6 tips on how to choose the ideal bra

IF you are lucky enough to have a trip planned with someone special or maybe you have a wedding anniversary or other happy occasion coming up you may decide to treat yourself to some lovely pretty new lingerie to take with you.

Something worth thinking about before you choose is that many women are wearing the wrong size bra these days so if you are going to spend money on a new one yourself you want it to be right. There’s so many to choose from that you may be looking for some inspiration and wondering what size you should get? Here are some of our tips for choosing the right bra.

The fit of a bra is really important for several reasons. Not only can it change the way you look in your clothes (and who doesn’t want to feel confident and look fabulous) but it will also make a difference to the way it feels and the comfort of the garment. We strongly recommend that you get correctly fitted for your new bra and try on several different bras rather than just pick one off the rack and hope it fits. Here’s a few things to remember when trying on a bra:

1.The band of the bra should be firm but comfortable. It should not ride up at the back at all; if it does it is too big and won’t be giving you needed support. You will need to drop a back size, but remember when you do you will need to go up a cup size to compensate e.g. if 36B is too big, then try a 34C for size.

2. The cup should contain the whole breast, if you are protruding over the top try the next size up. If the cup is wrinkled, try a cup smaller e.g. if 34C is too big, try 34B

3. Another good tip to remember with a new bra is that it should be fastened on the loosest hook so when it stretches it can be tightened.

4. Handwashing is also a good idea to prolong the life of your bra once you have found the perfect choice.

5. A well-fitting bra should feel like second skin, so take your time and have fun looking for the right bra that’s supportive, pretty and makes you feel fabulous.

6. If you have had breast surgery it is particularly important to get the right fitting bra. You should consider the type of surgery you’ve had and which type of bra suits your needs and your breast form if you chose not to have a reconstruction just yet.

Just because you have had surgery doesn’t mean you can’t wear pretty underwear.. . for example the Ella bra has lovely floral embroidery while still being supportive, or there’s the Versailles bra, which is one of our favourites, both come in a variety of colours and are perfect for a romantic weekend away. Don’t forget to get the matching knickers as well.

Post surgical bra Versailles in beige and Ella in dark grey

 

  1. Eva Birch says:

    Great tips here, I love treating myself to new underwear. I agree with your point about hand washing, underwear needs to be treated delicately I have always hand washed my favourite underwear. I buy my bras from the same place as they have extensive ranges with some beautiful designs. As I buy online I always have a get measures every year to check my sizing in still correct.

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