These days, there are so many different types of bras available in the market, that it gets difficult to pick one type. But the question here is, which bra type is better – seamed or seamless? Just like there is no one-size-fits-all bra available, there is also no one right answer available for that question. Whether you opt for a seamed or seamless bra depends entirely on which type you find most comfortable. While some women love wearing seamless bras, some others swear that seamed bras offer the best support. If you are caught in the middle of this debate and are not sure which type of bra you should go in for, then let us shed some light on both types of bras and when to wear which to help you make your decision.
Seamed bras are ones that have seams running through the cups. The bra cups are made up of two or more pieces of fabrics. Seamed bras offer better support as the seams allow for better definition of the shape and size of the cups.
Types of Seams
The type of seam will determine the shape of the cup which in turn will affect the way the bra supports and defines your breasts.
- Horizontal Seams
Bras with horizontal seams give a more projected and conical shape to the cups.
- Vertical Centre Seams
Vertical centre seams offer an uplifting look as well as offer good support.
- Diagonal Seams
Diagonal seams will make the breasts look more centred and will offer an uplifting effect.
- Transversal Seams
Transversal seams provide a more fuller and rounded look to the breasts.
When Should One Wear a Seamed Bra?
While seamed bras undoubtedly provide better support and fit, they have been on the decline, thanks to the growing popularity of seamless bras. The one major drawback with seamed bras is that the stitches tend to show through clothing. Most women find this to be quite uncomfortable and so seamless bras have taken a backseat in the last decade or so when it comes to lingerie shopping.
But the fact remains that your breasts will thank you for wearing a seamed bra as they will keep them in place and will give you a much better fit. There are numerous instances in which your can wear a seamed bra instead of a seamless one. For instance, when you are wearing dark coloured clothing, you can opt for a seamed bra as the stitches won’t show through dark clothing. The same goes for prints as well. Printed clothing will camouflage and hide the stitches.
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Seamed bras work well with most ethnic wear. You can wear them with sarees and lehengas for a shapelier silhouette. Seamless bras do not offer as much support as seamed bras, which is why when you wear a seamless bra you might experience some sagging and squashing. So opt for seamed bras with your ethnic clothing. You can also wear them with any attire that has bead or thread detailing at the bosom area as that will make sure the seams don’t seem visible through the fabric.
Seamless bras (or T-shirt bras) are very popular among young women. The fact that they have no seams means that you do not have to worry about seam lines showing through.
Types of Seamless Bras
- Soft Cups
Seamless bras with soft cups are not really a good choice. Not only will they not offer good support, but the cups are also not very shapely and can end up giving you a droopy and unattractive
- Molded Cups
Molded cup bras have cups that have been permanently molded into the desired shape and fit. They offer better structural support than seamless bras with soft cups.
When Should One Wear a Seamless Bra?
Seamless bras are great to be worn under tight-fitting clothing. So if you want to wear a t-shirt or a figure hugging dress, then a seamless bra is your best bet. They work well with almost all types of fabrics and offer a smooth finish and look.
If you want a smooth look and also want to show-off some cleavage, then you should opt for a molded push-up bra. And If you want a bra that you can wear with low-necked tops, then turn to the molded demi-bra for that.
Bras are a woman’s best friend. And just like with making new friends, you need to take your time and choose good ones that will offer you support and be with you for a long, long time.