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Struggling to find your next bra? With so many great options out there, you may feel like choosing the right lingerie for you is something of a challenge. Luckily, we’re here to help. If you’re not sure whether to get an underwire or wireless bra, we’ve got the answers for you.

Here’s everything you need to know about these types of lingerie:

Underwire Bras

As the name suggests, underwire bras are garments that include wiring – usually metal – directly beneath the cup. Contrary to popular belief, these bras can be highly comfortable and supportive. However, you absolutely need to make sure that you’re wearing the right size for your shape and body.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons:

Pro – Find your perfect shape

Thanks to the underwire fitting, you should find that this style of bra gives you a flattering bust shape. The wiring can make the breasts appear rounder and fuller, which is an effect you may be looking to achieve from time to time. Should you want to enhance this look, it could be worth opting for a contour bra too. The piece should give some extra oomph.

Con – Getting the size right is hard

As we have already mentioned, the main drawback of this style of bra is that it can be tricky to get the size 100% right. If you’re wearing an underwire bra that is slightly too small, you will likely feel it. The wiring could dig into your ribs. For that reason, you need to make sure that you get measured regularly!

Pro – Extra lift for your bust

If you’re worried about your breasts looking low or saggy, considering an underwire bra could be the answer. These types of bras tend to offer a little extra lift to the breasts. That may mean that your bust looks perkier when you wear this style of bra. Of course, you should try on a whole range of styles before you find the right one for you.


Related: Does Your Bra Need To Have Underwire?


padded underwire bra

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte High Waist Brief in Blossom Print

Wireless Bras

On the other hand, wireless bras are those that don’t have any underwire at all. The support you get from these bras often comes from the thickness of the band, the strength of the straps, and the overall quality of the garment. When buying a wireless bra, you should ensure that it’s the right look for you.

Here are some pros and cons:

Pro – Flexible and versatile

If you’re always on-the-go, you might find that a wireless bra is an answer for you. The fact that this piece doesn’t have underwire means that it is more flexible and versatile. That means that you should hardly notice it when you’re moving around from place to place. It’s worth trying out the style for a few days to see if it works for you first.

Con – Lower level of structure

The absence of the underwire means that the piece is a little less structured than other bras. While some women won’t mind this small difference, it could mean that your breasts look smaller or less full. Choosing your ideal bra truly depends on the outcome that you are aiming for. If you would like to opt for this style, a minimizer bra look could work.

Pro – Ultimate day-to-day comfort

Then again, when you choose a wireless bra, you should know that it could be the most comfortable choice out there. This style of lingerie is supportive and at once comfortable as it has many different panels and features. As always, you need to ensure that you have the perfect fit for you so that you get the support that your breasts need each day.

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop, it’s time to make your decision. Which bra is right for you? If you’re still finding it hard to make your choice, it could be worth heading to a local boutique store and booking yourself a fitting session. The expert will be able to give you some help and advice on what will work for your specific shape. Happy shopping!


Related: How To Shop For Wireless Bras


lace bralette

Adriana Lace Bralette & Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

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:
Adriana Lace Bralette & Bikini in Raspberry | Charlotte Padded BraHigh Waist Brief in Blossom Print

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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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