Bra Style Guide
Demi Cup Bra - Demi literally means “half” in French, and Demi Bras represent this concept well; a Demi Bra is cut lower than a Full Cup, but provides more coverage than a Balconnet and typically cut at a slight angle to enhance presentation; Demi Bras are sometimes referred to as Balconnet Bras, but there are slight differentiations, however, both act to shelve the breasts and also feature widely set straps for a broader, more open neckline.
Front Closure Bra - As opposed to having rows of clasps in the back to adjust the band, front closure bras feature a single clasp at the center front of the bra; these are often preferred for women who have difficulty adjusting and clasping the average bra. Front closure bras are also ideal for women who have recently had surgery.
Full Cup Bra - Full Cup Bras eliminate cleavage by containing all of the breast tissue inside the bra cup. Bits of Lace recommends Full Cup Bras for women who are looking to minimize their breast size and appearance or for women who need extra support for an ample bust. Bits of Lace provides full cup bras that serve their function while still remaining fashionable.
Nursing Bra - Designed to aid in breastfeeding, Nursing Bras feature a detachable flap on the cups that create ease of access to the nipple and often removable shoulder straps to further facilitate the process. If you are pregnant or a new mom, add a nursing bra to your registry list.
Padded Bra - Shape-enhancing pads or lining increase bust size and add cleavage; these bras have thicker padding than regular stretch-foam bras; graduated padding is thicker at the base of the cups and tapes to create a natural silhouette.
Plunge Bra - Plunge bras create a deep "V" presentation and lots of cleavage. These bras are super sexy construction and run on the motto, "the less cup the better." A perfect bra to wear underneath an outfit with a bare, plunging neckline. Bits of Lace carries some gorgeous plunge bras in classic colors and seasonal favorites.
Racerback Bra - Designed to be invisible under tank tops with a T, Y or X back. Racerback bras are typically sports or athletic bras, but many underwire bras have this special feature as well. Racerback bras are essential for warm weather wardrobing.
Seamless Bra - Often referred to as a T-Shirt Bra, Seamless Bras offer a simple, smooth presentation that is virtually invisible under clothing but is "not" always seam-free. Seamless lingerie has seams that lay very smooth and flat against the skin. Color is important if you desire the presentation to be invisible under light or white tops. We suggest nude, skin, cognac or café colors. The styles can be padded or non-padded/molded.
Seamless Panties - Seamless vs Seam-Free: In today's lingerie industry Seamless means a smooth presentation in which the seams (stitched bands) along the waist and legs are designed to be virtually invisible under clothing laying smooth and flat as possible against the skin. The panty fabric is without embellishments like embroidery, bows and jewelry and usually made of a silky smoothing micro-fiber, satin, stretch lace or tulle fabrics in a assortment of colors to suit your wardrobe. The Seam-Free difference is when the seam is sealed (glued flat) or where the waist and legs are designed without (non-stitched) seams. Presently our Seam-Free panties are sold In-Store boutiques only, contact support@bitsoflace for more details on these styles.
Sports Bras/Athletic Bras - Designed to offer the appropriate amount of support during exercise, sports and other physical activity; available in multiple levels of support from light (best for yoga or pilates) to maximum (best for high impact activities); Bits of Lace provides several Sports Bra options for full busted women.
Strapless Bra - Strapless Bras are necessary for any clothing that does not provide straps or sufficient coverage to hide a traditional bra; these bras are usually sold with removable straps that increase the versatility of the bra. Strapless bras are a must-have for all women. Bits of Lace carries a wide variety of strapless bra cuts and colors.
Underwire Bra - Underwire Bras have a wire built into the underside of the cup which is intended to lift, separate, shape and provide additional support; we recommend Underwire Bras for fuller busted women in order to minimize discomfort and maximize lift.
Wireless/Soft Cup Bra - Wireless bras do not feature any wires under the cups and are ideal for women who may have difficulty or experience discomfort in Underwire Bras. Wireless bras are available in multiple styles and fabric combinations.
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