7 Tips to Finding a Great Bra

by Migdalia Rivera

A bra is a necessary tool in any woman’s attire. Dressed up or down, a bra can hamper your style or elevate you to a higher level (pun intended). It can make you look younger, older, smaller or fuller. Whether full figured or small breasted, a bra can enhance your natural curves, allowing you to go from frump to fab with the snap of a clasp.

Jene Luciani, a bra expert, shares her top 7 tips to finding a great bra below.  

  1. Be aware of your body type so you know what bras to look for. For example, if you are more of a top-heavy “apple,” you likely will be looking for fuller coverage bras, not demi-cups. A full guide by body type can be found in The Bra Book.
  2. Wear a thin t-shirt while trying on so you can see what each bra looks like under the sheerest of circumstances.
  3. Get a fitting! Or give one to yourself, using the instructions in The Bra Book. Be open-minded about your size. If you’re surprised (or disappointed), remember that size is just a number (and a letter!). The proper fit of the bra is the most important part. Look for ‘key’ fit points like the ‘bridge’ between the cups lying flush and that nothing is bulging, pinching, gaping or billowing it, and the straps aren’t digging in or slipping!
  4. If you’re in a bind and there’s a bra that you really love but they don’t have your size, it’s usually OK to go up a band size and down a cup size – or vice versa.
  5. Don’t be afraid to put the bra on and face yourself in the mirror with a critical eye. If you see any gaps, spillage, digging in, or other signs of poor fit, it’s not the right bra. Turn around and look at the back as well. The back band can be very telling too when it comes to proper fit.
  6. Don’t get stuck in a size rut. Be sure to plan another fitting six months to a year later (our sizes fluctuate due to weight gain, hormonal changes, aging and other life changes so it’s important to get fitted at least once a year!) Our bras also need to be replaced every 6 months to a year due to wear and tear so it’s a good rule of thumb.
  7. Once you find a brand you like, or that caters especially to you, like Curvy Kate for full figures, stock up on your ‘7 essentials,’ ie one bra for every day of the week and all occasions. These include a spa bra (comfy for everyday wear), a sports bra if you exercise, a nude t-shirt bra, a great strapless bra, and a few ‘special’ bras that are decorative and pretty, perfect for spicing up a hum drum work wardrobe (but only you will know!) and of course, for spicing up evenings – even let one peek out occasionally!

Let’s talk! When’s the last time you were fitted for a bra?


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Lisa ~ AutismWonderland May 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Ugh…bra shopping is my least favorite kind of shopping. I don’t do it often and I hate the process. I actually have to go make an appointment for a fitting.
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2 Carol May 12, 2012 at 7:42 am

Bra shopping is quite cool. and finding the right bra is amazing. thanks for this post.
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3 Jane May 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Bra fit is important since if it is too tight it can impair lymphatic drainage of the breasts. This causes cysts, pain, and can cause breast cancer, according to my oncologist. Also, don’t wear a bra for more than 12 hours daily. Go bra-free as much as possible.
Also, bra fitters are not always right. Go with comfort. If you really want to make sure the bra is not too tight, try not wearing any bra for a week before getting fitted. Otherwise, if you are now wearing bras that are too tight you may not know what it’s like to not be constricted.

4 Maria @verybusymama June 16, 2012 at 12:09 am

I cant remember the last time I was fitted! But I do know that I need new ones so thanks for the reminder. A good bra makes you feel like you could rule the world!

5 Patricia June 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

Bra shopping love it but hate it. It has been awhile since I have been fitted. Should it be done regularly? Any way I have stuck with that size, but I have found that every bra is not created equal…same size, but different fit.

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