Boobs, the girls, jugs, ta tas, titties, breasts, hooters, cans... Whatever you call them if you are putting them inside a bra them you need to find the right one for you and believe me not all bras are created equal.
Know your numbers
Buying the right bra (for you) starts with knowing your magic numbers...your measurements. Back, cup and under breast measurements will always help you to find your right measurements. For goodness sake head to a lingerie store and get measured. The ladies who work in these stores have seen it ALL, don't be embarrassed. There's lots of formulas for getting the right measurements but they can be confusing and I don't know about you but my boobs are different sizes and a little difficult to fit so I prefer to get professional help.
Our bra size can change over time
Over the years our boobs and bra size can change with age, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and even illness. I've been through a few changes with my boobs, first I had two then breast cancer took one then both. I had surgery to remove skin, tissue and muscles from my back to form new boobs. Over this time I've worn many types of bras from post-surgery, crop, bamboo, wire free, mastectomy bra with prostheses and some pretty sexy wire bras.
Get great service
I've had great service and ‘not so great’service in lingerie stores and lingerie departments, but ultimately you are in control of your body and how you feel so be open with your salesperson, be honest, communicate and trust your gut. If the service is lacking then speak up or walk away and try somewhere else...you owe yourself that.
My top tips for buying a great bra
Buying the right bra for you will improve your shape, self-confidence and posture...it will also make your clothes sit and look better. Here's my top tips...
-When trying on a bra start by loosening off the straps and then adjust the straps to fit once you're properly in the bra.
-Lean forward and lift your breasts into the cups, ensure the soft flesh at the sides is covered too.
-If the bra is flattening you out its the wrong size. Uni boobs be banished...unless you are wearing a crop style bra (I wear one to yoga), you want to have your bra lay flat between your breasts.
-If your breast spill over the cups and your nipples shouldn't peek out then you are in the wrong size.
-If the straps are digging into your shoulders adjust them or change the size.
-The strap should not ride up your back, it should sit straight and a little lower and feel snug but be comfortable. If the band is riding up then adjust the straps or try a smaller size.
-When you are fitted into your bra your nipples should sit halfway between your elbow and shoulder (I learnt this one from watching OPRAH, she taught me all the important things)
-If you have sloping shoulders try a racer back style.
-Underwire shouldn't dig or pinch, it also shouldn't cut into the breast tissue. If the underwire is uncomfortable then try a different style or go for a wire free bra.
-Raise your arms above your head, if the bra jumps up and you see breast tissue then the fit is wrong, your band should stay in place but make sure it's not too tight, especially when you sit as our ribs expand when sitting.
-If you are exercising then wear a sports bra to protect your breast tissue and also for comfort.
-Try on lots of styles of bras, you will never the difference that different styles will make to your shape if you don't try.
-Don't store anything inside your bra (especially phones!) that's what handbags are for.