Finding a bra that fits correctly takes a lot of trial and error. There are so many styles to choose from and it can be somewhat overwhelming. To make things less complicated, think of bras in two categories instead of the specific types like demi, racerback, strapless, push-up, etc. The two categories to consider are underwire and wireless. Is there really a difference between the two?
Well, an underwire bra is pretty much that. There’s a rigid piece of wire that is sewn under the cup of the bra. One of the major benefits of underwire bras is support, especially if you have a larger chest. With the support of a wire, you can experience less back pain or strain that you might normally feel throughout the day. Additionally, underwire bras provide better lift, separation and shape of your breasts.
The downside to underwire bras is that sometimes the wire can poke out and irritate your skin. Over time, the wire can become bent and bumpy. When these things happen, it’s time to replace your bra.
Wireless bras are often called “soft cup” bras because they don’t contain any rigid/hard piece of material. The bra is entirely made from fabric, which most women find very comfortable. Wireless bras are usually better suited for women with smaller chests, as they don’t need as much support. However, that’s not to say someone with a large chest cannot wear a wireless bra. It totally comes down to personal preference! Wireless bras also tend to last longer than underwire bras because there’s no wire that can break through the fabric or get bent out of shape.
Of course, there are disadvantages. When wearing a wireless bra, you won’t get the same lift and separation as you would with an underwire bra.
Which bra type do you prefer?
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