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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Bra

The well-known lingerie expert Rebecca Apsan selected the underwear worn by the characters in Sex & The City. Stars such as Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Linda Evangelista are known to frequent her stores. She’s also written a book about selecting the right bra and underwear.

Rebecca claims that selecting the right bra can change a person’s body and their life and make them happier.

Taking measurements

Many women buy bras that are the size they would like to wear rather than what actually fits them. Often, this turns out to be a cup size smaller than what they need.

In order to definitively work out which size you need, you have to start by taking your measurements. But bear in mind that these measurements are only the beginning. The size you measure might turn out to be slightly incorrect when you come to try something on, simply because different companies make items that are marginally different in size and because your body shape is unique.

Band circumference

Lower your arms. The measuring tape should be strictly horizontal and firmly pressed against your body. It will be more effective if you get someone else to measure you, but it is possible to do it on your own.

 

Chest circumference

Put on the most comfortable and ordinary bra you have (not a push-up or a minimizer). The measuring tape should be stretched horizontally and pass over the point of furthest protrusion from the chest but without pressing down on it.

Our weight can change over time, yet many of us persist in buying the same bra size regardless of physical changes. Don’t wed yourself to one size. If your weight fluctuates by 3-5 kg, take your measurements again and look at different size options.

Now it’s time to go to the store. Bear in mind that trying on different bras until you find the right one may take around an hour and a half.

 

How to try on a bra

The band circumference and the chest circumference have an effect on each other. A size C for a circumference of 29.5 inches differs from a size C for a circumference of 31.5 inches. How? The greater the band circumference, the wider and more spacious the cup. Bear this in mind when trying on underwear.

Be prepared to try on no less than ten different bras made by a minimum of two different companies. Try classic designs with a smooth cup. Pick whatever you find more comfortable in terms of material. When you’ve found your size, you can then try different designs.

Take the first two designs of the size which you determined from taking your measurements. For example, 34A.

The following two models that you try should have a smaller base band size, but a larger cup size. So in this case, 32B.

The third should have a smaller base band size — in this case, 32A.

The fourth should have a larger cup size, e.g. 34B.

The final two should have both a larger cup and larger base band size — for example, 36C.

Each one you try should be evaluated according to three things: the cup, the base band, and the shoulder straps.

When you try on a bra, connect the row of hooks that is farthest to the right (that is, the loosest setting). Depending on the material, the base band can stretch up to 5 cm. That’s when you’ll need the remaining rows of hooks.

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