How do you know if the bra is right for you? We have all of the answers right here. We’ll guide you through the process of understanding your body and the types of bras out there.
Let’s get right into it!
Understand Your Body
Understanding your body is the first step in finding a bra that fits. The same goes for everything else too. You have to know your sizes, body types, etc. However, that’s not the only thing that matters. You should know what you’re looking to get out of your bra. What do we mean by that? Let us explain.
No two bras are the same. Some you wear for special occasions, while others you put on daily. Some clothing items require special kinds of bras to fit properly too. So, one of the many steps should be knowing what you’re looking for.
Ladies who are blessed with larger breasts are aware that they also come with a curse — they need a lot of support. That means you might want bras with stronger wires. If you don’t have much cleavage but still want to show it, look for more padding to ensure your boobs look like a weapon you can use.
In the end, you might just be looking for simplicity and comfort, in which case bralettes are your best option. Speaking of options, they’re endless. That’s why looking for a bra is often overwhelming. Still, there are a couple of tricks we’ll teach you that will make shopping a lot easier.
The Shape of You
Once you’re set on what you’re looking for, it’s time to talk about shapes. Bras come in many shapes, and you’ll be choosing one depending on what you need. That can be different occasions or simply a change of style. Let’s take a look at all of the bra shapes:
- Full cup — As the name suggests, this bra shape offers full coverage. Plus, it will give you good support and a smooth outline underneath your clothes. The only downside is that you can forget about wearing it with anything low-cut.
- Plunge — If showing off your boobage is your goal, this is the perfect shape for you. This bra will often have more padding to keep the ladies in shape. They’re probably going to be out, so they might as well ensure they look good.
- Demi — A demi bra is what would happen if a full cup and a plunge had a child. It is the bra most women probably wear, as it’s the most common. It stops a bit above the nipple but meets quite low, which makes it perfect for almost any outfit.
- Balconette — In case the name isn’t self-explanatory enough, this bra will ensure your breasts will be propped up and looking pretty. If you have wide-set breasts, this bra might be the perfect choice for you as it will ensure you have a lot of support.
Suit Your Style
Now that we have the shape of the bra all figured out, it’s time to tackle different styles. First, you should think of different occasions you’ll be using this bra. Some of our outfits require special kinds of bras, so we’ll try to present you with the styles that will make it easier for you to make a choice. They’re as follows:
- Underwire — This is the most common style that we all probably have. It’s the kind of bra that has a wire for a good amount of support. However, it can get uncomfortable after some time.
- Bralette — If you have a smaller chest, this is probably the style for you. It offers full coverage, and it can often be worn as outerwear. Still, what you’re sacrificing is support.
- T-shirt — These bras are always a reliable choice, just like the demi shape bras. They suit everyone, no matter your shape or size. Plus, they are especially good if your breasts aren’t the same size because this bra will help even them out.
- Push-up — Ah, yes, the ego stroker. This bra will ensure your breasts are out and about, sitting pretty for everyone to see. They offer an incredible amount of support. With a lot of padding, they’re perfect for smaller breasts.
- Strapless — In theory, this is just a regular bra without straps. It will give you the same amount of support, except you’ll be able to wear it with different outfits. Women with larger breasts might find it unsuitable.
- Racerback — Another bra style that will help be concealed underneath your clothes. It gives great support, and women even prefer to wear it full time, as it can distribute the weight of your breasts.
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Finding the Right Size and Fit
There are many signs to look out for when establishing if your bra is the wrong cup size and/or fit. First of all, if your bra feels too tight or too loose, you already know you need to look for a new one. Here are some tips you can use to check and find the right size and fit:
Your size and fit are wrong if:
- The bra rides up your back
- The band is too tight
- The straps form dips in your shoulders
- The straps keep sliding off
- The breasts don’t reach the bottom of the cup
- The cups crease
- The cup doesn’t cover the whole breast
- The breasts overflow the cups
- The wire doesn’t separate the breasts
- The breasts go underneath the cup
Now let’s talk about some tips on finding the right bra size:
- Bend forward while putting on your bra as this will help your breasts settle into the cups
- Slide your fingers underneath the straps and band to see if they’re tight/loose
- Lift your arms and twist from side to side to ensure the bra stays in place
- Try it under a tight-fitting shirt to ensure there are no wrinkles or bumps
- Check your side-view because your breasts should be somewhere between your elbow and shoulders
Finding a good fit isn’t so difficult, after all, especially now that you know all of these tips and tricks to help you out during your next shopping spree.
Getting It Right
With all of the information you’ve learned so far, it’s time to look for “the bra.” Materials, colors, and designs are all important as well. Why? Let’s find out.
When it comes to color, it’s easy to just go out and purchase black, white, or nude bras. We all know that other colors can be quite intimidating, especially since we don’t want them peeking through. Surprisingly, some colors are easier to fit in your wardrobe than you might think. It all depends on your skin tone and undertones.
If you fit the cool category, your colors are:
- Bright blue
In case you fit the warm category, your colors are:
- Deep green
Once you have your colors set, let’s talk about why materials matter. Cotton should be your material of choice if you’re looking for something that will let your skin breathe. It’s also good for sensitive skin (See these FAQs about sensitive skin). On the other hand, if you’re just looking for something that will look pretty when you show it off, keep your focus on lace. Whatever your material of choice — mesh, leather, nylon, etc. — make sure it’s comfortable for you before you buy it.
Lastly, the design is just as important as everything else. Pictures online might trick you into thinking that every bra will look flattering on you. However, it’s easier than you think to get it wrong. It all comes down to your body shape. Therefore, find the right bra according to how you’re built.
We’re hoping that now you know how to choose the right bra. All you needed was some research, and now you’re all set. After learning all of this, it’s time to check the bras you already have, and eventually, do the thing we all love the most — go shopping!