Check Your Current Bras
What's your beef with your bra? Do the straps fall down? Does the band ride up? Do you have overflowing cups and some unfortunate side boob? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may have the wrong bra size. Get yourself to a department or lingerie store and get professionally sized.
Do An At-Home Titting
If you'd rather check your bra size in the comfort of your own home, you're in luck -- it's surprisingly easy. Just exhale (but not too much) and wrap a tape measure around your ribs. Add five to that number and round up to the nearest even number (so, for example, a 28 becomes 34). That's your band size. Now, measure the circumference around your nipples and subtract the original number from that (for instance, if you measured 31, you'd subtract 28 from that to get three.) The difference between those two numbers corresponds to your cup size -- an A is one, a B is two, a C is three and so on.
Find a Band That Fits
Did you know that 90 per cent of your breast weight is supported by the band? That's why it's important to make sure it fits properly -- and by properly, we mean snugly and securely. Your band should be tight enough that you have to wear it on the loosest hook, and you should only be able to fit two fingers in between your strap and skin.
Do a Quick Test
Here's an easy way to see if your bra is tight enough: stand sideways at a mirror and raise your arms above your head. Does the back of your bra move up? You may need to make it tighter -- or buy a new size all together.
Mind The Gap
Your bra should sit snugly across your chest -- meaning the bridge between your two cups should be touching the chest with no gap. Also, a little bit of gap between your breast and the cup is ok -- but if it's so pronounced that your cup wrinkles or caves in, you definitely need a smaller cup size.
Find the Right Style
Like everything in the fashion world, different styles of bras suit different body types. For instance, demi bras are best suited to small-chested women as they give support to the bottom of the breast where it's needed, but don't have all the extra, unnecessary room up top as full-cup bras do. Similarly, full-busted women should try to avoid bras with too much padding while still looking for a style that gives them the right amount of lift -- like an underwire bra.
Have you gained or lost some weight recently? Just like your jeans, your bra might not fit properly after changes in your weight. Here's a rule of thumb: a 10-pound change in weight typically results in a change of one cup size. If your body changes significantly -- this can happen over time or after you have kids -- make sure your bra still fits properly. It's a good idea to get fitted once every couple of years.
Don't Be Afraid to Be Daring
Are you shopping for the same kind of bras your 80-year-old grandma buys? Start acting your age and find something racy, fun or funky that suits your personality style. Just because your co-workers and friends aren't going to see your bra (we hope, anyway), doesn't mean you can't have fun with it.
Stay Away From the Bargain Bin
Yes, three bras for $20 is a great deal, but there's a reason they're such a steal -- they're probably ill-fitting and unflattering. Bras are an important part of your outfit, so don't be afraid to splurge on a few nice ones from an upscale store. For $30 to $50, you should be able to purchase a decent brassiere from a shop that knows what they're doing when it comes to accentuating your bust. If you take proper care of your undergarments, they'll last for years.
Have a Safe Choice
Ok, we just told you to be daring, but make sure you have some non-daring choices as well. It's never a good idea to show off your unmentionables unintentionally, so invest in a good nude bra that fits you perfectly and can be worn under those white and almost see-through blouses. Don't wear white bras under a white shirt -- the neutral shade sticks out more than you think.
It's an item of clothing that very few people actually see, but that doesn't mean your bra
isn't a hugely important part of your wardrobe.
Wearing the wrong undergarment can not only make your clothing look funny, it's also potentially damaging to your back and neck (particularly if you're full figured).
To ensure your clothes hang right and that your girls are well-supported, click through the gallery for tips to finding your ideal bra.
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