Bra Style Guide

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Bra Style Guide

In order to maintain a healthy bust, a bra is an essential part of your lingerie drawer, but with so many bra types to choose from it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re shopping for and what effect the bra will have on the shape, appearance and comfort of your breasts.

Here at Trendy Essentials, we’re interested in making your bra shopping experience easy, so we’ve put together this guide to women’s bra styles to help you figure out your balconettes from your sports bras. Consult our bra shapes guide next time you’re not sure which shape bra is best for you!



A ‘straight across’ cup that offers support from underneath, making it easy to wear with clothing that has a square or scooped neckline.


Offering you the most coverage, a full cup is recommended for women with a large cup size that require additional support.


Achieve an uplifted shape with less coverage, the half cup styles creates more cleavage than a balconette.


Non-padded and designed to flatten the breasts, a minimiser can reduce the appearance of a larger bust.


Offers gentle support for women post-mastectomy and eases aches and pains for left, right, or bilateral mastectomies.


Sometimes called T-Shirt bras, these cups are designed to be seam free and undetectable underneath clothing thanks to their smooth look.


Most often worn at night, non-wired bras offer both support and flexible comfort.


Fitted with a clip at the top of the cup or middle of the bra to allow the baby easy access while breastfeeding.


Designed with a deep ‘V’ shape, this style will create and reveal more cleavage while wearing a lower neckline


Either designed without, or with removable, bra straps so that the bra is concealed underneath strapless tops and dresses.


High cut for full coverage and firm support, this style reduces breast movement to make exercising and sports more comfortable.


Fitted with a wire underneath the bust for additional shape and support.

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