Types of Bra Cups

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Types of Bra Cups
Choose a bra cup based on the outfit that you would like to wear. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Depending on the shirt or dress that you would like to wear, it may be necessary to wear a certain type of bra cup. Bra cups come in many different types, ranging from full coverage to very minimal coverage. Bra cups can be highly decorative or very simple, and depending on the type, they do not always provide maximum support.

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Full Cup

Full cup bras offer the most coverage of all bra cups. This type of bra offers the most support and generally includes underwire. For these reasons, full cup bras are especially beneficial for those with larger breasts.

Demi Cup

Demi cup bras offer less coverage than full cup bras. The cup covers only half of the breast and generally is best for women with smaller breasts. Demi cup bras are useful for low-cut or V-neck shirts and dresses. This type of cup provides adequate support as well.

Padded Cups

Padded cups create the illusion of having larger breasts. Padded cups also help to maintain and enhance shape. In many push-up bras, the padding is made out of plush fabric or gel packets. Padded cups can include underwire and generally provide good support.

U-Plunge Bra Cups

A U-plunge bra is shaped so that you can wear shirts and dresses with plunging necklines. The cups cover the breasts, but the fabric attaching the cups is situated below the breasts, nearer to the waistline. This type of cup offers minimal coverage, which is the intention.

Adhesive Bra Cups

Adhesive bra cups are intended to be worn with shirts or dresses that are backless. Adhesive bra cups come in many sizes and come in various skin tones. This type of bra does not have straps or a back to it. The cups attach directly to your breasts and stay on very well, and they do not hurt to remove.

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