Glossary

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Air Padding

Air padding is a type of padding, usually removable, that is used in push-up or plunge bras. Air padding offers more lift than foam padding with a lightweight pad.

Average Bust / Average Busted

Average bust is a bust shape that is perky and has an apple shape. Most bra styles are able to accommodate average breasts

Average Bust / Average Busted

Average Bust / Average Busted

Air padding is a type of padding, usually removable, that is used in push-up or plunge bras. Air padding offers more lift than foam padding with a lightweight pad.

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Balconette

A balconette bra is lower cut than most other bras. The coverage is similar to a demi, but even less. It offers a sexy and low-cut neckline. Balconnette bra straps typically sit further out on the shoulders offering a wide and square neckline that gives a natural lift. Balconnette styles are usually best for shallow or average busts.

Ballet Back

A ballet back refers to the shape where the straps meet the back of the bra. The ballet back forms a "U" shape. This shape enables the bra to securely lift your bust line by hugging the band more closely to the body. This "U" shape also elongates the torso and improves your posture. It also helps to keep straps on your shoulders. Ballet back may also be called a leotard back.

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Padded Bra

A padded bra refers to any bra style that has a formed shape, even when it is not on the body. Padding thickness varies from a very thin pad of a t-shirt bra to the thick padding of a push-up bra. Even though the padding thickness may vary, these styles of bras are all considered padded bras. Padded bras are good for all bust types. The term padded may be used when describing: t-shirt, plunge and push-up bras.

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Racer Back

Racer back bras have straps that form the shape of a "V" on the center of the back. This strap placement allows a wider range of arm movement because the straps are not laying against the shoulder blades. Chantelle offers a true racer back bra and many that can be converted to a racer back. Racer back bras are best for shallow, average and some full busts. Also called a T-back bra.

Rive Gauche Collection

ollection is named for the Southern bank of the Seine River in Paris. Rive Gauche is the most popular collection within Chantelle. The mix of smooth, seamless styles accented with soft floral lace is the perfect balance for everyday fashion. There are many bra styles within the collection, offering something for every bust type.

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Satin

Satin is a fabric often made from polyester fibers or silk, specially woven to create a glossy finish. Satin is most commonly used in bras, panties and chic boutique pieces.

Seamless Cup Bra

Seamless cup bras have cups that are made of one single piece of fabric. The cups have no seams and offer shaping to provide a smooth look under most clothing types. Seamless bras are great for all bust types