GLOSSARY OF BRA TERMS

Adjustable Straps

Most, but not all bras, allow you to loosen or tighten the straps for your best fit. A clasp is built into each strap, so it can be moved up or down, shortening or lengthening the strap.

Back Wings

Back wings are the strips of fabric, which extend from the outer base of the cups and secure in the back. Important aspects of the back wings are; stretch vs. non-stretch, the measurement at the widest point (which is usually at the base of the cups), measurement at the closure, and type of closure including number of hooks and eyes.

Camisole Straps

Camisole straps taper gradually from the cup to the shoulder with no hardware on the front side. They are always back adjustable.

Comfort Back®

Rather than the conventional rectangle shape in the back, the Comfort Back® provides a U-shape, which prevents the straps from sliding or falling off the shoulders. This style is particularly good for fuller figures and full busted women who need the additional support.

Comfort Straps

Comfort straps are wider than average straps and are usually padded or lined. They more evenly distribute the weight of the breast, increasing the comfort of the wearer. Comfort straps are an important feature for any woman who has experienced shoulder pain due to her bra.

Center Gore

The center gore is the fabric which connects the cups of a bra at the front center. Important aspects of the center gore include: stretch vs. non-stretch – with the non-stretch offering significantly more support than stretch – and width measurement. Bras with low or plunge fronts have thinner or no center gore making them a good choice to pair with low cut tops.

Contour Bra

A contour bra—often called a “t-shirt bra” — has shaped cups, which are always padded or lined with foam. The cups mimic the natural shape of a woman's body. Contour bras are similar to a molded bra, except molded bras are generally not as highly structured. Contour bras are a perfect choice for any woman seeking a sculpted silhouette, as they offer a significant amount of coverage and control. They are often chosen by women who want to avoid nipple show-through.

Convertible

Describes any bra with detachable straps that can be worn in a variety of ways including traditional, criss-cross, halter, strapless or one shoulder. Convertible bras are a flexible option since they can be worn with a variety of tops, including boat neck, halter and asymmetrical necklines.

Hook & Eye Closure

Most back close bras use a hook & eye fastener. There is a set of tiny wire hooks down one side of the bra opening and a corresponding set of tiny wire eyes (or loops) down the other side of the opening. The hooks fit securely into the eyes. Often there is more than one row of eyes, so you can loosen or tighten the fit of the bra. The eyes are on the outside of the bra, so when the hooks are slotted into the eyes, there is no wire on the inside to touch your skin.

Innerluxe® Lining

This is a comfort feature of Olga bras in which the lining of the bra has a plush, fleecy feeling against the skin.

Inner Sling

Inner slings are a support feature built into the cup of bras. They are curved strips of fabric or foam, which follow the natural curve of the bra similar to an underwire, except they are soft and built into the design of the cup, creating an extra layer of support. This is a key feature of Olga’s Signature Support® collection.

Minimizer Bras

A minimizer bra reduces the appearance of the bust by up to one cup size. This can be especially helpful for women who have trouble with gaps between the buttons on shirts and blouses.

Seamless Bra

A bra constructed without seamed cups. There may be seams in other parts of the bra and still be considered seamless. Seamless bras are a great choice for pairing with clingy knits, and lightweight jerseys since they are virtually invisible under clothing.

Stretch Straps

Most bra straps stretch, at least in part. This allows for increased comfort when you move. Some bras, particularly for larger cup sizes, have rigid straps to provide greater support, especially over the life of the bra.

T-Shirt Bra

Invisible under even the thinnest fabrics, t-shirt bras are seamless, contoured styles designed to prevent any show-through when wearing light knits. Important for all seasons, t-shirt bras create an ultra smooth look under knits, sweaters or clingy tops.

Underwire

A thin wire, which offers added support to the cups of bras, bustiers and shapewear.
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