Do y’all want to know one of pet peeves? Hint: I touched on it in this blog post. If you’re still guessing, I’ll just tell you. One of my biggest annoyances is a bulky bra that doesn’t fit right! Luckily, I think I might have solved my problem with the new bra I’m wearing. Soma’s Vanishing 360 Perfect Coverage Bra has 360 smoothing technology that smoothes your back, front and sides. Soma just updated this popular bra style with a revolutionary ultra-thin neckline for a smooth front. Problem solved – no more annoying bumps and lines under t-shirts! Between bra lines, loose straps and gaping cups, it can be really hard to find the perfect bra. So today I’m going to explain how I purchase the best fitting bra with these 5 tips for bra shopping.
5 Tips for Bra Shopping
First things first – you must get measured! Actually, it is suggested to re-evaluate your bra size every time you go bra shopping since your body frequently changes. You can measure yourself at home with a tape measure or head to the store to get professionally measured. Here is a great guide if you’re measuring at home. Soma even offers an online fit stylist or you can measured in their store as well.
Use the Loosest Bra Hook
When trying bras on, make sure you are using the furthest / least tight of the bra hooks. You’ve surely noticed that as you wear a bra, it pretty quickly starts to stretch. So you’ll want to have one that you can adjust and make tighter. When bra shopping, the bra should fit snugly in the back. And if it feels snug on the loosest or least tight hook, it will allow for your bra to stretch over time. Then you can just move to the tighter hook as your bra starts to experience more wear.
Buy a New Bra Every Year
My bras tend to wear out fairly quickly! Of course, I have some bras that I’ve loved over the years, but it’s important to go bra shopping at least once every year. The experts actually suggest to get one every 9 months, as they say that 12 months is pushing it even for the highest quality of bras. Like mentioned above, bras lose their elasticity more than you may even notice. Support is key ladies! If you want to always have an effectively supportive bra, get a new bra every year.
Find the Right Cups
It can often be hard to find a bra that fits perfectly. It’s certainly a game of trial and error. But one thing to look for in a bra is the right cups, which should not gap or wrinkle. It is also best if you’re not spilling over the top or under the bottom of your bra! In fact, there are different cup shapes for different bodies. You can purchase a demi bra if you have a smaller chest or a full coverage bra if you’re more fuller chested.
Look for Smoothness
One of my biggest pet peeves with bras is that they show lines through my shirts sometimes. We all hate the ‘spillage’ that happens in the back, otherwise known as back fat. YUCK! That’s why one of my biggest concerns when bra shopping is finding a bra that is smooth at the front, back and sides. You can imagine just how excited I was when Soma came out with this bra that specifically addresses this issue! The best bras lie flat on the breast bone and sit evenly all the way around the chest.
Of course it goes without saying, gently hand wash your lingerie and lay flat to dry. That will help all of your bras keep their shape. I hope these tips help y’all when looking for your next bra! What are your tips for bra shopping? Share in a comment below!
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. Am I the only person on the planet that wears underwire bras? This came up with my girlfriends and I was literally the only one wearing underwire. Just got four new bras in without an underwire and will report back.
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