Bra Wearing – Get it right!

by Tara on March 20, 2012

70% or more of women in the UK are wearing the wrong size bra?

Yes, it’s true!

7 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra!

When you remove your Bra – lookout for marks, lines and red areas on your shoulders, sides and around the breasts. You may need to re-check your sizing and reduce your wearing time.

Tight and poorly fitting bras are both uncomfortable and damaging to your Lon term health!

Also check: -

Does your bust bulge out at the top, sides or bottom of your bra?

Does your bust fall out or become visible underneath the bra

Does the bra centre piece (between the breasts) sit away from the body?

If your answer is Yes to any of the above then your cup size is too small!

Do you have nasty red marks and welts around your body after taking off your bra?

If your answer is yes your bra is too small for you. Measure yourself correctly for a larger size.

Does the back band ride up above your shoulder blades?

Do your bra cups look wrinkly?

Does your bra centrepiece sit away from your body?

If the answer is yes to any of the above you are wearing the wrong size bra. Move down a band size and possibly up 1 cup-size. See chart below.

Measure yourself for correct fit.

Be aware that bra’s can be very much like shoes in that they can vary in size from manufacturer to manufacturer. Even though the label says it is your size it may still be a bad fit for you so always try before you buy! From new, a bra should be a comfortable fit when done up at the back on the first clip, then as the bra wears, more slack can be taken up by moving to the next clip, etc, etc.

The fit of any new bra will normally be slightly tight, but after a couple of weeks the fabric will become a little softer and should be a more comfortable fit.

Wearing your bra too long?
Tara says: Look after your breast health “Get out of the bolder holder”. Give your Breasts a break from being trussed up in a restricting bra all day. At the very least allow yourself a few hours in the evening without a bra, slip into a comfortable camisole top and maybe try a little breast massage.

Wearing a bra will not necessarily prevent the breasts from sagging. As we get older the breasts will mature with the shape of the breasts changing becoming lower and softer and with such changes as occur after childbirth, breastfeeding and with maturity of age it will be totally normal for the breasts to drop a little and become lower on the chest wall.

It is not possible to keep the same pert appearance as a teenager all through adult life.

New research is starting to show that bra wearing actually causes the breast structure to become weaker and may actually causes the breasts to become less able to provide the natural support for themselves (as nature mother nature intended).

The breasts contain small supporting structures called ‘Coopers Ligaments’ or ‘Ligaments of Cooper’ that help to give the characteristic shape and keep it. We think this could well be very valid – imagine that you wore a device which prevented you from using your arms all day every day, we think you will agree that this would cause the arm muscles to diminish and end with the arms becoming very weak.

Don’t be afraid to go bra less whenever you can, as it is very good for your breast health and will assist greatly in preventing general breast disorders such as lumpy and painful breasts especially during your period when the breasts are more sensitive to the pressure exerted by restrictive bras.

Research is starting to show that the less a bra is worn the better the chances are of avoiding breast disease and cancer especially later in life.

We are not saying don’t wear a bra, just don’t think you are bound to wear it all the time – get it off as often as possible!

Sporty? -

Breasts mostly contain fat and glands but no muscle. Therefore it’s important to prevent the cooper’s ligaments, which provide natural support in the breast, from overstretching. Providing good support during vigorous exercise or sports will avoid putting too much stain on the cooper’s ligaments. Within the structure of the breast the ‘coopers ligaments’ actually help the breasts maintain their shape and position on the chest wall.

With maturity the breasts will begin to droop. Larger breasts will suffer this fate far more rapidly than very small breasts, due to the extra weight formed from extra mass. For these women it will be more crucial to wear an appropriate supporting top or bra during sporty or other vigorous activities.

It is widely known that breasts change as one gets older, this change will be natural for all women as the breasts mature.

In the teen years or during puberty the breasts sit high up on the chest wall but as a woman matures and the breasts develop fully they will drop slightly with a lower nipple position and will probably be softer in composition, this is natural and is not caused by going bra less.

Further changes will take place during and sometimes more radically after childbirth, breast-feeding and after the menopause. All these changes are natural

Putting your bra on:

Put the straps over your shoulders.

Bend forward at the waist, and ease your breasts naturally into the cups. Adjust your breasts so that the nipples are centred into the fullest point of the cup. The cup should completely contain the breast (with the exception of the push-up styles).

Set the back fastening to the loosest position.

Stand upright. Adjust the shoulder straps to a comfortable position and make sure the back fastener is not too tight. Always make sure you can easily slip two fingers under the bands and straps of your bra to ensure that it is not too tight!

Some women still wear a bra to bed!

This is not good for the body. The lymph system needs to rest and revitalise at the end of the day. As early in the evening as possible get out of the bra and give your beasts, neck and shoulder areas a gentle massage. ‘I haven’t got time for this!’ I hear you say.

Give yourself a few minutes when you go to bed, this will be nice and relaxing and a real treat if you can get your partner to do it for you!

Sizing your bra. Come on Girls – Measure yourself properly! …

The centre of this bra sits away from body.

Go down 1 band size and up 1-cup size.

Under wire marks.

You may be wearing your bra too long or have the wrong size!

Peeping out underneath?

Get rid of those old bras and treat yourself to some new ones!

Always measure your bust size wearing your best fitting bra – not without! Otherwise your breasts will not be supported properly and will tend to droop down flatter against the body, giving the impression you are a smaller cup size (This is especially true of the larger bust, which will require a good supporting bra to pull the breasts up). If you recognise any of the bad fitting examples from the pictures above, – buy some new lingerie!

Don’t make do with bra’s that are years old and worn out. New, well fitting underwear you will feel like a new woman!

If worn daily a bra can be past it’s best in just 3-6 months!

To obtain the band size:

Measure right around your torso, placing the measure just under your bust at the front and making sure the tape measure is completely flat against your body all the way around and hasn’t dropped at the back. Pull the tape measure fairly tight to make sure you have an accurate measurement.

Measure your cup and band size accurately. If you are still not sure visit your local lingerie specialist

Measuring yourself without your bra may not give an accurate measurement

It is commonplace not to recognise problems with the fitting of a bra, consequently some women will put up with a less than perfect fit for many years thinking that there simply was no such thing as a comfortable fitting bra!

To obtain the cup size:

As above but this time measure across the fullest part of your breasts at the front. And this time, make sure the tape measure is a little loose. When the tape measure just slips off the bust this is the measurement you should take. (This can be awkward so you may want to enlist the help of a friend or partner)

It is crucial to get the under band measurement correct before trying to ascertain cup size. This is where most bra problems stem from, if the band size is incorrect – normally too big – the cup size will also be completely wrong!

Visit our friends at Breast talk

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