Guide to Buying Comfortable Bras
A professional bra fitting can corrected by a myriad of wrongs, but let’s be honest, not every woman has the time or is comfortable enough to schedule one. The good news is that no woman has to suffer the pinching, spilling over, sliding straps or red marks on the skin that bras can cause. There are plenty of comfortable bras out there in every shape, size, and color. Luckily, a good bra doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, especially if you know what to look for.
Why It Matters
Ill-fitting bras not only influence self-esteem and the appearance of clothing on the body, but they can have a negative impact on overall health as well. Neck and ligament strain, shoulder and back pain, and distortion of breast tissue are only a few possible results of poorly fitted bras. There is no reason why women cannot look and feel attractive and be comfortable as well. Many women wear the wrong size and style of bra for their body type. Before looking for the right bra, be sure to measure your bust line and around your ribcage just under the bust.
What to Look For
Bras are as diverse as the women who wear them, so there is no one style that fits all. Be willing to try on different types to find what works best for you. There are a few common problems across the board, however. Universal issues include straps that dig into the shoulder or slide off. Look for bras with adjustable straps so that you can tailor the fit to your body. The straps should be snug, but they should not dig into the skin. The most comfortable bras have wide straps that spread the weight out instead of holding it in one tight spot.
Comfortable bras also have wide back straps that fit snugly, not tightly, around the ribcage and against the sternum between cups. The back strap should not sag or pull up in the back. If this is the case, the shoulder straps likely need adjustment. The back strap should be working with the shoulder straps to hold the breast cups in place. If underwire pinching is a problem, consider a wireless bra with an extra wide back strap that runs all the way under the bust.
Breasts that spill out or sag in the cups are the result of the wrong cup style. Comfortable bras have cups that come up over the majority of the breast. They should lie snugly against the skin and move with you, not against you. Even shelf bras and pushup bras should fit this way to look smooth under clothing.
Comfortable bras are not a myth. It just takes a little understanding of what your body needs. Every woman deserves to look and feel beautiful and a perfectly fitting bra is the right first step in that direction. Be willing to try on many different styles to find what works best for you. Not only will the correct bra make you feel womanly, but it can save you the pain of muscular strain and skin irritation. Celebrate your body with a beautiful bra that looks great and feels great too.
Judith Blue blogs about womens fashion and often gives tips for selecting comfortable bras.