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Built-In Bra

The present invention is directed to women's clothing apparel including a built in bra. In preferred embodiments, the straps of the bra are fastened to the shoulder supports of a top garment substantially along the length of the shoulder supports from the front to the back of the garment. The invention also provides novel bras which can be advantageously used according to the invention.

Exactly as the name implies, these are bras that are built in to other garments. Tank tops, camisoles and dresses are all examples of built in bra clothing. Some companies claim that their built in bras work as well as an underwire bra without the underwire. These types of bra garments are good for occasional wearing, but not really recommended to substitute a bra on a full time basis.

Sometimes described as a shelf bra, although completely unlike the shelf bra described below. Contained within or as an integral part of an outer garment like a swimsuit or tank top. Some built in bras are detachable. They provide brassiere like breast support utilizing a horizontal elastic strip like a bandeau, although some are shaped with cups and underwire.

A clothing article such as a leotard has a built in bra that is connected with the article only along an upper edge. The bra is thus free floating and provides improved fit, comfort, support and appearance to the wearer, particularly during dance movements. The bra includes front and side wall portions which are connected with the leotard. The back wall portions of the bra contain an adjustable fastener and are free of the leotard so that the wearer can adjust the bra for proper fit of the bra and the leotard.