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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

In Search of the Perfect Bra

Hi there!

Got this article from Yahoo, and found it EXTREMELY interesting....
that's why I'm sharing it with you... *s*


Did you know that about 80% of all women are wearing the wrong size bra? Surprising, isn't it? There's a lot to check for before you buy that new bra, so have look at our tips to make sure the one you purchase is right for you.

Measure first

Step 1: Measure, in inches, the circumference of your ribcage, staying below the breasts. Add 6 to the number if it's even, 5 if it's odd. This is your band size.

Step 2: Now measure the circumference of your torso at breast level, keeping the measuring tape at nipple level, again in inches. The result will be larger than your band size. To get your cup size, subtract your band size from the measurement of your breasts at nipple level. The following table indicates which cup size you are according to your calculation

1/2 inch: AA
1 inch: A
2 inches: B
3 inches: C
4 inches: D
5 inches: DD

For example, if the first measurement gives you 29, you add 5 to get 34. If the second measurement is 35, you subtract 34 from 35, to get 1. The difference is equal to an A cup.

So your bra size is 34A.

Try them on!
Every bra is different, that's why you must never buy one without first trying it on. Even if you know your size, try it on and see how it fits you. A bra is like a second skin, and should feel as comfortable as one, too. You should (almost) be able to forget you are wearing one. That's why it's important to try on different styles (with or without underwire, half cup, push-up, padded, etc.) to find the one that bests suits you.

Necessary adjustments
A well-adjusted bra can make all the difference in the world when it comes to comfort. Follow these tips for comfort and style:

* A new bra should be fastened on the outermost clasp. Over time, the bra will stretch out and then you will need to move to the middle, and then the innermost clasp. The straps and the underwire should not leave any marks on your skin.

* To make sure your breast are well placed, put your hand in the cup and lift your breast up before letting it settle back. The nipple should be pointing up, not down. Your breasts will be well supported, looking firm and perky!

* If the cup puckers or wrinkles, then it is too big. If your breasts are spilling out, it's too small. The surface of each cup must be smooth.

* Straps shouldn't be too tight or too loose. Check if they're properly adjusted by sliding a finger underneath each strap: you should be able to do this easily.

Ask questions
Women who work in lingerie shops have usually had training, and can help you find the right bra. Don't be afraid to ask questions or for advice about adjusting your bra or finding the right style. All those different styles are there for a reason: there is no one right bra for all women.

Get dressed
Lastly, while you're in the changing room, put on your top or blouse and see what the bra looks like when you're dressed. Can you see your bra through your top? Is the shape of your breasts round? Are they pointing forward? This is what you need to look for before buying - not after!

Got 4 more days off !!!!


1 comment:

martha said...

don't you wonder where they got those statistics? Do they run around interviewing ladies, " "pardon me , Madame, could I check your bosoms for the correct brassiere fit? hahahah. Cracks me up!
and really and truely, mine have never pointed up. Sounds rather uncomfortable:)