The recent trend to flash some flesh doesn’t just stop at the daring derriere, with the rise in popularity of the open cup bras. These busty beauties of little – or no – fabric vary greatly. From the shelf bra (which is a bit like a shrunken balconette) to quarter bras, cage bras, or even side, frontal or full-on cut out ‘peekaboo’ styles. In fact, the list is so extensive that the definition can be rather vague, and certainly very confusing.
Trying an open cup bra, whatever the style, for the first time can be a little bit of a ‘flop’. Unless your boob is a perfect peach, open cup bras can often lack the much-needed support and uplift that most of us need. But if you find the right bra for you, these cheeky pieces of lingerie luxury can be sassy, sexy and utterly scandalous.
Needless to say, open cup bras – of any design – are an erotic choice. If you are seeking a practical bra that covers and supports, look elsewhere. These dinky designs are certainly not intended for housework or going for a run. Bras with peepholes or strapping can be perfect as underwear for a hot date night or out clubbing. You can add the wow factor without letting it all hang out. If, however, you’re behind closed doors and not planning to wear your bra for long (wink, wink) – a fully open cup could certainly be for you.
Ultimately, choosing an open cup style that is right for you is just like selecting a regular bra. There’s just with a lot more on show! I could suggest going for a more supportive half or shelf bra if you’re in need of a little lift, or a cage bra if you want to flaunt your bouncy b-cups. It comes down to what you like. So, regardless of the style, have fun and give it a go!
Still wanting to understand a little more about the different styles available to you? Well, here are my favourite styles of open cup bras, and why they work so well…
The Shelf Bra is probably the easiest to figure out in the cupless world. Think of it as a shrunken balconette, they lift your boobs up into place stopping short under the nipple. Probably the most supportive, they act as the name suggests – like a shelf – with your boobs sitting on top of the bra rather than being covered up.
A sassy specimen is this Fishnet and Lace Shelf Bra Set from Obsessive. It is a sexy black shelf bra with underwired cups, and comes in a set with matching suspender belt and thong.
Pretty much known as a half bra or half cup bra because it contains about half of the material you would normally see in a usual bra set. It’s a bit like someone has just snipped the top off a regular cup. They are very similar to balconette bras (but usually a bit smaller), and unlike shelf bras in that they usually cover the nipple. This makes them perfect to wear under low cut tops, as they offer support and lift without any unwanted flashes of material.
This black lace half bra set from Avanua has underwiring, adjustable straps and a hook and eye fastening. Complete with a black lace garter belt and matching thong, it’s perfect to wear under that LBD.
Open cup bras aren’t always about a nipple parade, and many cut out designs offer sexy styling with a hint of flesh, rather than putting it all on show. Cut outs feature a revealing peephole somewhere in the cup area and can differ greatly in how much (or little) skin is exposed.
This black lace open cup bra set from Shirley of Hollywood is a marvellously modest yet seductive selection to try. Its black lace cups feature revealing cut outs below the nipple.
Sometimes there is more ‘cut out’ than ‘cut in’! Strappy bras are a nod to cage bras but are more about having fun wrapping the breast rather than offering any support. It is definitely an attention seeker and would be perfectly flattering for a perfect bust. The style has one thing in mind… and that isn’t doing the house work!
This Strappy Red Open Cup Bra Set from Me Seduce is a sassy red bra with adjustable straps. You will certainly be putting it all on show.
Taking inspiration from all things BDSM, cage bras are a fantastic way to spice up your lingerie wardrobe. They make fantastically feminine underwear, some cage designs can even be layered on top of a tight tee to bring a little dominatrix into your style. Unsure? Perhaps start underneath for a little naughty but nice…
This Cage Bra Set from Me Seduce features an erotic, revealing black strappy bra top with matching strappy black thong.
Sometimes a bra just cannot be defined – and ‘open cup’ fits the bill as a generic term. As such, ‘open cup’ bras can vary greatly, but generally speaking – they all have a lot on show, sometimes with a nipple flash, sometimes not. They are not designed for support, sometimes not even comfort – but then you won’t be wearing it for long anyway.
This Eyelash Lace Open Cup Bra Set from Grey Velvet has minimal material for maximum effect. The sensual black eyelash lace bra has a halter neckline and cut out detailing.
If you think your world of open cups ends with bra sets – then think again. Cut out and cupless designs are becoming all the more popular in many teddies too. With strappy details and salacious designs, they certainly are a sexy solution for bedroom ball-games!
This Red Open Cup Cutout Back Teddy from Let’s Duck is luxuriously sensual. Its sheer red tulle material features open cup cut outs, a satin ribbon bow and thong back. Phwoarsome…
This seductive Strappy Open Cup Shocking Pink Teddy from G World will certainly grab attention with its underwired open cups and its sheer and lace details.
And for the fuller figure… try this black sheer mesh teddy by Seven ’til Midnight. The lace cutout cups with satin bow detailing are underwired for better support. It’s open back with thong panty and sheer plain top stockings are a definite added bedroom bonus!
From shelf to strappy, cut out to cage – whichever design you try, you’ll be sure it will have the desired effect! Have fun finding yours…
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