Five Tips For Buying Bras

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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It's estimated that more than a third of women wear the wrong sized bra- crazy right? I doubt many of us would be so lax about wearing the wrong sized shoes (ouch) so why do we do it with bras when they're such an essential piece of clothing? Buying bras without being measured, not replacing them often enough and choosing a style that's wrong for your body shape are a couple of the mistakes we're making leading to ill fitting bras. Looking to update your underwear? Here are five tips for buying bras.

Put Together a Basic Bra Wardrobe
In order to have the right bra for every occasion, you should put together a basic 'bra wardrobe'. This includes things like a sports bra, a tshirt bra, one with removable/ versatile straps etc. Many of your choices will probably come from the type of clothes your wear often and your style, but don't forget your basic essentials/ staple pieces. I recommend these comfortable stretch bras for sleeping in- so much better than having clasps and wires digging in while you're trying to relax! 

Buy Bras For Your Shape
After creating your bra wardrobe and the types of bras you need, you can then begin to think about styles and specifics. For example, larger busts might want to go for fuller coverage cups as opposed to something like a demi cup. If like me you're bigger in the bust department I recommend checking out Prima Donna, they're a luxury lingerie company who have been devoted to more curvaceous women since 1895 and are still going strong today! There's a slideshow about the brand here if you want to find out more.

Invest in Quality
There's nothing wrong with highstreet undies, but for the most part you're probably going to be buying and replacing more often. For long lasting and higher quality you've got to splash the cash, it might be annoying spending money on something that you're only going to put clothes over the top of, but for it's worth it for the overall fit and feel. I'd definitely recommend spending a little more on your everyday bras even if they're the more boring styles to buy, just as they're the ones you'll have on most often.

Replace When Necessary
A worn out bra will be stretched out, could be damaged and will no longer offer the same level of support as when it was new. A rule of thumb is that a bra should be replaced after 100 washings and 100 wearings, but you can prolong the life of them as much as possible by using the correct delicates cycle on your washing machine or by hand washing. If you're finding they're looking a bit worse for wear, there's your excuse to go underwear shopping. 

Always Get Measured
Finally, possibly the most important thing. Get measured! It's no use having the best bra in the world if it doesn't fit you properly. This is always something I hated having done when I was younger but I don't mind so much these days; the fitting ladies are always brilliant at their job, and it's worth the few minutes of awkwardness to have the best fitting bras afterwords. It's recommended that you get measured for a bra every two years, or after any weight gain or loss. So if it's something you've been putting off, go and get it done!

Do you have any tips for shopping for bras?

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  1. yes, one huge tip as a brafitter: do not buy a bra that feels uncomfortable. just don't. and always try it with a shirt and move a lot in a dressing room (jump, pretend to run, drop something and pick it) just to find out if a bra is really comfortable.

    1. thank you for the tip Lena, thats such a good idea. Especially when they can seem comfortable when you're just standing there, but start riding up throughout the day when you're moving around! x

  2. I'm guilty of guessing my size rather than get measured, I havent been in years I really must go and get fitted!

    1. I definitely recommend going for it, you'll be surprised how much better your clothes and things will look with a well fitted bra underneath :) x

  3. I am guilty of the 4th point as such, I have a bra that the under wire has snapped in the left cup but it is my favourite and do not want to let it go! Having a well fitting bra is so important, nothing worse then one digging into you all day!

    Laura Likes Beauty xx

    1. this has happened to me before, so annoying when you've spent a lot on it and it fits perfect! The worst one is when the wire pokes out of the material and stabs you in the arm haha x