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Guest Post from Classy Bras!

May 16th, 2011 · No Comments

This post comes courtesy of Classy Bras, a blog about bras! In addition to tips about fitting and style, there is an very complete Bra Buyer’s Guide with a list of 100 top-rated bras.

Bras – They are literally the bane of all women’s existence. That may sound melodramatic to some, but as any woman knows, bras can make or break you any given day. Just check your lingerie drawer, what do you see? If you are like most women you see your everyday bras, all three of them, you see your “special” nighttime bras which are usually worn only for a few minutes in the privacy of your bedroom, and you see your date night or night out with the girl bras that you wear once a month for a few hours. Wait, what else is there in that lingerie drawer? Oh yeah, it’s the 22 bras that you have worn once and tossed back in there never to again see the light of day.

Women love to buy bras, but the fact is more often than not they buy the wrong size, the wrong shape, the wrong everything. Yes, we know you were a size 32B in college, but at 40 years old do you really think you still are? Denial ladies, it’s called denial. And it needs to end.

Measure, Measure, Measure

First and foremost, you need to take your measurements. Step away from the computer, put down the remote and run, don’t walk, to find your measuring tape. Stand up straight in front of a mirror, lower your shoulders, breathe normally and relax. Using a soft measuring tape, make sure to measure all the way around your body, placing the tape right below your breasts. If you have someone else to do it for you, it is preferable so you can make sure the tape stays completely straight and as parallel to the ground as possible.

Once you have your measurement, you’ll need to add 5″ if the measurement is less than 33″. If the measurement is more than 33″, add 3″. If you come up with an odd number, or a measurement with a fraction of an inch, round up to the next even number. For example, you measure around your body, and get 34″. Because you’re more than 33″, you add 3″. Your size is 37″, but since that’s an odd number, you round up to 38″. Confusing? Sure. Is it necessary? Absolutely!

Now that you have your band size you need to work on your cup size. While wearing a traditional bra, not a padded one, you need to measure the fullest part of your breast making sure to go directly over the nipple without pulling the measuring tape too tight. Again, having someone do it for you makes this step much easier but if you don’t, take the time to look in the mirror confirming the tape is straight all the way around.

Using the following guide, take the difference to find your cup size.

1″ is A cup ?2″ is B cup ?3″ is C cup ?4″ is D cup ?5″ is DD cup ?6″ is DDD cup
And so on…

For example, if your band size is 38 and your measurement around the bust is 3 inches more than that, you would be a 38 C cup. It’s just that simple!

Types of Bras

There are close to 40 different types of bras. Most women wear only three types of bras:

• The Full Cup Bra – This is your basic everyday bra. It covers the entire breast, and gives you great support and can be worn with most types of clothing.
• The Sports Bra – This is the work out bra, the bra that offers nothing in the way of sexiness but it sure offers the support you need for a spin class, cardio workout, or running.
• The Demi Cup Bra – Most women don’t even know the name of this bra but they wear it more often than they think. It is also known as the push up bra, the wonder bra, or simply the “I want to look sexy bra.” It covers the breast only a bit past the nipple giving you more cleavage but less support.

Each of these bras has their own purpose. Full cup bras are great for a day at work or a night out with the girls when you don’t have to worry about what is underneath your top. Demi cup bras are great for when you are wearing a low cut shirt or for women with a smaller breast size as they will help enhance a petite figure. The sports bra is perfect for strenuous physical activity.

The Right Bra for YOU

Most bras aren’t made to perfectly fit every body shape. What works for some will not work for others. The best way to know whether a bra will fit is to either measure yourself or get professional measured to see what size you really are. And then try the bra on! That sounds so simple, but so many women just assume that a bra will fit them because it’s their “normal” size. Bras vary between brands, fabric and manufacturing so it is essential that you try it on before you buy it.

Here are some final tips to finding a bra that will take you from morning to night:
• If your breast size is different, choose the cup size of the bigger breast and adjust the strap of the smaller size to accommodate the difference
• The back strap should lie well below your shoulder blades. Make sure the straps are adjusted so the band lays level across your body and so that it is even with the front of your bra
• The center seam should lie flat against your chest. If it isn’t you need to go up a cup size.
• Look for bulge. If you are busting out of the top, side or the back, measure again because you are in the wrong size.

Ladies, a bra is something you need to wear for the rest of your life, you might as well make it as comfortable as it can be. Make sure you are a part of the 20% of women who DO wear the right size!

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