You’ve heard of the phrase “a good man is hard to find,” yes? Let’s be honest – the same thing could be said about bras – a good one is hard to find! We’ve all been there — another cold, poorly-lit department store or another fancy shapewear store in Australia, yet we can’t find a bra we felt comfortable, confident and protected. There’s no doubt about it – bra shopping is just plain hard. Often, these shopping trips are fueled by anxiety and are not enjoyable experiences. We make a lot of mistakes when we’re looking for the one to protect our girls – and most of the times, we don’t even realise it! Avoiding these five common mistakes listed below though will make sure you’re on the path to success when you’re bra shopping, and come home with a great-fitting bra that you can conquer the world.
Wrong Band & Cup Size
The first mistake is the worst mistake you can make when you’re shopping for a bra. Getting fitted for your bra is the most critical step in the bra shopping process. Without knowing your proper fit in both your band size and your cup size, you’ll leave with a bra that leaves you in extreme discomfort, an awkward fit. Without knowing it, you’ve wasted your time, and you’ve failed yet another failed shopping trip. Here are a few tips for finding your right band and cup size – the most important part of bra shopping:
You’ll want to ensure the band is just tight enough to support your bust but not too tight to be uncomfortable. To measure your band, you can use any tape measure, though a fabric one would work best, and hold it parallel to the floor. Don’t hold your breath — that will skew the measurements. Stand tall, exhale, and measure around right below your breast line where a bra typically lies. Make sure your bra is comfortable when it’s on the tightest clasp option because it will stretch out over time. The band should never speed its way up your back, and you’ll want the band to remain level and straight across your back.
When it comes to the cup size, you don’t want any spillage out of the top of the bra or the sides of the bra. You want your entire breast to fit snuggly in the cup of the bra. To measure your cup size, take the same approach and measure
Thinking of Fashion First and Function Second
Bras can be some of the most delicate, feminine and gorgeous pieces of clothing in a woman’s closet. And while every woman needs that unique, stunning bra in their lingerie wardrobe, you need to have a good selection of everyday bras in your wardrobe, too. When you’re bra shopping, keep these questions in mind:
What is your wardrobe? Do you have a lot of v-neck blouses that would require a lower plunge bra?
Do you prefer to layer comfy fabrics together? If so, you should consider a t-shirt bra.
What colours do you wear? If you stick to whites and light-colored neutrals, a red bra is not going to be functional in your closet. Before you buy the beautiful, bright bras make sure you have a good selection of everyday bras you can rotate.
Do you have a particular item that needs a little bit of va-va-voom? Then maybe a push-up bra suits your needs better than any other.
Remain true to yourself and your style, but make sure you’re making a possible purchase.
Not Caring for your Delicates
When you wear something multiple times a week, it’s easy to see how they will need a little bit of extra TLC when it comes to caring for it. For starters, you shouldn’t wear the same bra every day. You’ll need to give a chance for your bra to ‘rest’ on the off-days to protect its shape.
Unfortunately for most women, though, caring for their delicate can be just as fearful as shopping for them in the first place. Here are some tips for washing your bras, so they maintain their shape and lifetime:
Try to avoid the laundry machine and instead, wash them by hand in a basin or a sink. Gently launder the item in the basin. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and you, have to use the washing machine, be sure to use the ‘delicate’ cycle and the coldest water temperature. Harsh cycles and warm water will make the bra deteriorate faster.
Use delicate-specific laundry detergent. These detergents are milder and better for more delicate fabrics like your bras and other undergarments.
Do not put them in the dryer – not even on a low heat setting! Always lay your bras flat to dry on a soft surface, like a towel.
Keeping a Bra for Too Long
Most women cycle through wardrobes pretty frequently but, for whatever reason, we tend to hold onto our bras for a long time. Even with the best care, you can probably only keep your bras for nine to twenty months. Bras are already delicate, to begin. Additionally, they are frequently worn, sometimes more than once a week, so proper replacement is essential.
Not Asking for Help
Yes – women can do it all, but sometimes you may need a little help! That’s why when it comes to bra fitting the best decision you can make is to enlist the help of an expert. Seriously, do it! Head to your local lingerie store or department store and ask for a fitting. Most are complimentary, and they will help you not only find the right band and cup size, but they will help you find the best bra in general for your support and your lifestyle.
Is shopping for bras challenging and intimidating? Yes – it can be, without a doubt. Knowledge is power, though, and arming yourself with the best information you can about how to fit, find, and care for a bra will make you a warrior in the lingerie aisles.