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Important Bras Terms
Women who shop for bras know that finding the right style, size and fit takes a lot of hunting. Sometimes you need a different kind of bra for every type of outfit. Before you begin your bra hunt, consider some of the style terms for various types of bras:
Demi - A low cut style that enhances the cleavage and remains hidden when worn with low cut tops.
Strapless - A bra without straps, ideal for shoulder bearing tops and evening gowns. Some bras may incorporate clear straps to serve a similar purpose.
Backless - A bra that uses adhesives in the cups or invisible back straps, made for wearing with dresses or tops that have plunging back.
Underwire - A bra that uses rounded wires under the cups for support and lift.
Push Up - A padded bra that enhances the size of the breasts and the appearance of cleavage.
Front Closure - A type of closure in a bra that connects in the front, between the cups, instead of in the back.
Camisole - A cotton or stretch top with thin straps, often used as an undershirt and sometimes containing a built in shelf bra for support.
Cami Bra - A bra that exhibits features of both a camisole and a bra, offering the support of an underwire and the modest coverage of a camisole.
Sport - A bra designed to provide support during sports and fitness activities. These are usually made of cotton and elastic materials and are designed to stay in place and eliminate bounce.
Plus Size - Bras that come in a larger range of sizes than those typically available in stores. Women who need plus sized bras can find the style they're looking for from a seller that specializes in larger sizes.
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Bras, also know as brassieres, are undergarments designed to give women physical support and comfort. Bras come in several different designs, cup sizes, and fittings. Some are designed as push ups, while others may be designed for nursing mothers, without the stereotypical underwire, or for sports.
Bras are usually measured according to a woman's cup and back size. Some, such as push ups, contain extensive padding. Typically, bras contain underwire, adjustable straps, and are made out of comfortable material, such as cotton. However, some bras designed to make the wearer feel sexy are made from lace. These are usually part of a lingerie set, and come with matching panties.
Bras were developed during the latter 19th century, freeing women from corsets. They are usually form-fitting, but are much more comfortable than the larger and more constrictive form of the corset.
Ladies looking for a new bra can visit specific underwear shops that specialize in properly fitting and sizing these garments. These shops stock a variety of bras, from strapless, to maternity, to demi cup, to full coverage. The sales associate can measure the customer, help with different brand selections, and even recommend a few other sizes that might fit.
Depending on a woman's figure, the type of style she is comfortable wearing may vary. She may require a bra with little to no padding, or want a specific brand. To find out more about bras, and local shops that carry them, try researching the subject online. Some Internet sites carry bra lines, though you may require a fitting in person.