Bra Style Guide

Often, there will be one specific style of bra that will suit your shape better than others. Little Intimates would love to help you figure out a shape that works nicely with your body. It is important to note, however, that often different brands will have their own unique ways of making the different shape. As a result not every bra of a specific shape will work for your body.

Full cup bra

Covers the whole breast area, providing good support. These are best suited for full or large breasts. Smaller, particularly shallower, breasts are not often able to fill out the cups.

Half/demi cup bra

Underwired bra that covers only the bottom half of the breast. These bras often have wide set straps and can be well suited for smaller breasts.

Quarter cup bra

An underwired bra that covers approximately the bottom quarter of the breasts. These bras can be great for smaller breasts, particularly for shallower breasts as they tend to provide both lift and shape.

Balconette/balcony bra

Forms a fairly straight line across the breasts and have quite wide set straps.

They are great for shallow or bottom heavy breasts as they are good for lifting the breast. Due to the wide setting of the straps they may not be suitable for narrow shouldered women.


A style of strapless bra that forms a band around the body. Those with built in cups can provide good shape for smaller breasted women.

They usually have removable straps and silicone lining that stop them from slipping.


A non-wired and non-padded bra, these bras can be very comfortable and are often very attractive but they do not provide as much support or shaping as other styles.

Contour/t-shirt bra

Have moulded cups that keep their shape when off the body. They are usually underwired, have a smooth surface and provide good coverage of the nipples.

Push Up Bra

A Push up bra contains extra padding to lift the breasts and provide increased cleavage. The padding may be integral to the bra or removable.

Bras with removable padding can be especially useful for women whose breasts are significantly different sizes. Padding may consist of various fabrics, air or liquid/gel pockets that may be sew in or removable.

 Soft cup bra

Any non-wired bra. There are varying degrees of support, padding and lift in these bras.

Sports bra

Sports bras are essential during any form of exercise, even for smaller breasted women. Sports bras minimise damage to the breast tissue by reducing movement.

Compression sports bra work by compressing or flattening the breast tissue against the body to minimise movement. Encapsulating sports bras have distinctive cups which provide more support to the breasts.

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