Another important aspect of a bra, or any type of clothing for that matter, is how it feels on you. And for that reason, you will need a bra that is comfortable but also offers you support and shaping. The right fabric or material of your bra could determine your overall feeling about the bra, which in turn leaves you uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Plus, matching the right fabric is also part of matching the right bra for a particular outfit.
So, knowing every type of your bra fabric is important to determine which best suited to the outfit and your needs. Keep in mind that not only is the outline of the bra something to consider, but also the thickness of the cup. When wearing a sheer or tight fitted top, for example, a soft padded bra will hide any revealing nipple lines. Usually, a fabric blend is your best choice for the perfect combination of skin pampering and pretty shaping. What are some of the common fabrics used in bras today, and what makes them so great?
1. Cotton is comfortable, soft, breathable, and can usually be machine-washed and tend to last must longer. On the other hand, cotton bras may not offer enough shaping and support, as well is not quite as racy or sexy as other fabrics.
2. Lycra is a stretch fiber; a form of spandex that is lightweight, comfortable and breathable. A benefit of this fabric is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching. The fabric is a great choice for sport bras and swimwear as it is also quick-drying, resists bacteria, UV rays and chlorine.
3. Microfiber is an extremely comfortable fabric that provides a smooth, sleek feel against the skin and is nearly invisible under clothing. Particularly used for t-shirt bras, this fabric is breathable, soft, very durable, lightweight and easily maintained and cared for. A microfiber bra that is lightly lined with fiber fill will conceal the nipple and create a rounded, well-supported silhouette.
4. Nylon and Polyester are supportive and can be woven into luxurious lace, lustrous satin or light microfibers that feel smooth against your skin, while with spandex will add comfort of stretch. The fabrics feel light like silk, but are stronger, retain shape longer, resist creasing, are mildew resistant and can be washed easily, easy to care for and dries quickly – unlike silk.
5. Rayon (satin) and Viscose are a semi-synthetic fiber similar to cotton or silk. It’s a highly versatile synthetic fabric, smooth, cool, and highly absorbent that provides the soft comfort and sensuous feel of cotton or silk while costing less. One disadvantage to textile products made with viscose or rayon is that the items can often wrinkle easily, and sometimes cannot be machine-washed or dried.
6. Tricot is a type of weave for fabric; a warp-knit that’s close and inelastic, which often be used as either the outer fabric or as a lining of lingerie. It is durable and usually thin and inexpensive, has a unique weave that allows it to be smooth on one side while sporting texture on the other. It also provides not only support but also comfort. Lace cups are also often lined with sheer tricot to add stability and reduce scratchiness.
7. Lace and Embroidery are intricate, timeless and beautiful, but can easily irritate skin. If you’re looking at a beautiful bra with decorative detailing, it’s probably done with lace and embroidery. Laces usually do not offer smooth lines under sheer or tight fitting clothing, but it’s great for wearing under thicker clothing where the bra outline is inconsequential.
8. Mesh is a partially sheer, tightly woven knit fabric. Lightweight stretch mesh is often used for lining a cup under stretch lace, and has seaming in place to conceal the nipple. When bra cups are constructed with mesh, it provides a comfortable feel because of its light and airy texture, meant to feel cool and dry on the body. On the other hand, mesh fabric can irritate for your skin and doesn’t offer the best overall support, unless mixed with cotton, spandex, etc.
9. Chiffon is delicate, lightweight, very comfortable and airy just like mesh, and it also drapes against the body. It’s also easy to clean or wash. It’s a sheer fabric composed of highly twisted crepe yarns. However, it’s easy to fray and damage, also can be weakened by sweat and sun
Obviously, bras that pinch, slip and cause bulging have no place in your wardrobe. But not finish only at its design and structure, when evaluating your bras or before shopping for a new one, really get a sense of how the fabric feels on you or what is your favorite kind. Is it too constraining? Is it too flimsy? Itchy? If so, find the right fit and fabric for you.
Continue to article “How to Choose the Right Bra for Every Type of Outfit and Occasion (Part 2)” for more tips on selecting the right bra to your needs, your outfits, as well as colors of the bra.