Le Bra Life

When should we get new Bras? Every Brassiere has an expiration date, thanks to weight fluctuations and natural wear and tear, therefore Bras do not last forever. If the first thing you do when you get in the house is liberate your boobs from their lacy cage, know that you are not alone. We all want to be comfortable, and bras along with tight jeans and itchy underwear just don’t make it in loungewear.  You know. . . the kind of garment you want to wear around the house. So, if taking yours off has become the highlight of your day, there’s a really good chance you’re wearing the wrong bra.  Size matters & Bra Fitting is an Exercise!  

Just last week I went on an excursion to my favorite store to buy new bras. Clearly my boobs have gone south and my bras did not make the trip. Do you remember the older salesperson with eyeglasses on her head & certification of a Bra Fitter in the lingerie department?  Well, she retired, and no new hires have been made.  Therefore, all five of us in the store that day, were on bended knees searching for a particular style & size on our own.

How long have you had your oldest bra?  Whether the answer is one year or six years, it’s important that you know when it’s time to let a bra go and move on to something new. I know it’s hard to find the perfect bra, and once you find one, get it it in every color under the sun. And, you just cannot part with them when they get slack and not fit anymore. I knew it was time for a couple of my faves to hit the can, when I saw a recent photo in my old dress.  If you have a large selection of bras in rotation, you can go longer than six months before replacing your bras if you’re caring for those bras properly,” says Ali Cudby, author of Busted & Fit My Bras, and founder of Fab Foundations. “Putting your bras in the dryer breaks down the elastic much more quickly, so save your bras from an untimely death by letting them air dry and hand wash them when possible.
  1. Straps are falling off  the shoulders:  There are few things as annoying as constantly having to adjust a bra strap that keeps sliding down your shoulder. This is a clear sign that it’s time for a change. The strap helps support the weight of the breast while ensuring that the cups hug it smoothly.
  2. Painful Underwire: We all know there’s nothing quite like the pain of an underwire poking out and digging into sensitive skin. Even if you try to put it back in and sew the area shut, the darn thing pokes you. Get rid of it!
  3. Back is Stretched Out: The back of a bra naturally stretches out over time. When this happens, the hook system allows you to close your bra on a tighter position to get back the snug feeling of a band that fits your chest properly. If the band is so stretched out that it feels too loose even on the tightest hook, that bra has no use and it gotta go.
  4. You just do not like your Bra:  It does not fit your clothing/style  or you want more support. “While bras normally get covered up, it’s always important to choose one that makes you feel happy, comfortable, and even empowered,” says Jaclinne Cheng, founder and CEO of Spicy Lingerie.
  5. The color is Dingy: If your light-colored bra has started to look a bit dingy or dirty, or the dark color has faded, it’s time to head to the lingerie store.

The band should rest at the bottom of your shoulder blades, and all of your breast tissue should fit in the cup, with no spillage in the front or back behind the wire,” says bra fitting expert Julia Mastalski.  Once you find one that fits, you’ll spare yourself some of the symptoms below. If you pull and tug and readjust your bra throughout the day, Mastalski says there could be one of three problems going on. “A – the style could be wrong. B – the cups might be too small or too big, or  C – the band is too big,” she says. A proper bra fitting can help you address all three issues.
The right bra will cradle your boobs throughout the day, so you can comfortably run up and downstairs with ease. But if you’re getting too much movement (read: jiggle) your bra definitely isn’t offering enough support.  Mastalski suggests finding a bra that encapsulates your boobs  – such as a sports bra with an underwire – instead of one that just compresses them.

If you need to wear Brassieres like I do all year long,  you will notice the fit seems to fade.  And, aging has a way of showing up all over your body.  After a fitting room discovery, it was clear to me that I wore different cup sizes in several brands. Sizing varies on every garment we wear. Therefore we must concentrate on the Fit, Not the Size on the label, so I needed lots of options. It’s totally normal for your boobs to stretch and sag. But if it seems to be happening rapidly, it could be due to an ill-fitting bra. “Bouncing with little support from an ill-fitting bra can cause irreversible sagging and stretching of the Cooper’s ligament,” says Rodney-Crook, CEO of GetBras.com,. “This is the ligament that is attributed to breast sagging, [and] once stretched can not be reversed.” You can keep your ligaments healthier, though, by wearing the right bra going forward.”  – Therefore, if you have access to a Reliable Bra Fitter, go and get a proper Bra Fitting pronto. Then, get dem new lacy, racy and firm Bras.

Wear what you Love and Enjoy Your Life!

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