How to choose the right bra?

What you think is right need not be right for someone else, no one can always be right. Choosing the right bra is similar, what works for you need not work for everyone.

All body shapes are different and so are breasts. Finding the perfect fit which is highly comfortable and looks fashionable is challenging and very confusing. Its not just about choosing a bra but also a great bra. Here is the TCT guide to what is a great bra and how to choose it?

What is a Bra?

A bra is an undergarment for women to support their breasts. Below are different characteristics of bra

  • Coverage
  • Wired or Non Wired
  • Padded or non Padded
  • Straps
  • Closure

What is a great bra?

The definition of a great bra can vary depending on personal preferences and needs. However, in general, a great bra is one that:

  1. Fits well: A great bra should fit comfortably and securely, with no digging or pinching. It should also provide adequate support and coverage for your breasts.
  2. Enhances your shape: A great bra should enhance your natural shape and provide a flattering silhouette. This can be achieved through the use of padding, underwire, or other shaping features.
  3. Is versatile: A great bra should be versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits and in different settings. This means it should be comfortable for all-day wear and provide the right level of support for your needs.
  4. Is made of quality materials: A great bra should be made of high-quality materials that are soft, breathable, and durable. This ensures that it will last and maintain its shape and support over time.
  5. Is stylish: A great bra should be stylish and make you feel confident and attractive. This can be achieved through the use of different colors, patterns, and designs that suit your personal style.

What is a bralette?

Bralette is kind of a top wear like a combination of a bra and a crop top. Usually they are something which you can wear outside, they are meant for fashion. Bralettes are most of the time non-padded and non-wired, that makes them very comfortable
A bralette is a type of bra that is designed to be more comfortable and relaxed than a traditional underwire or padded bra. It typically has soft, unstructured cups and minimal support, making it a popular choice for lounging or light activities. Bralettes may have adjustable straps or a racerback design, and they often have a band that sits under the bust for a comfortable fit. Bralettes may be made of lace, cotton, or other soft materials, and they come in a variety of colours and styles. They are often worn as a fashion statement, with a visible bralette layered under a sheer top or low-cut dress. Bralettes are a popular choice for those who want the support of a bra without the discomfort of underwire or padding.

Steps to choose the right bra:

  • Measure yourself: You can measure yourself at home using a tape measure. Measure around your chest, just under your breasts, and then measure around the fullest part of your breasts. The difference between these two measurements will give you an idea of your cup size.
  • Check the bra size chart: Once you have your measurements, you can compare them to a bra size chart to determine your size. Keep in mind that different brands may have slightly different sizing, so it's a good idea to check the brand's specific size chart as well.
  • Try on different sizes: It's always best to try on different sizes and styles of bras to see which one fits the best. Look for a bra that feels comfortable, doesn't dig in or slip off, and provides adequate support.
  • Know the signs of a poor fit: If the bra cups are too small, you may notice spillage or bulging over the top or sides of the cups. If the cups are too big, you may notice gaps or wrinkling in the fabric. If the band is too tight, it can dig into your skin and cause discomfort, while a band that's too loose can ride up your back.

Remember, finding the perfect bra size may take a little trial and error, but once you find the right fit, you'll feel much more comfortable and confident.  

Types of Bras

There are many different types of bras available, each designed to provide a specific level of support, coverage, and style. Here are some of the most common types of bras:  

Balcony bra (Balconette bra): A balconette bra is designed to lift the breasts and provide a rounded, uplifted shape. It typically has wide-set straps and a lower-cut cup that's great for wearing with square-neck tops and dresses.

Adhesive bra: Adhesive bras are also called stick-on bras, these are backless bras that stick to the underside of the breasts using a medical grade adhesive. It is a popular choice for backless dresses.

Maternity bra: Maternity bras are designed with more features to support the breasts changes during pregnancy. Maternity bras come with extra hooks, wider straps and a soft cotton lining.

Classic bra: The classic bra is a good option for everyday wear, classic underwire Bra provides great comfort and support with optimal coverage.

Sports bra: A sports bra is designed to provide support and minimise movement during physical activity. It typically has a compressive fit and may have additional features like moisture-wicking fabric and padded straps.

Push-up bra: A push-up bra is designed to lift and enhance the appearance of the breasts, often with padding or underwire. It's a popular choice for creating cleavage and wearing with low-cut tops.

Triangle bra: A triangle bra contains triangle-shaped cups. Triangle bras are good support for small and medium chest sizes, they provide less coverage and are comfortable enough to wear for long hours.

Plunge bra: A plunge bra has a deep, V-shaped neckline that's great for wearing with low-cut tops and dresses. It typically has padded cups and may have underwire for support.

Wirefree bra: A non wired bra is a bra that is more comfortable and does not have an underwire in the cups. They are more comfortable and are helpful for breasts to relax and facilitate the flow.

Corset bra: A corset is a tight fitting undergarment, they are usually strapless, they define your shape and add a little boost to make you feel confident.

Bandeau bra: A bandeau bra is made of soft stretch fabric and is usually an easy-to-wear slip on bra. Elastic is good to hold in place and provides comfort for long hours.

Full cup bra: Full cup bra fully covers the breasts, it has wide straps, it’s an excellent choice for ladies and fuller busts. They provide maximum support and comfort.

Strapless bra: A strapless bra is designed to stay in place without the support of straps. It typically has a wide band and may have silicone grippers or other features to keep it from slipping down.

Minimizer bra: Minimizer bra helps minimise your bust size, they help your breasts look smaller, this is also a good choice for ladies with large breasts as they offer comfort through better support.

Demi bra: A demi bra has cups that cover about half of the breasts, providing a lower-cut, sexier look. It's a great choice for wearing with scoop-neck or square-neck tops.

T-shirt bra: A T-shirt bra is designed to be smooth and seamless, with moulded cups that provide a natural, rounded shape. It's a great choice for wearing under tight-fitting tops and dresses.


At the end choosing the right bra is about listening to your body. Its about trial and error. Unless you don't try, you would never know it. So follow the steps, try different types of bras on different occasions and say no to uncomfortable days.

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