How a Molded bra differs from a Padded bra?

padded bra and a molded one have many good features and provide great functionality. Padded bras are made to enhance the appearance of the bust line by adding volume to your breasts. They make your breasts look fuller and firmer.  They give complete nipple coverage.   A molded bra will give great shape to your breasts without adding volume. It gives nipple coverage to some extent.  You can use pads along with molded bras to add volume and improve coverage.  These are more suitable for girls who are not satisfied with their shape. 

Padded Bra


              MOLDED BRA

              PADDED BRA

The molded bra has cups that are pre-shaped using machine and heat.  Then, they are covered with the layer of fabric.  Hence, they are very thin and lightweight

Has removable/non-removable pads made of foam.  They are stitched together with the bra fabric. Or else, inserted into layers of fabric which can be removed and reinserted

Has seamless cups with thicker lining than normal fabric cup bra

Made with cotton, mesh or synthetic fabric.  It’s not as thick as a molded bra as it just serves as an envelope for cookies/pads

Cups don’t have any seams.  No stitches running along to create the shape

Padded bras can be seamless or they may have seams as well

T-shirt bras usually are molded ones as they don’t have any seams and smooth on top

Padded bras can be used as t-shirt bras if they are seamless

Molded bras are often integrated with padding to add volume and size

Some level of padding should be there to be termed as padded bras

Molded bras don’t add volume unless it is padded.  The main aim of this bra is to give shape to your breasts

Padded bras are worn to add volume and size. It provides support and firm shape unlike molded bras

These are available both in underwired and non-underwire style. Underwires are very common in molded bras.  As these bras need the necessary support to hold your breasts

Padded t-shirt bras and bridal bras are made with underwire to provide extra support and lift.  Otherwise, a padded bra is able to give good support without underwire inserts

Molded cup bras are popular for strapless bras as the cup maintain its shape without straps

Padded t-shirt bras, especially balconette bras with underwire support have detachable straps

Nursing bras, sports bras, Lace bras are made as molded bras  as it won’t be bulky

Almost all types of bras come with padding option including beginner’s bra starting from light to heavy padding

Molded Bra

How can you choose between Molded and Padded bras?

To understand better, a molded bra may have padding.  But not all padded bras are necessarily molded ones.  You can check the bra by laying it on a flat surface and if there are gaps in the cups near the neckline it is a molded bra. 

What to wear? Molded bra or Padded bra?

It is wise to keep these two types of bras stocked in your wardrobe. You can choose based on your need between these two bra types.  Use a molded bra to achieve good shape without adding up on size.  A molded bra will be the right choice if you are pregnant or a nursing mother. The molded cups are flexible enough to give room to changing breast sizes. Lactating mothers love these bras as they are comfortable as well as provide good shape.  Choose a padded bra if you want to enhance your size and look for better coverage.  It also gives proper support to your breasts.  It’s a better option to make your breasts look perkier under your apparel.


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