| 1/4 Cup Bra
Underwire balconette style which is ideal for very low-cut necklines. The cup does not cover the bust as the name suggests but acts as a prop to give support while allowing the bust to sit naturally. The straps are placed to the side of the cup that is ideal for wider necklines also.
|1/2 cup Bra = Balconette Bra
This is underwire and can either be padded or sheer and ideal for low-cut apparel. There is a "balcony" effect with the bust propped up to accentuate the bustline. The straps are placed to the side of the cup that is ideal for wider necklines also.
|Most bra cups may be padded with either foam, air pockets or liquid pockets that may sometimes be removed or inserted. Depending on the style of the cup accentuation occurs in different areas of the bustline.
Push-up Bra = American Push-up Bra
|Underwire ¾ cups that are padded with foam inserts that may sometimes depending on the style be removed or inserted. This style accentuates the bustline to form a central cleavage.
|Not underwire usually and a soft cup. Triangle in shape but not necessarily covering all the bust. Very popular in the '70s and now a fashion staple in many ranges. Not particularly supportive and recommended more for the smaller bust or breast augmentation. The straps are located centrally at the top of the triangle.
|Usually available with removable straps, generally underwire and lined with silicon to avoid slipping when worn strapless. May be moulded, padded or non-padded and always ½ cup or bandeau in construction. If worn with straps these are placed to the side of the cup that is ideal for wider necklines also.
3/4 cup Bra
|This is underwire and a little fuller than a ½ cup and less full than a full cup. It gives more support and coverage than the ½ cup and less support and coverage than the full cup. This may be padded to form the American Push-up style or left unpadded. The straps are placed to the side of the cup making it ideal for wider necklines.
Sweater Bra=T-shirt Bra=Pre-formed Bra=Seamless Bra
|Seamless cups that have been formed and moulded during manufacture with heat and special moulds. They may be then padded or not, underwire or soft. The straps are located in accordance to the shape of the style. Ideal for tight fitting attire as this style is virtually invisible.
| Full cup Bra = Wire Bra = Classic
Bra Full cup Bra = Wire Bra = Classic Bra
Usually underwire universal style that is very supportive. It covers most of the bust and forms a large triangle shape with the straps centrally located at the top of the triangle. Generally worn by a more mature age clientele and those requiring more support and coverage.
Bra Bandeau Bra
A strapless style of bra that may have fixed or detachable straps. May be lined with silicon for comfort and functionality if worn strapless. A "boob tube" shape that is not particularly supportive for the well endowed and suitable for the smaller bust. If worn with straps these are placed to the side of the cup that is ideal for wider necklines also. Generally not padded and may or may not be underwire.
| Fluid Bra = Gel
Bra Fluid Bra = Gel Bra
The biggest invention in the corsetry world in modern times. Underwire ¾ cups that are filled with a fluid to give the wearer more cleavage in the centre of the bustline. Fluid pockets may in some styles be removed and inserted.
Bra Air Bra
The biggest invention in the corsetry world in modern times. Underwire ¾ cups that are filled with air to give the wearer more cleavage in the centre of the bustline. Air pockets may in some styles be removed and inserted.
Bra Long-Line Bra
Slightly more fabric runs along the bottom edge of the bra under the wire forming a mini-bustier shape. May be available in most bra shapes with the strap placement in accordance to the cup style.
Bra Halter-Neck Bra
Bra shoulder straps are adjusted or fixed around the neck clearing the shoulders of any shoulder straps.
Bra Convertible Bra
Usually underwire with removable and adjustable shoulder straps which enable the wearer to convert the traditional bra style to various other styles eg. Halter-Neck Bra, Low-Back Bra, X-Back Bra etc.
Bra Moulded Bra
Bra cups that are firmer. This may be obtained by heat setting the fabric onto a preformed cup base when made. There are a multitude of finishes. Bras may be seamed or seamless, use decorative or plain fabrics and this style is applicable to various cup shapes. The straps are located in accordance to the style.
| Soft Bra = Non-Underwire
Bra Soft Bra = Non-Underwire Bra
No underwire present and a universal style that is not particularly common these days. The style is very similar to a Full Cup Bra with the underwire removed. It covers most of the bust and forms a large triangle shape with the straps centrally located at the top of the triangle. Generally the term soft cup refers to a bra without any underwire.