BRA DEFINITIONS

BRA-OLOGY
Your Guide To Bra Terms

Don't know a push-up from a plunge?
Never fear! The Bod Squad® Experts offer a quick course in bra-ology to explain the A, B, C's so you can find the Maidenform® or Lilyette® bra that's right for you.

A-L

Balconette Bra
A balconette bra has a low cut or sweetheart neckline with a low center front.

Convertible or Multi-Way Bra
Convertible bras have adjustable or removable straps that can be worn in a variety of ways such as criss-cross, halter, or everyday style.

Demi Bra
The lower cut cups and wide set straps of a demi bra make it perfect to wear under a wide or deep V-neckline.

Foam Bras
Cups lined with sleek, thin stretch foam to provide smooth, natural shaping and block show-through.

Front-Close Bras
Bras that fasten in front to allow fast, easy "on / off." Most only have a clasp between the cups, so they are perfect with low-cut tops.

Full Coverage
The full cup silhouette covers all, or most of, the breast tissue to provide extra support and shaping.

Full Figure
Women who wear bras sizes 32-36DD and 38-42C-DD and larger are classified as full figure or full-busted women.

Full Support
A full support bra often has wider sides and back to provide secure support for larger sizes.

M-S

Minimizer Bra
A minimizer bra is a full coverage style designed to redistribute breast tissue and reduce your bustline. If you are full busted and find that tops often gap or pull, this style is for you.

Multi-Way Bra
With adjustable or removable straps that can be worn in a variety of ways such as criss-cross, halter, or everyday style.

Plunge Bra
This style creates cleavage and lift with a very low center front and cut away cups. This silhouette is often used on a push up bra.

Push Up Bra
Push Up bras create uplift and cleavage with padding in foam, air or gel and will usually be a plunge or balconette silhouette.

Racer Back Bra
The straps of a T-Back or Racer Back bra meet at the back in a T-shape or Y-shape. This is the perfect solution under sleeveless styles - and you never have to worry about your straps slipping down.

Sports Bra
A sports bra is designed to make the breasts more comfortable during exercise. When you move, so does your bust. It's called "bounce." And it can cause discomfort during workouts. Repeated bounce can even damage tissue. Sports bras give needed support to help control jarring bounce. Sports bras are available in different support levels for different types of activities.

Strapless Bra
Whether you're wearing off-the-shoulder fashions or struggling with tricky straps, the strapless bra is perfect when you don't want your straps to show. An extremely versatile style, a strapless bra often comes with removable straps that can be worn in different ways.

T-Z

T-Back or Racer Back Bra
The straps of a T-Back or Racer Back bra meet at the back in a T-shape or Y-shape. This is the perfect solution under sleeveless styles - and you never have to worry about your straps slipping down.

T-Shirt Bra
T-shirt bras are almost always seamless, so they're smooth under clingy clothes. Plus, they're either lined with sleek foam or lightly padded with polyfill, so they block embarrassing show-through.

Underwire Bras
These bras have a sewn-in, flexible wire that runs underneath the breast in each bra cup. These wires provide lift and support for a shapely, sag-free look.

Wirefree Bras
Wirefree bras provide support and shaping without underwires. Many women with larger band sizes find this style more comfortable.