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What do you consider be the perfect bra? For me I want something that is comfortable, pretty, and that flatters me. All pretty common requests, right? Well, the struggle has been real to get all of that in one bra. Luckily when I went to New York to visit Vanity Fair they told us how a bra should fit and what to look for when we are shopping for ourselves and you guys, it was mind-blowing. I have been shopping for bras for the last 15+ years all wrong. I took a few tips and tricks back with me and I am happy to share them with you.
I had a professional fitting at Macy’s when I was in New York and the lady that did my fitting was like the bra whisperer. The secret to finding the perfect bra is getting fitted for your bras. After that keeping a few rules in mind when shopping on your own will really change your life. I purchased one bra immediately after my fitting and then went on my own to purchase another and these tips really helped me.
The Band Matters: The most common misconception about a bra is that the straps do all the work. The bands around the base of the bra is where all of the holding should be happening. If your straps are digging into your shoulders then you are doing it all wrong because they shouldn’t be tight at all.
Middle Hook: Your bra should be clasped on the middle hook. I have actually heard that it should be hooked to the last hook and as your bra gets loose you should clasp your hook further in, but that is incorrect. Your bra clasp should actually be hooked in the middle.
Lay Flat: The middle of the bra should lay flat against your chest, not have a space between your skin and the bra.
Two Finger Rule: The straps and back of the bra shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t fit two fingers comfortably between. If any of this is too tight then try adjusting your straps or going up a size.
The Top Test: Always try on a bra before you buy it. During my fitting I tried on three different bras in the same size. Two looked awesome and one, not so much. Every bra style is cut differently to help with something in particular and you may not like the way one fits but would never know unless you tried it on.
Look At The Back: Back bulge is so annoying and pretty hard to disguise. Always look at your back when you are trying on a bra to make sure the bra you are putting on is smoothing out that area. You won’t always be able to get rid of the bulge but if it is EXTREMELY noticeable then you need to try on a different size.
After trying on a few different styles the Vanity Fair Beauty Back Full Figure was the one that I liked the most overall. I liked it so much that I went into Macy’s to get another one in a different size. My favorite thing about the bra is the straps: they are wider and comfortable and the stiching/pattern actually helps them stay in place so they don’t slip.
I am also a big fan of the small detail of lace right in the front. I like that the bra cups are smooth but the flirty girly aspect is still there. When you are a big-busted woman the options of girly and frilly typically go out the window so these are the things that I actually never get to have.
And lastly, this bra is so comfortable. I cannot even tell you how good this bra feels on. Sometimes I actually forget I am wearing it, which has never been the case when I wear other bras. The comfort factor alone is enough for me to sing this bra’s praises.
So tell me in the comments below: Did you see anything in the tips I mentioned above that was new to you? Just about everything I heard from the ladies doing the bra fittings at Macy’s was blowing my mind so I am going to guess that at least one of these things is news to you!
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