Thursday, May 6, 2010

Want A Thinner Waist? Get A Better Bra!

A great-fitting bra is critical to creating the illusion of a smaller waist. When your breasts droop, they make your waist look wider than it really is.

The right bra may introduce you to new letters of the alphabet. You may think you are a B, C or D and find out that you really are a AA, DD, E, F, etc. Most of the bra’s support comes from the band, so the fit of the band is just as important as the fit of the cups. The straps don't provide support, they just keep the cups closer to your body. Here's how a bra should fit:

− The cup should cover your entire breast, except for push-up styles. No breast tissue should poke out the sides or top of the cup.
− If you wear underwires, the wires should lay around your breasts, against the edges of your breast tissue (not on your ribs).
− The bra band should be level with the floor around your whole body and snug around your ribcage so it doesn’t move up or down when you move.
− The front of the bra band should sit directly under the breast tissue and flat against your body, especially when raising your arms.
Bra fitting is more art than a science. Help from a bra professional is the only way to get a bra that really fits because they understand how variances in brands, styles, materials and fabrication affect the way a bra fits. Beware of the bra fitter who uses a measuring tape. The best fitters use their instincts and experience to find the right bra.

For more bra fitting advice, check out the Boobologist.

Thank you Katie Dylewski for the bra illustrations!

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