What is the difference between a molded bra and a padded bra?
Just to clear the air, a molded bra is a bra with pre-determined cup shapes with a smooth contour. Because of the smooth surface of the cup, it is gaining popularity as it does not create visible lines under t-shirts and fitting tops.
The molded cup is usually a piece of synthetic fabric molded over heated breast shapes to give the bras a defined shape. To give the cup a little more strength and to avoid the peek-a-boo effect, a second layer is sometimes added.
Molded bras are usually seamless but if there is any, it is for additional support. Due to its predefined shapes, you would find that the bra is not able to give you the full coverage and you may experience excessive skin if you have wider busts. A molded bra is great for breasts that are not of the same sizes. As molded bras have predefined shapes, it could give you a more symmetrical, smoother and fuller look.
A padded bra is simply defined as a bra that is padded to flatter your busts by giving you the necessary lift. Examples of padded bras would be the push up bra, the plunge bra and the balconette bra.
These bras have different pad structures which give your body different effects according to the effect you desire. Padded bras are usually for enhancing breast sizes and creating cleavages. The right amount of padding could give you a more naturally enhanced and rounder look.