WHAT'S A MOLDED BRA?
A molded bra - or, more accurately, a bra with molded cups - is exactly as it sounds. This style bra is made by a machine that forms the cups around a mold, using heat - so they hold their shape. And, molded cups are made from synthetic fibers.
- DOES A MOLDED BRA HAVE...
- PADDING? It can, but then it isn't just a molded bra - it's called a contour style bra with a molded cup.
A molded bra cup is also typically unlined - but it can also be lined, depending on the brand.
- SEAMS? Sometimes. A molded bra is most often seamless, but some styles can have seams in the cups, which will provide extra support, although it is rare. The bra shown on this page has molded cups with seams.
- UNDERWIRE? It can. Molded cups are designed to hold their shape without underwire, and you'll find them in some wire-free bras. But, there are also plenty of molded bra styles that do have underwire, like the one shown by Cosabella.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR BRA HAS MOLDED CUPS
Molded bra cups will keep their shape. So when you pick up a molded bra, the cups will look rounded.
Several bra styles can have molded cups, like padded bras, contour bras and T-shirt bras.
BENEFITS OF WEARING A MOLDED BRA
Molded cups are designed to help shape your body, since most women aren't perfectly "rounded". (Let's face it - "round" and "perky" doesn't always go hand-in-hand with "real" body shapes.)
BEST BODY TYPE FOR A MOLDED BRA
Molded bras come in all sizes. There are some positive aspects, as well as some negative features of this bra style, relative to your size.
Women who wear a small cup size might like the extra shaping a molded bra cup provides - but, often a contour cup will be even more flattering.
Women who wear a large cup size may like that a molded bra offers some shaping without bulky padding.
THE CONS: FEATURES SOME WOMEN DON'T LIKE ABOUT MOLDED BRAS
Some women may find that since a molded bra has cups that are pre-formed in a specific shape, this style bra doesn't always match up with their natural body shape.
WHEN TO WEAR A MOLDED BRA
A molded bra is a great style to wear everyday, if it's a style that fits your body type. It is a bra style that works well with all types of clothing - from a clingy t-shirt, to a fancy dress.
This style bra is also perfect for a special occasion, because you can find one with pretty details like a fancy lace overlay.