What’s going on with your bra?
If you’ve been a client of mine, you know how much I stress the importance of proper fitting undergarments. Without them, anything you put on is a lost cause. ALL women, regardless of size or shape, can benefit from shapewear (which is used to SMOOTH, not actually shape!) and ALL women need to be fitted for a bra.
Roughly 80% of women wear the wrong bra size. Admittedly, I myself have been a victim of incorrect bra sizing. I was fitted over 5 years ago and stuck with the size 38DD. Well…I have a five year old son and I’m currently 8 months pregnant with a little girl. To say that I remained the same bra size in the midst of weight gain and children would have been a miracle. Thus, I was on the hunt for a pretty nursing bra and ended up selecting the Le Mystere “Sexy Mama” Underwire Nursing Bra. I scrolled through the sizes and, much to my dismay, there was no DD!! I checked the size chart, read the reviews…and finally deduced that I needed to re-measure myself.
How to Measure
First, measure your band size. To do so, grab a tape measure and measure directly under your bust all around. Make sure the tape measure is level across the front and back so you get an accurate read. Record this number.
Secondly, measure around the fullest part of your bust (right across the nipple). Make sure you are wearing your best bra when doing so as you will get a more accurate reading.
Subtract the first measurement from the second measurement. I’ll use myself as an example. My band size measured 40″. After measuring around my bust, I had 46″. This is a difference of 6 inches which, drumroll…..is a 40F!!
So as you can see, I was off by quite a bit. After accepting my reality, I ordered the bra in my new size and awaited it’s arrival. I am happy to report it fits GREAT and it’s really pretty!! Any nursing mom out there knows that finding a pretty nursing bra is like finding GOLD.
If you are unsure about measuring yourself, don’t hesitate to go to a bra shop or a great retailer such as Nordstrom to be fitted. They are trained to help you!
Notes About Fit
When putting on a bra, it isn’t just snap, twist around, put on the straps and go. Breast tissue actually extends into the armpit and it’s important to make sure you are including all of that inside the cups of your bra. To do so, lean forward and reach into your bra. Begin by pulling all breast tissue forward and then lifting from below so your nipple sits front and center in the bra. When you lean back up, the center of the bra should lay flat against your sternum and the tops of the cups should lay flat on your skin. Here’s a good visual:
Pretty, pretty bras!!
On to the fun stuff!! Here are some gorgeous bras for your new bra collection:
Whimsical Colored/Printed Bras
So what are you waiting for? Grab a measuring tape and go! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how far off you were!