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This is a woman posing in a demi-cup bra.[1]

A demi-cup bra, also known as a half-bra or shelf bra, is a bra that only has a partial cup, covering half to three-quarters of the breast and creating cleavage and uplift.[2]

Most demi-cup bras are designed with a slight tilt that pushes the breasts towards the center in order to display more cleavage. The straps usually attach at the outer edge of the cup. The lingerie industry generally defines a demi-cup bra as covering about 1 inch (25 mm) above the nipple, and the underwire used is shorter and forms a shallower U-shape under the cup.[2] The bra is suitable for low-cut outer garments.[3]

Compare it to a full-cup and a three-quarter-cup bra for perspective. A demi-cup bra is also not to be confused with a plunge bra.


Main article: Balconette bra

A balconette is a specific type of demi-cup bra that is very popular.

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