As the kiddos head back to school, we thought it would be a great time to remind you of the basics, bra basics that is. When you’re busy with the hustle and bustle of life, especially at this time of year, you may forget how to properly wear, fit and care for your bras so they remain supportive and comfortable for the health of your breasts. Not to worry, we have you covered because today we’re going over some important bra basics!
Finding the Right Fit
Fit is the first and most essential of the bra basics because is there anything worse than an ill-fitting bra? Your breasts, back, shoulders and rib cage will thank you for taking the time to find the right fit, not to mention the confidence you’ll get from looking and feeling great in your bra. A properly fitting bra allows your breasts to sit upright and centered and the straps should remain in place. Your bra may be too small if your breasts spill over the top of the cups, beneath the band or out of the side seams, the band feels too tight, the straps dig into your shoulders or if the center seam does not lay flat against your sternum. Your bra may be too large if the cups are not filled, your breasts sag or shift while wearing your bra, or the band rides up. If any of those symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to rethink your bra situation. Trust us, your body with appreciate it!
When to Buy New Bras
Like other items of clothing, bras get worn out. As intimates, the fabrics and hardware on your bras are probably more delicate than most of your wardrobe and therefore should be replaced more often. It’s time to buy new bras when your bras no longer fit properly, give you the support you need, or are uncomfortable. These changes may be caused by a change in your size (possibly due to weight loss or gain, pregnancy, or menopause) or wear-and-tear on the bra itself. Materials like elastic will eventually lose some of their stretch, especially if they are not laundered properly. If you are wearing your bra on the last hook or can’t get the band to fit snugly enough, you should start the process of buying new bras. The same goes for straps: if they are limp and slipping off your shoulders or are constantly digging at their most expanded setting, it’s time to go bra shopping.
Wearing the right bra for every occasion is important for support and comfort. Sports activities require more support and compression to ensure limited bounce and that your breasts remain upright and central during movement. For your everyday wardrobe you’ll want smooth lines and all-day comfort, like what you would get from a padded seamless t-shirt bra. We recommend sleep bras for women with large breast to keep them supported throughout the night. Sleep and leisure bras are specifically designed with no back closures and feature soft stretchy fabrics for more comfortable resting and lounging. Plus every woman should have a few special occasion bras to compliment the nicer outfits in her wardrobe. You’ll likely need at least three of each of these styles depending on how often you partake in certain activities and do your wash.
Caring for your Bras
It is critical to properly launder your bras to extend their lifespan. Bras can contain as many as 30 different pieces, each of which could be altered dramatically if not cleaned appropriately. Hand-washing and air-drying bras are the best way to care for them. Use a detergent designed specifically for intimates, use non-chlorine bleach and iron on a low setting if necessary. Rotate wearing your various bras to help them last longer.
We hope this reminder of the bra basics helps you get the most out of your bras!