unlined underwire bra - Should I Try Molded Bras Or Unlined Bras?

When buying bras, there are a ton of decisions to make. Should you buy underwire bras or wire-free? Full-coverage or demi-cup? Bralette or padded bra?

One of the most important decisions you can make revolves around the level of lining or padding in your bra. In other words, choosing between unlined brasmolded bras, or something in between.

If you’ve struggled with picking between these common styles, fret not: We’ll dive into all the differences between them so you can be a smarter shopper.

You should try molded bras if…

molded cup bra

Emma Plunge Molded Bra P5490 | Emma Hipster P5495 in Nude

You want some serious shaping

One of the primary benefits of molded bras revolves around shaping. The molded cups can actually sculpt your breasts into a more rounded, lifted shape — a universally flattering look. This can be especially advantageous for women with pendulous or shallow breasts.

You have asymmetrical breasts

Are your breasts two different sizes? Don’t stress — you’re not alone! Asymmetrical breasts are actually somewhat common. In fact, no woman’s breasts are entirely symmetrical. But if their size difference is bothering you, molded bras can be immensely helpful. The padding in these bras can help to even out their appearance.

You want ample coverage

If you’re concerned about your nipples showing, molded bras are an ideal pick. The thickness of the cups means you won’t have to worry too much about any embarrassing situations. As such, they’re a perfect style to wear under clingy or form-fitting tops, such as a body-hugging tank.


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


You should try unlined bras if…

unlined lace bra

Lulu Unlined Wire Bra P5612 | Lulu Hipster P5615 in Grape

You prefer your natural shape

If you love your breast shape (hooray!) then why try to sculpt it into anything else? An unlined bra allows you to embrace the inherent beauty of your bustline. While an unlined bra with some underwire will still give you lift, it won’t do much in the way of shaping — which is a good thing if you’re happy with your natural look.

You want something lightweight

Especially during the sweltering months, you may be eager to wear lightweight bras. Unlined bras are perfect for summer days — with zero padding and less fabric overall, they feel like wearing next to nothing.

Or, if neither work…

molded bra

Ava Padded Bra P5371 | Ava Bikini P5373 in Black Floral

Not sold on molded bras or unlined bras? Good news: you can find an in between.

Lightly lined bras basically provide the best of both worlds — with a little extra fabric, they provide more coverage than unlined bras but not as much as padded bras. However, they still allow you to show off your natural breast shape, as the cups are not molded in any way.

The reality is, you don’t have to choose between molded bras and unlined bras — both may have a place in your collection. After all, each has different benefits and may work better with different ensembles or on different occasions. While molded bras offer superior shaping and coverage, unlined bras are lighter and show off your natural shape. And both styles can provide plenty of support, depending on the features of the specific bra. Choosing between molded bras and unlined bras all comes down to your priorities. And at the end of the day, if you really can’t decide, you can compromise with lightly lined bras.


Related: Unlined Bra vs Padded Bra: What’s The Difference Between An Unlined Bra and A Padded Bra?


wireless padded bra

Emma Wire-Free Padded Bra P5491 | Emma Hipster P5495 in Black

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Cora Unlined Longline Bra P5632 | Cora Bikini P5633 in Bare

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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