Does Your Bra Fit Properly?

A bra is made to support your breast and making sure it fits right is essential to maximize those benefits. Did you know that, according to studies, about 80% of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size? That is a lot of women walking around with ill-supported breasts! The woman standing near you right now probably has the wrong bra size, too. So how do you if there is something wrong with your bra? We have compiled a checklist for you, this week, to help you determine if you are one of the 80% or are you apart of the latter. If you weren’t able to check one ore more of these things, you are most likely not wearing a properly fitting bra.
 
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The shoulder straps are not sliding off your shoulders constantly.

If they are, your straps need to be tightened to ensure that your bra is staying up and providing you with proper lift.
 
The center gore (the piece of fabric in the middle that connects the two cups) lays flat against your sternum.

If the gore is rising up, your bra may be too small, therefore causing the cups to pinch together creating a crease.
 
The band does not pinch your rib cage and is not digging into your skin.

Pinching of the band indicates that your band size is too small, and you may need to reconsider the next band size up.
 
The band in the back is parallel to the front and not riding up.

This indicates that your band may be too small.
 
You can fit no more than two fingers between your band and your back.

Ideally, two fingers of space between your band and your back provides the perfect snug fit for your bra. Less than that will cause the band it dig into your skin, and more than that, we cause your band to ride up.
 
There are no gaps between the cups and your breasts.

The cups should lay flat against your breast. If not, then the cups are too big, or the padding is not lifting you in the right places. Consider a different size or a different style that has padding that correlates to your breast shape.
 
Your breasts are not spilling out of the cups.

You should never wear a bra that is too tight to create more “push” or cleavage.
 
The underwire is not digging into your rib cage causing discomfort.
 
The sizes of underwires varies from style to size. Some may be longer or shorter, or more curved or less curved. Make sure the underwire complements your breast, and does not dig into your rib cage.
 
The underwire does not poke your underarm.

Try a smaller cup size or a demi bra that has shorter underwires.

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Bra Anatomy

A perfect bra is every woman’s best friend. It lifts, covers, and supports our breast and it is an essential undergarment in a woman’s everyday life. Bras have come a long way throughout its history and now they have been refined to be more comfortable and more supportive than ever before. Although a bra seems so simple  in design,  it is actually very complex and each part of a bra serves a specific function.

 

Today we are going to give you a run down of the  construction of a bra. Some of these terms you may be familiar with, while some not so much. These terms are good to know and many come in handy when you are looking to purchase a new bra. If a bra does not fit, you can identify which part of the bra is not fitting and use that knowledge to look for a better fit.

 

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Front Strap – The straps hold up the bra and help distribute the weight of the bra between the two sides.
Cups – These cover the breast and most of the time contains light to heavy padding to provide support and lift. Unlined bras are also available but are usually only worn for aesthetic reasons.
Underwire – A semi-circular wire under the cup that is used to support the bust.
Center Gore – The piece of fabric in the center front that connects the cups together. Center gores can either be stretch or non-stretch. Non-stretch provides more stability and support.
Adjuster – This allows the wearer to shorten or lengthen the drop of the bra according to their body. The wearer can adjust the straps to be shorter for more lift.
Hook & Eye Closure – A closure that consists of hooks and eyelets to fasten the bra together. There are usually 2-3 rows to adjust the band length.
Band – Also known as the wing, the band goes around the torso under the bust to keep the bra in place.

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Garter Belt Buying Guide

In the past we’ve covered a variety of topics for lingerie such as bras, panties and hosiery of all sorts. We have taught you from how to pick out the best styles to fit your body to how to identify different panties. This week as we sat and pondered about what else we have not covered, we stumbled onto the idea of garter belts. Garter belts, once a very essential part of every day undergarments, have now become more of a novelty used for sex appeal rather than a necessity used for support. We’re going to aim to bring it all back today and teach you how to buy a garter belt that will fit your needs.
 
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What is a Garter Belt?
A piece of elastic material worn at the waist with suspenders used to clip to the tops of stockings. Garter belts are used to support stockings and prevent them from falling down. Best used with stockings that do not already have silicone rubber lining.
 
What material should I look for?
Lace and lightweight material will suffice for usage in the bedroom but for all day support, look for something with a sturdy material. Garter belts made of power net, satin, or cotton are will last longer and provide more support.
 
How many suspenders do I need?
Typically, garter belts have at least two suspenders on each side (one in the front and one in the back). There are also ones that have up to 8 straps for maximum security. At least 6 straps are recommended for all day usage and 4 for short term. Choosing thicker straps will give more stability as well. Always look for straps that have adjusters so you may fit the garter belt to your body.
 
What kind of clasps should I buy?
Many garter belts you find come with plastic clasps. These are actually only intended for short periods of usage, and they are not good for your stockings. For something that will last all day and provide maximum support without damaging your stockings, metal clasps are highly recommended. They will hold the stockings in place better and can withstand the stress of constant pulling.
 
As you can see, garter belts are not all created equal. Some are just for looks while an actual garter belt needs a lot more to provide the proper support for your stockings. If your goal is just to find something to pair with your lingerie pieces in the bedroom, most garter belts found online and in department stores will suffice. However, if you want something that will do the job right, follow these pointers that we have provided when you go shopping next time. They may cost a bit more, but they will definitely last you longer. For an essential undergarment, it pays to spend a little more money. Let us know what your thoughts are on garter belts in the comments!

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