Alright, ladies! Today we’re discussing a tool close to our hearts – literally! Bras are a powerful wardrobe tool. I should start by saying bras are not a requirement. If you really don’t want to wear a bra, then don’t! Feeling comfortable in your own skin is more important. That being said, bras do serve a purpose. One, if you have larger breasts, they offer support. Two, some garments are meant to be worn with bras; it won’t look the same if you aren’t wearing one. Three, if it’s sheer, it can become inappropriate to wear with no bra. Four, bras can change your proportion. Raising the girls up can reveal how small your waist is and lengthen your proportion making you look longer and leaner overall. Five, it can make you feel and look a little extra sexy!
Unfortunately, most women wear the wrong size bra and do not care for them properly. When we don’t take care of clothes or wear the wrong size, we can shrink the lifespan of our bras. And who wants that? Bras are expensive enough as is!
But let’s be real: bras, just like blouses or pants, are an investment. You will get what you pay for and how we treat them. When in the middle of puberty and you’re body is changing more than at other times in your life, it makes sense to buy less expensive bras… you won’t (or weren’t) wear them that long. Bras should be hand washed (or with a garment bag for the wash) and air dried. If you do machine wash…still air dry!!!
Sizing: sizing is important! Most women wear the wrong size. The wrong size often means not being comfortable. It’s recommended that you go and get fitted for a bra at least once per year and to have at least two or three bras in your current size. If you gain or lose even as little as five pounds, your bra size can change!
An important note: the letter in your bra size does NOT equal how big or small your breasts are. It’s a common misconception. The letter indicates how many inches larger around your breasts are from your rib cage where the bra band sits. An “A” means a one inch difference. A “B” means a two inch difference, and so on.
For a substantial amount of time in high school, I thought that because I was petite that my breasts were always going to be small and in an A cup. Come my senior year, I grew out of my bra. I couldn’t wait to get out of my bra at the end of the day, and I would have red marks where my bra sat. My breasts were spilling out. I needed a bra fitting…
So I went to Dillard’s (a department store for those who aren’t familiar) to get my first professional bra fitting. Before the session, I was wearing a 32A. Post bra fitting, I was wearing a 30D! I was wearing both the wrong band size and cup size, making me feel uncomfortable everyday. Trying on the new bras, I never knew they could be so comfy. I felt so great, I SKIPPED out of the store and could not stop smiling. I have made sure to keep getting bra fittings when necessary, which keeps me supported and comfortable!
- Get sized professionally at least once per year.
- Letter does NOT equal size. Letter means proportion compared to your band size.
- A change in as little as 5 to 10 lbs. Can alter your bra size.
- Have at least three bras to rotate. This gives your bras time to relax and take a break.
- Hand washing bras strongly recommended (but I know that not everyone has the time to hand wash their bras).
- Air dry!