Entertainment Fashion & Style Differences Between a Contour Bra and a T-Shirt Bra Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Lingerie & Swimwear Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Marie Redding Updated March 29, 2018 01 of 04 Molded Cups Are One Shared Feature Luxy / Getty Images These two styles can be exactly the same. Or, they can have several key differences—it just depends on the brand. If you search on any e-tailer's site for T-shirt bra, for example, it can get confusing. You will find some bra styles described as T-shirt but, you are also likely to find contour, molded, and padded styles in the same category. 02 of 04 Similarities All Contour bras and T-shirt bras fall into the molded bra category, for the most part, because the cups are made with a molding technique. This means the bra cups hold their shape. But there are no black-and-white rules in fashion or in lingerie. There are general guidelines that the majority of bra manufacturers follow, but some brands define T-shirt bras differently. I have seen at least one T-shirt style that didn't have molded cups, so it always just depends on the brand. It is also rare to find a bra with molded bra cups that aren't called contour cups. This is because many brands will usually use a very thin layer of foam padding as lining in molded cups, which technically turns them into contour cups. 03 of 04 Differences A T-shirt bra can have contour cups which are lightly padded or lined but a Contour bra always has contour cups. A T-shirt bra always has seamless cups, while contour style cups can either be seamless or seamed. Another difference: The padding or lining is sometimes less prominent and thinner in a bra called a T-shirt style than it is in a bra that is called a contour style. This is so a T-shirt bra can feel like a second skin which some styles strive to do and look as invisible as possible under form-fitting tops. 04 of 04 Which Style Is Best for You? If you are full-chested and looking for a bra with cups that offer shaping benefits, you should probably try to avoid any bras that might add any hint of bulk. A T-shirt style bra, even if it says it has contour cups, may work better for you than a bra that is just described as a Contour style. The exception is a Contour bra with seamed cups; these are perfect for fuller figures because this cup style offers extra support. But again, it just depends on the brand, and the words they choose—descriptions aren't always 100% accurate. So, don't ever completely depend on a bra style's name to tell you how it will fit, but it can give you clues. If you want to add "fullness" to round out your figure, then a Contour bra is a great option for you and there is no need to look for one labeled "T-shirt." If you are looking for modesty and want to make sure there isn't any sign of "nipple bulge" even when you are wearing the most form-fitting T-shirt, both Contour bras and T-shirt bras are designed for this purpose. Are you just looking for a bra that won't show any seams or the outline of your bra cup underneath your clingiest, most lightweight top? Then a T-shirt bra is for you.