The Anatomy of a Bra


Most of us know the basics of a bra, what they are used for and some of the terminology that you come across when bra fitting. But do you know all the other little details? We thought it may be interesting and useful for you to know all the different features and elements of a bra. Take a look below.




  1. Straps - These shoulder straps connect the cups to the wings at the back. And are usually adjustable. 
  2. Adjusters - These adjust the length of the shoulder straps. 
  3. Apex - This is the part where the cups join with the straps.
  4. Cups - The cups support the breasts. They can be padded/non-padded and wired/non-wired depending on the bra style. 
  5. Centre Front/Gore - This is the piece in between the cups that sits flat against the chest. 
  6. Cradle - This part helps position the cups and wires firmly against your chest. 
  7. Wings - The wings, when fastened up, are used to pull the underwires into position and secure the bra around the body. 
  8. Underband - This is the band that runs under the bottom of the bra. It should sit firmly agains the body, providing most of the support.
  9. Sling - A sling is incorporated into some bra styles for extra support to the side of the breasts. It is popular in fuller cup sizes if the fabric is delicate. 
  10. Hook and Eye - This fastens the back of the bra up. Your bra should fit firmly on the loosest hook and eye. Your bra will stretch over time and with use, are designed to ensure you can tighten your bra by using the middle and tightest hooks to keep the back firm.


A bra will come in many different shapes and styles, but most of them will have all these elements to help with the shape and support of your breasts. Take a look at one of your bras and see if you can name all the features listed here. 


Have a look at some of our other Fitting Locker pages and blog posts about bra fitting: 

Lingerie Glossary

The History of Bra Fitting

Bra Styles Explained

Bra Size Chart

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