Bra types and sizing – everything there is to know

If you are anything like most teenage girls, bra fitting sounds too expensive, invasive and embarrassing at the same time. Or you can be a fully adulted women yet your size is fluctuating due to change in weight, pregnancy or any other reason and you are confused. Now it can be embarrassing to ask someone in person for help. You would rather google the working of complicated gadget and be done with it. So here are we to help you with this situation.

There is so much to know about bra that there is an entire industry dedicated to it. Fashion schools teach bra designing as an entire subject. Books and blogs are written solely on topic of bras. In this article we will provide you with tip of the iceberg knowledge and give you links for further detailed study. Read along to know everything there is to know about complicated witchcraft of bra.

No shame in this game

First thing first there is nothing embarrassing about a bra. Just like any other garment you wear through the day it is simply a piece of fabric. A little more complicated but still a piece of fabric to help shape your body and provide support. Bra help your shoulders to lift the weight of your breast and prevent your breasts from sagging from their own weight as the aging happens to you.

Bra Type

Bra disassembled

To understand different types, size and functioning of bra you must know the parts of bra (may or may not have). This will help you choose the right bra for you. A bra (may or may not) have following parts

  • Cups to hold your breasts
  • Straps to pull up your breasts
  • Waist band to provide support from under
  • Wings to support cups
  • Clamps (at front or back) to do and undo your bra
  • Underwire for firmer support from under
  • Padding for better shape
bra types and sizes

How to know my right size?

Many good bra stores offer professional help to help you find the right fit for you.  It is highly recommended that you seek professional help to get fitted, but if you find that uncomfortable for some reason it could be done at home. Click here to know how to take measurements for knowing your own bra size at home. There are also many online bra size calculator to the job in comfort of your own home. There is one useful tool “bra size calculator” at marks and spencer website you should totally check it out.

Which bra types are my type?

Knowing the right waist band size and cup size is not all there is to know. There are plenty of bra types for all your different needs. No one type of bra is your type. It rather is more like selecting a dress for the occasion or choosing a shoe type to go with your outfits. You pick according to the need of hour. Most popular types being padded, push up, underwire, strapless, backless, sports bra, nursing, bralette etc. Click here to learn what bra type to choose for which occasion and need.

How to wash a bra?

Never rough handle your bra. They are made up of delicate fabric and elastics. Always hand wash them or use a laundry bag if you need to wash them in machine. Putting your bras in dryer will shorten their life so always hang them for drying.

When to discard?

Ideally you should wear a bra not more than a year. As bra function to provide support and shape to your breasts, with in a year they get enough wear and tear to lose the perfect balance of grip and elasticity. If they are not doing the job they were meant for there is no point in still using them? Time to replace them for good.

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