What is a Bustier Bra?

You’ve heard of the Bustier Bra before, from wedding magazines to lingerie shops to even mideival dresses- these bras have been around for a while! Not to be confused with the corset, the bustier is an incredibly versatile piece of lingerie.

With the word “bust” literally in the name, you already know the bustier is providing awesome support. We think everyone needs to add one of these to their closet, read ahead to learn why!


All About Bustier Bras

A Bustier Bra is a bra-shapewear fusion with a band that extends further down the torso than normal (typically to the waist or hips). The band provides the most support of the bra, so it’s no surprise the bustier is one of the most supporting bra styles on the market.

They also usually have boning or paneling on the torso and a hook-and-eye fastening up the center. The major draw of bustiers is the fact that they are SO supportive and also act as a shapewear piece.

This means it’s a two-in-one, lifted breasts and a sculpted figure! What more could a girl want?


Who Should Wear Bustier Bras?

Here at Hourglass Lingerie, we know a thing or two about how to achieve that snatched hourglass figure. Our biggest secret is the bustier! They lift the breasts of any bust size up and together while still emphasizing a slim waist appearance.

If you fuller-figured ladies are worried this bra won’t work well with your body type, fret no more! We often recommend bustiers to larger-busted women because of just how well they do their job. We also recommend these first to our brides because of their ease and multipurpose.

Our favorites at Hourglass Lingerie are the Parfait Elissa Bustier P5017 European Nude and the Goddess GD0689 Black Lace Bustier Bridal.


When Should I Wear?

One of the biggest trends right now in fashion is the look of wearing a bustier alone as a shirt! Perfect detailing, lace overlays, and lovely accents are what make these great tops.

We love to pair one with a pair of jeans and heels for a seductive and sleek look. Not all bustiers are meant for wearing alone, but a majority can be.

However, there are lots of other times we reach for our bustier. Anytime we want the perfect hourglass look, such as going out or date night, we grab it.

We also suggest bustiers for our brides because of the way they enhance cleavage and perfectly cinch the waist with ease. It’s a super sexy must-have addition to any bridal party.

When Should I Not Wear?

There are only a handful of times we would suggest to not wear a bustier. If you’re just looking for waist-slimming but not breast support, a Corset would be better suited for you.

The difference between a bustier and a corset is that a corset does not have an attached bra piece, it just covers the stomach area.

Another time we would recommend not wearing a bustier is if you’re wearing a cropped or backless shirt and do not want any undergarments showing.

Obviously, the bustier covers a lot of area so it is hard to hide in more revealing clothing.


Bustier Bra Sizing

Some people shy away from bustiers because they are concerned about how in the world to size it. Although daunting, it’s really not much harder than sizing for a regular bra.

If you’re sized correctly in the bra portion, the hook-and-eye closures on the shapewear part can be adjusted accordingly to give you the most flattering look. The easiest way to size yourself is to check out our Size Guide and read up on all of our tips and tricks.

Or, if you would rather have the perfect fit without the hassle of research, call and schedule you free, personalized fitting with an Hourglass Lingerie fit specialist. We would love to help you and share our admiration for bustiers!


Bra Style Guide

Now that you've learned everything you could ever possibly want to know about Bustier Bras, why not learn some more? Our Bra Style Guide is the perfect collection of guides to every bra style on the market. Try something new, explore an old favorite, or step out of your comfort zone!