Does The Perfect Bra Exist?
Go back in time to your first bra shopping experience. Did you know your size or have someone fit you? Was it hard to find the “perfect” bra? There’s something about that moment when a sales associate approaches draped in measuring tape that always has us shook.
I remember my first experience trying on bras in a specialty store. I was a middle school student who knew spring break was the best time to shop and get all of the fly gear before returning to school. Bra shopping wasn’t exactly in the plan but my body was changing and my current bras weren’t fitting the way that they used to. So I was resized but there’s something about that moment when a sales associate approaches draped in measuring tape that always has us shook. Once my true size was determined I felt like my life was over. I was in the 7th grade measuring more than a D cup! It was absolutely embarrassing. My struggle to find the perfect bra started early and has been an ongoing challenge but my recent revelation changed everything. And I mean, everything sis.
Ready for the truth? There isn’t “the” perfect bra out there.
This means you won’t find one bra that will supply everything you need it to. The odds are nearing impossible for this elusive all-in-one perfection but I do believe that there are multiple great bras for varying occasions.
My realization came when I constantly found myself having to change out of what I thought was the perfect bra, simply because it wasn’t functional. Picture that I’m wearing my “perfect” Victoria’s Secret bra and due to the fit, I can’t wear a button down without the buttons pulling and leaving spaces for onlookers to see what color the secret is inside. It’s frustrating.
Depending on support needs, functionality, style of garment, etc. one bra may be better than another. Let’s face it sis, you may not be able to wear your t-shirt push up with that button up blouse for work! Accepting the fact that you need a bra collection will debunk the myth that there is the perfect all inclusive bra out there.
As a stylist I have seen and heard bra horror stories. People have complained of not being able to wear strapless garments because strapless bras don’t hold support the girls well enough. My personal favorite line is “I don’t want to do the strapless shimmy all night”. Stop it! I cannot stress enough how important fit is when it comes to finding compatible bras.
Take the plunge so the girls don’t have to and get measured for a bra size by a professional. Do your research and even better, try things on.
Sorry cyber shoppers, but it is best to model the bras in store before a full-length mirror. This will give you a complete view of how your boobs are supposed to sit without any guessing. Added bonus? You have on-demand help from a knowledgeable associate that can quickly fix anything the twins need whether it’s more underwire or none at all. Move on to online shopping once you’re comfortable with your different selections. Women are constantly wearing bras that are too small, too big, stretched out, you name it. It may take a little time but it is worth it in the end.
For the real “perfect bra”, style is key.
Having a larger bust has taught me that I need to have multiple styles on deck for any wardrobe occasion. Some of these styles include: the minimizer, the strapless, the cutie, and the all day old faithful. Why are these styles important? They fit every need, all 7 days of the week. There is nothing like wearing the wrong undergarments and feeling uncomfortable throughout the day. Whether it’s pulling or tugging, we should all be able to go a full 12 hours or more in our bras with no problem.If your bra doesn’t allow 12 hours of fidget-free wear then it’s time to reconsider the relationship. You deserve to feel comfortable not just sometimes but all the time. Feeling comfortable means you’re more likely to feel confident!
I’ll admit once I found the few styles that worked for me, everything came full circle. Now although I have a larger bust, I feel better about wearing strapless dresses, fitted tops, etc.
Any bra size that measures past DD, may be hard to find at you local TJ Maxx but that’s totally fine. You have options. Stores like Maidenform, L’eggs, Hanes, Bali, and Playtex outlets have you covered literally. The unfair reality is that the bigger your bust, the bigger the expense when buying a bra. Shop around anyway and make the needed investment. Truth be told, when you spend a little more, the return of extended wear multiplies and keeps your bra in the rotation for longer. Ultimately having the perfect bra is when you own multiple really good bras.
This experience can be daunting and stressful but with these helpful tips I know you’ll be able to wear what you want with confidence. Now it’s time to throw the old bra away and bring in a few bomb options that’ll make a world of difference!
Even though there’s no simple fix to the “perfect bra” myth, focusing on fit can lead you in the right direction. You can conquer the world of style if you have the proper undergarments.
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