Most women wear a bra every single day. I’m one of them. Yet when it comes to what size I am and what kind of bra I should be wearing, I’m completely clueless. I decided to take action.
To help me into the world of proper fitting bras I sat down with Paula and Tammy, bra fitters with over 16 years of experience between them to learn the ins and outs, dos and don’ts of bra fitting, wearing and buying. There were some valuable life lessons that I uncovered and what I learned was extremely useful.
Having never been fitted for a bra myself (they were appropriately shocked when I told them this), there were many questions that I had for my fairy godmothers of brassieres. I wanted to start with the basics, so that next time I was shopping for a new bra I would be a seasoned expert that didn’t settle for something that just got the job done. As well as answer all of my burning questions that I had about this unknown world of extra support and comfort.
1. Why is getting fitted so important?
Getting fitted for the right size bra is often undervalued because we think that no one is going to see it, and we just need something to keep our boobs in place. However, it’s not enough to wear just any old vaguely fitting size.
Tammy and Paula tell me that wearing the wrong size can actually lead to a sore back from lack of support, shoulder indentation from the straps, chaffing around the bust and tearing of the breast tissue. And that’s just the beginning. More importantly they both stress wearing a bra that is the incorrect fit can lead to wire on breast tissue – which just sounds uncomfortable.
The last thing we want is an uncomfortable bra. Image: Dreamworks Pictures.
All uncomfortable feelings aside, the wrong size bra can also leave you feeling a bit off. I know that when laundry day rolls around and I am left wearing the sad, old bra stuffed at the back of my drawer that I don’t embrace the day with confidence. The right bra however, can make a world of difference. Comfort, support and making whatever you’re wearing look that little bit better.
2. How often should you get fitted for a bra?
The ladies tell me that getting fitted should happen every 6-12 months (which is how often you should be buying a new bra). Although it may seem excessive, they stress that women may not realise how much their breasts fluctuate during that time be it from weight gain, pregnancy, illness and age.
By their books I am extremely overdue for a fitting (it’s officially on the to-do list), so you can rest easy Paula and Tammy.
3. There are so many different styles and shapes out there – what is the go-to every day bra?
The answer: t-shirt bra. There are no ifs or buts about it. Start with a basic t-shirt bra and then according to the size of your breasts opt for a contour, or non-contour bra. They are seamless, comfortable and go with most of your wardrobe. In other words, the t-shirt bra is your staple, trans-seasonal piece in your bra-drobe.
Their recommendation? Anything from the Triumph Magic Boost collection which features the soft touch flexible Magic Wire™ (non-metal wire) for maximum comfort and premium fit. The Magic Boost range comes in ‘Lift-Up’, ‘Push-Up’ and ‘Shape-Up’ to fit the smaller to larger breasted women.