Do you have one bra that you wear every day? Don’t really remember when you bought it or when you last washed it? It’s probably pushing 2 years right about now and I’m here to tell you that it’s time to put it out of its misery and it’s time to find a new bra.
I know this is hard, but as a ex-Victoria’s Secret employee, I’m here to tell you that you’ve probably been wearing the wrong bra size for your entire life and that you’ve probably been taking care it wrong for just as long.
First thing is first, how old are your bras?
Bras aren’t meant to last more than 2+ years with heavy use. So if you wear a bra everyday, it’s probably not going to last longer then 6 months. If you were to wear it maybe once a week, you would probably get a year out of it, but that’s it.
“But Eva! I’ve been wearing my bra for a year and a half and it’s fine!”
Is it? Do you remember when your bra was new? How it felt? Probably not. You’ve learned to live with your worn out, stretched out bra. You’ve forgotten what a bra should feel like.
So, go get measured. Or if you have a measuring tape, watch a YouTube video and do it yourself. If you go to somewhere like, oh I don’t know, Victoria’s Secret, try to get at least 3 different people to measure you and try on each bra size they recommend.
Second, this is how a bra should fit.
If you aren’t too keen on letting the sales associate make sure that your bra fits you properly, don’t worry I’m here to tell you everything you need to know.
First of all, hook the band on the last hook. Bras stretch out like crazy over time, so as time goes by and your bra stretches out, you’ll gradually move to the middle to last hook. But for now, put it on the first hook.
The band needs to be snug but not dig into you. Most of the support comes from the band, not the straps. Place two fingers stacked on top of each other under the band and gently pull at the band, it should just allow for the fingers to be placed under band, you shouldn’t be able to pull it any farther away from your body than those two fingers, and if it doesn’t let you put your fingers in the band, then it’s way too tight.
How do the cups feel? I like doing the shake test. Jump around the fitting room and bend over, if your boobs fall out of the cups or start to bulge out, then you need a bigger cup. If there is gaping in the cup at all, then you need to go smaller. The cup should fit smoothly against the chest.
Adjust the straps to what feels most comfortable, but make sure they aren’t too tight or dig into you, tight enough to give you a bit of lift but not too loose to fall off your shoulders.
At this point, you’re probably in a smaller band size and a bigger cup size then you thought or vise versa. That’s perfectly okay, don’t get held up by numbers or sizes. It can be pretty emotional and frustrating to find your bra size, but don’t give up! Once you find it then you’re set and you can buy a whole bunch of cute bras.
Third, how many bras should you have?
I think each person with boobs needs these basics, a nude bra, black bra, a strapless bra, a push up bra and a lightly lined bra. These bras can overlap, but it’s important that you have this main kit so that way you’re prepared for any outfit or situation.
But other than that, the average woman owns 25 bras, so go crazy. Now that you’ve found your bra size and bras that fit, it’s time to say goodbye to all those old, stretched out bras.
Here are a few more tips for bra maintenance.
For each day you wear your bra, give it at least 1 day of rest in between wearing it again. This allows the elastic to recover its shape and won’t stretch out as quickly.
Be careful when you wash your bras, if you refuse to wash them by hand, was them on cold on gentle and allow them to air try. Never, I mean never, put your bras in the dryer! It destroys your bras and cause the under wire to poke through the fabric.
Last but not least, get measured every 6 months. Things change, weight, hormones and even stress can all affect your bra size. Again, don’t stress out about your size, they’re just numbers and letter and don’t determine if you’re normal or fat or skinny, you are you and your chest is different from everyone else’s.
So with that, I hope I’ve inspired you to get out there, retire your old bra and find a bra that really fits.