Ask Belle: An Over-the-Shoulder-Bolder-Holder
May 14, 2013
I appreciated your post on underwear. Can you do a similar post on bras? I know it’s time to graduate from VS Pink but am overwhelmed by the sheer number of options in the Bloomingdale’s bra department.
Thank you, M
Studies show that the majority of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Even more women are wearing the wrong bra shape or are wearing bras that have long since passed their prime. Good bras improve posture and help you look better in your clothes, so why are so many women ‘meh’ about finding the right bra?
I firmly believe that every woman should have a professional bra fitting at least once a year. (Coincidentally, the fine ladies at Wacoal will be measuring me this evening.) I recommend going to a local lingerie boutique (like Coup de Foudre) and having yourself measured, or stopping by a Nordstrom or Macy’s for a fitting. You can even do it yourself with a flexible tape-measurer, some basic math and a how-to guide (hey, it’s better than nothing).
For every day, I like smooth seamless bras in nude. You can wear them with any fabric (thin or heavy) and under any color clothing. This multi-way bra from CK can be worn four ways, has the thinnest racerback on the market and clasps in the front, which I think adds a bit of oomph to the cleavage.
I also wear this plunge push-up from Victoria’s Secret a lot, it’s comfortable and gives just the right amount of push-up. In other words, it gives you some believable lift without creating a situation where you move but your breasts don’t. It’s one thing to push-up, it’s another to wear three inches of padding on your chest. If you need that much lift, but a pair of inserts (cutlets) or a gel push-up bra, so at least they bounce when you walk.
As for strapless bras, I searched high and low for a strapless bra that gave me the right shape (not too flat, not too conical), and found this convertible bra from Le Mystere. It doesn’t fall down, so I don’t have to pull at it all night, and it doesn’t pinch. Also, if you need a strapless and backless bra, I like the Fashion Forms sitck-on bra with underwire lift.
Lastly, it’s no secret that I like pretty lingerie. On days when I feel ‘blah’, wearing pretty underthings makes me feel a little better about life. Lacy and racy underpinnings are an instant confidence booster. Wearing lingerie for yourself is empowering.
Now, if you’re a specialty size, I can only offer what knowledge I have gleaned from reading years of reader comments on the subject. Petite ladies should check out this post from my blog-friend Jean at Extra Petite, and then check out The Little Bra Company. Ladies with larger cup sizes should check out this blog post on the best brands for fuller-chested women. Also, past commenters have touted Her Room as a great place to find bras online since the sizes go up to 58I.
If you have a bra you like or a store you adore, leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!