BRING SEXY BACK: Guide to finding the right bra
If you’re wearing a bra right now, chances are you’re settling a loose strap, have elastic marks on your back, an under- wire digging into your rib cage or a tiny peek-a-boo of what you’re trying to cover in the first place. In short, you’re probably quite uncomfortable with your choice of bra.
First off, you need to know your bra. It’s 2012 and the era of conical, triangular or cubism inspired bras is far gone (unless you’re Madonna or Lady Gaga that is). We ladies have a vast lingerie range to choose from & there’s a bra for every occasion. Chilling in a cute tee? Wear a t shirt bra. Going out for a jog or to the gym? The sports bra is your friend. Need an uplift for a cocktail party? Find the right under- wire bra. Unfortunately, one thing they don’t teach you at school, is how to measure for the perfect bra. But have no fear, whip out that measuring tape & follow our quick instructions.
1. Using a soft tape measure, measure all the way around your body, placing the tape measure right beneath your breasts (example: 30.5). Add five to that number, rounding up if necessary to the next even number (36).
2. Next step: The cup. While wearing a bra, measure completely around the fullest part of your bust without pulling tight. Make sure the tape measure goes around your entire back (38).
3. Subtract the number from your band size (38-36=2). The result will indicate your appropriate cup size, based on the following guide:
And yes, even though bra sizes differ with different brands, you can be sure that this number will always fit comfortably. We’ve made bra fitting a little easier for you by listing out some common mistakes women around the world make:
- Baggy back. The back of your bra should fit firmly, yet comfortably. Not so tight that it digs into your skin & not too lose, so it sags.
- Tight straps. Many women believe that the tighter the straps, the better the hold. False. The support should come from your bra itself. The straps just hold it up.
- Loose straps. Many women also believe that the looser the straps, more the comfort. Again, false. Loose straps will just leave you pulling them up awkwardly the whole day long.
- Side peek. Your cup should hold the entire breast. If your breasts are peeking out from the side, your bra is either too tight or too small.