The Bra Bible

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            According to a recent study done by Triumph, a Swiss lingerie company, an alarming amount of women are choosing their bras wrong.  Their international survey of 10,000 women discovered that 64 percent are wearing the wrong size bra, reports Women’s Wear Daily.  What is more staggering is that out of those women, 29 percent know that they are wearing the incorrect size.
            The proper bra can drastically alter how clothes look and the way you feel.  We’re sure that many women are unsure of what to look for when bra shopping so we have some tips on what to know. 
            Since bras have a large impact on how clothes look, it is best to invest.  “A good bra can leave a serious dent in your wallet, and since you’re not supposed to wear the same one every day, they can become a large expense.  But visiting your local retailer for a fitting is typically free and can equip you with your proper measurements,” according to www.huffingtonpost.com.  When purchasing a bra, go to a store that has an array of bras as well as trained bra fitters available.  The bra fitters should be able to guide you in the right direction, however, a general rule of thumb is to measure your band size and then cup size to calculate your actual bra size. 
When taking your measurements make sure that you are wearing and unpadded bra.  To measure your band size, use a measuring tape and measure directly under your bust after dismissing air from your lungs because you want this measurement to be as small as possible.  If you are in between a number, round up to the closest whole number.  To measure your cup size, stand up straight leaving your arms directly at your sides and measure the fullest portion of your bust, round up to the nearest whole number as well.  Once you have your band and cup size measurement, subtract the band measurement from your cup measurement.  Revert to this chart to discover what your bra size is with your measurements.
            If you’re dissatisfied with the outcome of your size, do not become discouraged.  Be open minded and understand that the fit of the bra is more important than what the size of it is.  If you come across a bra that you love but your size is unavailable, you can typically go up one band size and down a cup size or vice versa in order to find the right fit.  Regardless of what type of bra you have, the best way to get longevity out of them is to treat them with proper care.  It is ideal to hand wash your bras but if you would rather toss it in the washing machine, utilizing a garment bag will protect it.  Once your bra comes out of the wash never put it in the dryer, let it hang to dry.