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Underwire vs. Non-underwire FAQs

  • Nov. 6th, 2007 at 12:40 PM
I get many questions and concerns from my customers who want to know about underwires. So, I have devised a list of FAQs that I think will be helpful to everyone.

1. What is an underwire?
An underwire is the rounded metal wire that outlines the bottom of the breasts, and is used to create comfort. Underwire is NOT the same as wire boning. Wire boning is other pieces of metal or plastic wire that run vertically either on the sides or throughout the abdomen area of an undergarment.

2. What does underwire do?
Underwire provides a rounded shaping of the breast, and is used in most styles of bras or undergarments. The underwire DOES NOT provide the only support in a bra.

3. If I try a non-underwire, I will have absolutely no support. Is this true?

No. The support in a bra comes from the elastic and material it is made from. This is why your old bras do not support you the way they did when you bought them.

4. My bra size is too big, I can't wear a non-underwire! Right?

Wrong. Actually, the bigger sizes can find a better fit without an underwire. As can smaller sizes.

5. My underwire is poking me, is that supposed to happen?
No. Your bra is either too old and worn, or is not fitted properly. If you feel that the underwire is still painful no matter what bra you are wearing, you should try a non-underwire. You may be allergic to the metal or plastic, or your skin is very sensitive. Keep in mind that you may also be wearing the bra too tightly or have not adjusted the straps! Try this before buying others or trying non-underwires.

6. The underwire of my bra is sticking away from my chest making a dent in my shirts. How can I fix this?
Make sure that you can be properly fitted, you are most likely in the wrong size bra. If you are fitted to the right size, and still have this problem, you may have to either adjust the straps on the bra, or try for a more supportive non-underwire bra.

Soft cup vs. Molded cup

  • Jun. 12th, 2007 at 10:32 PM
What is the difference between the two?

Soft cup bras have a thinner, more flimsy material in the cup of the bra- whereas molded cup bras have shape and curve to them.

If you are planning to wear a t-shirt, fitted, or knit top- then a molded cup bra is more suitable. This type of bra gives you a smooth look, provides discreet coverage, is seamless, and gives more of a rounded appearance. Some BUT NOT ALL molded bras provide push up/enhance size.

If you do not feel comfortable in a molded bra, perhaps a soft cup is more suitable. Soft cup bras tend to be less discrete, though provide more comfort and a more natural breast appearance. They can be made with seams, or without.

Both bra styles can be found with or without lace, with or without underwire, strapless or non-strapless, and in various colors. Depending on your bra size, it may or may not be easy to find a bra with varied styles. For example, if you are a 42G and are looking for a non-wire molded strapless without lace in nude, it is VERY difficult as opposed to a 34C looking for a molded underwire push up with lace in pink. Unfair, I know- but most lingerie manufacturers mold their bra ideas on super slim models.

Above all: Make sure that you are fit in the right size, you may need to change cup sizes while switching from a soft cup bra to a molded one and vice versa.


  • Jun. 9th, 2007 at 8:53 AM
Bra Lady Lauren is currently on duty 1 day a week at WOB Lingerie in River Edge, NJ.
Saturday 10-5

Need to be fitted for a bra? Have a bridal gown, prom dress, party outfit, or shirt that requires special undergarments? Want to know what style swimwear you should be checking out? Bra Lady Lauren will fit and guide you to what works best.

Have a question, or concern, and are unavailable to visit WOB? Leave a comment or message the Bra Lady!

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