A variety of bra shapes. (Pic: Reuters, Stephen Hird)

You’re a woman. You have breasts. You wear a bra. A bra is a bare essential in your underwear drawer and now you have so many different shapes and styles to choose from. Know your bralette from your pushup with this bra shape guide.

T-shirt bra from Woolworths

T-shirt bra: The T-shirt bra is designed to give you a smooth look underneath a tight fitting top. The cups are seamless and lightly padded.

Push-up bra from Lasenza.

Push-up bra: For maximum cleavage the push-up is your best friend. This bra pushes breasts up and together. 

Multi Strap bra from Woolworths.

Strapless bra (detachable strap bra): For those days when you’re wearing a strappy or off the shoulder top you will need a strapless bra. Invest in a bra with removable multiway straps for more versatility. 

Bralette from Mr Price.

The Bralette: A bralette is great for layering under sheer tops or dresses. These lacy, wireless and lightweight bras usually have thin straps and are ideal for smaller busted ladies.

Sports bra from Spree.

Sports or racer back bra: This back design is seen mostly on sports bras. These straps don’t fall down making them perfect for as active wear. 

Balconette bra from Mr Price

Balconette bra: Also known as a demi cup bra, meaning the cup is very low which allows for low cut clothing.