There are many types of bras that fall under the heading of half bras, or brassieres that are not full covering.
With all these different names it can be difficult to decide which type to go with, because they all actually have slight differences as well as similarities.
The common thing that most of these bras have is that they only cover half the breast, hence the overall name of half bras. The lower part of the breast is supported, giving the bust lift and shape. The top half (or more) is exposed which can allow the nipples to be displayed on some types of bras, but not on all of them.
While many probably think that half bras are purposely made to be sexual, sensual or revealing, you are only half right.
It is true that many professional dancers, performers and women who like to push the limits of their cleavage wear half bras often. Half bras are also not as young as many would think, as they were worn by Marilyn Monroe in the past century and even found on girls in Caesar’s harem.
Half bras, demi cup bras or balconette bras are actually made to be worn under tops that have a plunging neckline or are low cut. This gives the bust support but also hides the sight of the bra.
Shelf bras or quarter cup bras are meant to be erotic and leave the nipples exposed but also give a natural contour or line under tight fitting outfits, which gives the illusion of not wearing a bra at all.
See thru bras or sheer bras on the other hand are made for sexual purposes as they are see through and only some have support.
Another reason half bras are popular is that it only gives lift where needed in such cases where it is worn by younger females or females with firm breasts.
So even though you may be looking for a half bra or quarter cup bra solely for your special ocassion, it may also be something to consider to make you feel sexy throughout the day.