Some claim that the resurgence of the bralette was instigated by celebrities from the likes of Rhianna, the Kardashians, Kendal Jenner and Rita Ora. The bralette has worked its way into mainstream fashion, now being worn to be seen. Whatever its reason for being is, we can be certain of one fact: The bralette is a statement of modern femininity.
We, as we’d imagine for most women, are eternally grateful for the continued cultural drive towards authenticity. We feel more and more confident and comfortable in our own skin, so why wouldn’t we favour lingerie that supports that?
A bralette is a type of wire-free bra that uses soft fabric or super-light foam-lined cups in place of wires and moulded cups. It’s a no-brainer for women with small breasts to choose bralettes as these women often struggle with digging wires and gaping moulded cups - neither of which are present in bralettes! We’ve put together a guide on the best bralettes for your breast shape. Read on for more.
But first, why wear a bralette?
Whether you have small or large breasts, perky or sagging, wide-set or asymmetrical, the bralette simply lets you be your best self. The most definitive characteristics of a bralette are its wire-free, non-padded or moulded cups and its minimal construction made from delicate fabrics like lace, mesh, velvety microfiber and satins. It’s the perfect everyday solution for those who prefer minimal support and maximum comfort.
As bra fit experts, we always recommend finding a bra that adequately supports your breast. The absence of underwires in bralettes does limit the level of support this bra style can provide - especially for women with larger busts. However, we have ensured that our innovative designs suit a variety of breast shapes - you just need to find the one that works for you.
When should you wear bralettes?
Wearing a bralette is an everyday lifestyle choice - a carefree, stylish life that transcends lingerie to activewear, and from activewear to sports-luxe fashion.
The non-padded, wire-free design is effortlessly comfortable, allowing you to transition from barre to brunch simply by walking through the door. With low impact sports like yoga, barre and pilates, crop top styled bralettes can offer great lightweight support.
With more dainty and delicately designed bralettes that are more fashion orientated, you can wear them over or under clothing aiming for it to be seen, in part or in full, for a bold statement. Or, as always, you can keep it as a sweet little secret for you to humbly enjoy.
Bralettes for athletic shaped or smaller breasts
Some say great things come in small packages. If you have athletic shaped or smaller breasts, then bralettes are a great bra style for you to wear on any occasion.
Women with smaller breasts tend to have issues with gapping bra cups. The non-padded fabric cups in bralettes are usually smaller by design and rely on the fabric to stretch onto the body - no more cups half-empty for the itty-bitty-titty-committee! Lace bralettes like me. by bendon Captivate Me or Lovable Indigo Rain Long Line Bra also feature the long-line shape (referring to the taller bra band), which also helps keep the bralette sitting in place on your body throughout the day.
If you love that freedom feeling of a bralette but prefer a little more support and shaping, then a great in-between choice would be soft-cup bras. These bras, like the Lovable Seamless Soft Cup Bra, feature lightweight, soft moulded cups and a plunging neckline that offer you the best of both worlds. Starting from AA to D cup, this bra is also great for teens looking for their first bra - and it comes in a rainbow collection of colours as well as vibrant prints.
Lightly padded bralettes for teardrop-shaped breasts
Hormone changes, pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss can all affect the internal structures of your breasts. Menopause can affect the fullness of breasts and reduce their volume. Many people are concerned that breastfeeding a baby will lead to sagging. These changes are all simply the result of a fulfilled life and are all naturally beautiful in their own way.
However, it’s still important to appropriately support your breasts so to minimise any breast tissue damage as the years go by. Lightly padded bralettes like our Lovable Dreamt Moments Soft Cup Bra are great for women with teardrop-shaped breasts. This bra, in particular, is made from a soft brushed microfibre that feels like a hug on your skin. Its smooth cups and band make it a great t-shirt bra, and the convertible straps mean you can even wear it under those racer-back tank tops that are perfect for summer. This style is available from 10A through to 14D - the new Soldalite Blue makes us dream of bright blue skies!
Bralettes for round or bell-shaped fuller busts
Round shaped breasts are known to be perky and are equally full at the top and the bottom. Bell-shaped breasts, on the other hand, tend to be shallower at the top and fuller at the bottom. The common ground for these breast shapes is that they both own a natural fullness that generally doesn’t require any padding (unless it’s a personal preference), but they may require a bit more coverage than the average tiny triangles and a couple of strings can offer.
The Pleasure State My Fit Lace Soft Cup Bra flaunts sophisticated, sexy floral lace. This style features mesh-lined wings that are perfect for supporting women with fuller bust as it acts as reinforcement for the stretchy lace on the outer layer. It has a slightly higher centre front, compared to your standard bralette which gives you more security with movement throughout the day. It comes in two colours (Frappe and Black) and is available in XS-XL.
Bralettes for slim or wide-set breasts
Women’s bodies go through an enormous amount of change throughout their lives. With pregnancy or weight fluctuations, We can lose firmness in our breasts as the years go by. It’s a part of life, and we are here to embrace it with you!
Our newest innovation, Bendon ComFit, might just be your godsend. There are two bra styles in this range - a wire-free bra and a crop top. Our customers are loving this range for the removable padding - super versatile to suit the days when you want a bit more shaping or remove them for maximum chill while working from home. The seamfree and bonded (as opposed to scratchy stitching) construction on these bras is flawless in giving support without wires or elastics - no more dig-in or skin irritation if you have sensitive skin!
Wide strap bralettes for larger breasts
It can be tough for women with larger breasts to find a good looking AND supportive bralette. Luckily, Fayreform has been perfecting D-G cup lingerie for nearly 90 years, and girl, have we got a gorgeous solution for you.
Some features that larger busted women should look for in a comfortable bralette are wider bra straps, reinforced fabric cups and bra bands, and most importantly, 2-piece bra cups that accommodate the beautiful curves of larger breasts. You’ll find all these features and more in our Midnight Express Wirefree Bra, and it’s available in sizes 10A/B to 18F/G.
If you’re looking for something a bit more minimal in design, then be sure to also check out the Bendon ComFit range - we guarantee you won’t regret it!
How about asymmetrical breast?
Almost every pair of breasts have one breast larger than the other and a moderate difference in shape; however, the difference in size and shape in pair of breasts is more prominent- sisters, sisters, not twins, right?
There are a few more characteristics of asymmetrical breasts that need to be considered before we can offer you the perfect bra choices. So, as always, we suggest you come and visit one of our stores and get fitted by one of our friendly bra fit experts so that we can help you find the style that works best for you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a quick fix, we offer removable push-up inserts that can help equal out a difference in shape and size.
Find your Perfect fit
Whether you’re looking for bralettes as a fashion statement or to fulfil your needs as a creature of comfort, there’s a wide range of bralettes at Bendon Lingerie to choose from. Now that you’re also an expert at finding the bralette that suits your breast shape, check out some new styles online and let your imagination flow!
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