Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Buying a bra: The golden rules

Buying a bra the golden rules

Because your boobs need to be treated right

Guest post by Aran Sweaters Direct

You've probably heard the figures. It's thought that around 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Why is that important? Well not only can clothes look ill-fitting or uneven, you could develop back problems from a lack of adequate support. It could also lead to a slouch or poor posture. On top of that, a bra that's too tight can cause chafing and, if the skin is broken, even scarring.

What are some of the signs that you might be wearing the wrong size bra?

1. The dreaded double boob. That's right, when your cupeth run over and instead part of your boob escapes to form a second boob over the top of your bra. Usually this is noticeable in form-fitting clothing.
2. The band of the bra should sit straight across your back and not ride up. If you find it creeping up your back it means it doesn't fit like it should.
3. Bra straps slip down your shoulders and make a break towards your elbows. Or, they're so tight that you can be left with red marks under them at the end of the day. Either way it's not the perfect fit.
4. There should be no gaps between your boobs and the cup of the bra. If there are you're probably wearing the wrong size. In the same way underwire in a bra should sit flat again the skin and not jut out at an angle.

The golden rules

Ask the experts
You can measure yourself at home to see what size you are but it can be tricky. Take advantage of the offer most lingerie stores have to measure you for free. Some salespeople can do this by eye alone (and then a bit of trial and error with getting you to try bras on) or the more traditional way is with a measuring tape which they will place just under your breasts and then across the cups.

Try every bra on
It might seem like a massive pain but you won't know how a bra fits until you've put it on. Don't worry, shop assistants have seen it all and most are super-friendly and there to help you find your perfect over shoulder boulder holder. If you're feeling nervous about trying on bras then make sure to go to a specialist shop or the lingerie changing rooms in a department store.

Give it a test drive
Don't be afraid to try a bit of movement in a bra you're thinking of buying. Try jumping, lifting your arms, walking in it across the changing room or sitting down for a bit. Sometimes problems (such as things like jabbing underwire) only become apparent with movement so it's really important to try it out.

Find a type that works for you
Balcony, demi, full, padded, push up... There's a huge variety of cups out there, each one designed to contain or show off your assets depending on your needs. You might love the support of a full cup, or a bit of extra support and oomph that a padded bra provides. Try on a few styles to see what works best for you. But don't be afraid to mix it up either, especially as your boobs get bigger or smaller.

Put it on correctly
There is a correct way to put on a bra, believe it or not. You're supposed to lower your breasts into the cups then close the back and adjust so that each boob is snugly contained and not trapped by the wire below or spilling out over the top. Then, adjust the straps so they are firm but comfortable.

Yes, you may well have been a 32B when you were 16 but skip forward a few years and you may have lost or gained weight, meaning that you're no longer the size you always buy. Pregnancy can also cause a change in size or even gravity, which can cause that dreaded sagging that might affect your cup size. Regularly check that you're still the same size by getting measured at least every year, but definitely if you've put on or lost weight.

Working out?
Your standard lacy number just won't cut it if you intend to work out. Make sure you invest in a good quality sports bra that will help contain the twins and stop them from moving around too much as you jog, walk or play sports. Again, expert advice is really important here and most good sports stores will have staff on hand to tell you which kind of bra will work best for your particular sport.

Be good to your bra and it will be good back to your boobs. Hand wash where possible and don't tumble dry as this can damage the elastic in the bra.


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