How to wear an open cup bra

An open cup bra is the sexiest piece of arsenal and a fantastic addition to your wardrobe. It can be worn underneath your favorite blouse or with a dress to amplify your figure. There are designs that frame the outline of your breast, completely cup less styles and cups with partial cutouts. The straps add sex appeal to your shoulders, neckline and back.

Open cup bras that are made with a harness frame can be layered when it does not provide enough coverage. They can be worn over clothing such as a tight lace top that you want to add some ‘drama’ or alone under a blouse depending on your preference. A black open cup bra can be worn underneath a lace top with a pair of pasties covering your nipples for going out, or it can be worn alone when you want to feel exceptionally sexy in the bedroom. These are the different types of open cup bras:

Peepholes: Has a cut out on the center of the cup, top or underneath the breast. This allows you to show off your breast or nipples.

Half cup: This bra is also known as the peek-a-boo bra and is a bralette with a slit cut out between the middle of the seams.

Underwire: A supportive metal frame inserted inside the bra to hold up your breasts.

Frame: Only the frame of the bra is worn leaving the entire breast exposed. This is otherwise known as a harness bra.

Open cup bras come with adjustable straps and are made of satin, faux leather, cotton and nylon. These bras typically have a spandex element to deliver comfort. You can find them in small, medium, large and x-large sizes and are great gifts for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

When wearing an open cup shelf bra, you can choose to cover your nipples or not. This look draws attention to your breast and gives the illusion of being braless. They give your breast an extra boost, support, and enhance your body shape. If you choose to wear an open cup bra without covering your nipples, just be aware that your nipples will be visible in most cases. If you wear a tight-fitting dress or blouse with thick material, your nipples probably will not be visible. Wearing one under a structured blouse or chunky knit sweater is perfect if you’re going for modesty. However, if you wear it under a light shirt or tank top, the shape of your nipples will be visible. This is a completely acceptable look in most major metropolitan areas, but only you will know if the venue you are going to will accepting of the style.

The lacey designs on an open cup bra feature Venice lace details, small bow accents and spaghetti straps and are available in a variety of colors to match your clothing. A vinyl open cup bra with underwire, strappy vinyl details and sheer lace panels have a sexy bondage appeal. A push-up, floral stretched laced scalloped bra with slits down the middle is risqué and exciting. Feel free to experiment with your open cup bras with different materials and styles of clothing. If you want an edgy look then choose a faux leather bra with underwire cups, zippers, and a sheer mesh back. This is an excellent choice for those into leather and latex lingerie. A lace peek-a-boo bra with slits on the bottom of your breast will add sensuality to your outfits and make you feel flirtatious.

Before purchasing an open cup bra, make sure you have your correct bra size. Experts in intimate apparel will recommend finding a size that is snug. If you’re in-between bra sizes, go for the smaller band size. You want the bra to be snug to lift your apex/nipple about half way in between your elbow and your shoulder.

If you have extremely full breasts, opt for an open cup bra that has a high center gore such as a balconette style. from You want the bra to fit you perfectly and make you feel sensuous. Since these bras are made of delicate materials, you must take care of it properly and avoid damaging it when washing.

You may not realize it when you’re shopping for open cup bras, but these pieces of lingerie are like tiny pills of confidence. Once you wear one out in public, you’ll notice a change in yourself from the way you walk to the way you hold your shoulders back in confidence. An open cup bra is underestimated in its abilities to change the way you feel about yourself. When you get that boost of confidence and eroticism walking into a restaurant, you’ll feel support in not only your breasts, but your self-esteem. Nobody else in the room has the confidence to wear what you’re wearing.

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Here at D Cup or Bigger, my unofficial mantra may as well be, ‘supportive bras for big busts.’ I’m such a plain Jane, and all about practicality, and supportiveness is more or less my raison d’être. There is a whole wide world of lingerie out there where practicality isn’t the name of the game, sexiness is. The goal of a good piece of lingerie is to present the body in a tantalizing manner. What comes next after the tantalization is up to the wearer and their beholders.

There are an ever-increasing number of lingerie lines that now cater to all shapes and sizes, both full-figured and plus size. One of the pieces of lingerie that still remains elusive for most of us the quarter cup bra.

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You can understand why. It’s a very delicate garment, whose hallmark is that it has very little supporting material. If you search hard, you’ll be able to find a few brands out there offering quarter cup bras up to the D or maybe DD range, but anything higher? No dice. The big brands of the lingerie world are apparently not yet ready to take on the feat of the full figure shelf bra.

In my quest for my own quarter cup bra, I’ve put together a list of things people generally want to know about this type of bra. Without further ado, here is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about shelf bras.

What is a quarter cup bra and what is it good for?

A quarter cup bra is a kind of shelf bra, sometimes also referred to as a chopper. While there are subtle differences between styles, the hallmark of a shelf bra is that it props up the breast from below to some degree, with a cup that covers less than half of the breast. Related styles include the cupless and open-cup bra, which expose the top part of the breast to various degrees.

Quarter cup bras typically have an underwire to provide underbust support, and a cup that does not cover the nipple. The main purpose of the bra is aesthetic, with support being secondary.

The quarter cup bra is a more risqué version of the demi bra, and some styles of balconettes. If you’ve ever put on a demi bra and thought, ‘I could do with 25% less fabric,” then you’d be in the market for a quarter cup bra.

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Both the quarter and the demi cup bra are cut low along the entire cup, revealing a lot of the breast. While the demi cup still has enough material to make it a practical option under clothes or when you want to show off a revealing neckline, the quarter cup is more for recreational wear. These bras are generally worn in a setting where the wearer wants to show off the bra and breasts. (I’ll let you fill in the blanks here)

Though the quarter cup was not designed for practical purposes, it could come in handy if you are smaller busted and in a situation where you might want to go braless underneath a garment, but don’t necessarily want to be 100% unsupported.

Wait, but isn’t a shelf bra that thing that keeps my boobs in place in a cami?

Yes, that’s also correct. Somehow along the way, built-in bras also became colloquially known as shelf bras. They both essentially do the same thing in the sense that both types of shelf bras do all their supporting from the bottom. You can find those types of shelf bras in tank tops, swimsuits and workout wear. Coincidentally, it’s also hard to find that type of shelf bra in DD+ too!

What does a quarter cup or shelf bra actually look like?

There are basically two options when it comes to the ‘main’ components to the design of a shelf cup bra. They can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of stylings:

  1. Soft cup – A soft quarter cup bra will usually have a cup fabricated of some sort of light material, such as lace. The cups often have some level of boning in order to support the breast from below, but not always.
  1. Rigid cup – A rigid cup is usually made of the same material used to form the cups of a molded or a t-shirt bra. Sometimes extra boning is added to rigid cups as well.

Both soft and rigid cups are sometimes paired with an overlay of lace or another sheer or light material for aesthetic purposes. This overlay generally does not lend any support to the breast. Overlays can be sewn both over the cup structure, or underneath it.

What are quarter cup bras usually made from?

All the same things that a full cup bra is made from—lace, synthetic fabrics such as nylon and satin, and natural materials such as cotton and silk, as well as foam for supporting layers. Shelf bras can also be found in some less common materials, such as PVC and leather.

How do I know my size?

Shelf bras are generally sized by cup and band, just the way bras with more coverage are sized. Some bras, however, only list the band size. Others come in very generic S-XL sizing.

Can I get a shelf bra in my size?

Certainly, but if you’re looking for a full figure shelf bra, you might have trouble. Quarter cup bras are readily available in sizes A-C, and increasingly even D cups. Plus size women will be pleased to know that manufacturers are also starting to make quarter cup bras in wider band sizes.

Shelf bras for DD cups or higher are still really tough to find, and your mileage will certainly vary when it comes to support and aesthetics. You might be able to get away with a shelf bra and a bigger bust if your breasts are self-supporting or augmented and full on top, but it’ll be tough otherwise.

If you are going to chance it, look for the same things you do in a regular bra when it comes to support—a wide band and sturdy straps.

But I really want a shelf bra! What can I do?

Write to manufacturers, let your voice be heard! This might not do anything in the short run, but maybe if people know there’s enough interest in it, they’ll consider making one.

It looks as if Lane Bryant used to make shelf bras, with sizing all the way up to a 44DD, which is great! Having a look at their old product page, the bra below seemed to be well-liked, with an average rating of 4 out of 5. When I contacted them though, they advised that they would no longer be carrying any quarter cup styles.

Looking through all the different styles of shelf bras that I did, I feel like there is a case to be made for trying to build a shelf bras for large breasts that have stronger boning/supporting material than your standard plastic or thin metal. This would allow you to create more projection to be able support a larger bust. Combine this with a cage-type bra and you might be able to create enough support. In my mind it could work, although it would certainly cost a pretty penny.

Bra fantasies aside, there are plenty of alternatives for full-figured women who are looking for a bra that exposes the breast and makes you feel sexy.

Try out a strappy bra.

A great example below is the Olivia Strappy Lace Bra by Hips and Curves. It’s got some great strappy detailing paired with a demi cup for support all the way up to a band size 46/G cup.

Go for a cut out bra.

Any style of bra where a portion of your breast (usually including the nipple) is exposed. While they are not as showy as the quarter cup bra, they are still certainly attention-grabbing. Because they can be found in many different cup styles, this is a great option for DD-G cupped women. One I absolutely love is Peel & Beau Faye Lilac Peek Cup Bra, available at Playful Promises.

Another great option that shows even less skin, but is just as sexy is the Miranda Black and Ivory Peep-Hole Bra, also from Playful Promises.

Go for a two-part cup with sheer, unlined fabric

Another pick from Hips and Curves that I quite like is the Oh La La Cheri Eyelash Lace Strappy Bra. It’s got the strappy cut-out look going for it as well. The molded part of the bra provides about as much coverage as a quarter cup bra would, however extra support and shaping is provided by the addition of lace that goes above the nipple line. While this bra doesn’t expose the nipple completely, it does expose a lot of skin. This one only goes up to a DD though.

Playful Promises’ Emerald Strappy Curve bra is another gorgeous pick that offers more coverage and goes up to HH.

Opt for a demi-cup bra

Although it still comes up higher than a quarter cup bra, it does provide that shelf look, and exposes the entire upper breast. Below is the half cup Isabella bra from Hips and Curves.

Go completely cupless!

There is no support to speak of on this design and it’s more of a harness than anything, but it’s got a bondage-y look that is certain to turn heads. Below is the Jelinda Alluring Women Harness Bra Elastic Strappy Hollow Out Cupless Bra.

For a more ‘traditional’ style of cupless bra, have a look at the VX Intimates Floral Burnout Open Cup Bra from Playful Promises.

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