What Is a Balconette Bra?

Bras are available in a variety of styles to suit every woman's shape and silhouette. We have everything from push-up bras to bralettes to demi-cups to strapless. There are even sports bras like racerbacks to offer support during high-impact exercises. But when you really want to showcase your cleavage and lift your beautiful bosom, there is one bra that outdoes all the rest. Allow Leonisa to introduce you to the balconette bra. Designed to wear for both special occasions and casual evenings, we're sure this balconette bra style will flaunt and flatter your chest so you can feel as confident as ever. But what is a balconette bra exactly? And when does it work best to benefit a lady's silhouette? Leonisa covers many of the questions you may have on how this bra adds support and what fashionable necklines and cuts it looks exceptionally stellar with.

The Design of the Balconette Bra

Balconette bras look much like a balcony, which is why they're also called balcony bras. With its pin-up girl look, a balconette bra is super stylish and sexy. The first feature you'll notice is the near-revealing, shorter seamed cups, which offer the perfect height-both in material and lift-for a plunging neckline. In addition, a balconette's straps are typically wider than standard bras, adding extra grip to stay secure and hidden (if you wish) under wider necklines. Most also feature a supportive underwire and vertical seams under the cups. Most notably, if you find that the balconette bra lends almost a vintage vibe, it's for good reason. Although the bra was originally manufactured in the 1930s, it became more mainstream during the 1950s Midcentury era when it was modeled and popularized by one infamous starlet and blonde bombshell. Ladies, we're speaking about none other than Marilyn Monroe.

The Benefits of a Balconette Bra

Both attractive and extra supportive, balconette bras are quite versatile. You can find some that are sleek and understated, but you can also find them wrapped entirely in lace, or with ribbons and sequins for a fun and glamorous girls' night out or a special romantic date. In fact, the balconette is often confused with the demi-cup bra style, which covers a bit more. The most notable distinction between them is that the balconette has a clean, straighter cut just above the nipple line, whereas the demi-cup has a gentle moon-like curve. However, you can easily find a harmonized style between the two.

Women Who Will Love a Balconette Bra

A balconette bra makes women look sexy and accentuates cleavage. But with their wide straps and cup styles, balconette bras are especially supportive for women who have broad shoulders and firmer breasts. A balcony bra's design is not flattering on everyone, though. Not every woman is as #UniqueLikeYou - we come in different shapes and sizes. Some women's shoulders may be more narrow or slope in a way that a balconette's wider straps cause discomfort and feel tight. These wider straps may pinch around the armpit area, too. Then, there are certain women who have loose breast tissue. In this case, the balconette bra supports their breasts, but makes them appear flatter and squishy'at the same time. Not exactly what comes to mind for flattering. Women who have narrow shoulders and less than firm breasts will benefit from a different type of bra, such as a full cup bra, push-up bra or demi-cup bra.

When to Wear a Balconette Bra

Because balconettes are so versatile, for some women, they're even comfortable enough for everyday wear. But since they show off cleavage, there are specific circumstances they're perfect for, such as:
  • Wide necklines-Tops and dresses with a boatneck, square neckline
  • Low-cut necklines-Tops and dresses with sweetheart necklines
  • Formal dresses and strapless evening wear
  • Date nights and girls' night out
  • Wedding gowns and honeymoons

Look Beautiful in a Balconette

So what do you say, ladies? Is the balconette something you want to try? Show off that deep cut blouse or find a comfortable strapless balconette with some frills and lace for a night out. Balconette bras offer many benefits for women, but cleavage sits at the top. Leonisa offers a variety of balconette styles, including ones with a more push-up design to offer more coverage, if that's a concern. It goes without saying... There are a variety of bra styles available and we truly have something for every woman. Our experts created a guide to help you find a comfortable and flattering match. Take Leonisa's Perfect Bra quiz to discover the right fit for you.

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