If you’ve ever gone designer bra shopping and come home with one that doesn’t fit right, you know how frustrating the experience can be. For such a small item of clothing, bras can be the hardest to buy. With that in mind, we wanted to share some bra fitting tips for making your next bra shopping trip your best yet.

1.Go to the right place

Choose a store that has a wide selection of bras and trained bra fitters on hand. Measure yourself first as a guideline so you know where to start looking once you get there.

2. Make a list

Go to the store armed with a list of what bras you need and plan to buy. This will vary from person to person but two nude bras, two black bras, one strapless, one sports bra and one bra without underwire for comfort is a good starting point.

3.Know your body type

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Be aware of your body type so you know what bras to look for. For example, if you are more of a top-heavy “apple” shape, you will likely be looking for fuller coverage bras, not demi-cups.

4.Check transparency

Wear or bring a thin T-shirt to the store so you can see what each bra looks like under the sheerest of circumstances. You don’t want any surprises the first time you wear it!

5.Be open-minded about your size

If you’re surprised (or disappointed), remember that the bra size is just a number (and a letter). The proper fit of the bra is the most important part.

6.Be flexible

If you’re in a bind and there’s a bra that you really love but they don’t have your size, it’s usually OK to go up a band size and down a cup size – or vice versa.

7.Have a discerning eye

Don’t be afraid to put the bra on and face yourself in the mirror with a critical eye. If you see any gaps, spillage, digging in or other signs of poor fit, it’s not the right bra. Turn around and look at the back as well. The back band can be very telling too when it comes to proper fit. There should be no gaping, riding up or bulges.

8.Get accessories

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Don’t forget to pick up some bra accessories, too, so you avoid any faux pas depending on what you’ll be wearing. Breast petals and double-sided tape are always good to have on hand.

9.Don’t get stuck in a size rut

Write down the date of your visit and be sure to plan another one six months to a year later (bra sizes fluctuate due to weight gain, hormonal changes, aging and other life changes, so it’s important to get fitted at least once a year). Bras also need to be replaced every six months to a year due to wear and tear.

10.Take good care of your bras

Once you make your purchase, it’s up to you to take good care of your bra. It’s best to hand wash, but if you need to put it in the washing machine, make sure the bra is encased in a protective garment bag. Always air dry – never put your bras in the dryer.

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It is a difficult truth to accept, but even your favorite, feel-good, confidence-booster bra must one day be put to rest. Where do pretty, dependable bras go after they have lived out the duration of their shelf life? Bra-heaven, of course. Or maybe not. The point is that as comfortable and sexy some of the bras in your cupboard may be, a lot of them could already be way past their expiration date. And that, believe it or not, is a health concern. On an average, bras that are older than a year must be removed from your closet. If you have put on or lost anything more than four kilos in the last year, it may be time for a fresh fitting. As your body changes, your bras must too.

If you see any of these symptoms, it’s a sign that your bra needs to retire:

The Straps Keep Falling Off

We have all experienced this. You’re at a meeting and you feel one of your bra straps escape off your shoulder. It’s embarrassing to have to rescue the strap through your clothing. What’s worse, however, is when you don’t notice and the recluse strap peeks out from under your half sleeve shirt.
You can adjust those straps all you want. But at some point, you’ll have to face the truth and add new items to the cart.

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It is normal to change sizes as many as three times a year. If you have gained weight, you’re probably wearing a bra that’s too small for you and that means you’re going to face spillage! You need to be aware of spill over or bulges over the cups or the wings. When you do notice your assets struggling to contain themselves in old cups, it could be time to put that trusty old bra to rest.

You’re On Your Last Hook

So, you’ve gone through all the hook adjustments but you can’t find that happy fit? That could be your bra’s way of telling you that it’s tired. Wearing a bra that is too loose, defeats the purpose. Similarly, wearing one that is too tight can cause problems with blood flow and pose other health risks. We recommend a large dose of shopping.

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The Underwire Is Poking You

The trusted underwire is there to serve you not stab you. If the wire has escaped its seams, you don’t need another sign to put away that bra. It has served you well and now it is time to give it a rest!

The Elastic Doesn’t Bounce Back

Experts suggest that one shouldn’t wear the same bra two days in a row. The period of rest allows the elastic to bounce back increasing the longevity of the garment. Follow a rotational schedule to ensure optimal use of all your bras! But even brave soldiers must someday hang in their sword. If the elastic is warped, it’s time to retire the braveheart.

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This question and variations of it keep showing up in our research on women’s lingerie doubts. Allow us to set the record straight for you. No bra is bad for health. As long as you wear the right bra at the right time, there is nothing to worry about.

Let me ask you this:

Would you stay in the same shoes for 24 hours? No, right? The same logic applies to bras. All bras are not made equal. And from a wellness standpoint, different types of bras serve different purposes for their wearers, across different activities. So as long as you pick the right one for the different things you do, no bra is going to pose a threat to your health!

Here are some of the bras that you ought to have in your wardrobe, and use as per the occasion. Read on!

The T-shirt Bra For Every Day

Wearing jersey, whether as a T-shirt or a dress, entails clinging. A t-shirt bra is customized with light padding to minimize the nipple show through the clingy material, and they usually come with molded cups for a smooth outer-finish. These bras are ideal to wear with casual tees, kurtas and T-shirt dresses when you’re stepping out for the day.

The Strapless Bra For Parties

When you’re wearing a sleeveless, off-shoulder or strappy kind of outfit for a party, a proper strapless bra will work at keeping bra lines hidden and preventing awkward fidgeting. Ensure the band fits snugly under your bust, and opt for one with an underwire that sits flat against your skin. Strapless bras also have a silicone grip along its inside edges, so you don’t have to worry about slippage during the day.

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At-home Bras For Lazy Evenings

Give your breasts room to breathe at night. We recommend wearing a non-wired, at-home bra for some support while you sleep. You want an at-home, low-compression bra without wires and tight straps for just basic support and slippage-control so you needn’t worry about awkwardly covering up with a stole as you rush to answer the doorbell!

The Sports Bra For Workouts

Many women end up wearing their everyday bras to the gym. But workouts put a different kind of stress on your back and breasts. Which is why it pays to switch up to a sports bar when you hit the gym, or while indulging in other forms of exercise/sports. You can take your pick of low, medium and high impact bras all of which come with varying levels of compressions and support based on your choice of activity.

Minimizer Bras For Work

When you don’t want to be worried about whether your shirt buttons are popping, or whether your cleavage is on display when you bend forward, a full-coverage minimizer bra is just what office calls for. Comfortable, cushioned straps and firm compression that reduces the appearance of bust volume, the minimizer bra should be every working woman’s lingerie staple.

Super-sexy Bras For Special Nights

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Super sexy bras, date-night bras – call them what you will, but we all need these mood-upping bras in our arsenal. Don’t settle for the everyday bra when you’re planning something special. It’s all about your personal preferences. Think of them as the sexy stilettoes of your lingerie wardrobe!

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