Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Your Essential Guide to Buying the Right Bra

More often than not, underwear is the key to a slim figure and a well-proportioned silhouette. However, many of us are wearing the wrong bras, either in size, fit or style, and this can have a big impact on the appearance of an outfit as well as our own confidence levels.

Shopping for a new bra can be a bewildering and incredibly difficult task, but don’t panic – here is the essential information and guidance you need to find exactly the right bra for you.

Take a bra inventory

Before you can buy any new bras, you need to take a look at what you already have. Open up your bra drawer and count how many bras you have. Discard any that you never wear anymore and focus on how many of your bras you regularly wear. You should have around seven to ten bras that you wear on a regular basis. If you have less, it’s time to start shopping.

Get measured

It may be a little embarrassing for some people, but getting measured by someone who knows what they are doing is crucial to finding the right bra size. If you haven’t been measured in a while and you have lost or gained weight or have had a baby, it is likely that your bra size will have changed. If you really want to be sure that the size you’re given after measuring is right, get a second opinion by getting measured in another lingerie shop or department.

Buying new bras – the fit

There are a few things to think about when shopping for new bras, starting with the fit. When trying on bras, discard any that:

· Ride up in the back,

· Cause back-bulge around the bra band

· Have straps that dig into your shoulders (even when adjusted)

· Cause your breasts to spill over the cups

· Leave a space between your breastbone and the bra

· Cause skin to spill out under your armpits

· Have underwire which slides down below your chest

If you can avoid these no-nos, you should end up with a well-fitting bra that is comfortable and flattering.

Buying new bras – the style

The style of bra you go for is a personal choice, dependent on what makes you feel the most comfortable and confident. However, you should also think about how much support you need when choosing a bra. For example, those with a large bust should choose D-K cup bras which are designed to offer the right support. You should also think about what you will wear the bra under when choosing the style as well as the colour.

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  1. I am inspired to go and get properly measured now. I have a bit of a roller coaster with my weight and it fluctuates but I tend to stick to the same bras. I really should not as they are most unsightly at times - thanks for the article - Debenhams here i come! x

  2. I hadn't ever been measured for a bra before (professionally. Till I saw an offer on at Marks and Spencers, myself and my mum went. The staff member was curteous, pleasant and helpful.I was pleased to find out that I was wearing / using the correct size. Having years ago come across guidance in self-measuring for a bra. There was advice and guidance which was helpful and appreciated. Both myself and my mum were happy with our purchases, and service. We stopped off at the restaurant for a cup of tea before we left the shop. An experience to be recommended.

    Rachel Craig


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