In our culture that can still be quite conservative, it is understandable why we could have grown used to simply taking the first bra on the rack that we feel is our size because we’re probably too embarrassed to ask for help or to even be seen in the lingerie department. However, if we want to look and feel our best, finding the right bra could make all the difference. In the same way we find clothes that suit our body type, shape, and even our lifestyle, so should we for our bras.
Nothing beats trying it out first. Just like any article of clothing, the best way to know if it is both flattering and comfortable is if we try it on. Fitting rooms aren’t just for outerwear – take that extra time to stand in front of a mirror and feel it out to maximize your money’s worth. Luckily, there are just a few things we need to remember in our search for the perfect bra:
- Start with the band
The letter or band is a measure of your underbust or rib cage, not your breasts. Thus, the support must primarily come from it.
First, stand straight and ensure that the band is snug (but not too tight!) around your rib cage the whole day by pulling it away from your body. The gap should not be more than two inches. If your band makes an inverted ‘V’ at the hook, then it is too big for you. In addition to this, you can also move around the fitting room by lifting your hands or even practicing other movements to make sure your bra definitely stays in place.
To prolong the lifespan of your bra, base your band size on the outer hook. The inner ones are there for when your band becomes loose as it gets stretched out.
- Know your cup size
Do your homework and measure your cup size with a good old fashioned measuring tape. Just make sure to measure at the widest part and keep it comfortably tight enough. The trick is to breathe in and out to find the best position. The measuring tape must also be parallel across the front and back of your torso. You can also use a bra size calculator available on some websites to double check the accuracy of your measurements. For bras with underwires, they should never fall on your breasts.
- Adjust your strap
There’s not much to worry about the straps since they are normally adjustable. Again, not too loose and not too tight, they should be just right!
If these basic steps are still not enough, you can try the following:
Since our bodies and breasts are different, finding the right style could also go a long way. Some have more while some have less support and coverage. For example, if you have smaller breasts, you can go for types with less support such as bralettes. If you are more on the well-endowed side, a full coverage bra will definitely provide more support.
- Match your bra with your lifestyle
For those with a more active lifestyle, invest in a good and durable sports bra without compromising comfort. Sports bras come in a range of sizes too! Moreover, they can be categorized according to the impact they can support. Typically, sports bras can either be high or low impact, so you can also ponder further on the activities you will use them for.
On the other hand, if you’re more for the fashion and less on the function, then there’s a wide variety of styles to choose from to complement and even enhance your outfit. An example is going for a padded bra if you want to add a little fullness to your appearance.
- Unlearn myths you might have subscribed to
There are myths about bras that hinder women from finding the most suitable bra for their body. Some of these are:
- Size remains the same your whole life. It does change when your weight does. When it is time to change your clothes, it's time to change your bra.
- Bra size is universal. They’re not – a different brand or style could mean a different size. Again, just like clothes, sizes across retailers are not consistent. Don’t forget to try it on first!
Lastly, if all else fails, you can always choose to go braless. With or without a bra, there is no scientific evidence that either can impact your health or how perky your breasts can become. So don’t be afraid to let them hang loose! At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you’re comfortable with and what makes you feel like your best self.