Finding Your Perfect Bra

I just left Victoria’s Secret and I have fallen in love with my boobies all over again! I usually look at them and think, “Nice rack.” My trip in today to experiment with their newest bra line just reaffirmed what I already knew. The right bra can accentuate what you have and even give you what you don’t. Make mine padded!

I discovered the importance of a good bra fitting years ago. I got my first bra in third grade though I made it through high school without really needing one. In my early twenties, I ended up in Vicky’s in the care of an older sales lady with a great rack of her own. She sized me and informed me matter-of-factly that I was a 34 or 36A. I told her there must be some mistake. An A cup! She gave me a bra and instructed me to go back in the dressing room, put it on and put my clothes on over it. Seeing was believing. That was my initial discovery of my newborn ‘twins.’ A proud pair they were!

Much like my former self, for many women ignorance is bliss when it comes to their brassieres. Not knowing is their biggest mistake. The knowledge of what bra serves which purpose is paramount. Take, for instance, the demi-cup. It does not have much coverage and is therefore not a good bra for a bustier woman. She would spill out of it. A demi bra may have worked at one point in her life but breasts change. They get bigger. They get smaller. We tend to find something that works and stick with it even long after it no longer works.

We get complacent, simply not acknowledging that our body is changing over time. Factors like weight loss or gain, childbirth, aging and illness can modify our breast size. We do things like over-adjust the straps or play pull-and-tug all day to compensate for a poor fitting bra. Bra issues can be detrimental to an outfit. An unfavorable bra fit will make you look older and out of shape, ruin the fit of your clothes or give you the illusion of having a third breast or the notorious ‘back fat.’

Get measured or measure yourself to determine your size. Then figure out your best style. For the average woman, there are some cup styles that fit better than others. Also, invest in a good bra. A cheap, flimsy bra is just as bad as the wrong size. I found a wonderful bra glossary at www.barenecessities.com .

To determine your correct bra size, measure just above the bust to get the band size. If the number is odd, round down to the closest even number. Next, measure around the fullest part of the breast to get your bust measurement. Round up if your measurement is on the ½ inch. To get the cup size, subtract the band size from the bust measurement. If the difference is 0, you are an AA cup. If the difference is 1, A cup. If it’s a 2, B and so on.

As for me, I rock a 36B. My new favorite bra is the Bombshell Pushup bra at Victoria’s Secret. It adds two cup sizes so it is a date night bra. For everyday, my girls will be covered in a padded pushup. The right bra will make heads turn. In awe.

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