Did you know that the first bra as we know it today was invented in 1914? Before that, women mainly used corsets to support their breasts. Today, corsets are a thing of the past, and almost every woman uses a bra of some kind. 

Bras are all about supporting your bust and giving you the right shape under clothing. Most bras accomplish this without any trouble, but for one reason or another, you might not like the traditional bras you have in your closet. But what about unlined bras?

What is an unlined bra exactly? These bras are not as popular as traditional lined bras, but that doesn't mean they're not great to wear. However, if you've never worn an unlined bra before, you should know that they feel and fit a bit differently compared to the bras you might be used to. 

Keep reading and learn more about buying a bra of this type and how an unlined bra differs from a lined bra. 

What Is a Fully Lined Bra?

Before we jump into completely unlined bras, let's first understand what a lined bra is and what it means for a bra to have a lining. The first thing you should know is that most bras have a lining of some kind. A lined bra will have a certain amount of fabric in the cups of the bra between the exterior of the bra and what touches your skin. 

The amount of lining in the cups themselves will depend on what kind of bra you're buying. This lining may come in the form of fabric or padding. As you can imagine, the more lining and padding a bra has, the more of a shape the bra itself will have. 

In the same vein, the more lining a bra has, the more it will be able to shape your breasts. More often than not, the lining will be designed to provide the bra's cups with a more rounded and molded shape. As a result, your breasts will have a perfectly round and smooth shape under shirts and blouses.

If your bra has a thick layer of lining and padding, you might even get a push-up effect. This can make your breasts appear larger, fuller, or more youthful than they are. This may be of particular interest to those who have small breasts and wish they had larger ones. 

The Details

On the other hand, those who already have large breasts may not be so interested in the push-up design. Besides shaping your breasts, the lining of a bra will also function to provide extra coverage. In particular, a thick lining will prevent your nipples from showing through your shirt. 

This is ideal, especially if you plan on wearing a light-colored or white shirt or dress or if you are going anywhere chilly. That way, you can keep your modesty intact without any worries. If you don't care much about this problem, then you can experiment more with the amount of lining you want your bra to have, if you want any at all. 

Keep in mind, however, that the presence or absence of lining will affect how your bra will look under clothing, and that may or may not be flattering for your body. 

What Is an Unlined Bra?

If you're unsure whether an unlined bra is for you, let this shopping guide show you the pros and cons. An unlined bra, of course, has no lining (although some categorized as unlined bras are actually lightly lined, just not padded). An unlined bra does not include any extra fabric or padding in the cups. 

Instead, the cups of the bra will consist of one simple layer of fabric. The density and thickness of this fabric will, of course, depend on what kind of bra you get. Some bras are very sexy and risque and may only have a very thin layer of fabric or lace for the cups. 

On the other hand, some unlined bras will have thicker pieces of fabric for the cups. While these bras still won't provide as much coverage as those that have lining for the cups, they will still provide a certain amount of coverage. An unlined bra may still have an underwire, or it may be wireless. 

This is the same for lined bras. However, most people choose unlined bras because they are supposed to be extra comfortable. For that reason, choosing an unlined bra with an underwire seems a bit counterintuitive, but the right bra is comfortable anyway. 

You might instead prefer to get an unlined bra that is also without an underwire. That way, the bra will be very light and flexible and, of course, very comfortable. In a way, you might even forget that you're wearing a bra at all. 

What You Need to Know

Keep in mind that unlined bras are not always made of sheer fabric (although some are). In reality, most unlined bras are constructed in more or less the same way as regular lined bras. The bra itself can be made of virtually any kind of fabric you can think of. 

So, when it comes to the problem of your nipples showing or not, it will depend more on what kind of fabric the bra is made from and if you are using pads or inserts rather than whether or not the bra is lined. So, if you don't want your nipples to show, all you need to do is pick an unlined (or lined) bra that has thick enough fabric to cover them or pop in a pad for added modesty coverage. 

Of course, whatever you choose, an unlined bra will always be comfortable. Many people who wear unlined bras like our famous Original Ahh Bra find that they are as comfortable as not wearing a bra at all. 

Unlined bras also come in all sorts of different patterns and cuts. For that reason, if you don't like one style of unlined bra, you can always shop around until you find the perfect cut and style for you. But how do unlined bras compare to bras with a light lining?

Are these bras more like lined bras or unlined bras in their construction and feel? 

What Exactly Is a Lightly Lined Bra?

A lightly lined bra is actually much more similar to an unlined bra rather than a lined bra. This is because these bras still do not use any padding as lined bras do. For that reason, lightly lined bras are still very light, flexible, and comfortable. 

But are they as comfortable as bras that don't have any lining at all? The first thing that you should know is that these bras have one or two layers of lining. More often than not, they have two, and the thickness of these layers may vary according to the type of bra you're buying.

Because of the existence of these two layers, it is much less likely that your nipples will show through the bra when wearing a bra with a light lining. The extra layer will also make it, so the cups aren't sheer, which is ideal if modesty is an issue for you. There is also such a thing as a partially-lined bra.

A partially-lined bra will have one part of the cup that is lined, and another part left unlined. For example, this kind of bra may have a sexy sheer top cup while the rest of the cup is opaque due to the use of more lining. This kind of bra can be very stylish if you're bold enough to try it out. 

As for regular lightly lined bras, you should know that these bras provide a bit more support compared to unlined bras. As you can imagine, unlined bras can only provide so much support since they only consist of one layer of fabric. While two layers of fabric may not seem like a big difference, you will find that the extra layer can be very significant.

What Makes a Lightly Lined Bra Unique?

If your breasts tend to sag, but you don't want to stuff them into a fully lined bra, a lightly lined bra may be the perfect option. The light lining will be able to give your breasts the support they need without completely confining them to heavily padded cups. These bras also can shape your breasts. 

This can make your bust look especially attractive under clothing. This is especially true if you like the more natural look rather than the very rounded look that fully lined bras tend to provide. This is not to mention that these bras, much like unlined bras, are not at all bulky. 

They won't make your breasts look like heavy, unnatural lumps under your shirts. Instead, these bras are very light and natural. Many argue that they are as comfortable as unlined bras. 

For that reason, if you can't decide between bras with a full lining and bras without a lining at all, a bra with a light lining may be the perfect middle-ground for you. But suppose you do want to take the plunge and try out an unlined bra... You've come to the right place! 

What should you look out for when buying one? Are there any downsides to an unlined bra?

The Pros and Cons of an Unlined Bra

The biggest downside of an unlined bra is that it does not provide a lot of support. For that reason, many women with larger breasts will find that wearing an unlined bra is a nearly impossible task. Unlined bras don't have the support that many women require. 

For example, if you have a large and heavy bust and try to fit into an unlined bra, you will find that the weight of your breasts will cause the bra to droop. While this will provide a natural result, it likely won't look good, especially not if your breasts have a tendency to sag. You might be able to wear an unlined bra if it has an underwire. Some unlined bras that don't have wires can also be layered for additional support, still without the bulk of padding.

The underwire will provide more support and structure to the bra. However, the underwire will only be able to do so much. The fabric of the cups will still only be able to support a certain amount of weight and volume. 

If your breasts surpass the limit that the bra can support, the result isn't going to look that great. Plus, the presence of the underwire would ruin the comfort factor that the bra has to offer. On the other hand, if the size of your bust isn't an issue, you will find that an unlined bra will soon become one of the most comfortable bras in your closet. Many women choose unlined or seamless wireless bras for sleep, travel or around the house comfort.

The Details

These bras are very lightweight and thin. As a result, you can wear them under anything without the bra getting in the way. You'll also never feel weighed down by the bra, especially when running errands or even taking a quick jog down the street. 

You'll also find that most unlined bras are surprisingly durable. They are usually made of flexible fabrics that can stretch to a certain extent. For that reason, you should be able to stretch them and use them every day without having to worry about them falling apart. 

You can even run them through the washing machine if you want, and you won't have to worry about any underwires poking through the fabric. What's not to like about that?

At Rhonda Shear we have tons of bra options lined, lightly lined, and unlined for your perfect comfort fit, no matter the occasion. Shop styles up to 5X for comfort, support, coverage, and unique prints and colors you will love. 

To learn more, check out our products.

June 09, 2022
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