The Bra Issue

The Bra Issue! So ladies, let’s be honest, finding the right bra takes WORK! Truthfully, the right bra can make or break a perfect outfit. A fitted shirt with a bra that is too small produces the 3 boob syndrome, a bra that is too loose or too big makes you boobs look droopy and sad, but a bra that is just right makes you look pulled together and confident. The wrong bra can put a damper on your over all look, so this is IMPORTANT!

 Bra fit basics:

1. The underband around your body should be firm but comfortable. You should be able to run a finger under the band. If it’s too tight, you need a larger size or a wider hook placement.

2. The back and front of the bra should be parallel to the floor or slightly lower in the back. The lower edge of the band should anchor between the shoulder blades. The lower the back fits, the better the support.

3. The center panel should lie down against the breastbone, not bridge away from the body. If it doesn’t, your cup size could be too small, or the panel is not large enough to accommodate the separation between your breasts.

4. Underwires should lie flat against your rib cage, enclosing your breasts without rubbing or digging into the soft tissue or your armpit. If they bulge, you probably need a larger size cup.

 5. It should have a smooth outline, without bulging at the top or the sides. The cups should not pucker or wrinkle.

6. It should support the weight of your breasts mainly with the broadband and the cups, NOT the shoulder straps.

7. Check your silhouette. The bust should be midway between the top of the shoulder and the bend of the elbow to create a silhouette of balanced proportions. If your bra doesn’t fit correctly, it’s probably because you don’t have the right size. Taking a few minutes to “get things straight” will make you look slimmer, trimmer, and taller – WITHOUT a trip to the gym (http://www.sideroad.com/Clothing/bra-fitting.html)

Bras are also an investment, so you want to take care of them. Technically bras should be hand washed and hung to dry. But most of us do not have the time or desire to hand wash them. So here are care instructions for your delicates:

*Wash on delicate with other delicate items (I wash bras and underware separate from my other clothes)

*Fasten your bras so they don’t snag on other garments

*Wash bras in a lingerie bag

*Hang to dry. The heat from dryers can ruin the elasticity of your under armor:-)

It is best to be fitted by a lingerie specialist at a department store or lingerie boutique. But if you cannot or don’t want to, here is a site that will tell you how to measure yourself and calculate your size for you…http://www.wacoal-america.com/content/our-service//fit-guide/content.html

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