The ill-fitting bra pandemic

The ill-fitting bra pandemic

It is a known fact that most women wear the wrong bra size. Why don’t they change this? Perhaps it seems like a daunting task to find the right one or they underestimate the support the correct bra can give. It all seems quite complicated but really it is quite simple. Here is my advice for finding the correct bra:

  1. All bras are not made equally – I really encourage my friends and family to buy a good quality bra. Even if you only have one that you can wash every day. It makes the world of difference to your posture and to the clothes you wear. I would rather buy a less expensive shirt or dress to be able to afford a good bra. It will make your clothing seem more expensive because the fit will appear visually more refined.
  2. Pay attention to your bra band size – I can’t emphasize this enough. Most women wear a band size that is way too big for them, which is why it pulls up at the back. The support of your bra comes from your band so if you are unsure of your size, you can measure yourself. Make sure you are standing upright and breathing normally so you can get an accurate measurement. Here is a link to a guide which I have used: Bra Size Calculator.
  3. It can be a challenge to find the right bra, especially if you are very petite or have large breasts. I have petite breasts, wearing a size 30 band. I am lucky if I find any bras in South Africa, in which case I have to wear a 32. My preferred brand for petite ladies is American Eagle – the Aerie bras are amazing, not too padded and they fit really well. Check them out here – Aerie Bras.   
  4. For ladies on the larger size, Edgars and Woolworths do stock DD+ sizes but the ranges are limited. Have a look at Boux Avenue or Figleaves. I have ordered from both, their quality is great. Just keep in mind that you might have to pay customs and duties depending on how much you spend.
  5. A crop top cannot be substituted for a bra! Especially if you have larger breasts. Not only does it look sloppy, it drags your posture down and makes you look droopy and old!
  6. Onto sports bras – I cannot tell you how many times I have driven past a runner only to be appalled by their wind-swept breasts that are either hitting them in the face or feet! Come on ladies, those breasts are precious and beautiful, take care of them! Sports bras are designed to hold you in while you are jumping up and down. Invest in at least one, as per the good quality bra, you can wash it every day if need be.
  7. Be aware of the fact that all breast shapes aren’t the same either so look out for the style of bra that suits you best – my breasts are flat at the top and fuller at the bottom, this means a balconette bra is always too big at the top and is thus not my preferred style.

In my opinion, you need the following in your lingerie collection:

  1. A t-shirt bra to wear under tight fitting shirts or thin fabric
  2. A strapless bra for occasion dresses or spaghetti strap tops (big boob ladies need to ensure you get a good quality bra with extra support – band size is critical!)
  3. Bra converters – these nifty little devices convert your regular bra into an ‘x’ shape at the back, ensuring you look refined with racer back shirt styles and that your bra straps won’t stick out.

Ok ladies, that was a lot to take in, I know. I hope this has provided you with some clarity and that you won’t feel intimidated the next time you go bra shopping. There is a stunning selection of bras available for petite, normal and large-breasted ladies; extend your search to find the perfect one. Remember you are worth the best so don’t settle for a bra that doesn’t fit even if it is on sale!

If you have any questions, let me know 🙂

Chat soon xxx

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