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Your Ultimate Guide to Bra Shopping!

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As a fellow woman, I speak for all by saying that boy, do we hate ‘boobie-traps’ and how imprisoned we feel in them. Yes, nothing quite compares to the comfort and satisfaction of taking off your bra at the end (or any point) of the day. However, since we sort of have to wear them most of the times, due to social situations or even personal preference, we’ve penned down the ultimate guide to shopping for these essentials.

Whether it’s style, fit, or comfort based on size, we have picked out the various bras that will make you feel and look sexy. Just remember, when you do go shopping and are a bit hazy about your size and fit, be sure to get a professional fitting, as wearing the wrong sized bra can cause a lot of issues in the future.

DEMI-CUP

Following a half-cup style, this has a wide set of straps and is seamed to give a greater cleavage effect. They do not offer full support; however, it is great to wear with low-cut tops as the cup won’t be seen and it gives your breasts a natural push-up.

Designed for: Small and medium sizes, as it doesn’t provide as much support for larger sizes. Can be worn to provide a slight push-up effect.

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Limeroad Blue Demi-Cup Bra (Rs 348)

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AMANTE Off White Embellished Bra (Rs 898)

BALCONETTE

Keeping the pin-up girl in mind, the balconette bra gives a sexy boudoir feel. Probably one of the more seductive styles of lingerie, the cup probably reveals more than it covers, as the cups are even shorter than a demi-cup and the straps are wider. Like the demi, the balconette also provides a certain amount of support and remains discreet with the lowest neck tops. This style comes in different designs too, such as eyelash, lace, frill etc., which adds to it ‘oomph’ factor!

Designed for: A perfect fit for all sizes.

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Next Phoebe Fishnet Lace Balcony Bra (Rs 2,390)

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Marks & Spencer Wine-Coloured Silk & Lace Padded Balcony Bra (Rs 1,999)

PUSH-UP

This one has been created and structured in order to lift and place those puppies close together, in order to provide maximum cleavage. Essentially, the extra padding is stitched in at the bottom end of the cups, to ‘push’ or lift up your breasts inwards. It literally pushes them up to two sizes!

Designed for: Smaller-sized cups, however, medium and larger sizes can definitely wear it, depending on the amount of padding.

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Soie Navy Blue Embroidered Bra (Rs 714)

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Pretty Secrets Animal Print Padded Bra (Rs 331)

FULL COVERAGE

As the name suggests, this provides your chest with full-coverage and complete support! They are usually sturdier, as the underwire literally holds your puppies up, and the extra fabric and stretchy materials give you comfort.

Designed for: Curvy and fuller busts.

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ASOS Fuller Bust Moulded Kendra Underwire Bra (approx Rs 1,739)

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Enamor Girlies Black Full Coverage Lace Bra (Rs 850)

PLUNGE

A plunge style is one where the cups start very low, in the centre with a deep V-neck. Ideal for low tops once again, this provides a natural contour to your breasts, revealing a little more of your cleavage.

Designed for: Larger-sized cups, as it provides full support and also reveals a natural, full effect. 

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Next Wow Fishnet Lace Triple Boost Plunge Bra (Rs 2,190)

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PrettySecrets Misty Mint Scandalous Plunge Push Up Bra (Rs 749)

SPORT

The sports bra goes the extra mile and provides additional support to your breasts when engaging in any physical exercise. They are sturdy and are designed to prevent extra movement, more than that of a normal bra.

Designed for: All sizes — the level of support varies depending on activity strength, so if you’re doing a rigorous workout, make sure it has a stronger hold.

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HRX by Hrithik Roshan Grey Melange Sports Bra (Rs 649)

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PUMA Orange DryCELL Sports Bra (Rs 1,439)

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