It is interesting to see that most women run around with the wrong bra size. The most common mistake is that the band size is too large and the cup size is far too small. The most common belief is that a smaller fit might have a slimming effect. Unfortunately that is a fallacy and in fact the opposite is true. So how to change that? Well take the band size which is the most important support around the ribs and make that at least one size smaller than you have been doing in the past. When correctly fitted the band should only fit two fingers underneath it, thus giving you a good supporting fit around the ribs. Next take the cup size and increase the cup size by one or two sizes.
The Best Way to Fit a Bra:
As already mentioned above in the summary, the band size must be correct and that is very important. When you try on the bra, make sure that the band sits around the rib cage in a horizontal line and that no more that two fingers width will fit underneath. When you first buy the bra make sure that when fitting, it is hooked at the loosest hooks, thus giving you the possibility to tighten the bra as time stretches it out.
To clasp the hooks on your bra one has three possibilities. Either bend your arms to the back to close it, or hook the bra in front and then spin the band around or have your partner help you in the more romantic occasions. Next, bend over so that your breasts fall into the cups and can be scooped and centered in the cups with the nipples centered in the fullest part of the cup.
Important is, unless you have a Demi or push up bra, that the breast tissue does not squeeze out over the sides or over the top of the bra. Furthermore, the cups should be centered between the shoulders and the elbow, just use the straps to adjust the position of the cups. In the process make sure that the straps do not pinch nor slide off your shoulders, but sit comfortably on your shoulders.
When should I Replace my Bra?
That depends on many different factor including how often do you wear that bra?, is it your everyday bra? and how do you wash your bra.
If you wash your bra by hand using a special lingerie wash, which is highly recommended, and if you care for it properly and not wear it every day, then that bra can last for up to two years plus. On the other hand if that is your every day bra, then the rule of thumb is to change that bra every six months to a year.
Types of Bras and their Differences.
What is a contour bra, a demi bra, a padded bra, a push up bra and a plunge bra?
Contour bras are the best bras to wear under smooth tops like a T-shirt, because contour bras have a fiberfill or foam lining thus providing definition and shape to the breast. The lining provides the padding so that the nipples will not show through and the contour bra creates a well rounded bust line without adding size.
When wearing low cut tops, the demi brais very sexy and flattering for your breast and the right one to wear. It is an under-wire bra where the top half of the bra is cut away thus exposing the top half of your breast.
Padded bras, as the name already implies are bras which have extra padding in them to add volume to your breast. These bras have removable demi pads also called “cookies” to lift your breast to another dimension so to speak. Women with smaller breast quite often wear these bras.
The push up bra is a bit similar to the padded bra and is designed to give the appearance of a fuller breast. It is based around an underwire bra and some angled padding to create a center cleavage thus emphasizing the breasts by lifting them up.
Finally the plunge bra – this very low front bra has angled cups and a thin center gore which make them excellent for low necklines.
Your Bra and the Best Way to Wash your Lingerie.
Lingerie is made of delicate fabrics and in order to make them last and stay in shape for a long time, the best is to wash them by hand. Soak your bras and panties for about 30 minutes in lukewarm soapy water using a good gentle detergent before rinsing in cooler water to “shock” the delicate fabric back into shape.
If you have no choice but to use the washing machine, first hook your bras closed and then put them all in a meshed lingerie bag and wash on the delicate cycle. If possible let them dry naturally, because the heat from the dryer will cause fabrics to break down much more quickly, thus causing the lingerie to loose it’s shape.