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The balconette bra is a more revealing version of a demi-bra, and can occasionally offer little to no coverage. From the original French, the name translates into 'little balcony', which refers to the shape. It is also claimed, less plausibly, that the name comes from the notion that the bra is not visible from above, as when looking down from a balcony. First designed in the United States in about , and came into mainstream fashion in the s. Compare to full-cup and demi-cup bra. The bralette is a lightweight, simple design, usually an unlined, soft-cup pullover style bra.
The breasts are covered but the bra offers little real support; suitable primarily for small busts. Sometimes sold built-in to a camisole, this style is often used by pre-adolescent girls as a training bra. Similar in function to the bandeau bra. Occasionally described as a shelf bra, although completely unlike the shelf bra described below, the built-in bra is contained within or as an integral part of an outer garment like a swimsuit or tank top.
Some built-in bras are detachable. They provide brassiere-like breast support utilizing a horizontal elastic strip like a bandeau, although some are shaped with cups and underwire. A bullet bra is a full-support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid, with its axis perpendicular to the breast. The bullet bra usually features concentric circles or spirals of decorative stitching centred on the nipples.
Invented in the lates, they became popular in the s due to 'sweater girl' pin ups. Madonna wore a bullet bra designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blonde Ambition Tour which generated popular interest in vintage fashion, and several lingerie companies put it back into production. Occasionally referred to as a molded-cup bra, contour bras sometimes contain underwire. They have seamless, pre-formed cups containing a foam or other lining that helps define and hold the cup's shape, even when not being worn.
Contour bras are usually available in full-cup, demi-cup, push-up or in other styles. Also see T-shirt bra, below. With a convertible bra, the bra straps can be detached and rearranged in different ways depending on the outer garment.
Alternative strap arrangements include traditional over-the-shoulder, criss-cross, halter, strapless and one-shoulder. See Shelf Bra below. Occasionally referred to as a half-bra or shelf bra, the demi-cup is a partial-cup bra style that covers from half to three-quarters of the breast and creates cleavage and uplift. Most demi-cup bras are designed with a slight tilt that pushes the breasts towards the centre to display more cleavage.
The straps usually attach at the outer edge of the cup. The lingerie industry generally defines a demi-cup bra as covering about 1 inch 25 mm above the nipple. The underwire used is shorter and forms a shallower 'U' shape under the cup. Suitable for low-cut outer garments. Compare to full-cup and balconette bra. Front-closure bra are bras with a single, non-adjustable clasp positioned in the centre front gore between the breasts.
Useful for women who have difficulty with rear clasps. Also known as a full-figure or plus-size bra, the full-support bra utilises a practical design that offers maximum coverage and support for larger busts. The full-cup bra is designed to offer the wearer maximum support and coverage for the entire breast. Full-cup bras are a practical design primarily for large-busted women. Compare to balconette and demi-cup bra. A long-line or longline bra extends from the bosom to the waist, offering additional abdominal control and smoothing of the woman's torso.
This type of bra sistributes support over the entire lower torso, instead of just the shoulders. A mastecomy bra - as the name suggests - is designed to hold a breast prosthesis that simulates a real breast.
A full-cup bra design with wider shoulder straps for maximum support and to reduce bounce. A practical design that uses comfortable fabrics to prevent irritation.
This European balconette bra offers serious support and a structure that gives shape and definition to the bust area. It features fully adjustable straps and a firm back clasp to ensure a perfect fit. Bring the garden to your This black sheer balconette bra features an innocent network of French embroidered flowers dancing over a set of round, flattering see through cups.
This bra offers all the glamour and poise you could ever wish for from a see through balconette. This design is made of soft, smooth texture of the high-quality fabric. Available in large sizes too. It's the ultimate sexy black teddy for anyone who doesn't like the idea of covering up too much. This piece of classy sheer lingerie features a stunning floral motif that drips over the body with natural grace. The expectation of what a see through teddy can do will never be the same again!
When the code is applied a cash value will be subtracted from the shopping cart. If the cash amount of the cart is less than the gift The Merossa Sheer Lace Crotchless Teddy is a perfect piece of lingerie if you love to dress up and celebrate the way you feel. Go ahead and pin your hair up in a dramatic fashion and put on your favorite pair of high heels.
This dramatic, theatrical design is so full of class and charm. Turquoise Sheer Bra - Molly Balconette is a lovely, lacy undergarment that creates a soft silhouette. Sheer Lace Bra If we're going to be talking lace bras we can hardly forget to mention the naughtiest of all the lace bras, the sheer lace bra.
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