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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Not Investing in a Quality Bra.

Solution: Buy from a brand that believes in fit and stands behind their bras.

There is a big difference in how a $15 bra and a $50 bra will perform, even if they don’t look very different on the hanger. A good quality bra will fit more comfortably from the minute you put it on, provide all-day support and will hold its appearance over many wearings and washings.

Going Too Long Between Bra Fittings.

Solution: Get professional bra fittings regularly.

You may need new bras whenever your body goes through a change—gaining or losing five pounds or more, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, during and after nursing, or after breast surgeries or menopause. All of these events will affect how your bra fits, the support that you need, and how comfortable it feels. Some companies provide free bra expert fittings to ensure comfort, support, and shape. We recommend a fitting every six months to a year.

Wearing the Same Bra Every Day.

Solution: Rotate your bras.

lacebraWe recommend you avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row. Why? Perspiration can cause a bra’s elastic to deteriorate. Have at least three bras in your wardrobe: one to wear, one to wash, and one to rest for a day. Rotating your bras in this way will help each last longer.

Putting Your Bra in the Dryer.

Solution: Hang or lay flat to dry.

Every bra has unique fabrics, trims, and care requirements. Read labels for washing and temperature instructions. The good news is you don’t have to hand-wash all of your delicates. Most bras can be washed in a lingerie bag on your machine’s gentlest cycle. Close the hooks and eyes on the bra before putting it in the bag, zip shut, and then wash in the washer with cool water. But never put a bra in the dryer—the heat ruins the stretch. Simply hang it on a hanger or lay flat to dry.

Storing Your Bras Incorrectly.

Solution: Stack your bras.

After your bras are completely dry, stack them in a row so the cups fit into each other in your drawer, or hang them on hangers in your closet. This is especially important for bras with a molded foam cup. Avoid folding bras in half with one cup inside the other, which could alter their shape.

Wearing a Bra With a Problematic Band.

Solution: Find the right size.

Your bra’s band is the key to good support. The bottom edge of your bra should sit level and straight all the way around your body. If the band is too loose, it will hike up in the back and the cups will fall down, causing your breasts to sag. Just as bad, if your band is too tight, it can dig into the skin and create painful, unflattering lines and bulges on your back and sides. Just because a bra’s tag says it is a certain size doesn’t mean it’s a perfect fit. Approach bra buying like shoe buying—try a variety of sizes and styles to gauge fit, look, and feel.

Wearing a White Bra Under White Clothing.

Tonya-5706X-001-Anita-care-300x400Solution: Choose a color closest to your skin tone.

The key to looking polished when wearing light summer fabrics is to ensure you’ve chosen pieces that vanish underneath. That means matching your bra to your skin tone, not your clothing. We recommend choosing a neutral shade such as light nude, soft tan, mocha, or black—any color that closely matches your skin tone will disappear under light colors or sheer fabrics.

Wearing Basic Colors Every Day.

Solution: Don’t be afraid to go for fun colors or prints.

It’s a common misconception that everyday bras should be a basic color. While having bras in neutral colors (such as black or soft tan) is essential to completing your bra wardrobe, wearing a fun printed bra (such as leopard or polka dots) or an uplifting color can feel like a special treat.

Not Completing Your Bra Wardrobe.

Solution: Know which styles work for your body and outfits.

Different cup sizes and outfits call for different bras. If you have a fuller cup size and want the most cup coverage and maximum support every day, choose a full coverage bra. For smaller cup sizes, push ups or demi bras offer enough coverage. If you’re wearing a blouse and want to avoid gapping between buttons, go with a minimizer bra. It reduces the bust from 1 to 3 inches. Wearing a T-shirt? Choose a bra that’s invisible under clothing. With open neckline tops, balconette bras work well because they offer a lower cut.

Throwing Your Gently Worn Bra Away.

Solution: Support bra donation programs.

A little-known fact: Bras are the most needed, yet least donated item of clothing for women. Support women in need by giving bras to initiatives like the Soma Bra Donation, which benefits women staying in local shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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