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What to Look for in a New Bra

Everyone knows the struggle to find the perfect bra: it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Whether you’re shopping for a special occasion bra, a sports bra, or just everyday wear, there are a few crucial things you need to consider when adding to your lingerie drawer. Here’s the guide you’ve been waiting for on what to look for in a new bra.

Comfort Comes First

The first rule when hunting down new bras is to prioritize comfort. A bra may literally be a supporting character in your daily dressing routine, but you wear it directly against your skin, and it can have a tremendous impact on how you feel throughout the day. It will directly influence your posture, movement, and overall comfort levels.

Try various styles, materials, and brands. Remember, what suits one woman may not automatically be the best for you. Seams, wires, pads or no pads, wide or narrow straps: everyone has different preferences and these can also alter with age and lifestyle. So keep an open mind, try different styles, and prioritize your comfort above everything else when buying new bras.

Understand Your Size

Most women wear the wrong bra size, mainly because of the confusion about measuring and fitting. Some women assume that they stay the same size all their life, but factors such as weight gain, aging, hormonal changes, or pregnancy can alter your bra size. Professionals recommend a fitting at least once a year.

You’ll know a bra fits well when it’s snug but not too tight, providing a smooth line across your back. The center gore should sit flat against your breastbone, not digging into your chest or riding up. Remember – a change in cup or band size can significantly affect your bra’s fit.

Style and Purpose

Why are you buying a new bra in the first place? Are you looking for a bit more lift or coverage, or do you want a bra for a particular dress or top? Do you need a sports bra for your workouts or a more seductive piece for romantic evenings? Each style serves a different purpose and feels different when worn.

For example, balconettes or demi bras are perfect for low necklines, while T-shirt bras provide a seamless appearance under close-fitting clothes. Sports bras offer the proper support during physical activities. Understanding the different styles will help you in your pursuit of the perfect bra.

Material Matters

Just as you’d pay attention to the material of your cute thigh-high socks, you should also consider the materials used for your bra. This factor equally contributes to the overall comfort and durability of your bra. Check the labels for the fabric content. Cotton is breathable and excellent for everyday wear, while bras with some elastane or Lycra stretch can provide a better fit.

Lace or embroidered details may look beautiful but these can cause irritation if they come in contact with your skin. Similarly, mesh or synthetic materials might not be as breathable, especially in hot weather. Always keep your skin sensitivity in mind when choosing the material and design.

Standard Vs. Specialized Bras

While it’s essential to have standard bras in your rotation for daily wear, sometimes you may need a specialized bra. Nursing bras, strapless bras, sports bras, post-surgery bras, mastectomy bras—all cater to specific needs. Make sure you’re not trying to make do with a standard bra when a specialized one would serve you better.

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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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