When a bra makes a standard pair of breasts look like a foursome is itchin’ to bust out, put your helmets on and duck for cover!
While a good bra can make all the difference in the world, knowing what to look for, unless you’re a bra fitting expert, isn’t as easy as you may think. If you’re in need of bra shopping tips for picking the perfect bra, from companies like Knixwear, we suggest you pick up a copy of The Bra Book ($14.40, amazon.com) because it gives you the ins and outs of bra shopping – from getting the perfect sizing to even providing you with tear-out shopping tips. But, for tips you can take with you now, bra & fit expert from BareNecessities.com, Yasmeen Anderson breaks down the latest in new bra technology and offers some great advice on what every woman should know for her next bra shopping excursion…just keep reading.
But first, a mini bra fashion show. Check out what’s coming this Fall/Winter 2013 from Curvy Couture – lingerie for the plus-size woman…
Curvy Couture Mystique Floral Embroidery Plunge: 36-44 (C, D, DD) $66 / 36-44 (DDD, F, G, H) $76 & Hipster ($26, curvycouture.com). The Fall ’13 collection features Monet-inspired laces and embroideries in romantic colors such as mystique and mink. The cup is made of a whisper soft, micro-lined push-up pad and the bra & panties of cotton/viscose. Bra styles from Curvy Couture are available from 36C to 44FGH cups. Panty sizes run from 6/8 to 22/24.
And from Bare Necessities…
- Straps shouldn’t do all the work. the support comes from the band, not the straps. If your band is too big, you’ll end up tightening your straps to compensate, which will result in too much pressure on your shoulders.
- Check the coverage. There shouldn’t be excess spillage out of the cups. If you’re falling out or seeing a bumpy shape under your clothes, your cup size is probably too small. Try sizing up for a flattering, more natural looking fit.
- Extra fabric. If the fabric of your cup is wrinkling or baggy, the cup size is too big. Try sizing down.
- No gaps, please! You bra should lie flat against your chest between the cups. It should not lie on top of your breast tissue. If there’s a large gap, you may need to go up a cup size.
- Make sure your band is snug and goes straight across your back. If the band is arching or riding up it usually means that the band is too big and the cup is too small.
- Underwires shouldn’t dig. They should lie flat against you. If it’s digging into any breast tissue or poking you under the arm, you’re probably wearing the wrong size.
What to look for in a bra
There are several different styles of bras: seamless, pushup, contour, molded, plunge, wire-free, long-line, strapless, balconette, demi and the list goes on. No matter what style you choose a proper fit will ensure that you look and feel great in your undergarment. Ensure that your band is snug and lying flat and straight around your body. Make sure you are not bulging out of the cup or band. Finally make sure that the center of the bra is tacking and the straps are not digging.
Bras in image – Maidenform Comfort Devotion ($38, barenecessities.com)
New technology in bras
It’s all about comfort! Plush fabric that makes it feel like you’re wearing your favorite T- shirt as your bra. Modal fabric in Maidenform Comfort Devotion Embellished Extra Coverage T-Shirt Bra & the SPANX Bra-llelujah Soft Touch Front Close Bra make you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.
The newest underwire technology from Warner’s and Calvin Klein comes in the form of Warner’s Unbelievable UnWire(tm) T-Shirt Bra, designed with the support of an underwire but with the comfort of being wire-free. This bra can literally be twisted into a pretzel and return to it’s normal shape! Super comfy, no poking, and moves with you. Totally flexible!
Calvin Klein’s Soft-Wire Push Up Bra is the latest in push-up bra technology – known as Push Positive. The innovative butterfly shaped soft-wire, offers comfort and extreme cleavage-creating potential.
- Due to the benefits of cooling components in, bras are now lighter, cooler and overall more comfortable.
- Spacer bras made by many brands today such as Chantelle, Simone Perele, and Wacoal were introduced a few years back, but remain popular today! The lightweight, breathable fabric allows air to pass through the cups so skin can breathe – the perfect Summer time bra. The cup is designed to have space in between the fabric and the skin – a sort of 3-D effect.
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