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Full-cup bra

There are a great many brassiere designs that are suitable for a wide variety of business and social settings and suitable to wear with a variety of outer clothing. The bra's shape, coverage, functionality, fit, fashion, fabric, and colour can vary widely. Some bras are designed to offer basic, practical support and coverage while others are purposefully sexual, sensual, or revealing.[1]

Manufacturers' bra designs and styles constantly change. There is no standardized system for categorizing bras, and they are made in a wide variety of designs, including those listed here and others like bridal bra, plus size bra, vintage bra, leather bra, belly dance bra.[2][3] Many bras fulfil more than one purpose, like a balconette bra made of sheer material.

List of bra design terms


Patti Page wearing a bullet bra (1955)
Bralette (bralet) top
Demi-cup bra

Construction and size

Full slip with built-in padded bra that may be also worn as a dress
Soft cup bra


Nursing bra
Swimsuit bra
Sports bra

See also


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  5. ^ "Balconette Bra". 22 January 2015. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ "What is a Balconette Bra?". 1 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Bra Types". Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  8. ^ "Apparel – B". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
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  10. ^ Whiteman, Hilary (16 August 2019). "Remember when Madonna's cone bra made its debut?". CNN. Retrieved 22 February 2021. Madonna's pink satin cone bra made its first appearance through strategically placed slits in a black Jean Paul Gaultier suit as she emerged on stage during her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990.
  11. ^ a b "Bra Photo Glossary... and "Bra Mysteries" Revealed!". Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Breast Development". Massachusetts Hospital for Children. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  13. ^ "This Color Bra Is Actually Invisible Under White Shirts". Women's Health Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Farrell-Beck, Jane; Gau, Colleen (2002). Uplift: The Bra in America. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. ix, 31–32. ISBN 9780812218350.
  15. ^ Pruden, Jana G. (22 January 2017). "How Wonderbra and jockstraps became a part of Canada's history". The Globe and Mail.
  16. ^ "What is a Spacer Bra and it's [sic] Benefits". The Bra Blog. September 4, 2015. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hollywood Maxwell 'V-Ette' Whirlpool Brassiere Advert". The Underpinnings Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2023.
  18. ^ "'Whirlpool' Spiral Stitch Overwire Bra By Hollywood Maxwell". The Underpinnings Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2023.
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  20. ^ "Different types of Bra". 25 July 2016. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)