Different Types Of Bras

The brassiere as we know it today made its debut in the early 20th century. The first bra was created by a 19 year old New York socialite around 1910. The young socialite was large chested and found that the whalebone in her corsets visibly poked out around the plunging neckline of her dresses and from under the fabric. Together with her maid, the socialite fashioned two silk handkerchiefs together with ribbon and cord and quickly caught the attention of her family and friends who requested she make more of the new device.

The bra has come a long way since its creation and today, there are many different types of bras women can choose from to suit any and every occasion and style. Learn more about some different types of bras below and then shop our wholesale bras and bra sets! We also carry plus size bras and plus size bra sets for the full-figured woman.

Push up bras

The push up bra is a fashion bra that creates the appearance of increased cleavage. Push up bras use angled cups that contain padding to push the breasts inwards and upwards towards the center of the chest. The first push up bra ever made was the Wonderbra.

Plunge bras

The plunge bra allows for lower, increased cleavage and is sometimes known as U-plunge. The shoulder straps on a plunge bra are usually set widely apart and it is designed with angled cups and an open, lowered center gore. Plunge bras are usually worn with outfits that have a deep or plunging neckline. Unlike push up bras, plunge bras are generally not as heavily padded.

Bandeau bras

The bandeau bra or tube bra is a simple band of stretchy material that is worn across the breast. It is usualy strapless and is suitable for small busts. They can sometimes have built in cups but often provide little support or shaping.

Underwire bras

Underwire bras feature a thin semi-circular strip of rigid material to help provide additional support for the breasts. The wire is usually made of either metal or plastic and is swen into the bra fabric and under each cup.

Strapless bras

Strapless bras rely on an extra wide band for breast support and are typically worn with bare shoulder garments such as strapless dresses and tops. In order to proide breast support without straps, strapless bras have a longer underwire, added padding and can have boning or shaping panels.