Underneath it all
Few things are as irritating as sitting in a meeting and constantly having to discreetly re-position a bra strap that keeps falling off your shoulder. Or feeling the back of your bra ride up when you were sure it fitted perfectly in the changing room.
Catching a glimpse of yourself in an elevator mirror, wearing your new designer shirt is cringeworthy when your breasts seem to be ‘bursting forth’ from the t-shirt bra you figured would ‘do the job’ of making you feel great!
Truth be told, there’s nothing more confidence boosting than a professionally fitted bra. Having said that, it’s also important to dispel the myth that each woman has a specific bra size. The bra size that fits you the best, will vary according to style and fabric… or so say the experts.
The back of the bra should hug the narrowest part of your back and display at the same level as the front. It should never ‘ride’ up. Underwiring should curve snugly around your breasts, and should never cut into them. If you tighten your bra straps and they keep slipping even after being adjusted, they may have stretched out in the wash, or you may need a different bra size. No one should have dents on their shoulders when they remove their bra either, and a professional bra fitting is recommended.
To fit a bra on correctly:
- Bend over and lower your breasts into the cups.
- Then stand up straight and adjust the bra for more comfort.
- When fitting a new bra, lift your arms above your head and make sure it doesn’t ride up, and still looks and feels good. A new bra should always be fastened on the loosest hooks. The band should fit snugly at the outset, as wear and tear and washing will relax the fit over time. When this happens, you’ll have room to fasten it on the next set of hooks.
Quality bras may be more expensive, but if they’re cared for correctly, should last you around two years. Proper care includes washing bras gently by hand, with a product like Woolite. Tumble drying should be avoided at all costs, as this degrades Lycra. Bleaching will damage delicate fabrics and colours, and ironing could ruin embroidery and lace trimmings.
Ask the experts:
For 25 years, South African Lingerie and Swimwear specialists, Barclay & Clegg, have assisted countless women in finding their perfect bra fit. After a free 20-minute consultation with specially trained staff, clients walk out with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces, knowing they’re looking fabulous thanks to that perfect bra fit. They’ve invested in themselves, and it’s time well spent! Go on, go for a fitting today.