Balcony bras are fabulous for enhancing curves, showing off your silhouette and wearing under low-cut clothing. They're a popular everyday bra for all body shapes and sizes, with the cups sitting in line across the chest and the straps being wider-set, making them easy to hide under clothing. They come in a range of beautiful designs and styles, from floral prints and delicate lace to bold staple pieces. Our collection features sizes A-K, so there's a balcony bra for everyone!
Balcony bras are one of the most popular bra styles, and it’s for very good reason.
What is a Balcony Bra?
A balcony bra is:
- Designed with wider straps, joining at the side instead of the centre
- Made with lower cups which work to create a more rounded shape
- Known for anchorage and uplift
- Typically underwired to enhance support
- Less coverage than a full cup, without compromising on support
- Perfect for wearing under low-cut clothing
- Fantastic for all shapes and sizes, especially those with a fuller bust
The first balcony bra design stems back to the 1930s but it was Marilyn Monroe that made balcony bras popular in the 1950s (if you don’t know why, please educate yourself). The association with Marilyn tells you everything you need to know about the bra’s everlasting style and impact on lingerie history. Très chic!
How Should a Balcony Bra Fit?
A balcony bra should fit like this:
- The underband should be firm, but still comfortable
- The wires should sit flat against the chest
- The boobs should be completely enclosed within the cups
If there’s anything else you’re unsure of about how a balcony bra should fit, head to our guide on How Should a Bra Fit.
Are Balcony and Balconette Bras the same?
The name of the balcony bra actually comes from the French influence on lingerie, with the idea that the bra should work as a ‘balcony’ for the breasts (the original was designed with the neckline straight across the chest, like a literal boob balcony). Balconette is simply ‘balcony’ in French, so there’s no difference between the two.
Who Can Wear a Balcony Bra?
Balcony bras are excellent for women with a fuller bust size, as they prevent the breasts from ‘bunching up’ and creating an undesirable cleavage. They’re also great if your boobs are bottom heavy, as they uplift from the base of the cup and give the breasts a flattering shape on top.
Don't worry if you're a smaller size! This style is an ideal everyday bra for all sizes. If you prefer a subtle appearance, or want a comfy option to wear every day, then a balcony bra is the perfect option for you too. We also recommend bralettes and push-up bras if balcony bras aren't for you.
What Are Balcony Bras Good For?
Balcony bras are good for so many things. To sum it up:
- They're great for comfort and support
- They can be worn under any type of clothing
- They provide a smooth, rounded shape
Balcony Bra Recommendations
If you're looking for recommendations for a balcony bra, look no further.
White Balcony Bra:
For a white balcony bra, try the Marie Jo Jane Balcony Horizontal Seam Bra in Natural. Proof that white bras don't have to be boring! This balcony bra offers spaghetti straps, a vertical seam and lightly moulded cups. Not to mention, it's absolutely stunning.
Black Balcony Bra:
If you’re looking for a black balcony bra, PrimaDonna's Sophora Balcony Bra in Black is the one for you. An alluring, sensual balcony bra with tattoo-effect lace. Featuring multiway cup straps and a tulip cup, this bra oozes everything bold and sexy.
Fantasie Balcony Bra:
Looking for a Fantasie balcony bra? The Helena Balcony Bra, which is available in Black, Nude and White, is the one to go for. This best-selling bra features a three-piece cup made from super soft fabric. The cups comprise a gorgeous French lace and offer excellent support and uplift: everything you need for all-day style and comfort.
Plus Size Balcony Bra:
For a plus size balcony bra, Freya’s Starlight Side Support Balcony Bra in Black is a great option. Not only does this balcony bra offer incredible support (side support is an essential for fuller busts), but it also provides forward projection, a deep underwire and wide straps. Everything you need for optimum security, without sacrificing style.
Balcony T-Shirt Bra:
Another Freya, the Idol Moulded Balcony Bra available in Black and Nude is a winner. Featuring seamless cups for a smooth round shape, this balcony bra is the perfect option for wearing under t-shirts or thinner clothing. It's not bad on the eyes either!
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That's everything you need to know about balcony bras, but if there's anything you're unsure of, you can contact us here. Our team are always on hand to help, and we're always more than happy to give you some lingerie recommendations!