What is a Balcony Bra? A Comprehensive Guide

November 23 2023

What is a Balcony Bra? A Comprehensive Guide

What is a Balcony Bra? A Comprehensive Guide

In this blog post, we'll delve into what a balcony bra is and why it deserves a place in your lingerie collection.

Understanding Balcony Bras

Balcony bras provide a flattering lift and create a rounded, natural shape to the bosom. Generally underwired, they provide comfortable support without excessive compression, making them suitable for everyday wear. They are a versatile style, striking a balance between modesty and sensuality, whilst their gentle lift and shaping can boost your confidence and make you feel great about your appearance.

The Name

The word 'balcony' in this context has a somewhat salacious history - it refers to a balcony in a theatre, and it's link to bras comes from men in the balcony ogling women's busts below! Because of its design, with low-cut cups and wide set straps, such a bra could not be seen from above, even if the audience member was wearing a dress with a low and wide neckline.
In addition to 'balcony' bras they are known as 'balconette', 'balconet' and 'balconnet' bras! Half cup bras are technically slightly different, but in most cases the term is used synonymously with balcony bras.

Choosing the Right Balcony Bra

Getting properly measured is crucial to ensure the perfect fit. They also come in various designs, from lace to seamless, allowing you to find one that suits you best.

Maintenance and Care

To extend the lifespan of your balcony bra, it's recommended to hand wash it. If you must use a washing machine, use a lingerie bag which will lessen the chances of wires coming out (if it's underwired) and ruining the machine. Avoid fabric softeners unless they are natural, like Eucalan (available free with orders over £150!). It's also a good idea to rotate your bra use: having more than one and rotating them throughout the week will help maintain their quality.


Balcony bras are more than just lingerie; they offer comfort, support, and style. By choosing the right one and taking proper care, you can enjoy the confidence and comfort they provide. Investing in well-fitted balcony bras will enhance your lingerie collection and make you feel fabulous!

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