Every woman knows that finding the perfect bra can be a challenge. We’ve all been there– uncomfortable bras, digging wires, straps that slip, bras that look funky with certain shirts, etc. Believe it or not, bras can make or break an outfit or determine the way we feel throughout the day. Let’s change the way we feel about bras by embracing them instead of dreading to wear them! Check out these five important tips to consider when shopping for the perfect bra.
Taking your measurements is crucial to finding the perfect bra. Whether you choose to take your measurements yourself (before shopping) or going to a professional at a lingerie store, this will help you find your band and cup size to shop for.
If you’re measuring at home, you will be taking two measurements. Take a soft tape measure and take the first measurement below your breast (around your rib cage); this is your band width. Your second measurement will be around fullest part of your breast; this is your cup size. Every inch above your band size is equivalent to one cup size. When in doubt, get measured by a professional.
The next time you go bra shopping, what you wear is essential to what you’ll be trying on the bra with. Consider wearing a basic t-shirt so you can see how the bra will look under the thinnest clothing. You also want to think about the different colored bras for certain colored shirts you typically wear.
Thankfully, there’s a proper way to try on a bra– slightly lean forward, scoop your breasts into the cups, and simply fasten the back clasps. Once you have the bra on, stand up and adjust accordingly. How does your breasts look and feel? Is it comfortable? See tip #5 for red flags in a bra.
Knowing what type of bra(s) you’re shopping for is key. There are various types of bra styles for certain outfits, so know what type of bra you’re shopping for! Every bra is made different to offer specific shapes, support, and silhouette. From bralettes and strapless to push-ups and everything in between, take a look at your wardrobe and determine what type of bras you need to wear certain outfits.
1. If your breasts are spilling out of the cups, the bra is too small.
2. If there is gaping in the cups, the cup size is too big.
3. Say no to straps that dig into your shoulders or slide down.
4. Say no to pinching or restriction in the band.
The purpose of a bra is to keep you comfortable and supported. You should be able to fasten the clasps on the 2nd or 3rd hooks comfortably.