Bras that lift and push the breasts together, creating cleavage, are called push-up bras. The push-up bra allows a woman to create the illusion of fuller breasts through the use of strategically placed padding within the bra cup.
The Traditional Push-Up Bra
A traditional push-up bra utilizes padding on the outer edge of the bra cup. The padding creates cleavage by lifting and shaping the breasts. The placing of the padding also creates a more rounded silhouette when worn under fitted clothing. Push-up bras incorporate an underwire for stability.
Demi and Balconette Style Bras
A demi, or balconette as it is sometimes called, is a low-cut style of bra that creates cleavage through the use of padding at the bottom of the bra cup. This style creates fullness at the top of the breast. This style is ideal for use under deep V-neck styles of clothing.
Some push-up bras employ the use of inserts to lift and shape the breasts. These inserts are usually made from silicone and are placed in small pockets within the cup of the bra. The inserts come in a variety of sizes, allowing the wearer to customize the amount of lift. Inserts can also be purchased separately, allowing you to turn your favorite bra into a push up.
There are several styles of push-up bras that claim to add up to two whole cup sizes to your bust. Victoria’s Secret offers the Miraculous bra and specialty lingerie maker La Perla offers the Metro Romance push-up bra. Both of these options provide maximum lift and shaping.