There are many differences between a bra and a camisole but many seem to get confused between these two undergarments due to some of its similarities. So, to help you distinguish between a brassiere and a camisole, here are the facts behind each undergarment.
Types of Camisoles
A camisole, now more popularly known as a cami, is a loose-fitting top with thin, spaghetti straps and it covers the whole upper torso down to the waist. Camis are usually made from lightweight materials like satin, silk and cotton. Nowadays, there are camisoles made of stretch fabric like Lycra, nylon or spandex. While it was traditionally worn as an undergarment, it is now more of an outerwear especially in warm countries or during summer. So, it is rather common to see women wearing a camisole as a regular top and some women wear it underneath their suits with the cami peeking out from the suit neckline. These type of camisoles are usually worn over a bra.
However, nowadays, there are the two-in-one camisoles where it comes with a built-in bra. Some even has a built in underwired bra so it provides the same support as a regular underwired bra. So, wearing this type of camisoles is enough without needing to wear a bra underneath it.
Then, there is the third kind of camisole, which is the body shaping kind. There are now quite a few body shaping undergarments shaped like the camisole, except that it is body hugging to shape your body. This kind of camisole will have some control and helps to shape your bust, waist and abdomen to give you a slimmer and sexier silhouette.
Next, we take a look at bras:
Types of Bras
We all know that the bra is an undergarment meant to cover, shape and support our breasts. It is different from the camisole in the sense that it has one main sole purpose, that is to cover and support our breasts. It is not outerwear, although there are people showing off glimpses of their bra through flimsy or low neckline clothing, and it is often made of materials like nylon, polyester, spandex, cotton and even silk.
There are also many type of bras in the market from padded bras to minimizer bras to the common underwired bras. Each pe of bra is made to suit the different needs of women of different sizes and requirements. Some women may need extra support, thus there are the underwired bras and some women wants something sexy and seductive and there are sexy lace bras with matching panties for that. There are also nursing bras for new mothers and sports bra for the active sportswomen.
Finally, after reading the above detailed description, it is obvious that there are differences between a camisole and a bra. So, when you next go shopping for lingerie, remember this and you will never go wrong in choosing the right kind of lingerie you are looking for. You may even want to get both items and wear your cami as outerwear while the bra is worn underneath it form maximum support.