A basic bra is any bra that fits properly and provides uplift. In terms of appearance, a basic bra is generally a simple looking bra. It may be quite smooth and devoid of lace or other embellishments. Some basic bras may be available in vibrant colors and fun prints to express personality, while keeping appearances smooth under t-shirts. In many cases, the cup is smooth, but the straps and sides are decorated with bits of lace to soften the look and provide a touch of femininity.
There are instances, particularly in larger size ranges, when a basic bra will have some seams and lace. These design elements provide additional support and help to give better shape and placement of the breast, particularly for fuller busts.