Valentine’s Day is all about love, so why not show yourself some love this year and finally commit to finding the bra that’s perfect for you? The perfect bra is not only pretty, but provides the support and comfort your breasts need to look great and stay firm and youthful for as long as possible. A bad bra can ruin not only your well-planned outfits, but can also cause shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches and even more health problems. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help you find the best bra and the most comfortable bra for you.
How to Measure Bra Size
One of the most common mistakes women make when purchasing a bra is simply getting their size wrong. The first step in measuring your bra size is to determine your band size. While wearing no bra or a non-padded bra, use a tape measure directly under your bust to measure around the bottom of the band. Remember, the tape measure should be level all the way around and snug. If you hit a half number or odd number, simply round to the nearest whole number.
To measure your bust size, repeat the process with the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest. During this measurement, make sure the tape measure is not too tight. Take a full breath in and out to allow the tape measure to reach the most comfortable position, but make sure it’s still touching and snug. Finally, to calculate your cup size, simply subtract your frame size from your bust size. For example, if your band size is 30 and your bust size is 32, your size should be about a 30B (32-30=2=B). If your band size is 32 and your bust size is 36, your size should be about a 32D (36-32=4=D).
If you don’t trust your own measurements, most lingerie stores are willing to help you find the perfect size (whether you choose to buy there or go back home and buy online is always up to you). Remember, however, that finding the right bra is an art, not a science. Some bras that are the same size but are made by different companies may feel different. Additionally, bras that are the same size but different types will also fit and feel different.
Finding the Right Bra Type
Unfortunately, finding the right bra is often just a matter of trying on lots of bras. However, once you find the kind that suits you best, you can order with ease! The right bra should not: leave marks on your shoulders, have straps that continuously fall down, ride up on your back, pull your shoulders forward or fail to touch your breastbone. The right bra should: comfortably and completely hold your breasts without causing them to bulge over and hold them in a central position.
Depending on your size, breast type and outfit of choice, certain bras often work better than others. To make small or shallow breasts look fuller, opt for a push-up bra. To get a smooth, clean and even look under t-shirts, try a contour-cupped t-shirt bra. When you need a strapless bra, aim to pick one with a wide band and thick underwire so you remain supported. Wireless bras are the most comfortable and work wonders to provide full coverage for larger or splayed breasts. If you need a bra to pick up hanging breasts, consider a well-structured, multi-part bra with seams to get back the structure and shape you want.
No matter what type of bra you’re searching for, you can find it at In The Mood Intimates. From the most comfortable of bras to the most sexy, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we provide sizing charts to help ensure you can find and order the perfect bra for you!