A perfect bra is every woman’s best friend. It lifts, covers, and supports our breast and it is an essential undergarment in a woman’s everyday life. Bras have come a long way throughout its history and now they have been refined to be more comfortable and more supportive than ever before. Although a bra seems so simple in design, it is actually very complex and each part of a bra serves a specific function.
Today we are going to give you a run down of the construction of a bra. Some of these terms you may be familiar with, while some not so much. These terms are good to know and many come in handy when you are looking to purchase a new bra. If a bra does not fit, you can identify which part of the bra is not fitting and use that knowledge to look for a better fit.
Front Strap – The straps hold up the bra and help distribute the weight of the bra between the two sides.
Cups – These cover the breast and most of the time contains light to heavy padding to provide support and lift. Unlined bras are also available but are usually only worn for aesthetic reasons.
Underwire – A semi-circular wire under the cup that is used to support the bust.
Center Gore – The piece of fabric in the center front that connects the cups together. Center gores can either be stretch or non-stretch. Non-stretch provides more stability and support.
Adjuster – This allows the wearer to shorten or lengthen the drop of the bra according to their body. The wearer can adjust the straps to be shorter for more lift.
Hook & Eye Closure – A closure that consists of hooks and eyelets to fasten the bra together. There are usually 2-3 rows to adjust the band length.
Band – Also known as the wing, the band goes around the torso under the bust to keep the bra in place.