Ask any woman who has gotten her bra professionally sized and she’ll tell you: The right fit can make all the difference.

Pro tip: Bras are made of delicate fabrics and elastics and should always be laundered by hand or placed in a lingerie bag and washed on the gentle cycle in cool water. Be sure to hang them to dry. “Never, ever put your bras in the dryer — that will be shorten their lifespan,” she emphasizes.

1. T-shirt / Seamless / Contour bra

This style goes by all three names, which essentially performs the function of “disappearing” underneath knitted or clingy clothing so that straps and bumps don’t stick up through the fabric. The cups always hold their shape, even when breasts aren’t in them, and are made on a mold of thicker materials that provide great nipple coverage — a common concern for many women. (Take note: Newer “spacer bras” that also fall under this style are made of lighter, more breathable fabric that provides less nipple coverage.) You can get this type of bra in a variety of options, including full coverage, plunge and strapless

2. Underwire bra

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Bras made with underwire that surround the base of breasts provide structure by keeping the breasts anchored to the chest. While some women love the supportive feel, others find it uncomfortable. If you fall in the former category, look for underwire that is double or triple wrapped inside casings for more comfort. You can find underwire bras in the plunge, demi and full-coverage styles, as well as in nursing and post-mastectomy bras. “If you hate underwire bras, the good news is that there are plenty of non-wired bras on the market now — you just have to shop around to find what works best for your breasts.

3. Push-up bra

Nothing beats a push-up bra if you want to lift the twins higher. “The most versatile style is one where the ‘cutlets’ can be removed so you can bump up your cleavage when you want, but not have your boobs be the center of attention when you don’t,” says Dale. This style is also a good solution for those with breast asymmetry — where one breast is bigger than the other (totally normal!) — or for those who’ve had lumpectomies since you can wear padding in only one cup. Despite their reputation, push-up bras are not so much about adding volume (though they do some of that, too) as they are about lifting tissue to a higher elevation

4. Balconette and demi bras (they are different!)

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“There’s a great deal of confusion between the balconette and demi bra styles since many manufacturers call a demi a balconette and vice-versa,”. They’re actually not the same type of bra. The balconette is a sexier version of a full-coverage bra, with the cup cut a bit smaller to show more of the top half of the breast.

The demi bra goes even lower than the balconette, with a single vertical seam up each cup and with the tops of the cups cut straight across. The demi style works well under lower, scoop neck outfits. It’s also a good choice for those with shallower breast tissue as it lifts each breast up without creating cleavage or creasing.

5. Bralette

These are the hottest new trend!” says Dale of the bras that are made as a one-piece without clasps and an unstructured style that can slip on over your head. Many bralettes are made of supportive stretch lace material with adjustable straps and bands and come in longline styles that extend further down the torso. They’re comfortable enough to wear to sleep or on weekends, but fashionable enough to be worn as sexy lingerie or a layering insert inside of a professional jacket. And for those with fuller busts, there are even some bralette styles made with underwire.

6. Strapless and convertabile bras

Strapless styles are usually chosen to accommodate skin-baring outfits and come in regular or longline versions, which may be called bustiers. However, there is a difference between convertible and strapless styles. Convertibles allow you to change up straps to crisscross or wear in other ways. You can choose to ditch the straps altogether, but it’s not constructed the same way as a true strapless bra. In other words: If you’re looking for versatility, go for a convertible. If you only need a strapless, go for a specific style.

Since all the support of a strapless comes from around band, you may want to go down a band size and up a cup size, advises Dale. “Strapless bras are tricky to fit because of differing cup construction — from plunge to full coverage — so if you need one for a particular outfit, bring it along so you can see how it looks over the bra.

7. Sports bra (they’re not all created equally)

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When you want to get the most out of your workout, pick up a sports bra. “Like running or hiking shoes, you should pick one that is right for your level of activity,”. Most sports bras have a guide that tells you if it’s for low, medium or high impact — the difference between say yoga and aerobic activity.

There are basically two types of sports bras: compression and encapsulation. The first is one that gives you the “uni-boob” look to hold your breasts down by compressing them. The latter is more like a regular bra, where each breast has its own cup. For moderate-to-high impact activity (like running), always wear a bra that does double-duty with both compression and encapsulation qualities.

8. Minimizer bra

This concept is a bit old school since many professional bra fitters today believe that a seamed, full-coverage bra does the best job of minimizing the appearance of larger breasts. A minimizer bra style spreads breast tissue across the chest rather than bringing it all to the front with centered projection. Many minimiser bras have other features, like wider wings to reduce the appearance of back rolls.

9. Adhesive backless bra /cut outs

You’ve probably seen these in clothing catalogs or at the checkout of lingerie shops. This option is best suited for smaller or lighter-weight breasts, says Dale. They’re a good choice if you want some lift or want to bring the breasts together (usually in a backless outfit). Keep in mind that some adhesive bras may be uncomfortable to wear during warmer summer months or in tropical climates.

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Stayed away from push-up bras ‘cos you weren’t sure if they were right for you? Well, it’s time to put those worries to rest and go ahead and take the plunge! ‘Cos push up bras are a great addition to your intimate wear collection. They not only give your breasts a natural lift, they also make them look fuller some push-up bras may even add a cup size!. Push-up bras basically push your breasts upwards and closer together to naturally enhance cleavage. The padding on the inside of the cups is made of silicone gel or foam to lift up the breast tissue and visibly increase volume. Based on the thickness of the padding, push-up bras can be of 3 types.

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Types of push-up bras:

Level 1 – this gives a gentle lift. One-third of the base of the bra is padded either graduated padding or a slight bump. This type adds half a cup size and gives your breasts a natural lift. If you have full or semi-full breasts, go for this type. This push-up bra will give your breasts a moderately rounded look at the top and accentuate your cleavage.

Level 2 – this gives a moderate lift. The padding in this type ends just below the nipple and it adds up to one cup size. So, if your breast size is 32B, you will look like a 32C. If you have wide-set breasts more than three fingers’ gap between your breasts, opt for this type of push-up bra; it will give you a sexy lift and cleavage.

Level 3 – these are known as explosive push-up bras because they add two cup sizes! If your breast size is 32B, you will look like a 32D. If you have shallow breasts, this is your pick. This bra will give your breasts a nice rounded look and enhance your cleavage beautifully. P.S- if you have full breasts, stay away from level 3 push up bras; they will add uncomfortable volume.

Now that you know what the levels of push up padding are, it’s time to pick one that suits your style sensibilities. Pick from lace, smooth contour cups, mesh, and more and wear it with the right styles to get a sexy look, every time!

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What to wear it with:

Push-up bras don’t just help you get sexy cleavage but also give your bust a defined shape so you look great in whatever you are wearing. Wear a gentle lift push-up bra under a regular T-shirt – it will give a firm and well-rounded look. Opt for a moderate lift level 2 or an explosive level 3 push-up bra under that deep neckline dress to enhance your cleavage. But remember, do not wear a push-up bra under a button-down shirt because the added volume will cause gaping between the buttons!

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About Bra Sizing

We’ve all heard the statistics: 75% or 80% of all women are wearing the wrong bra size. Is it true? We sincerely hope not. The truth is that our bodies change all the time (even just within a year or two), as we gain or lose weight, as we gain or lose muscle tone with exercise, with pregnancy or nursing, and simply as we age. So even if you were wearing the right size just last year, you may need a change now. We’re here to help.

Measuring Band Size

There are two ways to measure your band size. The best bet is to do it both ways to see if you get a consistent measurement.

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1. Bring the measuring tape around your back to the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it up across to the middle of your chest (see image). If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

2. Measure across the bottom of your band, directly under the bust and across your ribcage. Make sure to keep your measuring tape straight around the back to front. Again, if you get an odd number, round up to the next even number to get your band size.

Measuring Cup Size

This is where it gets tricky- if you already have a bra and can talk us through how it’s fitting, we might be better off stopping here- we can help you troubleshoot your fit. You can also Check Your Fit and see our Bra Fit Q&A for help assessing your fit. The first step (above) will tell us if you might be in the wrong band size. This one becomes much more subjective. Here’s how to do it:

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1. Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, with the tape straight across and around your back, bringing it to the front.

2. Subtract your band measurement (from step 1) from this bust measurement. The difference calculates your bra size- each inch represents a cup size. For example, if you measure a 34 inch band size, and a 36 inch cup size, the difference is 2: which would indicate a B cup.

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