Bra types

So many types of bras! Each bra type has a different style and can give a different look. Below is a fairly exhaustive list of the various types of bra as well as some picture examples of the various types. Some bras can be combinations of the below types, such as a backless and strapless bra. Clicking on any of the bra images will take you to the details page for that item at Amazon.

What type of bra is best? I don’t think there’s a best one as each has its own merits and situations in which it will be the right choice. And we shouldn’t forget all the diffent sizes, colors, and patterns. Some of these are covered on the pages in the recent posts menu at the upper right of this page. Without further ado let’s get on with the list of bra types.


Adhesive bras – when straps over the shoulders and a band around the back aren’t an option.

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Backless bras – no back band going around the back.


Bandeau bras – typically do not provide much support, but can have a great look.

bandeau bras


Bridal bras – for use with a wedding dress. Typically similar to a corset, though the appropriate style of bridal bra (e.g. a strapless one) depends on the type of gown.


Bullet bra – sometimes also called a cone or torpedo bra.


Convertible bras – have detachable straps, and often come with an extra set of clear transparent straps. Versatile, they can be used in a strapless manner and also in various strap configurations.


Cupless bras – no cup. Often also referred to as open cup bras.


Demi bras – half cup style.


Drop cup bras


Front close bras


Full cup bras


Full coverage bra


Half cup bras


Halter neck bras – the shoulder straps are connected and go around the back of the neck.


Gel bras


Leather bras


Longline bras – useful for shaping and sometimes with a strapless design, with some similarity to a corset.


Mastectomy bras


Maternity bras


Minimizing bras – reduce bustline and provide great support with very little bounce and a good shape.

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Nursing bras


Open cup bras


Open tip bras – open area in the center of the cup. The opening in the front is often circular but sometimes triangular shaped.


Padded bras


Plunge bras


Push up bras


Racerback bras


Seamless bras


Sheer bras – use fabric made with thin thread or a knit with low density, such that the material appears to be semi-transparent.


Shelf bras


Soft cup bras


Smoothing bras


Sports bras


Strapless bras – no shoulder straps.

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Support bras


T-back bra


T-shirt bras


Torpedo bras


Training bras


Triangle bra – each of the cups is in the shape of a triangle.


Tube bras


Underwire bras


Water bras – have liquid filled cups


Zip cup bras – zip bras or zip front bras are a design of bra often used in sports bras. Zipper in the front between the cups.

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