How to choose the right bra
Breasts are possibly a woman's most distinctive feminine feature, adding to her beauty and sex appeal. Despite this, many women do not properly look after their breasts and wear bras which do not fit well, offer little support and displace the breast tissue, pushing it under the arm or flattening it around the breast wall.
You must always buy a good, well-fitting bra as an investment with both present and future benefits, not only to keep your breasts healthy, but also to immediately give you a more proportionate and streamlined look. A bra that bulges and doesn't fit properly will damage dresses and not to mention your body.
Signs that your bra is not right for you:
1. Red marks on your shoulders caused by your bra straps.
2. Breasts forced over the top of the cup in a double bump.
3. The center of your bra does not touch the breastbone.
4. Your breasts are drooping or looking generally out of shape.
5. Any or all of these signs could indicate that you are wearing the wrong bra size that's not only uncomfortable, over time it can also distort the shape of your breasts and cause a variety of health problems from headaches to backaches and even migraines.
The correct Size - Do you find that:
1. Your bra rises up at the back, thus not supporting the weight of your bust.
2. Your shoulders are being pulled forward.
3. Your bust is not properly supported and falls forward, instead of being in its central position.
4. As you move, your bust bounces up and down and the straps keep falling off unless you tighten them, in which case they dig into your flesh, causing red marks.
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, you are probably wearing a bra with too large an underband and too small a cup, and you may well be experiencing both shoulder and neck pains.
In addition, because your breast is bigger than the cup, it pushes against the sides of the bra. For an underwired style, this can be harmful, as well as extremely uncomfortable. Remember, your bras should always fit accurately. Cups should be just right; not too big, but deep enough to contain the whole of the breast.
The Correct Choice
To make the most of a small bust, try a balconette style bra, with or without padding. This can give you an enhanced neckline, excellent uplift and a lovely, curvy shape. Half-cup bras also flatter a smaller bust; padding at the sides and under the bust give maximum lift.
For women with larger busts, wider shoulder and back straps give firm support. Full cups contain the breast better and give a better appearance.
Just as you don't have one pair of shoes to match all of your clothes, you will need at least a couple of different bra styles for your clothes to look good. Tailored suits and shirts look best with a bit of uplift and firmer control, but when you're wearing jeans and a T-shirt, you may just want a soft, seamless bra to shape you and to go with clingy tops. Wear flesh-coloured bras to avoid showing through and backless bras with a low-cut party dress or sun top. Wear dark-coloured bras under dark tops; there's nothing worse than showing a glimpse of white bra under a black top.
Also, if you're losing weight or if your weight varies over the course of the month, a bra with a little lycra or stretch is more accommodating and won't crease under clothing. Remember, your breasts will change with diet, pregnancy, exercise, age, and taking the Pill. Women whose breasts inflate before their period should have a special bra for these days, as their size can go up premenstrually. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can make a woman rise one full size in a week. Avoid underwire during pregnancy, as breast may become too fragile and sensitive.
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