Bras are complicated little bumpers – from the store hangers, to the store counters, to your laundry and even when you wear it. It made me think why we even need them. From the moment you search for the right fit, and when you finally got the right size, it robs your wallet on the store counters. Not yet sure how it feels wearing it the whole day when you finally got to use it.
But since we women can’t stop wearing one, we are here to tell you that it can get better. It’s hard to maintain a good bra and keeping them in a good shape as they are expensive. Taking care of it is the most complicated part. So here are some Mistakes most women are making with their bras and how you can fix these mistakes.
Mistake 1: Choosing a bra by the Cups
So we shouldn’t be choosing bras based on cup size? Nope, says Smith — instead, start with the numerical band size. “Cup sizes are directly related to a band size,” she told us. “So for somebody to say, ‘Oh, I’m a D cup’ is irrelevant unless you know what band size it’s correlated with.” Cup sizes are not standard, meaning you may be a D with one band size but a E with another size band. A 32D bra is a cup size smaller than a 34D, for example. Letting go of whatever cup size you think you are will allow you to explore and find the best-fitting bra for you. Which leads us to...
Mistake 2: Choosing a too small bra.
Many women wear the wrong size of bra. Whether it's simply too small, or the wrong size altogether, it's something to consider. A lot of people are guilty of wearing a band size that's too large with a cup that's too small. Maybe you need to ditch the 34C for a better fitting 32D. Make sure to get measured and fitted.
Mistake 3: Hooking it to the last
When choosing a band size, make sure that the band fits on the first hook. A bra is going to stretch about 3 inches in its lifetime depending on how often you use it. As time goes by as it stretches, you are still able to use the remaining hooks.
Mistake 4: Band rides up your back
If the band rides up at your back, that means you are wearing the wrong size bra. It's likely a size too big and not giving you the proper amount of support, which can lead to shoulder and back pain. Go down a band size.
Mistake 5: Insisting on a contour-style bra instead of a softer seamed, lined bra.
Contour bras are the molded bras that keeps their shape even when they are in your drawer. Seamed bras are the soft bras with floppy fabric cups that mold to the shape of your breast. Women’s breast are usually coned shaped and if you wear a contour shaped trying to fit the soft tissue of your breast into the shape, that is when you get spillage. The Seamed bra is rather better, it functions like the support beams of a house, giving structure and shape to the breast. They work with your breasts to mold to them, instead of your breasts having to fit into a predetermined shape.
Mistake 6: You think One bra fits all outfit
Yeah, you just can’t. Certain dresses are going to require a more perky shape, while some shirts might look better if your breasts sit lower and flatter. Try different bras for each item of clothing you have to ensure you’re pairing your outfit with the best bra possible.
Mistake 7: Wearing a bra two day in a row.
Too attached to that one bra and you love to wear it the next day thinking, hmm it is not that dirty. It may be fine for you, but not for your bra. The elastic band needs rest at least a day. Don’t love it too much. Or you can by 2 pieces of your favorite bra so you can alternate them.
Mistake 8: Throwing your Bra to the Washing machine
It is easy to just toss them to the washing machine and let it spin. But you are just taking out a few years of your bras Life. It gets beaten up in a wrong way and even sometimes getting tangled with other clothing and may tear up the delicate parts. The best way is to soak it with water for a few minutes to an hour and hand wash them with care.
Mistake 9: Having Sentimental Bra Value
With proper care, your bra is going to last you about eight months give or take. After that, the bands are going to stretch. Don’t keep it too long, let it go and replace it, the new one is going to perform better. It’s just going to embarrass you later, so let it go.
Mistake 10: Justifying an ill-fitting bra.
80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra according to statistics. And women tend to embrace this, well you don’t have to. Bras are like relationships, someone and somewhere, there is one that will fit you and be with the right one. If you are having problems with fitting, try a bra that does not have straps to worry about. Yes! An Adhesive bra works like regular bra but won’t give you a problem. It even gives you a natural lift, how? It frees it from the bras suspension that weakens the ligaments, without the straps. A french Study claims that women who did not wear the regular bras(with straps) had a 7mm lift after a year.
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