Good To Know: About Your Bra
A bra is an important foundation undergarment for women of every size and shape. Without proper support, problems can develop like back pain, muscle tension, and damage to the breast tissue itself.
Good to know: Common mistakes for fitting a bra.
* Band size is often too large
* Cup size is often too small
* Shoulder straps are often too tight
Good to know: What makes a bra fit right?
* Band size must be tight. (You should only be able to pull your band from the back with two fingers, no farther than an inch out.) It may feel uncomfortable to go to a smaller band size at first, but you will get used to it. Remember –this is what should be holding up you breasts, not your straps. Size your band for the last hooks rather than the closest or tightest hooks. Your bra will stretch over time and you will need to tighten it by going to the next closest hooks. Take notice of the back of your bra. If it is riding up and is curved, your band is too loose. The back band of your bra should always stay horizontally straight across your back.
* In order to get the support you need, your cup size needs to be large enough. If your breasts are spilling out, if you have bulges under you arms, if the under wires are not lying flat against your chest, if your under wires leave red marks or dig into you flesh: Your cup size is too small. The bra needs to fully support your entire breasts; not smashing them, not bulging them, just supporting them. The under wires should reach all the way under your arms. Don’t be dismayed to switch to a larger cup size. Properly fitting your bra can make you look smaller and younger.
* Your shoulder straps should only be supporting 10% of your breast weight. You should be able to take two fingers and easily slide them under your shoulder straps. Shoulder straps should never leave red marks or indentations on your skin. Often, tight shoulder straps cause neck and upper back pain.
* When you are wearing your bra, the point of your breast should rest half way between the top of your shoulder and your elbow (right in the center of your upper arm).
Good to know: Proper laundry and care for bras.
* DO NOT…….
– Put your bra in the dryer: The heat will destroy your bra fast, plastics will get hot and break or crack, cotton bras will shrink.
– Machine wash: Straps get stretched, lace gets torn, color fades or gets stained, snaps and hooks get broken, under wires get bent or get pushed through fabric (making holes), bra gets ruined.
– Wear your bra for two consecutive days: Your bra is made of Lycra. Your body heats up this Lycra and causes it to stretch. Lycra needs to cool off for 24 hours before being heated and stretched again. Alternate bras daily. This will lengthen the life your bras significantly.
– Hand wash your bras: If you do not have the time to hand wash your bras and your washing machine has a delicate cycle; then use cool water and clasp all the hooks before washing. If your washing machine does not have a hand wash/delicate cycle, then invest in a delicate care wash bag. Only wash bras with other bras.
– Air dry your bras: Clasp the hooks and fix the cups before air drying.
– Alternate bras daily: This can be a hassle, but it is well worth the longer lasting life of your bras. Lycra needs to rest and cool off.
– Store bras by themselves: Often bras can get deformed or torn if they are stored with other clothing.
– Replace bras once every year: Bras get stretched and wear out. They might not give the most support needed.