There are so many perks of being a woman, like giving birth, getting our period and being pressured into having a perfect, flat stomach. Oh, I’m sorry, did I say perks? That must’ve been my mistake. And for some of us, wearing a bra is just another necessary evil of life to stop the girls from flinging around when you turn too sharply or bend over to pick something up.
Some women have the luxury of find a bra that fits right, accentuates some cleavage and doesn’t have to be specially made. And others, well, we’re just not that lucky. Finding a bra can be like finding the right jeans – frustrating and squishy.
Bras are far from one size fits all, but luckily, there are hundred of shapes, styles and brands to choose from in this day and age, and if even those don’t fit, you can always get them specially made.
While we might not be able to help you find the right man, we can help you find the right bra, and who knows where that could lead you! Finding the right bra is a confidence boost that could help you run for president or ask out your mailman; it’s up to you what you do with it.
Going to your nearest bra store specialist is always the best option to find a bra that fits right, but if you’re too embarrassed to ask or you bought the bra online, here’s how to know if it fits right.
The band should lay evenly all around your body and sit underneath your breasts. If it’s too tight to even get a finger under it, you’ve got the wrong band size. If it rides up under your arms or your back, then it’s too big and you should try going down a band size. The band is a reflection of the size of your back and should be comfortable for you to wear and not have to adjust or pull at during the day or night.
When you’re buying the bra, it should fit well on the loosest set of hooks so that when the band starts to stretch, it can be tightened easily. You won’t get much wear out of a band size that fits on the tightest when you buy it, because when it stretches you’ll have no where to go.
Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full girl? If you’re spilling over the cups and getting that awkward excess boob in your shirts, it may be time to move to a bigger cup size. On the other end of the scale, if the cups don’t sit flat against your skin, it may be time to move down a cup size. If you fit nicely and can bend over without your nipples falling out of the cup, that’s a great sign.
Check the bra from the side with your hands on your hips. This way you can see the way you fill the cups. You should also have your breasts properly fill the cups, once you have the bra on, reach inside the cups and lift up each breast.
The straps are the easiest part because they are the most adjustable, but you shouldn’t be buying your bra on the tightest the straps can possibly be, as when they stretch, they will be of no use. Make sure the straps can fit your shoulders properly and can support the load in the cups. This might mean if you have a bigger bust then you may require thicker straps. Anything too stretchy will be uncomfortable and will bounce too much.
The type of bra
Now that everything else is right, it’s time to make sure that you’ve got the right shape that is comfortable to you. A balconette, a full cup or a demi bra may be the right style for you.
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