Bra Style Guide

By Linda the Bra Lady on July 21st, 2010

Think you’ve got the right bras for every outfit? Think again. Read on to learn about three new bra styles and what they can do to improve your wardrobe…and life!


Racerback Bra

A racerback bra has bra straps that meet in the back to form a Y shape. You may also see this type of bra referred to as a T-Back. I recommend having a racerback bra in your wardrobe if you wear tank tops or if you have difficulty with your bra straps falling down. Many women also find that this bra style has great lift and creates cleavage. Most racerback bras also have a front closure. Because you cannot adjust a front closure bra, you’ll need to make sure the band size is a perfect fit.
Try this style: The Wacoal Custom Contour T-Back Bra is a great T-shirt bra with racerback straps.

Bra Vocab! A convertible bra has straps that detach from the back of the bra. You can then rearrange the straps so that they cross in the back. Some convertible bras can also be worn as a halter, one strap, or low back bra. A convertible bra is a good investment if you need a special occasion bra because you can wear it as a regular bra later.


Longline Bra

A longline bra is a bra with a wide waistband that goes down to your waist or hips. This not only helps lift the breasts, it also offers stomach support. Another advantage is that longline bras can be very low in the back without sacrificing support. While longline bras are often associated with bridal bras, they can also be great everyday bras for women who want tummy control or back support.

Try this style: For everyday posture support, try the very comfortable Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Posture Bra. Need a slimming longline bra for a special event? The smooth and seamless Le Mystere Bridal Bustier is your best bet.

Bra Vocab! A bustier is a decorative longline bra that ends at the waist and usually has push-up cups. A longer version of a bustier is called a basque. Don’t confuse a bustier or basque with a corset – which has much strong boning that is designed to reduce the waistline, and often does not cover the bust.


Sleep Bra

Many women are more comfortable sleeping with a little breast support, especially women who have large breasts, are pregnant, or are nursing. For nighttime support, I recommend wearing a bra that is designed to be comfortable for sleeping. A sleep bra is designed to support your breasts from the sides instead of the bottom, which offers more support when you are lying down. If the bra you are wearing to bed is not specifically designed for sleeping, make sure it is a non-underwire bra. Sports bras can be great for sleeping, but only if they are “low-impact.”

Try this style: The Marguerite Sleep Top is just right for sleeping, with no snaps, wires or hooks to wake you.

Don’t see the bra style that you’re interested in? Feel free to email me and my bra fitting team for more help and personal advice.

Stay fabulous!