polyamide fabrics and are usually fuss-free and easy to wear.

Fashion First

crop tops

Here’s the fun part - they can be worn as an alternative to crop tops and styled with jeans, shorts and culottes too! A stylish alternative to a saree blouse for a fusion look.

Slip In and Out


The best part about bralettes is the absence of a hook and eye closure, all you need to do is just slip them on and voila! No hooks here.

Is it for You?

For women blessed with a little extra cleavage, bralettes might not be your go-to for a polished firm look but their easy structure make them perfect to lounge around in at home.

If you’re on the more slender side, well, go all out because bralettes only accentuate your style further and make your outfits look prettier.

Now, while both the types are different from each other in their own way, they are perfect, functional and comfortable all at the same time. Wear them as per your needs – whether a cosy day on your couch or a day dedicated to running errands, pick them based on your comfort and need because lingerie is your own personal choice and it’s totally up to you.

There are a whole LOT of bra types out there, more than we can count on our fingers, but you can check out all the 16 types of bras. Choose your bra, your way and embrace your inner beauty while feeling gorgeous inside out.

Explore a world of different bra types and styles at amanté

Check out our other blogs:

Bras for Your Extended Stay at Home
How to Choose the Perfect Bra for Smaller Bust Sizes
Bra Picks for Every Outfit
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