Types of bras: What benefits do you look for in your bra?


Tipos de bras

Suzanne Hostal
Personal Shopper


Talking about bras is perhaps one of the topics that generates the most commotion in the women, since for many finding the perfect bra is an odyssey; in fact, many women get used to using one that does not meet their expectations simply out of resignation or because They don't know how many options there are and how much they can do for their comfort and beauty.

For this reason and to help you find the perfect bra for you, here are I will count which ones are the different benefits that they offer us and how to choose the indicated according to what you need most.

But have you ever thought how would our body see if the bra had never been invented? imagine a woman who has never used one… what image comes to mind? Well, for my part, the first thing I think is of those half-naked women who still live in the middle of the jungle and who only use a “loincloth” that covers her private parts, because that is exactly how the bust looks in her more natural way, without any support or covering.

The history

To begin we must go back to the origins… have you ever wondered why and when the first bras started to be worn? well the answer is very simple and has to do with the support of the bust, since paintings of women are known in the ancient Greece who used a type of bra that "pushed the bust up" but the left uncovered.

Later, "band" type garments began to be used to do sports, which not only gave support to the bust but also covered it, a function that is followed complying to date, and it is precisely from there that the two benefits basics that any bra must meet: support and cover the bust.

all bras comply with 2 basic benefits: SUPPORT and COVER the bust

As time has passed the bra has evolved and with it its Benefits; for example at the time of the Renaissance, when the human body was studied in detail and became the center of attention on the art scene, the curves of women became so relevant that it was at that time that this type of garment passed from meeting your basic benefits to "redesign" the figure.

The best example of this were the corset that they were long bras that also covered the waist and abdomen and that were used very tight to make the curves more evident feminine, enhancing the bust (in fact it almost overflowed them, making the necklines large protagonists), marking the waist and flattening the abdomen, and making the hips look more wide, because by then a woman with defined curves was seen as a very attractive woman and fertile.

However, the need to modify the body was so great that they arrived to use metal structures causing discomfort when working and even altering the salute the woman. Because of this and the feminist movement in the late 19th century and early 20th 20th century, the bra evolved into a simpler and lighter garment, what It consisted of a band that covered the bust and two straps that rested on the shoulders giving it So increased support, under the name of bra.

With the time it was evolving and the cups began to be used as "pockets for each breast”, metal plates that helped support it (which later evolved into bows, also known as “rods”) and to the appliqués of hooks to tie it in the back.

Historia del brasier

First bras in Crete, Greece - Corset

By the end of World War I, it was already common for women to wear a bra in their daily lives, thus becoming a everyday undergarment. Throughout the 20th century the bra undoubtedly became a garment that empowered women, in some cases highlighting the bust making her look like a sexual symbol (for which the cinema had a lot of influence) and in others to achieve that beyond supporting and covering, it would grant different benefits that were functional by making that the bust looked different and providing a lot of comfort.

Over time the bra has been evolving, not only to cover and support, but to grant different benefits that they make the bust look different and maximum comfort is achieved

The benefits

It is not a secret that women want to always look good and for that we seek “extra help” that achieve those effects that we have always dreamed of in our body. However, there are many factors that influence how we want to see ourselves: it is not a secret that showing off a large and rounded bust is a desire of many women who want to feel more attractive, thus responding to different cultural stereotypes that have been imposed with the time – but be careful, I do not mean that this is true or that I agree – in fact At Leonisa we are convinced that each woman is magic just as she is, and that we do not need be 90-60-90 to feel and look powerful!

For that and as the most important is that each woman feels beautiful and sure of her body, in the market we find great variety of options that adjust to the tastes and needs of each one.

Also if to We add to this that women generally have a look for each occasion, the bra is It becomes one of those main accessories to make outerwear look great. Here I tell you more about them.

Beneficios del brasier

Benefits depending on the bust:

Basics: These are meant for those women who They put your comfort above all else. Leaving aside the other benefits. These bras usually have very few structures, that is, they are light and do not modify the way the you see the bust They are found both in solids and in lace (like bralettes, my favourites!), and on many occasions they do not have bows; yes, although many have foam cups this does not make the bust look bigger or enhanced but it prevents it from looking saggy but with a very natural way.

These bras are worn by those who are more uncomplicated, that they are satisfied with the size and shape of their bust and that They are looking for that feeling of freedom that a basic bra can give them. Many use it for day to day day or for those times when we don't want our bust to be the center of attention.

Bras básicos
In conclusion
Type of benefit Basic
It is characterized by Your maximum comfort
Its effect is Natural modeling of the bust
It's for you if... You look for fewer structures

Highlight: A little more discreet than makeup and heels but with a lot in common, enhancement bras are undoubtedly one of the best allies of those women who want be the center of attraction.

Enhancement is that benefit that helps the bust is see more rounded at the neckline and in many cases, look with more volume than you have in reality, achieving in many that "surgery effect" that they have always dreamed of; that's why for several years has positioned itself as the favorite of many women and although we would think that it is exclusive for romantic occasions or for more sensual looks, the truth is that at least ¼ women are users of enhancement, and of them, at least 7/10 use it in their day to day.

1/4 women wear enhancement
7/10 women use enhancement every day

The obsession with a perfect bust has led to this benefit being widely explored, offering different levels of enhancement, each with a different goal.

The medium enhancement It is the one that slightly raises the bust, preventing it from looking saggy and this is achieved thanks to structures such as arches and foam cups. This is the enhancement level ideal for those who want their bust to be seen in the "right place", that is, neither very enhanced nor fallen, so we will find it in many versions, for all tastes.

The highlight high it is perfect for those who want their bust to look more enhanced; in In other words, these bras center and lift for a more rounded effect on the neckline.

Finally, there is the favorite of those who have always dreamed of a larger bust: the double and triple enhancement, that in addition to enhancing it will achieve the effect of a larger bust Instantly!

These bras make me feel safe making my bust not only not look saggy but also look bigger... it's like a operation but no operation

Bra realce
In conclusion
Type of benefit Highlight
It is characterized by Its "fillers" that center, lift and in some cases give extra volume
Its effect is A more rounded bust and in some cases, that it looks larger
It's for you if... You have always wanted your bust to be the protagonist

reduction: These are designed for those who have a very large bust and are looking for hide their volume, and are characterized by redistributing the volume of the bust, making it look like a little smaller.

A few years ago, bra brands focused on giving the bust a perfect modeling, that is, they wanted it to look rounded and in its place. later, then to perfect your technique and give you even more benefits so that the bust looks great; they started worrying about stylizing areas such as the back and the sides under the arms, achieving thus completely mold the woman's torso. That is why we find different types of benefits depending on the area.

In conclusion
Type of benefit Reduction
It is characterized by Your maximum support
Its effect is Hide the volume
It's for you if... you have a very large bust

Benefits based on back

Posture Facilitators: Do you spend many hours in front of the computer and feel that your back hunches more every day? Well cheer up we have the solution for you! Back pain caused by a bad posture at work afflicts thousands of women around the world, and Part of the solution may be much simpler than you think.

in Leonise we develop bras that, thanks to the technology of their materials and smart tensions located that generate control in the upper part of the back, better known as the area dorsal, will help you stay more upright avoiding not only bad posture but also discomfort and unwanted pain.

Facilitadores de postura
In conclusion
Type of benefit posture facilitators
It is characterized by Your smart strains on your back
Its effect is Helps to have a better posture
It's for you if... Your back hurts or you are looking for a more upright posture

Back Shapers: If you are one of those women who does not wear tight shirts because feel like i know mark the rolls of the back, You are going to love these bras! They collect "everything" as you have always dreamed of, from the armhole rolls to those that form behind, making the back look smooth, stylized and molded. For many years the focus was on the bust, but now the back has gained prominence and a bra like these will make it look spectacular!

Moldeadores de espalda
In conclusion
Type of benefit back shapers
It is characterized by Its excellent coverage
Its effect is A smooth back without rolls
It's for you if... Are you looking for a perfect back?

But the benefits do not only depend on the bust or the back, but in many cases we look for them for a particular moment.

Strapless: Surely it has happened to you that you have one shirt or dress that you love because it exposes your shoulders but you feel that the straps of the bra do not they look good with them… it is for moments like these that we should all have a strapless! These bras are They are characterized by the fact that they can be used without straps and by having a straight neckline (that is, they are a balconet) will allow you to show off your chest and shoulders.

My advice to choose the perfect strapless: look for one that has non-slip elastics in the back to ensure that adhere to your skin without falling off... so move freely, dance and feel all the security of a bra that does not move.

Bra strapless
In conclusion
Type of benefit Strapless
It is characterized by Its removable straps and straight cut at the neckline
Its effect is Maximum fit to the body
It's for you if... You want to show your shoulders free of burdens

Bras or sports tops: It is very common to find women who wear the oldest bras to play sports without knowing that this could be a big mistake... and do you know why? Well, it turns out that at When you exercise you need a bra that guarantees your bust that it will always be in its place, and To achieve this, it must meet certain characteristics that make it ideal for this:

  • Give you more support: for this they must have elastics at the base and wider sides that gather the bust, preventing the impact of movements from causing it to fall due to gravity.
  • That makes you feel safe: look for tops with more neckline coverage than avoid “accidents”... you understand me, right?
  • That makes you feel very comfortable: Usually do not have arches or rods sides to avoid as much as possible any possibility of discomfort.
  • Keep you cool: Sports bras are made of materials breathable that will give you a feeling of freshness for longer.

So my recommendation is that you dare to try one of these garments... I'm sure your body will love it. will appreciate.

Bra Deportivos
In conclusion
Type of benefit deportivo
It is characterized by Its good support and coverage
Its effect is Withstand the impact of movements
It's for you if... You love sports and you are looking for garments with benefits

And to finish we find two additional or service benefits, since they are useful in very difficult moments. individuals:

Nursing Bras: For those who have just become mothers and need a bra that facilitates the moment of breastfeeding, these bras are very practical since They allow you to discover the cups without having to take off your bra. They also have a marker that It will help you remember which was the last breast you used.

Bras Lactancia
In conclusion
Type of benefit Lactation
It is characterized by Its practicality: brooches and marker
Its effect is Allows uncovering the breasts to facilitate breastfeeding
It's for you if... You are breastfeeding or about to be

Mastectomy bras: Undoubtedly one of the most difficult processes by which they have to spend many women suffering from breast cancer; for that reason and thinking of offering them garments that give them Total comfort and functionality, Leonisa's mastectomy bras are a 360° solution to your needs. needs. In fact, for its creation, we met with several women who told us what their ideal bra and this is what we achieved:

  • Garments that include cups specially designed for simulate the volume of bust, replacing expensive breast prostheses. These cups are removable, so that the bra can be used with 2 of them, with only one (replacing one of the breasts) or without them for those who have implants or prefer to use their prostheses.
  • The cups are made with double fabric, no bows or side ribs. They have a pocket that allows you to store the prostheses there, preventing them from moving and being seen.
  • Have greater coverage in the neckline, the armhole and the back.
  • Its materials are very soft to the touch, so they don't bother cuts or scars in that area.
Bras Mastectomía
In conclusion
Type of benefit Mastectomy
It is characterized by Its internal pockets and cups that replace the prosthesis
Its effect is Greater security
It's for you if... You went through a mastectomy process

As you can see, bras have evolved over time to go beyond covering and holding the bust, becoming a garment that is not only functional but definitely It will make you feel safe and powerful, because if I am convinced of something, it is that the bra that we use it represents our essence, what we are and how we want to project ourselves towards others.

For That doesn't matter what benefit you prefer or if you use one, or several of them... the important thing is that when choosing the bra you do it with full awareness that you are acquiring much more than a simple piece of clothing... because it can do much more for you than you imagine... You already know, not?

A hug,



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