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Tips to Choose The Right Bra Fit

images-42Breasts come in an extraordinary array of shapes, sizes, colour, texture, bounciness, etc (you get our drift). But the one thing that most boobs have in common is that they’re all too often housed inside the wrong bra. In fact, recent studies estimate that 80-85% of ladies are wearing the wrong size- which exposes a staggering number of women who are committing these regular acts of mammary madness.

Why is it so important to get the right fit? Not only does it help your clothes fit better, alleviate back and neck pains and prevent premature sagging, but it can immediately make you look like you’ve lost weight, and balances your body proportions out (and who doesn’t want that?). Whether your cup runneth over or it’s only half full, here are a few suggestions to help you become breast friends with your bra.

Ask a Professional

The easy solution is to go to a department store and get help from an underwear expert. You might feel apprehensive about standing topless in front of a stranger, with your assets on display, but this is their job and you should walk out with a well-fitted bra that lifts and supports you. If you’re particularly uncomfortable, however, these professionals (especially those situation in teams at department stores) can often just as easily size you whilst you’re wearing the bra you came in with.

Sizing Up the Situation

If the idea of baring your breasts makes you break out into a cold sweat, or you simply like to be prepared as possible, you can of start by ‘going it alone’. The most useful place to start is with your own measurements. This is the time to be completely honest about the numbers, because only you can see your bra size, whereas everyone else can see how it fits.

The two features you’ll need to measure are the band and the cup size. To be accurate, you must remove your shirt AND bra and, if possible, let someone else take the measurements.

  • Band size – Flatten the tape measure against your ribcage, directly below your breasts and parallel to the floor and let it be snug but not tight. If it’s an even number (in inches) that’s your size, while an odd number is rounded up.
  • Cup size – Keep your arms at your sides and measure around your torso over the fullest part of your bust (usually along the horizontal line where your nipple sits). Subtract the band size from the cup measurement and the difference gives you the cup size. If your band is 34 and your cup is 35 the difference is one inch and so your cup size is A. Two inches is a B, three inches is a C, four inches is a D, five inches is a DD (or E), etc.

Get the Right Fit

Bras are like shoes – they all feel a little different, even with the same brand or style. It sounds pretty obvious but the more bras you try on the easier it is to recognise when something fits you properly and flatters your body shape.

  • Band – This provides 90% of the support so it must be firm, but comfortable, and you should be able to slide two fingers between the band and your skin. It also needs to lie flat against your back, in a straight line, below your shoulder blades.
  • Cup – You want your breasts inside, and not spilling over the top, underneath or around your underarms. The point at which your cup meets your bust should be a smooth transition, not put you in mind of a chest’s equivalent of severe muffin-top.
  • Straps – These will level the bra, so loosen or tighten them to make the bra fit without leaving strap marks.
  • Centre Panel – This portion of the band is between the cups and it should be flat against your chest between your breasts.
  • Underwire – These are comfortably positioned underneath your breasts, not digging into your chest or underarms.

How to Wear a Bra

You’ve been wearing a bra for years and you know how to put it on, right? Wrong. Put your arms through the straps and lean forward, letting your breasts fall into the cups and then fasten the bra. For each side, slip your hand into the cup and scoop your breast towards the centre so that it’s securely and comfortably in the bra. Breast tissue goes all the way to the underarm so this trick of the trade ensures everything is where it ought to be. Once you’ve found the right bra, it’s just as important to wear it properly.

Sister Sizing

If you know your size but you’re having no luck finding lingerie, there’s a cheat sheet known as ‘sister sizing’. Because the cup size is relative to the band size, both your cup and band size will slide along the sizing scale together. If, for example, you’re normally a 34 B, in theory you should fit into a 32C or a 36 A. When adjusting your size, don’t let you vanity get the better of you! The perfect bra is about the fit – not the numbers.

Bra Bewilderment

What further complicates the already complicated world of bras is that you wear different types depending on the occasion. T-shirt bras are used every day, convertible bras are for strapless tops, cleavage bras come out to play when you wear your special occasion outfit and a bridal bra is for your wedding dress. As underwear provides the foundation for your silhouette, to look your best you need to have a variety of different styles in your underwear drawer.

Tips for Find The Great Bridal Lingerie

One of the keys to make certain that your dress looks amazing on your big day is to ensure that the lingerie underneath is flattering. There are two types of wedding lingerie you need to purchase: wedding day-time and wedding night-time/honeymoon. This checklist will help keep you on track with both types. The shopping process doesn’t need to be stressful or embarrassing. In fact, it’ll help the shopping process if you’re able to relax and have a little fun with it!

6 Months

• Start looking around for white or nude-toned lingerie to wear under your dress on your wedding day. Shop around, try on different styles, and keep your dress in mind at all times – just because those frilly undies look cute, doesn’t mean they will look flattering under a figure-hugging dress.

3 Months

• If you’ve had a bespoke dress made, this is probably about the time that your dressmaker will call you in for a fitting. Take your wedding day-time lingerie with you, to make sure that the dress sits well with your underwear. Your dressmaker may need to make a few adjustments, to make sure that the dress looks as flattering as possible, on your big day.

• If you’ve ordered an off-the-rack dress, it might have arrived by now. The same rule applies here as with a dressmaker fitting: take your day-time lingerie with you. If something doesn’t look right, you may need to purchase different lingerie, or take the dress to a dressmaker for altering. Remember that in-built bras are a great option for specific cuts and body shapes- consult with your dressmaker!

2 Months

• If you haven’t already started collecting bits and pieces, now is the time to get stuck into shopping for lingerie for your wedding night and honeymoon.

• Make good use of the sales assistants in lingerie shops – they are experts at fitting bras and suggesting underwear styles suitable for your body type.

• If you’d like to surprise your honey with something a bit naughty, but you feel a little embarrassed to walk into an adult store, you can shop online, from the comfort of your own home. There is no guarantee that online purchases will fit perfectly but you can get a pretty darn close fit, if you’ve kept your measurements from your professional dressmaker.

• Make sure that you’ve purchased enough lingerie to last your entire honeymoon. Lingerie is delicate and, if you don’t trust the hotel housekeeping staff to carefully wash it for you, you don’t want to spend your honeymoon hand washing your delicates in the bathroom basin. Pack plenty of different options and enjoy your time with your man.

1 Week

• This is the time that you’ll probably be celebrating your hen’s night. If you’ve got some cheeky friends, there will no doubt be a lingerie surprise in at least one of those gift boxes. Make sure it fits. If not, kindly ask your friend to exchange it for a better fit – some stores will do this, some won’t (most will accept returns/ exchanges for bras, but not panties)– before your wedding night.

• While packing for your honeymoon, make sure that you’ve cut all the tags off your new lingerie. The last thing you want to be doing is scrounging around the bathroom for a pair of scissors, while your husband is waiting in bed for you.

The Big Day

• Carefully slip into your beautiful new lingerie. Make sure that everything is tucked in and sitting straight before putting on your dress.

• Once your dress is on, ask your bridesmaids to check that your panty line isn’t visible and that the dress line is seamless.

The Big Night

• Give your husband a smooch. Go into the bathroom and get into that saucy number. Freshen up, take a deep breath, check yourself out in the mirror and then open the door. Be prepared to pick your groom’s jaw up off the floor.

The Right Tights is Important For Your Wedding Night

Picking the perfect dress is the first step to looking gorgeous on your wedding day, the second is selecting the right hosiery to complement your outfit. If you don’t know your sheer from your spandex, here’s a handy guide that unravels the perplexity of hosiery.

Pantyhose, knee highs, stockings, tights and leggings, these are just some of the types of leg coverings that fall under the general term hosiery. Many people might consider them the realm of an older generation, but with some rather racy styles available, you’ll certainly be able to spice up your wedding night.

Hosiery should act like your foundation – improving your look without really being noticed. It hides skin imperfections, provides uniform colour and highlights the shape of your shapely legs. For your wedding, you’ll likely choose between wearing stockings and pantyhose.

Stockings

Your memory of stockings (together with hairspray and rose talcum powder) may remind you of your grandmother, but they’ve taken a sensual turn since they were first created. Stockings come in pairs – one for each leg – and they cover from the foot up to the thigh. There are three types:

– The earliest stockings were held up using a garter – a ring of fabric that was slipped over the stocking, and tied near the knee to prevent it from falling down. Garters today are more traditional than functional, and one- usually made from ornate lace – is worn at a wedding for the garter toss.

– In the early 20th century women began using a garter belt, or suspender belt, to keep stockings up. It’s a piece of lingerie that’s worn around the waist, with four or six straps that hang down, and get clipped onto the top of the stocking.

– To make stockings easier to use and to eliminate suspender bumps, stay-ups or hold-ups were created. These have a band of tractive material, such as silicon or elastic, on the top and inside of each stocking, to prevent it from sliding down the thigh. On the outside is usually a wide scalloped lace top.

Stockings are both sexy and functional, and they’re synonymous with old fashioned glamour. They don’t bunch at the waist, are less restrictive than pantyhose, and allow more ventilation in your nether regions. This is good for hygiene and it also keeps you cooler in the warmer months. Contrary to their name, stay-ups don’t always stay up, and for that reason a suspender belt is the most popular way to keep your stockings in the right place.

Pantyhose/ Tights

These first made their appearance during the 1940s and 1950s, and because they were more convenient, they began to encroach on the stocking domination. Pantyhose extend from the toes up to the waist, where it’s held in place by an elasticated waistband, and it usually has a reinforced crotch. There are different types of pantyhose, including:

– Regular. These are the simplest kind and they’re soft, stretchy and easy to wear.

– Control top. Extra spandex allows more stretching, and the thicker material at the top provides additional support for the tummy and thighs, while also lifting and shaping the buttocks. You have a variety of control options to help create a smooth silhouette.

– Sheer-to-waist. This is sheer from your toes to your waist, which means no panty lines and a smooth continuous form.

– Body shaper. This longer line control top can extend down to the thighs, giving you the greatest amount of support. Waist, hips and thighs are streamlined and, depending on the control option you choose, you can also gain a pert derrière.

Pantyhose are an easier option to put on and take off, and you don’t have to worry about anything slipping down as you walk. The bonus is that they usually come with a slimming feature, which helps you achieve fabulous curves. There are hygiene concerns about nylon, but for most women this isn’t a problem if they’re worn for a short period of time. They’ll keep you warmer if your wedding is in the cooler months, and they prevent your thighs and feet from chafing.

Once you’ve chosen between pantyhose and stockings, your job isn’t done, because you also need to consider classification, colour and comfort. The thickness of hosiery is measured in deniers, the lower the denier the more sheer and fragile the item, the higher the denier the more opaque and durable it becomes. It’s important to bear in mind that there are also huge varieties of styles between different lingerie brands.