Finding the Right Bra

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Finding the Right Bra

Finding the right bra can be difficult, if not frustrating. Here are a few tips to help you with your bra hunting process.

Bras are necessities, especially during exercise and activities, to avoid back problems and sagging breasts. Nearly 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, whether it is a cup size too small or a band width too large. Finding the right bra or sports bra is essential in order to provide your breasts with the proper support.

Here is a list of tips to find the “one” that is best for you:

SIZE, size, SIZE:  Finding the proper size is the first step in buying a new bra. This includes sports bras as well. You can go to any lingerie store such as Victoria’s Secret and get professionally measured. The “Bra Whisperer,” Susan Nethero, explains that if there is puckering inside the cup, then the cup is too big and can result in the girls sagging. On the contrary, if there is pillowing and spillage under or over the cup, then the cup is too small.

Straps:  Straps should not be digging into your shoulders, nor should they be falling off. You can try getting a smaller band or having your straps altered to fit better. Thicker straps or straps closer to the middle of the back can also add extra support.

Proper Band Size:  Most women tend to wear bras where the band width is too big. Nethero proclaims that 90% of support comes from the band, not the straps. If the band is too big, it tends to give women “back fat.” One of the most uncomfortable aspects of bras is the underwire. If the underwire is poking the ribcage, then the bra is too small. A proper fitting bra will rest flat against the rib cage and should not be noticeable, according to Nethero.

One Size Fits All? Once you know your size, that doesn’t mean that you bra size is set in stone. Your cup size may fluctuate if you lose weight, or it may depend on the style. Remember that your size may change so it doesn’t hurt to double check your measurements before purchasing a bra.

Try it on: Some styles have fluctuating sizes. Nethero warns that buying a bra without trying it on is not a good idea. Once you know your size, be sure to try it on to ensure proper fitting. It may take a dozen bras before you find the right that is right for you. When you do, your girls will have proper support and will surely thank you. Finding the proper bra size may also make you look slimmer

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Written by Katherine Chua

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