How to Find Your Perfect Bra
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get to be personally fitted for a bra by the designing women of Bali, the makers of supportive bras and other intimate apparel. That’s kind of like having Valentino fit you for your own little black dress since really my biggest takeaway from that experience was that dressing your boobs is just like dressing for your body. It’s all about understanding what styles flatter your shape.
However, here are some more thoughts on finding that perfect bra:
1) Get fitted by a pro
In this era there is no excuse to not be fitted for a bra. Department stores, like Macy’s (where I got my Bali fitting), are flush with fit specialists and some even train their sales associates as well. Even independent specialty stores, like Intimacy, are now found all around the country.
2) Be prepared
Set aside enough time to try on 10-20 bras. Also, bring a fitted white t-shirt and whatever your “uniform” may be. For example, I live in button down shirts, so a bra that minimizes and prevents front gaping is important to me. Make this is a worthwhile experience.
3) Understand your problem areas
Of course the day you need to show off your gaping bra, it may not be. Well have a list of what bothers you about your bra. Be prepared like when you go to the doctor. Bra manufacturers make “solution-based” bras, oh yes, they do. Do your bra straps fall? Does your bra back ride up? Are you not filling up the top of your bra cup? Well, there’s most likely a bra for that. And that, and that, and THAT.
4) Even though you’re with a pro, know some things
When trying on bras: a) make sure the band settles mid-back, b) lean forward and position your breasts into the cups, c) make sure the middle center of the bra is flat on your sternum, d) ensure the eye and hook fastens on the middle row allowing you room for band loosening if there’s weight gain and tightening when the bra naturally stretches.
5) Know your style
As I mentioned above, the key is knowing your bra style. By the time you’re done with your professional fitting you should be able to walk into any store, eye a bra off the rack and immediately sense whether that bra style is for you, much like you must already know whether or not an A-line or empire dress style is a right choice. Clearly if your body changes, you should be refitted (go back to #3).