What is a Push Up Bra?

Everyone has heard of the coveted Push Up Bra. They’re featured by all of the top brands and are known to be the most prized bra in every women’s lingerie drawer. They may be known for their exceptional cleavage enhancement, but we love them for the hourglass figure they create! Read on to hear about everything you could want to ever know about push up bras.


All About Push Up Bras

It’s no secret that Push Up Bras help create cleavage- it’s literally in the name! Push up bras are able to add 1 or even 2 cups sizes to the breasts by using support in the bottom of the cup (usually foam pads) to push the breasts higher and more together.

They will also often utilize underwiring to help achieve the same goal mainly by pushing breasts up. All of these additional things in a bra sound like they would be uncomfortable but push up bras do not sacrifice comfort for look.

They are often still comfortable and supportive while achieving that lovely cleavage line.


Who Should Wear Push Up Bras?

Many full-busted women believe push up bras are not an option for them. Us at Hourglass Lingerie are here to prove this common misconception wrong! Push up bras are for everyone; you just have to be cautious of the amount of padding in the bra.

Push up bras with lots of padding (also known as level 2 or 3) are for women with smaller breasts as it does an incredible job enhancing the size of breasts. For women with larger breasts, the best option is to steer clear of heavily padded push up bras.

This is because they can become very uncomfortable on the breast tissue. Instead, shooting for a push up bra with less padding (aka a level 1) will not only offer slight lift but also provide a surprising amount of support. Many women with full busts rave about how push up bras have helped relieve back pain from breast weight.

Our favorites at Hourglass Lingerie are the Parfait Lynn P13021 European Nude Super Push Up Bra and the Parfait Charlotte 6901 Leopard Brown Balconette Padded Push Up Bra.


When Should I Wear?

Push up bras hold a very near and dear place in our hearts as the first bra we turn to when going out.

Whether it be a date, girls’ night, or a party, push up bras are the glamorous touch that turns a cute outfit into a stunning look. Although they will really make any outfit pop, we love a low-cut wrap top with jeans over our push up bras.

As we mentioned above, some women wear them on the daily to help alleviate back pain associated with breast pain as well.

When Should I Not Wear?

Although we love our push up bras, we can all agree that they should really be saved for special occasions.

Women with wide-set breasts (over 3 fingers apart) should steer clear of push up bras. This is because the padding is not in the right location for this breast type and will just result in discomfort.

Another time you should never wear a push up bra is while working out. They simply are not designed for this type of activity for multiple reasons and will be incredibly uncomfortable.

Instead, we always recommend a solid Sports Bra for any exercise to provide the best support and comfort.


Push Up Bra Sizing

Sizing for push up bras can be a bit deceiving because of all the extra padding found in the cups. Begin with your normal cup size and adjust from there. You want to avoid cup spillage or the “quad boob” effect as well as also avoid gapping of the top of the cup on the breast.

Many women end up going up one cup size for push up bras to accommodate the extra padding in the cup. In any case, the only time a bra is uncomfortable is when it is improperly fitting.

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 Push Up 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!