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.
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.
Bralette bras are usually non wired, they offer little support but are great for lower cup sizes and lounging around.
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.
Plunge bras create support whilst creating as minimal visible fabric as possible in the centre of the bra while creating maximum cleavage.
They are designed to mould and shape reduce the size of your bustline by around an inch.
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.
Designed to support maximum support in the vital areas during low two high impact activities and training.
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.
– 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.