Buying a new bra is a task many women put off. Whether it’s the expense, the feeling that it’s self-indulgence, or just not having the time to try one on to find a proper fit, bra shopping is not always at the top of everyone’s list. Still, there are times when new bras are simply a must-and it’s not just when your bras get so disreputable-looking that your husband makes fun of you. Knowing when to get a new one is the key to helping you keep bras that fit and are comfortable. These tips should help you find the right bra for your size and shape.
1. You haven’t purchased a bra in the past six months. Is the expense keeping you in bras that are wearing out? Sure, you can spend $50 or even $100 on a bra pretty easily, but there are plenty of cute bras available for under $30. If you’d spend it on a manicure or a couple of movie tickets, you should be able to spend it on a convertible bra.
2. You have a special occasion coming up. If you’re a bridesmaid in a wedding, or you’re going to a formal dance, you may need a strapless or convertible bra.
3. You’re pregnant. No, you don’t need a nursing or maternity bra yet-but your breasts are going to grow a surprising amount over the next nine months. Chances are you’ll need to size up twice during your pregnancy. And even if you were an “A” cup to begin with, you’re going to need an underwire for support now. Be kind to your breasts during pregnancy and nursing-good bras can minimize post-baby sagging. Bali , Playtex , and Calvin Klein offer some comfortable choices for this time in your life.
4. You’ve been wearing an ill-fitting bra. If your bra is puckered, oddly stretched, the back strap is riding up, or you have that magical bra line visible over your chest-you need a different bra. Be honest with yourself-as much as you’d like to be a C, are you really a B? Or, conversely, is a D cup just too small? Your bra should be supportive without being constricting, and should not gape away from your skin at any point when you are standing up straight. Check out full-figured or plus-size bras for a good fit, or get seamless bras if you wear t-shirts often. And stop worrying about size! Comfort in a bra is where it’s at.
5. You’ve washed your bras repeatedly in the washing machine. Bras should be hand-washed. If you do not have the time, then at least use a lingerie bag for them as it will protect the straps and hooks from getting caught while washing or drying. Bras washed in the machine and without protection need to be replaced far more often.
6. The underwire does not lie flat against your skin. The underwire should be perfectly flat and just underneath the breasts. If it starts to pucker or punch through the cloth, then it is time to replace the bra. If you have to adjust the underwire back to it’s proper position at some point during the day, guess what? Time for a new bra.
7. The bra is beginning to get holes under the arms or in the cups. Any visible wear in the cloth is a sign the bra needs to be replaced. A bra with holes is not useful as it could tear completely during wear. Nothing is more slovenly than underwear with holes-the same applies to bras. Even if no one sees you in your bra, you’ll feel ridiculous every time you put it on, and that’s no fun. DKNY and American Eagle offer some versatile everyday choices that won’t starve your wallet.
8. The size and elasticity are different than on a new bra of the same type. This test holds true especially for sports bras. Holding your sports bra up to a new version of it should look the same in size and shape. If not, your bra has been worn too much and is stretched out. Try Champion or Adidas for a new sports bra.
9. You have lost or gained weight. The breasts are largely fatty tissue, and even adding five pounds can make significant changes in their size, warranting a new bra. Anytime you lose or gain more than 10 pounds, you should get fitted for a new bra to make sure you are getting the right size.
10. You are ready for a new look! Don’t wait until your old bras are embarrassing. Get one anytime you feel you need a quick pick-me-up. If you’ve been wearing plain cotton, get some fun lace bras . Or, if you’ve been wearing animal-print push-up-padded bras, try something simpler like mesh bras – you might find that you like it. Elle MacPherson , Aubade and BarelyThere Bras offer some sexy bra choices that you deserve.
Getting a new bra doesn’t have to be a hassle. If you find a bra you really like, it’s a good idea to buy several at once in case it’s discontinued. There is no need to go through the pain of finding a new style and size each time you need one. Browse a variety of different styles and brands to find choices that you like, and happy bra hunting!
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