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Specialty Bras, Bullet Bras, and Pseudo Bras

Updated on September 23, 2013

Specialty Bras

Specialty bras are used by women with special needs. Pregnant women, women with newborn babies, and women with ailments and limited mobility and dexterity wear specialty bras to move around more comfortably. While ordinary and conventional bras can still be worn, they are however less convenient for women with special needs.



Arthritis bras are made for women who have arthritis or other ailments that limit dexterity.  Women with arthritis usually have difficulty getting dressed by themselves due to the fact that their mobility becomes limited because of their ailment.  A regular bra can add to that difficulty.  Arthritis bras are therefore a better choice of underwear because they are easier to put on for anyone who has limited dexterity.  Arthritis bras may come with front closures and Velcro and large ‘hook n eye’ fastener to make them easier to fasten.

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arthritis bra
arthritis bra
arthritis bra by Lauren Silva
arthritis bra by Lauren Silva

Maternity bras are used by pregnant women. Pregnant women’s breasts are usually different because their breasts get bigger during pregnancy. A good maternity bra should be adjustable and expandable that can provide space for breast growth during pregnancy. A good quality maternity bra should give comfort for pregnant women and its adjustable feature should be flexible enough to be able to adjust to a woman’s changing body.


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maternity bra from JC Penney
maternity bra from JC Penney
maternity bra from JC Penney
maternity bra from JC Penney

Nursing bras are used by breastfeeding mothers.  Breastfeeding is difficult enough for a woman.  And a regular bra is just not going to provide any comfort or convenience for a breastfeeding mother.  Nursing bras have drop down cups so that babies can be fed easily when it’s time for them to be fed.  A good nursing bra should provide an easy to manage drop down cups so that nursing mothers can conveniently feed their babies anytime, anywhere.

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nursing bra by Gap
nursing bra by Gap
nursing bra by Gap
nursing bra by Gap
nursing bra by Playtex
nursing bra by Playtex

Mastectomy bras are used by women who had undergone breast removal.  Most women who have to undergo mastectomy usually lose their confidence and a mastectomy bra may just help them regain their confidence.  Mastectomy bras have pockets on the inside which help keep the prosthetic breast in place and simulate the existence of breasts.

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mastectomy bra
mastectomy bra
mastectomy bra from Leonisa (front)
mastectomy bra from Leonisa (front)
mastectomy bra from Leonisa (back)
mastectomy bra from Leonisa (back)
prosthetic breast for women who had undergone breast removal
prosthetic breast for women who had undergone breast removal

Bullet bras

Bullet bras are cone shaped bras that have pointed pads and cups. These types of bras have been made famous during the 1940’s up to the 1960’s. Today, however, bullet bras may be a rare undergarment. Bullet bras that does not have thick paddings may still be used by women for their casual or formal undergarment. However, bullet bras with thick paddings may be better suited for costumes.


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Marilyn Monroe wearing a bullet bra with this outfit
Marilyn Monroe wearing a bullet bra with this outfit
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bullet bra
A bullet bra with very thin padding. It can still look modest when used as an undergarment in any attire.
A bullet bra with very thin padding. It can still look modest when used as an undergarment in any attire.

Pseudo Bras

Pseudo bras look like real bras but are not bras in the true sense. Bras are basically designed to give support and coverage to the woman’s breasts. Shelf bras and peephole bras are brassieres that do not provide support to the breasts. They are used as teasers for women who wish to tease their partners or husbands or as strippers’ outfits.

                                                                                                                                        

Shelf bras cover only the lower part of the breasts, leaving the upper part of the breasts exposed. Some may just be made of straps around the breasts without giving them any coverage at all, leaving the whole breasts exposed.

                                                                                                                                          

Peephole bras may look like a real bra but it has holes at the center leaving the middle part of the breasts exposed.

                                                                                                                                              

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shelf bra from Empire Intimates
shelf bra from Empire Intimates
shelf bra from Jezebel Risque
shelf bra from Jezebel Risque
shelf bra from Sarah
shelf bra from Sarah
peephole bra or peek-a-boo bra
peephole bra or peek-a-boo bra

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    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Hi. You've said it right. Thanks for coming by and for your input. :)

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      Womans Underwear 

      8 years ago

      When is comes to wearing sexy lingerie, women need to be aware of their body type and how it applies to what they wear. Most women have certain things they like about their body and other things that they don’t like. Whether you like it or not, this is just a fact of life.

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Hi Cgull8m, thanks. :)

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL, yes even the manager takes a peek at it :), glad to see you guys are not affected. Cheers :)

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Hi Cgull, what did you mean? It is very safe for work. :D Even Amazon is selling them. ;)

      Actually, we were slightly affected. Thanks. :)

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Not safe for work :) Hope all is fine in Philippines and I hope you area is not affected by all the recent events around it.

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      8 years ago

      Hi BKCreative, a bullet bra? Are you serious? Did you see how ridiculous the pictures are (not the models, the bras)? And I thought for a while there that bullet bras were designed for humor. :) Sorry to people who find this bra fashionable.

      I know what you mean about expensive bras. They do tend to know more about a woman's figure, it shows on their products.

      A size G? I can hardly understand what DD is, just how big of a bra is G? :0

      Btw, thanks for sharing your experience about bras. Some women do tend to know more about what they should look for, others are quite clueless about what they want. Just wear something to cover up and go. ;)

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a great idea for a hub! I'm a NYer and have never found the perfect bra although La Perla came close - beautiful but expensive - quality at its best.

      Meanwhile, here bras tend to be small, you are lucky to find a C yet we are the biggest people on earth! It was only while I was in Ireland about 7 years ago that I decided to shop for a bra - and wow! - an entire floor dedicated to bras with women waiting to measure you if you want, sizes A-G with everything in between. I got the best bra of my life - but you tend to have a favorite and wear it constantly - but it held up (literally) for years.

      I've pretty much given up on the perfect bra - and suffer in silence! Sigh! Perhaps I'll get a bullet bra.

      Great hub! Thanks!

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