A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Bra

So many women buy a bra that just doesn’t look and feel right. A bad bra can cause many problems, from pain and discomfort to irritating the skin, damaging your breasts, and provide an unwelcome change to your figure. So, it is important that you find the right bra. A good bra looks great under all your clothes, enhances your figure rather than detracts from it, it helps you solve the conflict between style and comfort, and it helps you feel more confident. So, how do you find the right bra?

Get Your Measurements Right

Getting the right bra means you need to be honest. To do this, you need to get that tape measure and measure your breast. You may have made a measurement a year ago, but that is not going to help you. People change, people lose weight and put on weight, hormones can affect the fullness of your breasts, and so on. So, the day you intend to buy a new bra is the day you need to measure. First, measure around your rib cage just beneath your breasts. Then measure around the fullest part of your breasts, usually around the nipple. These are the two measurements you need to get the right bra. 38, for example, is the measurement around the rib cage to make sure the strap fits properly; the other measurement is the cup size. 

Wear a Tight-Fitted T-Shirt Under Your Clothes When You Go Bra Shopping

When you go and try on bras, you need to be able to see what the bra looks like when wearing thin and tight-fitted clothing. So, go to the shops wearing the right clothing so you can really see how the new bra will enhance your look. It will help you make the right decision as you’ll instantly see lumps and bumps where there shouldn’t be, such as breast spillage over the tops or to the sides of the bra, or a strap that causes bulges around the side of your ribcage, etc. This is perhaps even easier to observe while wearing the right clothes than it is while wearing nothing but a bra.

Consider Different Styles For Your Body Type

When choosing a bra style, it’s important to consider the shape of your breasts to ask yourself about what type of fit and support you need. If you’re looking for a comfortable and seamless look, try a t-shirt fit bra, this style offers a smooth silhouette under clothing and is great for everyday wear. If you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic, push up or plunge bras are the way to go, these styles accentuate the bust and can provide extra lift. If your breasts are more round, a demi-cup or balconette style may be best. Or if your breasts are more full or close to one another, a full coverage style may be the right choice. Remember to choose a bra that is comfortable and fits your body type.

Invest! Trust Us, It’s Worth It…

A bra can last as long as a year or so without stretching out and becoming less well-fitted. So, when you are at the bra shop, why not try on various different bra styles and invest in two or three at the same time? Different bras are suitable for different reasons and occasions, or if you find a bra that simply feels great, then you are going to want one while the other is being washed, for example. Racerback bras are great extra support for larger busted women. A great, comfortable push-up bra, on the other hand, is something that some smaller-breasted women want and need to enhance their femininity and feel more confident. Or perhaps you want a bra for work and one for relaxing. So, don’t make the mistake of only investing in one bra at a time. Get a couple or a few and protect your breasts in the process.

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