How To Select The Right Bra?
Buying good lingerie is essential to your wardrobe. In addition to looking and feeling fashionable by wearing the right lingerie, it’s important to remember that bras are also functional and technical products that enhance your figure. But, with 80% of women wearing the wrong size in bras, how many of you are actually wearing lingerie that is flattering your curves? Not to worry, amanté has a short guide for you that would help you buy well- fitting lingerie and shop smarter.
1. Measure: The first step to getting your perfect fit bra is to get yourself measured accurately. You can either get yourself measured in store or you could measure yourself at home – click here to know more. Ensure that you note down your band size and cup size. Do remember that while this size should get you a good fitting across most brands, there will be some brands where you might find a variation. Don’t fret because it’s the fit that matters at the end of the day, and not the number.
Bra Fit Guide
2. Band: The bra band plays a crucial role in providing support and uplifting your breasts. Your bra band should lie straight against the middle of your back and fit snugly. At most, two fingers could fit under the band; any more, and the band is too loose. If the bra band rides up, then the band size may be too big. While wearing a new bra, ensure you hook it in the loosest hook first. With everyday wash and wear, bras tend to stretch out, so you could change the hooks and tighten them accordingly with time.
3. Gore: The gore is the central part of your bra, between the cups, that holds it together. This needs to stay stable and firm and should ideally lie flat against your chest. Lift your arms or move about in the trial room to see that the gore stays put and doesn’t move. If it stretches or is loose, it’s a clear sign of you wearing a poorly fitting bra.
4. Cups: Examining the cups is essential as you have to ensure that there are no bulges or “spillage”. The cups need to be smooth and need to hold your breasts in. While various bra styles have a lower cut of the cup like the demi cup bra, it still needs to contain the breasts with zero bulges. The cups should give you a smooth, contoured appearance. The best way to do this is to wear a t-shirt while you’re out bra shopping and wear it over every single bra you try. This way, you can tell if your breasts are spilling or not.
5. Straps: How are the straps fitting you? If they’re falling off your shoulders, it’s possible that the straps might be too wide-set, and your shoulders might be a little narrow for them. Or if the straps are biting into your skin, leaving red marks or irritate you, they’re too tight. The straps need to fit securely, and let your skin breathe. Unlike popular myth of straps being the pillar of support, it’s the band that provides maximum support to lift and hold the breasts. Do you have any specifics that you look out for while you go lingerie shopping? Tell us in the comments below!
Lingerie Types
Fitting Room
  • - If you’re fuller figured, try buying underwired bras when you shop for bikini bras. It will support your breasts better.
  • - Always wear a sports bra while working out, no matter what your size. It provides adequate support and protect the ligaments and tissues in your chest from excessive stretching.
Lingerie Care
  • - Never machine wash your lingerie – it ruins the fit of your bras, especially if wired. If you absolutely must machine wash, hook your bras and put them in a lingerie bag and give it a gentle wash.
  • - Always wash lingerie in colour groups. Wash bright coloured sets on their own, to avoid whites gradually turning grey.
Lingerie Care