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Different Types of Bras for Women and their Functions

Updated on October 22, 2015
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Popular Types of Bras

A Bra is an under garment for women meant to provide support to the breasts and prevent problems like sagging and back pain. If you think you are doing yourself a favor by opting for cheap quality bras think again you may have to end up spending thousands on reconstruction surgery to get your bust into shape again.

You would be amazed to know that there are over 30 types or styles of bras available in the market like the Nursing bras, Open tip bras, Racer back bras, Seamless bras, Shelf bras, Bridal bras, Front closure bras, Mastectomy bras, Maternity bras, Minimizing bras, Vintage Bras, Trainer Bra Bandeau Bras, Adhesive Bras, Soft cup bras, Sports bras, Strapless bras, T-shirt bras, Training bras, U-plunge bras, Underwire bras and Water bras to name a few.Women can pick the bra based on their needs. I am listing 12 of the most popular types of bras below.

Adhesive Bra

Adhesive Bra is a Stick and Peel type of Bra with no shoulder straps or back extensions. There are normally two types of bras available in the category. One is a use and throw or disposable version made of paper which uses a strong adhesive and the second one is the reusable Silicone Adhesive Bras which are washable. These bras are suitable when you wear backless or shoulder less outfits. They also go well with outfits having plunging necklines.

Nursing bra

A Nursing Bra is meant for breast feeding mothers. These bras can be unclasped at the top and pulled down in order to feed milk to the baby. A friend of mine says that her Peephole Bra serves the purpose too and she can feed the baby through the holes in front of the bra cups. But I think rather than wearing the bra which does not provide the sufficient support it is better to wear a nursing bra if you have a small child.

U-plunge Bra

If you are a person who likes wearing plunging necklines the U-plunge Bra is for you. With this Bra you need to fear no more that your bra would become visible above the outfit. They come with under wired cups offering adequate support. This bra is a favorite of mine. I also love the U-plunge Body Briefer version which can make a woman look slimmer.

Mastectomy Bra

A Mastectomy Bra is a bra specially designed forindividuals who have lost one or both breasts in mastectomy treatment for breast cancer but chose not to get their breasts reconstructed. A mastectomy bra can make the bust area look natural and designed in such a manner that prosthesis may be held in place. With this bra, nobody would know that you have undergone a mastectomy treatment.

Bridal Corset Bra

Bridal Corset Bra is another one of my favorites. These bras go well with shoulder less outfits as the straps are clear and removable. The Bridal Bra can make a woman look more in shape. This is a must for Brides who would want to look perfect on the wedding day.

Minimizer Bra

If you are well endowed and have a heavy bust line then by wearing the Minimizor Bra you can create the illusion of being a cup size or two smaller. The Minimizer Bra works by compressing and shaping the bust line.

Maximizer or Push up bra

If Minimizer Bras were for those who are well endowed, the Maximizer or Push up bra is for the less endowed to give them a fuller look and increased cleavage. These bras lift the breasts and emphasize cleavage through their unique structure and extra padding.Padded Bras also can have the same effect as Push up Bras.

Bandeau Bra

The bandeau bra often known as tube top is a band of material that is wrapped around a woman’s breasts. A bandeau bra is basically a strapless bra or bra with removable straps which has to be put on over the head. These bras can be worn as casual or sportswear and comes in various colors. These bras come in the basic version with no support and another version with shaped or under wired cups giving light support.

Sports Bras

Sports bras are most suitable for active women who engage in rigorous physical exercises. These bras provide comfort and support to the bust area during vigorous exercise. These are great bras to be worn while going on jogging as it restricts bouncing of the bust area. It is also possible for those who have undergone breast surgical procedures.

Front Closure Bras

If you are anything like me you would prefer the Front Closure Bras to the normal back closure ones with hooks. These are comfortable to and great as an everyday wear bra.

Training or Trainer Bra

Training bra is the bra designed for preteen or teenage girls who are in the early stages of developing a bust. This bra is also known as a Trainer Bra as it helps young girls to become accustomed to wearing a bra. This is a very comfortable bra and mostly the first bra worn by a girl.

Zip front Bras

Zip front Bras are bras with a front opening instead of the back and comes with a zip closure instead of a clasp or hook in front. These are great as a sports bra.


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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a great hub, full of excellent information and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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      cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow, this is very informative. I didn't know that there are many types of bra in the market. I love the bridal corset bra. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.:D

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      istephan 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      An excellent hub covering each and every types of bra that digg interest of every hubbers. Gr8 work, thanks for sharing.

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      Shopping-Online 7 years ago from Mumbai

      @yenajeon Try the Bridal Corset Bra. It is comfortable and makes one look more in shape apart from having removable straps. I also use the NuBra occasionally and have been quite happy with it.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Whew! What a great overview. I've been looking to invest in a really supportive and luxurious strapless but they always seem to fall no matter what! Have any suggestions?

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      KoffKlatch Gals 7 years ago

      I was impressed with the clear concise information. Anyone reading this article will surely become knowledgeable about bras by the time they finish reading your hub. The pictures were also great. Great job, great hub.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great overview of different bra types. Women do have choices. Nice Hub.

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      Jenny Pounders 7 years ago

      My sister just gave birth to a baby girl recently. Initially she did not believed in buying maternity nursing bras as she is a very budget concious woman. But after facing many difficulties when feeding her precious baby, she tried buying her first nursing bra. Now she found out that breastfeeding can be so easy and comfortable once she wear the right type of bra. She even compliments that nursing bra give her better and fuller support to her milk filled breasts.