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Bra shopping can be deceptively tricky. There are so many different styles, brands, and fits to choose from. Here are five tips for choosing the right bra.Wearing the wrong bra can distract or even ruin a potentially great day. Here's how to pick the perfect bra for you! Click To Tweet
1. Measure Your Chest to Find the Right Bra
The first thing you should do when you plan to shop for a bra is measure your chest. You should measure the fullest part of your bust, just below and above your breasts.
You can do this at home with a tape measure or request assistance at the store your shopping in.
If you measure yourself, remember to keep the tape slightly loose, so it doesn’t dig into your skin, but not so loose that there’s a gap between it and your skin. This will give you the best idea of your measurements.
Once you have these, you can determine your probable bra size.
2.Use a Bra Cup Size Chart
When shopping for bras, there are two sizes to keep in mind: band and cup.
The band size is based on the circumference of your chest size just below your breasts. On the other hand, the cup size is based on the size of your breasts. Band size is typically measured in inches. For example, 32 or 34, while cup size is measured in letters, B or D.
Keep in mind that cup sizes, in particular, are not standardized. For instance, Lulalu bras and Jockey bras may list the same sizes but fit you slightly differently. For this reason, you must try on a bra before purchasing it if you’re able to.
3. How to Find the Right Bra Style
There are many different bras available, some of which are made for various functional purposes and others that are made for aesthetic purposes.
A girl’s first bra is typically a simple training bra, made for comfort and support but smaller than typical cup sizes.
You can choose padded bras, unpadded bras, or sports bras, depending on your desired type of coverage. There are also push-up bras, bralettes, and strapless bras, which offer different aesthetic options for clothes that other bras may not look right with.
4. Think about How You Want Your Bra To Fasten and Support
You should also consider the type of support you need and how you want your bra to fasten.
Sports bras are typically single pieces of fabric pulled over the head instead of securing with hooks, making them safer for physical activity.
An average bra will hook in the back, but you can also choose bras that join in the front or ones with zippers or buttons. You can select bras with underwire for additional bust support or ones without underwire if you feel underwire is uncomfortable.
Your bust will also change over time, first as you grow and later if you choose to become pregnant or as you become older, so your support needs will change over time too.
There are different bras made for various purposes, and those bras will be constructed differently. You should not only keep your own measurements in mind when shopping for bras but also consider what you need your new bra for and what clothes you’ll be wearing over it.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.