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How To Find The Right Bra For The Perfect Outfit

It’s that time of year where we dare to bare a shoulder or two. Strappy tops, halter neck tops, corsets, heart shaped necklines, racer back vest tops, plunging shirt dresses and backless slip dresses are part this year’s trending fashion moves, we can’t go wrong this year unless we wear the wrong bra.

Wearing the wrong bra can kill the outfit and not forgetting uncomfortable.

Off white bras, visible unsightly straps, torturous underwires, the overspill of the ‘too small’ bra, the escapees of the ‘too big’ bra, the visible circulation cutting bra and all the other bra sins.

If any of those dilemmas are familiar to you then there’s one thing that you should do:
Read below and discover how to find the right bra for the right outfit.

How to measure for your Perfect bra

Before we start bra shopping I need you to do one important and vital thing. If you don’t do this before you start shopping you could potentially be wasting your money (and time) as well as setting your self up for slight disappointment.

What is the one thing? Measure yourself correctly. Now I know you’re thinking you know your bra size but do you really know your size.
Let’s see:

How to measure for your new bras

1. Get a tape measure and if you don’t have one to hand, use thread 🧵 (a belt, shoe lace etc.) along with a ruler 📏.
2. Where to measure – When measuring for a bra you need to measure two points of your upper torso (in inches).

BAND SIZE: Measure slightly below where your bra fits. This will be your band measurement (a).

BUST SIZE: Measure around your back and the fullest part of your breasts. A top tip is to use your nipples as guidance. This is your bust measurement (b).

CUP SIZE: To obtain your cup size you need to subtract your band size (a) from your bust size (b). Every inch difference is another cup size up e.g. 1 inch equals A, 2 inches equals B, 3 inches equals C, etc.

Or if in a rush you can try M&S Bra Fitting Quiz, I’ve tried it and it worked out for me but everyone’s different.

If unsure use the first method for more accuracy.

Full Cup Bra

Full Cup Bras offer fabulous maximum support and shape, with full coverage they limit your choice of clothing but the shape that they create is amazing and they do help to ease the pressure off of your back.

M&S COLLECTION Wild Blooms Minimiser Full Cup Bra C-H - find the right bra for the right outfit blog post
M&S COLLECTION Wild Blooms Minimiser Full Cup Bra C- H
Embrace Embroidered Wired Full Cup Bra A-E M&S Collection M&S
Embrace Embroidered Wired Full Cup Bra M&S
Meia Lace Wired Balcony Bra - M&S - Finding the perfect fit bra
Meia Lace Wired Balcony Bra - M&S

Bralette

Bralette bras are usually non wired, they offer little support but are great for lower cup sizes and lounging around.

Bluebella Marseille Lace Bralette
Bluebella Marseille Lace Bralette
Superboost Lace Deep V Bralet - Lemon - Gossard®
Superboost Lace Deep V Bralet - Lemon - Gossard®
PLT Black Lace Satin Underwired Bra
PLT Black Lace Satin Underwired Bra

Balconette Balcony Bra

Balcony and Balconette Bras are perfectly shaped to stop just below the straight neckline/cut of your outfit. Giving you support and an uplift.

Bluebella Tallulah Open Bra
Bluebella Tallulah Open Bra
BlueBella Geneva Eco Bra Black
BlueBella Geneva Eco Bra Black
Gossard - Swirl Non Padded Balconette Bra - Black THE PERFECT BRA
Gossard - Swirl Non Padded Balconette Bra - Black

Plunge Bra

Plunge bras create support whilst creating as minimal visible fabric as possible in the centre of the bra while creating maximum cleavage.

Gossard Encore Padded Longline Plunge Bra
BlueBella Marisa Bra Black/Sheer
BlueBella Marisa Bra Black/Sheer
Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra
Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra

Minimiser Bra

Minimiser bra are a popular choice people with larger breasts.
They are designed to mould and shape reduce the size of your bustline by around an inch.

Cleo Lace Wired Minimiser Bra (C-G)

Cleo Lace Wired Minimiser Bra (C-G)

Cool Comfort™ Cotton Rich Minimiser Bra
Cool Comfort™ Cotton Rich Minimiser Bra

Backless Bra

Backless bras offer medium support and can be a bit awkward to fit but, investing in a good brand will have you sporting all of the trending backless dresses and tops.

PLT Stick On Winged Black Bra
PLT Stick On Winged Black Bra
PLT Nude Silicone Stick On Invisible Cleavage Bra
PLT Nude Silicone Stick On Invisible Cleavage Bra
Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra
Wonderbra Ultimate Backless Bra
2pk Medium Impact Non Wired Sports Bras
M&S 2pk Medium Impact Non Wired Sports Bras

Sports Bra

Sports bras are available in three impact support levels, low, medium and high.
Designed to support maximum support in the vital areas during low two high impact activities and training.
PLT Olive Seamless Rib Halterneck Bra
PLT Olive Seamless Rib Halterneck Bra
Freya Dynamic Soft Cup Sports Bra
Freya Dynamic Soft Cup Sports Bra
Ultimate Support Serious Sports Bra
M&S Ultimate Support Serious Sports Bra
PLT Black Seamless Rib Scoop Neck Bra 3 Pack
PLT Black Seamless Rib Scoop Neck Bra 3 Pack
PRETTYLITTLETHING Plus Black Tape Bra
PRETTYLITTLETHING Plus Black Tape Bra
Flexifit™ Wired Full-Cup T-Shirt Bra 1

T-Shirt Bra

T-Shirt bras are usually seamless with round, moulded shaped cups with slim straps and lower cover. Their visibility is low when worn with a fitted T-shirt. 

PLT Red Soft Touch Cotton T-Shirt Cup Size Bra

Flexifit™ Wired Full-Cup T-Shirt Bra
M&S Flexifit™ Wired Full-Cup T-Shirt Bra

M&S 3pk Wired Full Cup T-Shirt Bras A-E

Multiway Bra

Multiway Bras are a must-have. Giving you several ways to wear them means you can wear almost anything
– one shoulder, strapless, halter neck and racer back dresses and tops.
Plunge and backless multi-way bras are also available but they usually are pricier.
M&S Collection Sumptuously Soft™ Padded Multiwear Strapless Bra
Freya Tailored Moulded Strapless Bra
Freya Tailored Moulded Strapless Bra
Gossard - Superboost Lace Multiway Bra - Nude
Gossard - Superboost Lace Multiway Bra - Nude

7 Comments

  • GWT

    An insightful post. As women we may get measured once and for years stick to the same bra size / style even when our bodies have changed and the bras no longer do the job. So thanks for bringing awareness to getting measured again and of all the bra styles to choose from.

  • Fransic verso

    I agree that it’s important to wear the one for the outfit. Some dresses and outfit might show the bra and it doesn’t look good. This is very informative. Thank you for sharing!

  • Laura

    Love this! I’ve been desperate for new bras but avoided it now I feel more confident in choosing. I’m interested to measure now and see if I’m the size I thought I was haha x

  • readandreviewit1

    This is such an informative post! I usually stick to bralettes and sports bras but I think I’ll definitely be buying a plunge bra suit that I can wear with some of my jumpsuits. I also loved that you explained how to get a proper measurement! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Fadima Mooneira

    Hehehe… I’m actually not a fan of bras. But I find this post interesting and cool. You provided all the information I need on bras. Thank you for sharing.

  • Her Digital Coffee

    This is so informative! Knowing which style suits a specific outfit is so helpful. I need to invest in a multiway for some dresses to wear this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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