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The How-To Lounge: Buying a Bra that Fits!

According to Susan Nethero, an expert bra fitter, 85% of women in America wear the wrong size bra. Odds are, this means you. Are you still buying the same size bra you wore in college? Are you wearing bras you owned before your pregnancy? Is it time for you to go bra shopping? Hopefully I can help you make the best choices.

To see some helpful tips

  • Get measured by a professional. Go to any department store's lingerie department (as you know, I'm a big fan of Nordies) and ask for a proper bra fitting
  • The band (the part that goes around your back) of your bra provides 90% of the support, so make sure to measure your ribcage carefully. You can wear your clothing to take this measurement, but don't wear bulky clothes. It's better, really, to not wear any clothes at all. These ladies have seen it all; don't fret
  • Make sure to secure the bra on the last hook (the loosest notch) when trying it on, because your bra will stretch with wear and you'll need the ability to tighten it. Make sure the band fits snugly, but not so that it creates a back roll
  • Slip back on your shirt or blouse so you can be certain the bra looks and fits well under your clothing
  • When determining your cup size, bend over at the waist and shimmy your way into the bra. This will evenly distribute your weight into cups
  • If the band of your bra rides up your back, it's the wrong size. The straps of your bra should not slip from your shoulders or dig into them. Straps should be about 10% of the support; remember, 90% of the support comes from the band

While there's a time and a place for sexy lingerie, your everyday bra should be about comfort and support. If you're wearing a bra that's too small and you spill out of the cup, you could be causing a loss of firmness. Don't smash your breast tissue, ladies. If you're wearing a bra that you can't fill out, you could be causing stretchmarks on your breasts.

Happy shopping, and don't forget to bring along these tips. Good luck!


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