If you’re over 13 years old, you probably know what cleavage is - the area between a woman’s neck and neckline which emphasises the breasts to help create cleavage when wearing a low-cut top or dress. Cleavage enhances the natural attributes of a woman’s figure and bra size, promoting femininity and power in western cultures. Getting the best cleavage is easy with options like bras, silicone inserts and shapewear.
The best way to get stunning cleavage is to utilise something you always wear - an everyday bra. Most women begin their bra journey with a sports bra, but there are all different kinds, from the T-shirt bra to the strapless bra - there is a solution for every occasion. Here are a few other bras that can help enhance the way your breasts sit and increase your cleavage.
What Bras Give The Best Cleavage?
Push Up Bra
A favourite of the young superstar Kylie Jenner, the push-up bra is constructed to lift and support your bust while creating a feminine silhouette and sexy cleavage at the same time. The push-up has always been a popular choice for smaller breasts, but recently women with larger busts, with extreme cleavage have started to embrace and love push-ups for a rounded, more youthful cleavage. Our favourite is the Jane Padded Push-Up Bra made by Marie Jo, a highly recommended bra by DeBra’s Fitting Consultants.
Balconette/ Balcony Bra
Balconette (or balcony) bra is perhaps the most versatile bra, enhancing the appearance of the breasts in size, shape, and lift. Typically, balconette bras cover half to three-quarters of the breast, exposing the tops of the skin and creating the shelf for which the bra was named. Our favourite is the Jasmine Balconette Bra from Panache.
Using a padded bra for enhanced cleavage is a no-brainer - they are best for increasing the bust size in tighter-fitting dresses and shirts rather than utilising a push-up that only gives the illusion of larger breasts. Our favourite padded bra is the Elomi Matilda Padded Bra.
Plunge bras create gorgeous cleavage for those lower-cut shirts and dresses. These beauties shape your body and tighten your bust with a moulded cup to create a stunning silhouette. Look out for bras with a front closure for a more elegant silhouette. Our favourite is the Matilda Plunge Bra.
Bras aren’t the only way to achieve stunning cleavage! Many bra alternatives, accessories, and clothing options help enhance and define your décolletage.
- Silicone inserts, or “chicken fillets” as they are sometimes known, are perfect for increasing your cup size. These inserts slip inside the bra to push the breasts up, much like a padded bra with foam cups would. The difference? Apart from the price, you can use the inserts in any bra to achieve a similar effect. Our favourites are the Boostits Full Cup inserts.
- Another staple in the Kardashian Kloset, shapewear has become fashionably acceptable and is the best in achieving seamless and super comfortable curves. Shapewear is an easy, hassle-free, and painless way to help bring out the best of your natural curves. Whatever your size, your natural femininity can be sculpted with the support of a high-quality shapewear product. Our favourite shape-enhancing shapewear is the Oncore High Waisted Brief from SPANX.
Sometimes even the best push-ups and accessories can use a little boost, especially for smaller busts. There are a few ways to achieve a stunning figure without a bra.
- Contouring and bronzer aren’t just for your face. You can use a bronzer to enhance the natural curvature of your breasts and create the illusion of a fuller bust.
- Chest exercises can help you naturally achieve a fuller bust by strengthening the pectoral muscles underneath the breast tissue.
Too many women out there are wearing the wrong size bra. Wearing a well-fitted bra can be a game changer that improves your posture, comfort, and confidence. DeBra’s has a professional team of fitting consultants that can help you find the most comfortable and appropriate bra for your body size and shape. Our team is passionate about bras and has fitted women of all shapes and sizes for 22 years and counting.