Buying a strapless bra can be a daunting task, especially if you do not know your bra size. Tackle this subject by confirming your bra size first and foremost. When buying your bra, keep in mind the outfit you will be wearing with the bra. Also, keep in mind that a strapless bra that provides adequate support and stability is priceless!

1.Measuring Your Bust Size

If you do not want to or do not have the time to calculate your own bra size, most lingerie stores can calculate it for you. Visit a lingerie store at your nearest mall, outlet, or shopping center. They can professionally measure your bra size for you.

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2.Picking the Right Bra

Aim for quality when selecting your bra. You want a bra that will support your bust and make you feel comfortable. Features that provide support and stability are:

  • Silicone lining: look for silicone beading that follows the contour of the cups. Silicone lining is “self-adhesive” and will help the bra stick to your body.
  • Elastic bands: in non-corset style bras, the wide band of elastic that runs under the bust is the main source of support. If you have a big bust, get a bra with a wider band for more support.
  • Underwire: underwire provides shape and support. A bra whose underwire pokes into the breast is too small, while a bra whose underwire pokes into the armpit is too big.
  • Boning: boning provides a lot of support and is a great choice for full-figured women. A high-quality bustier or corset will have steel-wire boning as opposed to plastic or PVC.

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3.Fitting the Bra

 While choosing your strapless bras, choose at least one bra that is one band size smaller than your original measurement. Because a strapless bra does not have straps, you need to compensate for the lost support. You can compensate for this by having a tighter fitting bra, but it should not be so tight that it is uncomfortable.

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4.Bring a similar top or pattern to shop with

You can ensure that the bra you choose fits the top or dress that you will be wearing it by making a pattern or bringing a similar top with you.You can make a pattern by drawing the outline of the top or dress that you will be wearing with a pencil on a tank top you have at home. When you are in the fitting room, try on the bra over the tank top with the pencil marks. If the bra goes over the boundaries made by the marks, then that bra will not work. You can also bring a top or dress that is similar to the one that you will be wearing. Try it on with the bras that you have picked out to ensure that everything is covered.

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1.Wrong size

A huge percentage of women are wearing the wrong sized bra. It is our recommendation to get correctly fitted at a Lingerie boutique or Department store. A bra that is the incorrect size will not properly support you and could result in long-term sagging and or ligament damage.

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2.Sacrificing quality for price

Invest in bras that are made from quality fabrics and trims. It is noticeable at first glance if a product is well made. The elastics should be firm and should not have too much give. A good quality bra will often have multiple layers and feel substantial to touch.Cheaper bras are made from inferior fabrics and trims. These bras will often lose their elasticity and ability to support after a few washes. Purchasing quality should mean that you would feel more comfortable and supported for longer.

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3.Purchasing the incorrect style for your body shape

Not all bra styles will suit every woman. Our bodies are all different including our breast shape and form.

  • Plunge bras are wonderful for a smaller busted woman who tends to be heavier at the base of the breast.
  • Balcony styled bras are good for women who have a rounder more even weight distribution in the breast.
  • Full coverage bras are ideal for women who are larger in the bust. The full cups are designed to cover the entire breast area resulting in more support and a secure fit.

4.The back band is too big

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This is one of the most common mistakes. The back band of the bra should fit firmly and parallel across the back. It should not rid up or feel too loose. Should the back band start to feel loose when done up on the tightest hook. It is time to throw it away and purchase a new one.

5.Not getting fitted

Going and getting fitted at your local bra boutique or Department store is worth the effort. A bra fitter is professionally trained and will access your body type/shape and provide you with options they have available.Buying bras can often be a frustrating experience. Going to professionals cuts out all of the frustration leaving the customer happy and supported.

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Underwire bras provide great shaping, support, and lift. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, too.But not all underwire bras fit the same way. Some pinch, dig into breast flesh, pop out of casings, or cut off circulation around my torso.

1. Get to know wire lengths and shapes on different styles.

gravitate toward wire lengths that suit my shorter, upper torso, like those found in demi-cup bras. Where breasts rest on the chest, make some underwire styles easier or harder to wear. (For more on wire shapes)

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2. Wire width changes across bra band

Wires are larger or smaller as you move up and down in band size. For example, a C cup on a 34 band is equivalent to the volume of a D cup on a 32 band and a B cup on a 36 band. If you’re happy with your band size, but it’s your boobs that are spilling out or squished, you’ll get relief by going up the cup alphabet. Don’t think of it as wearing a bigger size as much as choosing a better wire width to match your lovely breasts.

3. Know your “bra zone” not bra size

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You won’t fit in the same cup and band size across all bra brands. How can this be true? Some calculate band size by the measure of your ribcage. Others add 3, 4, or 5 inches to that measurement to get your correct size. But those calculations don’t work for everyone. I’m less than 32” under my breasts but find most 32 bands too tight for my tastes. If I use the Plus 4 band sizing method, a 36 band is way too loose. I’m comfortable in a 34D or DD but know I can move to 32E or 36C territory on occasion.

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4. Look at wire casings and bra construction

Wires vary in quality. They are sewn onto bands using single or multiple stitches. Some brands wrap their wires within the casing. Here are two examples from my lingerie drawer. One casing is sewn on top of the band and the other underneath. These little details can make a huge difference in comfort.

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1. Choose your washer cycle wisely

The gentle or delicates cycle on a washing machine will come the closest to replicating hand-washing, so that’s the one you should use. (Quick lesson: Washing machine cycles are based on the speed of the wash and spin cycles. The slower the speed, the less abrasion and agitation the clothes are subjected to. In the case of your bras, slower is better because of the elastic and any embellishments on the bra benefit from dealing with less stress.)

2. Use the right detergent

Specialty detergents designed for use on bras and other delicate garments like shapewear or cashmere sweaters are a great choice whether you’re washing your bras by hand or in the washing machine. You can find delicates detergents in a range of prices, from the wallet-friendly Ecover Delicate Wash to the pricier Delicate Wash by The Laundress.

If you want something more multipurpose, opt for an eco-friendly detergent, or one of those “free and clear” options that most of the major laundry detergent brands offer (like Tide Free & Gentle or Wisk Free & Pure). Those detergents will be gentle enough for bras but effective enough for use on less delicate items of clothing.

3. Put your bras in a bag

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One of the problems with machine washing bras is that the straps and hooks can easily become tangled or snagged on other garments during the wash and spin cycles. Putting bras into zip-up mesh bags will protect the straps from winding around larger items and becoming stretched out. They will also help to keep hooks from snagging materials like fine cotton. Just be sure not to overstuff the bags, which will prevent the bras from getting fully clean.

4. Wash like with like

Even if you’re diligent about putting bras in protective mesh bags, you should still avoid machine-washing delicates with heavy items like jeans, sweatshirts, or towels. Those things are likely to cause damage to elastic, and metal or plastic underwire.

5. Always air-dry — always, always, always!

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Here’s where the hard-line comes in: Never put your bras in the dryer. You should always hang your bras to dry or lay them flat. If you opt to hang a bra to dry, do so by the center gore (the piece in between the cups) rather than by the straps, which will get stretched out because the wet cups will pull the garment downward. That mesh bag will come in handy for this purpose — you can just pluck it right out of the wash and set it aside before transferring the rest of the load to the dryer.

6. Rinse in the shower

Somewhere in between hand- and machine-washing lies this neat trick, which will buy you a few more wears in between washings: Shower-rinsing! It is exactly what it sounds like — take your bra into the shower with you and rinse it with water, which will help to wick away body oil and skin buildup, then hang it by the center gore to dry. Frequent rinsing will help you cut back on the frequency with which you need to launder your bra, which means it won’t be subjected to the potential damage machine-washing can cause.

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One of the first signs of pregnancy is a growing bust. Every woman’s body is different, but most women grow 1-3 cup sizes during the course of their pregnancy.

Some women also need to go up a band size because of their expanding belly and rib cage. However, don’t go too loose. The bra band is responsible for 90% of the bra’s support, so a snug band that stays in place is very important.

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The quickest change comes right after you give birth when milk starts to flow. This is called engorgement (and for good reason!). Engorgement is the point when your breasts are their largest and heaviest.

If you plan on nursing, your breast size can change from day to day in the beginning. Once you and baby are on a regular feeding schedule, you can go back to wearing a constant bra size.  Many women go back to their pre-baby back size but need to wear a cup size that is 1-3 sizes larger than before.

Your first breast feeding bras should be soft cup nursing bras. These non-underwire nursing bras allow room for your breasts to grow during engorgement and have flexible sizing that will help you stay comfortable during the first few weeks of nursing. You should have at least two soft cup nursing bras to alternate wearing during this time. After your cup size goes down, these bras will make great sleep nursing bras. Great for those middle of the night feedings!

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Once your baby is breastfeeding on a regular schedule, you can really expand your nursing wardrobe! Modern nursing bras are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you’re not just stuck with unflattering white bras.

Most women can comfortably wear an underwire nursing bra at this time. Underwire feeding bras provide great support for heavy breasts. It is very important that you are wearing the right bra size. In the correct cup size, the underwire will lie comfortably under the breast and not interfere with milk production.

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