Extremely tired of changing your undergarments again and again? Built-in bra & Shelf bra will make your life easier
This is best for anyone who has a physical discomfort or finds wearing and removing bra a hassle because these bras eliminate the need for a separate bra. Some tops have hidden support built into them. The most common type is called a shelf bra (not to be confused with a shelf bra that is a cup-less bra). A second layer of fabric is sewn underneath the singlet that stops just under the bust and is pulled in with a line of elastic. There are no separate cups; the support comes from the stretchy fabric and the elastic that goes under the bust.
This kind of top can be worn without a bra and is great for lounging or sleeping in. You can also wear them out but be careful as they do nothing to hide they shape of nipples. You can also wear them with a bra to give extra support; it’s common to combine it with a sports bra to minimize movement while exercising.
Some clothing will have built-in support that is different to a shelf bra. Contoured foam cups may be sewn into tops and dresses so they can be worn without a bra. Some will even use underwire so it’s essentially like having a bra sewn in. This is quite common in swimwear. It is also a solution for special outfits or in costumes where you wouldn’t be able to wear a bra without it showing.
This style can be found attached to the insides of swimsuits and tube tops. Some built-in bras are just horizontal, elastic fabric, but others have padding and underwired cups as well.
However the shelf bra covers only the lower part of the breasts, leaving the nipples and upper part of the breasts exposed. It is not supportive and is mostly worn in sexual situations.