It’s a new year! Time for resolutions and life changes. I'm not a big resolution girl, but one thing I'm recommending for the New Year, is for everyone to get properly fitted for a bra. I know this sounds like about as much fun as cleaning out a dryer vent. However, I promise that if you do this right, you will be amazed at how much better your clothes look on you. The right bra really can make that much of a difference!
I also recognize that it's not fun to spend money on a new bra. Well, at least for me it 's not fun. I put it in the same category as having my roof repaired or some other totally pragmatic expense. You don’t feel like you are benefiting from it, but it really makes a difference.
I encourage every woman to take the time to have a professional measure and fit you. Allow plenty of time because you are probably going to have to try on many different bras. Think shopping for bathing suits or jeans..... Lots of different styles and highs and lows of frustration. In addition, make sure you try on the bras with various shirts. You don’t want to get home and realize a bra that looks great under a button up looks funny underneath your t-shirts. Also, be willing to wear different styles of bras under different styles of shirts. Sometimes, that is what is necessary. You should have 1-3 basic styles of bras that can work under your shirts. You also want to rotate through your bras on a weekly basis so you don’t wear one bra too often. If you over wear a bra, it can stretch out and not last as long. (It's possible I speak from experience on this one when I've found a bra I really like. :) ) Now, when I find a bra I really like, I try to buy more than 1 in the same style, so I can rotate them. You also want to make sure you have the right colors. You always want to have a nude and a black. You can throw in other colors too as long you have the basics covered.
Don’t wait until you need a special type of bra to invest in one. If you wear tank tops a lot and you don’t want to have to worry about your straps showing, invest in the Nu-Bra. It’s great with tank tops, lower back dresses and anytime you don’t want to have to worry about your straps peeking out.
Also, I love the idea of having a racer back style bra, but that may not be the most practical purchase, unless you're wearing that style a lot. If so, I think bra clips like these are a great idea. The ones shown here are from Nordstrom. Take it from personal experience, they work much better than safety pins and won’t hurt or stretch your bra. I've been known to have my husband safety pin my bra five minutes after we were supposed to leave for our special event. I needed these!
Also, when you are wearing a cocktail dress for a special occasion, consider having bra cups sewn into the dress. That way, you won’t have to worry about a strapless bra or any of those other extra details. It’s a very easy fix that a seamstress can handle and it usually it makes your dress fit nicely across your bust and you will look natural. (In other words, people won’t wonder if you have had some surgery to enhance your chest). And for me, I'm much better off not wearing a strapless bra because I always end up with it falling down below my bust and then I'm trying to hike it up all night! I know some of you need the support of a bra, but my issue is more along the lines of not having enough up top to hold up a strapless dress! :)
A little planning and shopping on the front end can make all the difference! Take the time and get fitted and make sure you've got all the bra accessories you need. A little money spent on this pragmatic piece of your wardrobe will be an investment that pays you back in spades. You will be so glad you did and your wardrobe will look even better on you than it already does.
Check back for the second installment of our bra fitting post for a great idea for how to make the process of finding the right bra even easier!