This article is sponsored by Bra Bridge.
For such a small article of clothing, bras can be the source of a lot of hassle! From shopping to fitting to proper care, bras have the power to perk you up or drag you down (and I’m not just talking about your attitude). Read on to learn more about how to find your dream bra and give it the care it deserves.
85 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size
Lingerie expert June Kenton told Fashionista.com this crazy statistic. Kenton is the head of Rigby & Peller, a luxury lingerie shop in London. She has assisted Kim Kardashian, Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton in order for them to find their true bra size.
Check out this guide to learn your proper fit or make an appointment with a professional bra fitter! Victoria’s Secret is a common store that women will go to get a bra fitting, no appointment necessary. Also consider supporting small business and making an appointment from a local bra retailer. For Frederick, MD locals, consider A Perfect Fit in Everedy Square. (Wherever you go, wear a bra with no padding and a thin shirt.)
If a store has run out of your bra size, go for your sister size
“Sister Sizing” is the name that the lingerie and bra fitting industry use to discuss similar bra sizes with different bra band sizes. (Click here to read more on sister sizing.) Usually, calculating your “sister size” is the result of changing the band size, which then affects the cup size. Knowing how “sister sizing” works is helpful when you are trying on bras. This basic knowledge will help you change bra band sizes and know how to adjust the cup size. If you are still lost, ask a sales associate for help.
Support doesn’t come from the straps
It is a common misconception that bra straps provide most of the breast support. But the truth is, the band provides most support. You will have better posture if you adjust the back band. A general rule of thumb is the band should be straight and firm across your back—if you can’t comfortably fit two fingers underneath the band, it’s too tight. If the back band is loose, the weight of your breasts will move to the shoulder strap, which can be painful since the straps will pitch you. Even worse, it can cause you to slouch. In order to tell if your bra fits properly, wiggle your shoulders. If the straps are not pitching you, they are not sliding off and you have a good posture while wearing the bra, your bra should be a good fit.
Bras should be replaced frequently
We all have at least one bra (or a couple) that has been sitting in a drawer for forever and we can’t seem to part with it, but now might be the time to throw it away. According to Cosmopolitan, “washing machines cause the padding in bras to lose their shape, and for those who wear the same bra frequently, the elastic won’t last much longer than half a year before it starts to become slack and unsupportive.” It can be painful to throw away a 50 dollar bra, but if its shape and elastic are no more, then it might be time to give it a toss.
If you aren’t ready to replace your bra so often, there are some great gadgets out there to help prolong your bra’s lifespan. For instance, try the Bra Bridge—a nifty (and affordable) accessory that clips to the front of any of your bras and fixes many of your bra hassles.
You shouldn’t wear the same bra two days in a row
Let your bra rest at least one day in between wear to help the elastic regain its strength. When you’re wearing it two days in a row, it’s like pulling on a muscle — it’s going to strain it and it won’t be able to snap back. Invest in at least two fabulous bras and switch back and forth.
You can wash your bra in the washing machine
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to waste time hand washing bras. Of course, you will need to use a mesh garment bag so that your bras don’t get tangled up with the rest of your clothes. Hook your bra before you put it in the garment bag to prevent tearing of the bag. Then, select the delicate and cold water cycles and use a mild detergent. (For best results, check each bra’s care label first.) Be sure to never put a bra in the dryer—it can damage it. Air dry your bra to preserve elasticity.
You should wash your bras every five to seven wears
Like jeans, you don’t have to wash bras every time you wear them, according to Insider. Kim Caldwell, a professional bra fitter and blogger told Insider “If you over-wash your bras, you can harm them.” Over-washing bras can cause the elastic to stretch. An exception to this rule is if you sweat in your bra. Sports bras should be washed after every wear.
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