Let’s face it girls, finding the perfect bra that is comfortable and makes our assets feel properly looked after is a real pain in the neck. Selecting a comfy bra calls for more than finding the “prettiest” one or finding your favourite colour. It is more about finding one that won’t predispose any health complications and one that allows you to be comfortable. Prettiness is important, but not the most important thing.
A small bra that offers too little support and doesn’t fit well can cause displacement of breast tissues, thrusting it under the arm or flattening it on the chest cavity. Too big bras that leave large spaces don’t provide adequate support and can make the breast tissues stretch causing them to drop and sag.
Many health practitioners and fashion gurus emphasise the need to know your “size,” but this is just the beginning. You need to find the right style, right brand and right support for your body. Let’s look at a few tips that can help you get the perfect bra:
1. Bra Size
It is important to find a bra size that is comfortable and supportive. The easiest way to find the right size is by trying out various bras of different sizes and styles. You can rest assured you’ll end up with a bra that offers the right support and one that provides utmost comfort. However, having an idea about your bust measurement can help you speed up the process as it gives you a hint of where to start. Bra sizes are denoted by a number and a letter. The number is the size of the back strap, and the latter represents the cup size. For example, 34B denotes a bra with size 34 back straps and a B cup size. When you want to know your Back Strap Measurement, have someone put the tape measure around your bust below the breast. Ensure that during the measurement, the tape measure is lying flat against your body and assumes a straight line across your back. When it comes to Cup Size Measurement, have someone place the tape measure around your chest, this time on top of your breast. Once you get this measurement, you can use the difference between the two to get a rough estimate of your cup size. You can also look at ‘sister’ sizes, which means you might go up a cup size but down a strap size, or vice versa.
2. Always Try It On Before Purchasing
Don’t walk into a clothing store and pick a bra that you think fits you correctly, try it out first. Try out different brands and styles. Some bras brands have variations, and some will fit better than others. Try the bra in front of a mirror and check out for any wrinkling on the cups or pinching and bulging to be sure that the size is perfect.
Know that bras are like breasts, and they change over time. If you want to the get the most life out of it, buy one that is a little snug and one that you don’t have to put on the tightest setting.
3. Be Practical
Avoid being caught up in colours. While embroidery and lace may look pretty, they have a tendency of peeking through most fabrics. Sometimes, making sure people don’t see your bra is important. You don’t want to ruin your outfit! When going shopping for bras, take a few tops that you often wear such as a blouse, T-shirt or a favourite dress and judge the bra by the look and feel when you are in each of favourite garments.
4. Get Out of your Rut
Even if you have a bra type that you like, it is important to be diverse and open minded to new brands and styles. Women tend to be wedded to one bra from a specific brand. Try new things.
5. Wear and Care
Make sure you take care of your bra when you’ve found the right one for you. You should wash it after every couple of wears, following care instructions on the label. Be aware that most bras are only made for around 300 days of wear. Yours might still be fine after that, but knowing when to replace them is important!