The lingerie industry has created confusion over the last several years with the two terms “molded” and “contour” to describe a bra cup. So, allow me to explain the difference.
A molded cup has been shaped over a breast mold to give it a pre-defined breast shape. Fabric with synthetic fibers is stretched over a hot mold form, a second hot piece comes down on top of it and molds the former flat piece of fabric into the shape of a breast. this piece is now the bra cup and is sewn into a bra frame. Usually, the fabric is seamless, but molded cups can also contain seams – this gives added support.
A contour bra is a molded bra, but with a thin layer of foam included in the cup to provide modesty by reducing or eliminating nipple show-through. This foam also helps create a specific shape to a woman’s breast tissue. It can make you more rounded and uplifted.
Now, here’s where additional confusion comes in. A contour bra is also called a t-shirt bra by many retailers and manufacturers. So, I empathize with women out there who find this confusing. But, there is a subtle distinction here as well. A t-shirt bra always has a seamless cup with thin foam for modesty. A contour bra also has the foam, but it can also have seams for added breast support. So, a t-shirt bra is always a contour bra, but a contour bra is not always a t-shirt bra.
I personally am a big fan of the contour bra because it’s the perfect choice for any woman seeking a sculpted silhouette. It offers a significant amount of coverage and adds definition, smooth shape, and best of all, the elimination of nipple show-through. Contour bras are also a good choice for in-between bra sizes, or a woman with uneven breasts.
Now, contour bras do have their detractors. Larger breasted women don’t like them because they believe they add size to their bustline. I would agree that in the past, this probably was true. However, the manufacturers have really refined the contour bras to give shape and contour to the breast without adding volume.
A molded bra is usually made with a single piece of fabric or has a second layer for opacity and additional strength. It is the ultimate light-weight bra for a woman who wants to feel and look like she’s wearing nothing, but knows that she needs to wear something to make the girls look attractive and youthful.
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