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  • Bra Basics-by Pippa Lynch

    9 posts, 8 voices, 958 views, started Jul 1, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      Did you know that 8 in 10 women are walking around with the wrong size bra?  It might not seem like a big issue but the consequences of wearing the wrong size can have a huge impact on your posture, health and confidence.  

      Further than that though – a great bra can take off 5kg's off your silhouette instantly – what more motivation do you need to invest the right bra?

      Bra basics -  tips to help you get it right:

      Signs to look out for that you are wearing the wrong size:
      • Straps that keep falling down
      • Bras that dig into your back
      • Cups that keep sliding up over your bust
      • The breast is spilling out over the top of the bra
      •    Marks on the skin after use (welts, red spots, cuts in the skin)

      Other things to keep in mind when evaluating your bra situation:

      •    First things first – get yourself measured by a professional.  All of the major retailers offer bra-measuring services at no extra charge to you, so the next time you are shopping, just ask for some assistance.  Keep in mind that you wont need to take your bra off for this – they can even measure you over your clothes.
      • The straps on the bra shouldn't be doing the work – the band that goes around your ribcage should. Don't be tempted to adjust the length of the straps if your bra isn't fitting right – this bad fit is more an indication of the cup size or band width being incorrect.
      • Let you bra support the weight of your bust evenly: when putting your bra on, bend over and let your bust fall naturally into the cup. This will give you a better fit.
      • Don't choose your bra based on price: if need be, invest in a more expensive bra, but one that is the perfect fit for you.
      • Bra wires should fit snugly against your body and should never cut into your skin
      • The band should fit snugly around your ribcage and should never slide down or dig into your skin and should fit in just below your shoulder blades and never above or well below.
      • If your breasts fall below your elbow, your bra is not giving you enough support.
      •    If your bra cup wrinkles, then the cup size is too big.

      If you have a small bust: follow these bra fitting tips
      •    Go for a bra with a push-up effect: Not only will it give you more confidence and increase your cup size, it will give you a nice smooth shape.  

      TIP: Never buy a push-up bra that makes you look more than a cup size bigger – it wont look natural.
      •    Wear patterns: patterns and diagonal stripes on the cup will make your bust look bigger.

      If you have a larger bust – follow these bra fitting tips:
      • Stay away from bras that have padding in them
      • Avoid bras that compress your breasts – this will make your bust out the sides (excuse the pun!)
      • Don't be tempted to go for a smaller cup or strap size
      •    Stay away from bras that have small straps – your bust needs support, and will only get it from bras that have ample straps.

      Remember to get your bra size measured every year as your bust can change.  Remember that all bra brands weren't created equal: one brand will suit you better than another – spend some time finding out which is your brand and stick with it.


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