In the universe of women’s lingerie, there is an endless multitude of cuts, styles and effects. Among all the quality bras offered by the top lingerie brands, padded undergarments offer a nice curve to compliment any silhouette.
What is a padded bra?
The padded bra was created in the 1960s by Canadian stylist Louise Poirier. Back then, petite chests were in vogue. Some women were even beginning to go braless. For this reason, the new padded bra was a flop at the time. Twenty years later, generous busts came back into fashion and still are today. The 1990s even frankly valued feminine curves. Since that decade, padded bras have become a staple of women’s lingerie drawers.
This bra is perfectly suited to all chests. It is not strictly speaking a type of bra like a demi-cup or a balconette could be. Rather, it’s an undergarment that produces a particular effect. It appeals to women with generous or medium busts, since its molded foam cups give the breasts a natural curve. Very comfortable, it offers optimal support that feels soft to the touch. All in all, it embodies the underwire bra with the comfort of a wireless one. It is also a favorite for small breasts, since thanks to the padding and cushioning in the cups, it has the effect of increasing the volume of the breasts by one or more cup sizes. It is not to be confused, however, with the push-up bra. This very sexy style with a plunging neckline has a particular design: with a tighter center gore that enhances the breasts, the push-up effect visually adds volume without padding.
The different styles of padded bras
Wireless padded bras
This type of feminine lingerie rhymes with comfort and practicality. Specially designed to benefit small busts, it has a wide center gore and soft padding. Innovative materials like FlexiMesh add flexibility and ease. For a feminine look, the lace detailing or delicate tulle make for a sensual look.
Women with active lifestyles will appreciate the design of the pull-on sports bra: both supple and comfortable, the wireless padded bra is designed with removable pads in a stretchy and breathable material, ideal to feel true freedom of movement.
Padded underwire bras
Unlike conventional underwire bras, padded bras do not have metallic ribs but a flexible structure. Some very feminine styles have sculpting underwires and padded cups for a shapely bust that is naturally beautiful. In addition, the heat-sealed seams offered by certain brands ensure invisible lingerie and absolute freedom of movement. Satin border or floral pattern, every detail brings even more refinement to these undergarments.
Padded balconette bras
With the balconette shape very popular with women of all body types, delicate materials are added such as microfiber, which provides a very pleasant silky feel. The spacer cups define and create a natural curve that is both light and supportive of the bust. This design is also present in sports lingerie collections. Padded balconette-type sports bras therefore create a rounded, slightly padded chest without additional volume for total ease during a workout.