Underwear…the biggest faux paux a girl can make! It is estimated that 7 out of 10 women in the UK are wearing the wrong size bra. Ladies it take 10 minutes to get a bra fitting done at a lingerie store; La Senza, M&S, Bravissimo, House of Frasers, Debenhams and John Lewis all do it so there is no excuse! Having worked in a lingerie store for many years now, I am going to enlighten you with my bra knowledge and by the end of this blog you will be ready to get out there and refreshen your lingerie collection!
How A Bra Should Fit
You can measure yourself under your ribcage in inches then add 5 inches to this total. So if you measure in at 25 inches on the tape then you would be a 30 back size. If however the tape measures you at i.e 28 inches and hence by adding 5 you get 33 then you could be either a 32 back or 34 back size. In my experience it is usually the smaller back size which will be your perfect fit. There should be only enough space for a few fingers to pull back the band at your back anymore and the back size is too big and you will be easily able to pull the wire of the bra at the front and you will see it is not going to support you and ride up your back constantly.
For the cup size it would be easier to have a professional assess your size. But if your trying on bras make sure the following; the wire at the front is sitting bang smack against your ribcage and should not sit on your breast or poke out. Also the wire should then sit at your breast bone at the sides and not on your actual breast or sit too far under your armpits. So if it’s sitting on your breast=too small cup, sitting past your breast bone and under your armpit=too big a cup. Your breasts should be enclosed in the bra with no wrinkling in the fabric and a smooth line where the bra meets the breast and when you lift your arms your breasts should remain inside the bra. A big sign that you are wearing the wrong size cup is when you have breast spilling over the sides or top(aka four boobs which means cup is too small).
Every Girl Should Have…
-an everyday T-Shirt Bra like this one from ASOS for £16
-A Strapless Bra like this plain one from Ultimo for £25
Or this Lacy number from Elle MacPhearson Intimates for £38
-A Sports Bra like this one from Shock Absorber for £18
-a push-up plunge bra like this Wonderbra number for £22
-A Corset/Basque like this one from Myla for £189
-A special little number like these ones from Lascivious Kitty for £84
and ASOS for £12