Five Types of Bras- Adhesive Bras to Built-In Bras

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Ibformation about five different bra types.

Bras come in many different designs. They are made to fit every occasion in a woman’s—and sometimes a man’s—life. The versatility of sizes, shapes and colors makes them easy to wear anytime and anywhere. Bikini-type outfits were worn by the Minoans during athletic events in the 14th century. The modern bra was created by Mary Phelps Jacob—later known as Caresse Crosby—which she patented in 1914. She later sold the patent to Warner Brothers Corset Company.

Adhesive Bra

The adhesive bra has different styles, such as, wings, shaping and just a cup. The adhesive bra gains the benefit of allowing the woman not to have to worry about straps and they are backless. The adhesive bra allows woman to wear certain dresses without any seams, and they are often used as “falsies.” Silicone padded adhesive bras work well as “falsies.” The so-called “falsies” are now called enhancers.


The bandeau is a strapless bra-type garment worn over a woman’s breasts. They can be fastened from the front or the back, or not come with any fasteners, also known as a tube top. The bandeau with a neck strap is considered a halter, while shoulder straps will turn it into a brassiere. They are technically related to the bustier, corset and torsoslette. Some of the styles you may see today include the O-ring, v-wire, side-stay or the twisted top. They can be worn under a garment as added support like a bra, but some will use the same style to wear as an outer garment or a bathing suit. Materials are different for the bra versus the bathing suit designs, but they may look very similar at a glance.


The balconette is designed for high-sitting cleavage. The underwires aid to push the breasts up, and the straps are set wide to open up the neckline. The cups are usually set a little lower on the breasts to raise them slightly, and to show them off “modestly.”


The bralette is a soft-material bra with soft cups. They are best to made out of cotton, because cotton is soft and it is absorbent. Some may argue that other materials feel better across the skin, but these other materials will not absorb sweat like cotton does. By the name you might think that the bralette is a smaller version of bra—on the contrary—they are usually bigger. They cover more area to tuck in fatty areas near the arms and back, and still manage to offer great support.

Built-in Bra

Exactly as the name implies, these are bras that are built-in to other garments. Tank tops, camisoles and dresses are all examples of built-in bra clothing. Some companies claim that their built-in bras work as well as an underwire bra—without the underwire. These types of bra-garments are good for occasional wearing, but not really recommended to substitute a bra on a full time basis.



Posted on Aug 9, 2011
Roberta Baxter
Posted on Aug 2, 2011
Roberta Baxter
Posted on Aug 1, 2011