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Bella Forma :: Underwear Glossary

 Underwear Glossary
Confused about our bra styles? Need the difference between all the types of bras and briefs explained so you can find the best one to suit your needs? Or maybe you're just bored and want something to read :)

Bra Styles

  • Balconette Bra - With wide set straps, uplifting shape and a lower cut front this bra style is equally great for everyday and evening wear. Providing support, comfort and a great cleavage whilst still looking natural, what more can you ask for in a bra! That's why its one of the most popular styles of bra around.

  • Basque/Bustier - Halfway between a bra and a body these styles have the support of a bra but extend down to the waist or hips. They usually come with detachable straps so are a good alternative to a strapless bra if you want something more fitted. Often having light boning in the middle section they help to give a super smooth line and a lovely 'nipped in' shape around the waist. A very popular choice for wedding lingerie.

  • Body - Bra and Panties all in one, this style gives a lovely smooth line from top to bottom but still with great support. Often comes with low cut or thong backs making them perfect for sexy evening dresses, when you want something really special on underneath or when you're just feeling a little bit naughty.

  • Full Cup Bra - The staple of every big boobed girl's underwear drawer the full cup bra gives maximum coverage across the whole bust and is the best style of bra for all day comfort and support, but never fear that doesn't mean it has to look frumpy! The pretty colours and gorgeous fabrics available today mean no nanna bras are sold at Bella Forma.

  • Minimizer Bra Aims to reduce the bust size appearance by gently reducing bust projection and gives a smooth minimal look. We can't promise to make them disappear, but then when they look so fantastic in our bras why would you want to?

  • Moulded Bra - The cups on these bras are all moulded in one piece giving a natural slightly padded shape and are normally seam free so they look super smooth under t-shirts and clinging tops.

  • Multiway Bra - A very versatile bra with detachable straps that can be worn lots of different ways: crossover, strapless, halter neck, one shoulder and often comes with sets of interchangeable straps. Every big boobed girl should have at least one of these in her armoury.

  • Padded Bra - Bras with extra sometimes removable padding inside the cups. We only sell these with a very small amount of padding used to give support as we think our customers probably have enough padding of their own!

  • Plunge Bra - Shaped to push the boobs together, perfect for when you want to push it all out front and have a cleavage worth being proud of! Plunge bras are cut very low at the front and give a sexy look while still being really supportive, the perfect bra for those plunging necklines.

  • Seam Free - Constructed in such a way that the cups have no visible seams and hence give a very smooth look, great under t-shirts.

  • Soft Cup Bra - These bras have no underwire in the cups and tend to be fuller in coverage and very comfortable for everyday wear.

  • Sports Bra - Bras and crop tops which hold everything close to the chest so that there is minimal bounce and no chance of you knocking yourself out! Wider straps and cool, breathable fabrics keep you comfortable and mean you can concentrate on having fun.

  • Strapless Bra - Specially designed to give great support but without the straps. Perfect for showing off those shoulders in thin strapped and strapless tops and unusual necklines. Strapless bras are also able to be worn multiway.

  • T-Shirt Bra - Seamless and smooth bras that are perfect for wearing under t-shirts and tops where you don't want to see any lumps and bumps, well except the two obvious ones - obviously!

  • Underwired Bra - One of the most popular types of bra style sold. Underwires are inserted into the seams of the cups and lie flat against the chest around and under the bust to give shape and support. Most of our styles are underwired with the exception of Soft Cup and some Sports bras.

  • Panty Styles

  • Bikini Briefs - The classic pant style that gives medium coverage front and back they are somewhere between a full brief and a thong. They can be cut low or high over the legs and also come with string sides for a more minimal look.

  • Boy Short/French Knickers - Just like shorts this style reaches up to or near the waist and just down the legs to the top of the thighs covering the bum. Pretty fabrics make this modern style look really flirty and feminine. Fitted styles are generally called Boy Shorts, while styles that are looser around the legs are known as French Knickers.

  • Full Brief - This style covers the bottom, has a low leg and reaches up to the waist to give a really comfy fit. Gorgeous colours and sexy fabrics help to keep them looking special.

  • G-String - Very similar to thongs except g-strings have a completely string back for a truly minimal look; however the two terms are often used interchangeably. Not for those who don't like their bum exposed but it does guarantee absolutely no VPL (visible panty line).

  • Hi-Cut Brief - Cut high over the leg at the sides but still with good coverage at the front and back. This style helps to make your legs look longer which is great for all of us not blessed with endless legs.

  • Hipster/Low Rise Briefs - Both these terms describe panties that are cut low front and back which means they won
  • t pop up uninvited over the top of low slung trousers and skirts.

  • Thong - Covers as little as possible (but not as minimal as a g-string) with a small front panel, thin side straps and a small triangle/Y shaped back section. Like the g-string this style exposes the bum and isn't for the faint hearted.

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