Alternate title: Let’s Talk about Breasts, Baby.
I worked at Victoria’s Secret during college and learned a thing or two about bras and bra care. I also grew up with two sisters, numerous cousins, and was a member of a sorority. I’ve seen and heard it all. I’ve learned that the style and fit of a bra can make or break an outfit (or your back) and help you feel like you can conquer the world.
Black T-Shirt Bra // Push-Up Bra // Sports Bra // Strapless Bra // Balconette Bra
There are numerous styles on the market, but I feel those are the standard five. You should have a couple of each in varying colors (you can never go wrong with black and nude).
Bra fit is important for several reasons, but, to me, the most important is comfort. I worked with a woman who constantly fiddled with her straps and her cups runneth over. I pulled her aside and suggested she get fitted- she wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but reluctantly headed to Macy’s. She bought all new bras and thanked me profusely after her trip.
The fact is, the majority of women wear the incorrect bra size. Measuring and refitting should occur fairly often: lose 10 pounds? Have a baby? Gain 10 pounds? You’re going to need a new bra! You can measure yourself, or head to your nearest Victoria’s Secret or Macy’s. Too shy to meet with an associate? Go to the Victoria’s Secret website and use this thorough measuring tool.
Avoid slippage, bulging, and the dreaded double boob by taking care of yourself and your décolletage.
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I hand-wash all of my bras in cold water with All or Woolite and hang dry them by the center of the bra over the shower rod (do not hang them by the straps!). You can place bras in a lingerie bag and wash on delicate cycle in the washing machine, but NEVER pop them in the dryer. Washing with harsh detergent and drying with heat will cause stretching and tearing of fabric. You pay good money for these things; why destroy them?
I once bought a bra for $12.00: it couldn’t hurt, right? Wrong. The front-closure bra exploded on me during work one day… I had to rush home and switch it out. I know we all live on a budget, but bras are worth the investment. I’d rather spend $50 on a good bra that will last me a couple of years than drop $12 every few months. You’ll spend $50 on a gorgeous top or dress; what’s stopping you from spending that on something you’ll wear every day? I suggest VS because I think it’s what most women can afford- Obviously there are other options.