Wear Your Bra Correctly

Whilst watching BBC One’s The Voice last night, I got quite annoyed with Rita Ora & how she was wearing her bra incorrectly. I know, I should have been relaxing and enjoying the show. But, surely, Rita should be one of our Bra Ambassadors in the UK, with that fabulous figure she’s got to show off, under that lovely sheer top she wore? You can see from this image, Rita’s shoulders are rounded forward. This will affect her posture, and may cause neck and back ache, over time, if not addressed. The bra band is also “riding high”, indicating the band is too big for her small frame. A way of addressing this is to release the shoulder straps, and pull the bra band down to the smallest part of her back. It’s likely the band will need to be tightened to its tightest setting. It may become even more obvious at this stage that the bra band is too big for her. I was itching to get into my TV and adjust the bra correctly for her! It would have made such a difference to her shape and posture. But that’s impossible isn’t it?...

Wear your bra correctly

Whilst watching BBC One’s The Voice last night, I got quite annoyed with Rita Ora & how she was wearing her bra incorrectly. I know, I should have been relaxing and enjoying the show. But, surely, Rita should be one of our Bra Ambassadors in the UK, with that fabulous figure she’s got to show off, under that lovely sheer top she wore? You can see from this image, Rita’s shoulders are rounded forward. This will affect her posture, and may cause neck and back ache, over time, if not addressed. The bra band is also “riding high”, indicating the band is too big for her small frame. A way of addressing this is to release the shoulder straps, and pull the bra band down to the smallest part of her back. It’s likely the band will need to be tightened to its tightest setting. It may become even more obvious at this stage that the bra band is too big for her.   I was itching to get into my TV and adjust the bra correctly for her! It would have made such a difference to her shape and posture. But that’s impossible isn’t it? 😉 Here’s an image to help you visualise how your own bra should sit in the smallest part of your back. If it’s not in the smallest part of your back, loosen the shoulder straps off and pull it down. Make sure you do the band up so it’s firm around your ribcage, as this is where you get the support from to lift your breasts. An excellent case study, Rita, thank you....

5 tips for buying the perfect bra

It’s one of those all important questions isn’t it? How do I get the perfect bra for me? There’s lots of advice, you go to a lingerie shop, or high street store and “get fitted”, but you’re still not convinced that you’re wearing the perfect bra for you. Try these tips next time you need a new bra, and you’ll find the perfect bra for you: 1. What is the purpose of the bra you’re buying? Is it primarily for work, going out, sport? You need to have this fixed in mind when you shop, so you don’t end up with something that’s OK for work colour-wise, and not as fun as you wanted for going out. It’s OK to have different bras for different times of the day, or occasions. You’re better off buying two bras for different occasions and being happy with both, than one that you’re making do for multi-activities, but isn’t comfy, or looks good only under one particular top. 2. What clothes will you be wearing on top of this bra? Ideally, take the top/dress with you when bra shopping. This is the best way to see how perfect the bra is. If it’s not quite right when you try your top on, move on to the next shop. You’re wanting to look fantastic, so getting your underwear right gives the right foundation 3. Ensure the band is firm on its loosest setting Does the band feel snug around your rib cage? This is where the bra supports you from, so if this part isn’t snug enough, your not going to feel or look...

Bra wearing should ALWAYS be comfortable

From when we first start wearing bras as a girl, wearing a bra should never hurt us. If it does, your not wearing the right style or size. Don’t start shouting at me, I’m only the messenger, but an experienced one now. I, like you, was ‘supported’ by some trainer bras to start with, ‘fitted’ by ‘experts’, and only really felt truly comfortable and supported when I was in my mid-30s. There are many factors to consider when buying and wearing bras. I’m not going to cover them all here, but here’s some things to consider when you’re out shopping. Is your weight fluctuating? Where are you in your monthly cycle? If you buy a bra when you’re at your biggest in your cycle, then in a weeks time the bra will be too big and not supportive enough for you. Can you wait? Or do you actually need different bras for different times of the month? (I do some months). Rule of thumb – Buy a bra that is fitting firmly on it’s loosest setting when you buy it. It will only stretch with wear, and you need it to remain firm around your ribs. What type of clothes will you be wearing? Does the bra need to work under different styles of tops and dresses? One bra is unlikely to suit all your wardrobe! What about when you wear that backless dress you’ve got? Or when you do some exercise? Are you really expecting that skinny little piece of lace to support your breasts when you’re running around the park with your children? Rule of thumb –...

Mastectomy bras – what are they?

A mastectomy bra is a bra suitable for use after a woman has had a mastectomy (a breast removal), or lumpectomy (a part breast removal). Depending on the type of surgery, and whether there has been a reconstruction of the breast as well, will determine the type of bra advised by the breast care nurse. Generally, a mastectomy bra is a bra which already has pockets sewn into it, for a prothesis (a breast shape, either silicone or fabric), to sit comfortably. Some bras are manufactured with the pockets already sewn in, others have pockets added later. Most bras can have pockets sewn into them, so just restricting a search to mastectomy bras, may limit the styles available in a particular size. For example, if you have one breast removed by mastectomy and you’re a 34G, you’re more likely to get a good fitting bra by having a pocket sewn into a bra of your choice. Very few manufacturers make mastectomy bras for cup sizes above an E or F cup. Mastectomy bras, ones with a pocket already sewn into each cup of the bra, are made so that the remaining natural breast fits into the cup as normal. The other side, where the breast is no longer there, will be filled with the prothesis, so that the bra and body shape looks natural under clothing. When a bra is pocketed for a lady, only the side that is required is pocketed. Women are generally advised, after any breast surgery, to wear a soft cup bra – a bra with no wires. Depending on the type of surgery, and/or...

Maternity & nursing bras can be attractive and sexy, as well as comfy

Your body changes a lot during pregnancy and post birth. Some women complain that they feel ‘frumpy’ or ‘whale like’. Your maternity and breastfeeding underwear should be anything but frumpy to help you to feel as fabulous as you look. There are many maternity and nursing bra styles available now that offer the lacy, attractive, pretty and even sexy look. All you have to do is find the right one for you that fits correctly! The shape of the bra cup, the fabric used, and the cleavage you can achieve, (which is bound to be better than usual, whatever your shape and size), can be the same as you’re used to. But, most importantly, be comfy in whatever bra you buy. When looking at bras for breastfeeding, look for a similar cup shape to the one you are used to wearing. This way you’re more likely to enjoy wearing the bras, with or without underwires. There are some fabulous bras that don’t have any wires in them, HOTmilk , Lorna Drew , Bravado and Royce are just a few brands. And then there are some great brands that use wires in some of their bras, like Anita. You can see that they all have different shapes, which suit different body and breast shapes – just like ordinary bras. All the bras at our online shop bras4mums stock have been chosen for quality and comfort, even the under-wired ones! Check that the band is firm around your rib cage with room to make it smaller as it stretches over time, and the cup covers your ever changing breasts. The rest...