A good bra is like a faithful friend – it supports you in your strife, it is comfortable and always there for you.
Finding the right size bra is a big problem for a multitude of women. It is estimated that about 80% of women wear the wrong size bra. This definitely is not good for your breasts – they need bra-free time to help the lymph flow.
It is good when choosing a bra, to consult a professional. They should measure your chest with a tape measure, in the area just under your breasts and around the back. This is to identify the band dimensions.
To identify the cup size, the measuring tape goes on on top of the fullest part of your breasts. It is a good idea to wear a well –fitting non-padded bra while being measured.
Here is some general advice about getting a bra fitting:
Here is a checklist on bra “behaviour” in case you are suspecting you are wearing the wrong size bra:
Do you need to adjust the straps a lot? Yes – try tightening them. You need shorter straps.
Do the straps dig in? – Your straps may be too large. Loosen them down.
How does your band feel? – If you can’t slip a finger or two under it, it’s too tight. If it’s higher in the back or rides up your when you lift your arms, it’s too loose /too large/. If it’s snug and parallel to the floor, it’s just right.
How do your cups fit? - If your bosoms are spilling out, the cups are too small. If the cups are not smooth against your skin, it’s too big (you have wrinkles or gaps). You should fill the cups fully.
As a side note, I think more women would be happy about their breasts if they had a bra fitting done by a professional once in a while and if they purchased the right type of bra for their needs.
Girls, get fitted! And if you are concerned about sagging, find a comfortable underwire (they are out there) and you will see a signficant difference in your appearance and your self esteem that will make you say: “I look thinner!” or “I look younger!” So before you even start to think of surgery, get a good bra.
Different Bra Styles
Once you know your size, it’s time to figure out what style works best for you! Here’s a list of all the types of bra you can buy:
The T-Shirt Bra: It’s designed to provide a smooth look under t-shirts.
The Strapless: This bra allows you to wear any strapless/revealing tops without losing all the support of a bra with a strap, but more support than a bandeau. However, if you are the active kind, this bra may turn out to be a hindrance – there is a possibility of slipping
The Racerback: The T-strap in the back is good if you prefer more movement in your back and shoulders without bra strap slippage. However, there is more pressure on your shoulders, so neck pain and shoulder pain are common.
The Sports Bra: Gives your bust support while exercising without being uncomfortable. They vary in support levels so you can find the best fit for whatever activity. They can be difficult to remove after a sweaty workout.
The Push-Up: This bra helps improve the look of your cleavage by having pads inserted into strategic areas of the cup. As an added plus, most padding can also be removed if you’d like a less extreme looking during the day and then reinserted in the evening for a more seductive appearance.
The Nursing Bra: Designed to give you as much support as possible during your pregnancy. Throughout the different stages of the pregnancy you may find that you will need different cup sizes, so be prepared to buy more than one.
The Full Cup: This bra is designed to cover the entire breast for lots of support. The great thing about this bra is that it makes your chest seem fuller without having to worry about any sagging. It’s ideal for larger breasted women experiencing back pain because it’s able to relieve some pressure off your back if properly fitted.