Finding The Perfect Fitting Bra (Why Size Doesn’t Really Matter)
The perfect bra.
Will this mystical creature ever be found? We all have at least that one bra that fits snug like a glove and that is our go to in our time of need. But I know for a fact that most of us wish we had more like it (Sorry bra! You’ll always be special.).
“Is this possible?” you may ask.
WELL, OF COURSE IT IS! All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust! You will also require knowledge of the criteria to be focused upon while bra hunting. Mind you, bra hunting isn’t easy. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it’s quite easy if you keep a few things in mind.
Without further ado, here are 5 things to focus on while bra shopping...
1. Fit Over Fashion
We all want fancy pretty bras that we can show off to possible partners or even our girlfriends because they’re just too cute. We want to feel fashionable from level 1 onwards. However, it’s important to remember that the bra you buy has a lot more functions than making you look spunky or sexy. With the exception of some scandalous lingerie you may indulge yourself in, it’s important to have certain priorities when bra shopping.
You need to ensure that the size, fit, and support you receive from the bra you wear is optimum as you’re going to be wearing it for a large part of your day and you don’t want your private regions to be uncomfortable.
2. Sister Sizes
There isn’t just ONE bra size that fits you. Every bra size has a sister size. A sister size is basically a size that is not the primary size that you think is yours, but it gets the job done anyway. You may find a bra that is almost perfect, but there’s still something off. In this case, look for its sister sizes. These are sizes that are one cup size higher and one band size lower or one cup size lower and one band size higher. These may make all the difference when it comes to picking comfortable bras.
The existence of this basically leaves you with a little room for correction and adjustment.
3. Options For Occasions
Carry a few different tops with you when you go so that you know how the bra looks under a particular top. If you’re going shopping for a particular occasion then you don’t want to be stuck wearing a cute top but the seam of your bra showing through. However, if you want to wear a thick t shirt, then this may not make a difference.
You will need to purchase different types of bras depending on where you want to wear them. In the case of a strapless bra, you need to ensure that it’s a tighter fit as it has no straps and therefore no other support to stay on (you don’t want mishaps with this one).
In some cases, seamed bras tend to give a lift and shape. Sports bras give your breasts and backs extra support when you take part in any physical activity. Padded bras make your breasts appear larger or hide anything you don’t want to show. Push up bras hold your breasts tighter together and make them look firmer, along with giving you more cleavage.
4. Stretchy Straps
Once you find a bra that fits, try it on and see which hook it’s most comfortable on. If you’re already wearing it on the last (inner most) hooks, then the best advice I’ve got is to find another. This is because, after a few wears and washes, the elastic and fabric of the bras tend to stretch out a bit and become loose.
So, if you were wearing the bra on the last hook in the shop, chances are it’s going to become too loose and uncomfortable later on. Ideally, pick a bra that fits on the first hook when it’s new.
A lot of people find underwire very uncomfortable and so refuse to wear it (example – me), while others think it makes the breasts look perky and give it shape and so they love wearing it. But when you get down to it, underwire exists to support your breasts. This is especially in the case of women with larger breasts.
You may require extra support which you can get either through underwire or through bras with larger straps and bands. However, these need to be worn in moderation as it has been found that wearing these may weaken the tissues of your breasts which, in the long run, won’t be a pretty situation.
Just remember that there are perfect bras out there, waiting for you. You just need to know what to look for and focus on what’s more important in a bra and you’ll find it.