This is a very beautiful bra but I would describe it more as lined than padded. I was looking for a padded nursing bra to hide nipple show-through and breast pads so unfortunately I had to return this as it was not thick enough to prevent show-through.
Very pretty though it does run a little small overall. The cups do not drop down nearly enough - baby would have difficulty nursing and cup would have gotten milk all over it (b/c newborns aren't yet neat nursers!). I returned it.
this bra comes a little smaller than the size indicated (cup, straps, everything). i still do like it because it lifts me up. i will see how it holds up in comparison to the elle macpherson bra's i've had