Have you ever wondered what bra manufacturers mean when they talk about ‘wings’, ‘slings’ or ‘centre gores’? Here is our jargon-busting guide to all the pieces that make up a bra – this can range from 10 pieces for a very basic style to 48 for the most complicated
The apex is the part of the bra where the strap joins the cup.
The strap keeps the cup in place but should not take the main weight of the breast.
The adjuster is used to tighten or loosen the strap accordingly. Its position on the strap can vary and depends on the design of the bra
4. HOOK & EYE
You can usually fasten a bra on the first, second or third hook and eye. We recommend that when you buy a new bra, it fits snugly when fastened on the loosest hook and eye. This is because your bra will stretch over time and you will need to use the middle and tightest hooks to keep it firm later on.
The cup is the part of the bra that supports the breast. The bottom part of the cup is often lined for extra support.
6. CENTRE FRONT / CENTRE GORE
The centre front or centre gore is the piece of the bra that fits flat against the chest in between the breasts. It is sometimes part of a cradle.
A cradle helps position the wires and cups securely against the chest. Many women therefore find bras with cradles more comfortable to wear.
Some bras incorporate a sling into the inner cup to provide additional support to the side of the breast to stop it from spreading out to the side. It is popular to use a sling in cups for larger breasts or for any size when the outer fabric is too delicate to provide enough support on its own.
The wings, when fastened at the back, not only secure the bra to the body but also pull the wires into position to sit around the breast.
10. UNDERBAND / BOTTOM BAND
The underband or bottom band runs along the bottom of the bra and anchors the bra to the body. It should fit snugly against the body, providing the majority of the support for the breasts