In german lingerie stores most women ask for plain bras that are practically invisible under clothing, preferably in white or beige. They should form a nice round breast, to the front - not the sides - and ideally be seamfree. In short: The favourites of most customers are - perhaps typical german - the most practical of choices: the so-called T-shirt-bras.
Roughly said, there a three categories of moulded bras:
- Cups made from simple fabric, without padding of any sort
The cups of these bras are made from one piece of fabric instead of - as it's usually done - two, three or four pieces sewn together. Concerning fit moulded bras of this sort are comparable to the fit of a conventional bra.
Examples: Anita Rosa Faia Twin, Fantasie Esme, Elomi Smoothing Seamfree Bra
|Anita Rosa Faia Twin |
- Light foam cups
The thickness of the foam can vary but generally bras of this making are still pretty soft, so the cups will adjust a little to the individual breast form of its wearer.
Examples: Panache Porcelain T-Shirt-Bra, Fantasie Rebecca, Freya Deco Plunge, Elomi Hermione
|Fantasie Rebecca Moulded Bra,|
Saisonfarbe, ab August erhältlich
- Foam cups
Here the cup is made from a firm and solid material - it's like a form to which the breast has to adapt not the other way around. These bras provide even softer breasts with very good support while firmer breasts are often difficult to fit into the rigid form. (So it depends on the individual breast - sometimes it fits perfectly, sometimes not at all - with very little in between. ;-))
Examples: Fantasie Ava, Fantasie Rhiannon, Fantasie Smoothing T-Shirt Bra
|Fantasie Ava Moulded Plunge Bra|
Due to the fact that it is pretty difficult to produce moulded bras for larger cup sizes, sometimes bras made from very smooth fabric (without lace or embroidery) are described as T-shirt-bras, for example the Panache Tango Classic or lightly padded bras like the Curvy Kate Daily Boost.
|Curvy Kate Daily Boost|
(Source: Curvy Kate)
- there are no lace or seams showing through a thin top
- a little padding hides otherwise visible nipples
- the soft material is more comfortable for sensitive nipples/skin
Besides the smooth surface of the cups, colour is an important issue: Beige and brown colours, that closely ressemble the own skin tone, make the bra nearly invisible under white tops. Another, not as widely known trick is, to wear red or pink which are - unlike white bras - almost not perceptible under a white shirt.
"Continental" brands like Anita, Triumph, the lines of the VandeVelde-Group (Prima Donna, Marie Jo) and the so-called "French" in general (Chantelle/Passionata, Lise Charmel, Aubade, Simone Péréle etc.) are not only much more likely to be available in a 'proper' lingerie store but also to meet customers expectations. British as well as polish brands which dominate the international bra fitting community due to their larger size range and often cheaper price often do not match the average taste. They're too frisky, ruffled or tea-potty for the mainstream customer who looks for smooth cups and only subtle detailing like a lacy band or some ornaments on the straps, unicoloured bras and multiway options.
In the usual Showgirl size range (28-30J, 32HH, 34H, 36GG...) there will be two further addition, the Curvy Kate Smoothie (this summer, meaning autumn collection) and the Desire Multiway Plunge Bra next winter.