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Body-Type Bra Styling Guide

At Peaches & Cream we realise the importance of being able to offer the most accurate guidance on sizing and styling and also helping clients to understand the real benefits of their bras.

Getting the fit right in lingerie is very important. However ascertaining the right bra size is not everything. At Peaches & Cream we know that every woman is different, with different tastes, styles and lifestyles and your body-shape is just as important when choosing the right bra for you.

Body Shapes

We call this 'Body-Type Bra Styling...'

Our Lingerie Stylists will not only ensure you leave our store with lingerie that fits to perfection, but she'll ask you questions about your lifestyle, your wardrobe, your likes and your dislikes. Then she'll work with you to select the pieces that will perfectly suit your shape and your personal style.

Peaches & Cream have segmented our Style Guide into the most common Body Types from Apple to Pear, Hourglass to Straight. It is so important to note that the right underwear can give you the ability to add or reduce inches to areas of your body! Plus don’t forget that what you wear underneath your well-chosen clothes also makes a difference in how you feel!



For An Apple Shape

Apple Shaped Woman

The Main aim for our Apple shaped ladies is to try to make the bust appear smaller but at the same time to visually add width to the hips to make your waistline more defined.

The main traits of your apple shaped body are

  • Larger Bust
  • Broader Shoulders
  • Narrower Hips
  • Less Defined Waist

The Right Type of Bra for the Apple Shape Woman

  • Full cup bras or a good lifting Minimiser bra if you are especially big busted.
  • Apple shapes should stay away from strapless bras, push-up bras and padded bras to avoid over-emphasising your bust and appearing too top heavy.

The Right Type of Shapewear for the Apple Shape Woman

As apple shaped ladies have narrower hips and a fuller stomach area, they are able to look great in curve friendly cuts of women's briefs, which can visually flatter the rounded tummy. French knickers with their detail and elegant design are one of the perfect choices for the apple shaped.

Today many women buy shapewear to enhance their assets and to also draw emphasis away from unwanted areas of their figures too. Wonder knickers, waist cinchers and control pants can be classed as tools of the trade when it comes to apple shaped ladies and will be ideal to create that flatter stomach.



For a Pear Shape

Pear Shaped Woman

Underwear for pear shaped ladies should aim at visually increasing the breast size and also reducing the size of the hips and bottom.

Main Traits of a Pear Shape Figure

  • Wider hips and thighs
  • Narrower shoulders
  • Wider bottom
  • Smaller bust

The Right Type of Bra for the Pear Shape Woman

  • Choose balconette bras, push-up bras and padded bras to enhance your bust.
  • Creating a larger bust area with also create the look of having smaller hips, a more defined waist and balance your larger middle area... and of course draw attention upwards!

For the pear shaped women out there with larger breasts – just make sure they are lifted and supported with a correct fitting bra of a decent quality. There is nothing you can do worse for your boobs then buy an incorrect fitting, unsupportive cheap bra, especially if they are on the larger side!

Detail, pattern and design to the bra will also draw the eye and create that balanced look to your body.

The Right Type of Shapewear for the Pear Shaped Woman

Shapewear that minimizes your Hips and Bottom. Anything with side panels and extra support on your bottom and thighs.

The bikini briefs, a high cut brief or thongs will help your thighs and legs look slimmer. Women with large thighs and hips look much slimmer in a brief that is high cut on the sides and with a lower rise. They make your legs look longer and slimmer and your hips and thighs look more balanced with your shoulders.



For an Hour Glass Shape

Hour Glass Shaped Woman

The hourglass has the perfect body shape, embrace your curves but ensure you wear the correct sized underwear.

Main Traits of a Hourglass Shape Figure

  • Bust and hips are nearly the same size
  • Well defined waist
  • Full Bust
  • Shapely Legs

The Right Type of Bra for the Hour Glass Woman

The hourglass women may have a tendency to want to cover up their ample chest area as they feel they are too large at the top, some try to squeeze into bras with a smaller cup size as a hope to reduce the emphasis on the bust.

For ladies with a larger bust and would prefer to be minimised the ideal style of bra will be the full cup bra, half cup bra, or, if you are especially big busted the minimiser bra. The hourglass may also feel comfortable wearing the balconette bra and a plunge bra can be good only when wearing a low cut or V neck line. Never wear a plunge bra under a polo need or high neck line if you are fuller in the bust.

The hourglass may not have enough support wearing the strapless bra and triangle bras, the push-up bras and padded bras are also to be avoided as you simply do not need to emphasise your bust!

The Right Type of Shapewear for the Hour Glass Woman

Hourglass ladies have the perfect symmetry and should show off all of their assets and curves. we would simply suggest choosing a mid-thigh short that smooths out.


To book a styling appointment, simply call us on 016708804 or go to Book a Fitting Instore.

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