Did you know that the average woman’s bra size changes six times throughout her life? Weight loss, weight gain, exercise, pregnancy and hormones are all contributors to our ever changing bustlines. Unfortunately, many of us tend to overlook these factors when we’re shopping for the most important foundation garment of our wardrobe! Wearing the correct bra will keep your breasts from sagging, ease back, shoulder and neck pain, and help you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin. But, if you’re like many women, chances are you’re not wearing the one that offers the best support for your unique body. |
Your bra collection should be replaced several times each year in order to achieve the best support and fit. So, if you’re still hanging on to those bras you wore 10 years ago (or even 10 months ago, for that matter), you’re due for a bra shopping spree. The elasticity, shape and color of bras typically don’t last longer than a few months--especially when you wash them regularly in a washing machine. If you wash your bras by hand, they’ll last a few months longer than that, but no matter how well you take care of your bras, you should still shop for new ones on a regular basis to ensure your breasts are supported properly.
If you’re confused about what type of bra you should be buying, the following tips will point you in the right direction before you shop for this essential, highly overlooked wardrobe piece.
Understand the Top Bra Styles
Not every bra is created equal. Some bras are meant to be worn under your favorite t-shirt while others should be worn with formal frocks. These four styles will help you decide which type of bra you need to be on the hunt for before you head out on your shopping trip.
Know What to Look for When Trying on Bras
The best fitting bra for you will depend on the style, fabric type and brand you choose. Don’t be shy about trying on a variety of the aforementioned bra types at the department store or heading into a specialty lingerie boutique. It’s important to take your time when you’re shopping for a bra because you just might find the best support in a style or manufacturer you never dreamt of wearing before.
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Whether you’ve lost weight, just given birth or are buying your first bra, you should plan to see a professional bra-fitting specialist at a major department store or specialty lingerie boutique once each year to find the most comfortable fit. The best bra-fitting specialists will treat you with respect, answer your questions honestly and not try to sell you anything you’re not comfortable with purchasing. Be on the lookout for heavy sales pitches, because if the specialist is pressuring you to buy things you don’t necessarily need, the store doesn’t have your best interest in mind, and you should probably look elsewhere for a fitting.
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Learn How to Measure Yourself
Knowing how to measure yourself between professional bra fittings is essential, especially if you tend to lose or gain weight throughout the year. Even if your weight fluctuates by just 10 percent, you’re due for a new bra size. The good news is that you don’t have to head back in for a lengthy professional fitting more than once a year if you just follow these three easy steps to measure yourself in the comfort of your own home.
1. Find Your Band Size
Stand up straight, keeping your arms at your sides. Use a tape measure to snugly measure around your back, under your armpits and under your bust. If you wind up with an even number, add 4 inches. If you wind up with an odd number, add 5 inches. For example, if you measure 32 inches, your ideal band size will be a 36.
2. Figure Out Your Bust Size
Stand up straight with your arms at your sides. Once again use a tape measure to snugly measure around your back, underneath your armpits and this time, around the fullest part of your bust. If you see that this measurement falls between whole numbers, round up. For example, if you measure 36 1/2, your bust size is a 37.
3. Calculate Your Cup Size
The final step is to subtract your bust size measurement from your band size measurement. The answer to this simple math problem will provide you with your ideal cup size. In this case, the difference is 1 which means the correct bra size is an A cup.
This chart will allow you to easily figure out your bra cup size based on your own results:
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge in finding the best everyday bra for your body, the next step is to figure out what type of sports bra you should be wearing. That way, you’ll feel confident and comfortable during your most active days, too!