Thursday, August 28, 2008

Let's Talk Bras

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This time of year always puts me in the mood for buying some new clothes and undergarments. Now that the kids are back in school and all their drawers, and desks are packed full -- it's time for me!!
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With that in mind --what about a subject that all women deal with -- finding the right bra or rather fitting the right bra. You can take take Oprah's advice and have an expert do a measurement for you at Nordstrom (which I finally did) or calculate it yourself using the link below. Either way this should be done before you go to look for a new bra.
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It seems that most of us, 8 out of 10, are wearing the wrong bra size. Which translates to uncomfortable fits - which can cause fits. I am happy that this ordeal is over for me, and bra shopping is so much easier. I can now concentrate on finding something I love -- that suits my needs with no guesswork - tugging, or pulling.
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Here are 9 that offer great support no matter what size or style you wear.
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I found this information via Real Simple. They had some excellent brand suggestions. I actually purchased the first bra shown (and matching knickers), at Bloomingdales, and absolutely love it!! Although you might have to pay a little more for a good bra, it's definitely worth every penny!!
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#1 Best Seamed Bra for a Large Bust - Fayreform Evolve Underwire Bra, about $68
This pick offers a precise fit and extra lift for sizes up to a G cup. The feminine lace is a welcome rarity in this size range.
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#2 Best Seamed Bra for a Small Bust - Lands’ End Women's Lace Balcony Non-padded Underwire Bra, $39
Beauty meets function, lauded for its lacy cups lined with comfy mesh, strong spandex side panels for shaping, and slim double straps.
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#3 Best T-Shirt Bra for a Large Bust -Marie Jo Avero Contour Bra ,around $95
Designed for those whose cups runneth over (up to a size E), this microfiber bra provides full coverage with pretty details. “You can’t put a price on this kind of support,” the article stated.
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#4 Best T-Shirt Bra for a Small Bust - Jockey Padded Microfiber Underwire Bra, $26
Not only is this style a steal but it’s also made of a silky-soft microfiber that disappears under clothes.
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#5 Best Convertible Bra for a Large Bust - Prima DonnaPrima Donna Satin Deluxe Full Cup Seam Free Bra, around $90
Appropriate for wide-set necklines or strapless tops, this option has silicone strips and side boning to lift even a G cup.
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#6 Best Convertible Bra for a Small Bust - Chantelle Essensia Plunging Convertible Bra, around $60
This “amazing bra” features adjustable straps, a plunging neckline, and a band extender (it attaches and crosses around the torso), so you can don low-cut and backless dresses.
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#7 Best Strapless Bra for a Small Bust - Simone Perele Sunlight Strapless Bra, $72
Molded cups of stretchy mesh create a lightweight wonder that “moves with you, not against you.” A silicone strip ensures the bra stays put. Also comes with attachable clear straps.
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#8 Best Minimizer Bra for a Large Bust - Bali Platinum: Minimizer Bra with Lace Trim, $34
A sophisticated bra that trims as much as 1 1/4 inches off the bustline, up to a size DDD.
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#9 Best Padded Push-Up Bra for a Small Bust - On Gossamer: Bump It Up, $42
This enhancer lets you adjust your cleavage. Twist the mesh center to get the desired effect, then hook on as usual.
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Let the shopping begin!!
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5 comments:

Krissy said...

This is a great post!! My husband always jokes about sending me to Poopie Couture (I can't seem to find her online). We saw a tv show once about how her custom bras can cost millions but are the perfect fit. Maybe if I win the lottery :)

M.Kate said...

Very interesting. I have lots of problem buying them, I can only wear those with the clips/hooks in the front and we hardly have any here.

Happy shopping :D

Honeygo Beasley said...

I recently went bra shopping and what a tough time I had (being a 34 D, sometimes 36 D - depends on the make). I wish I had the info in your post then! I did found two great bras that fit wonderfully, give me a good shape and are comfortable. One was a minimizer, the other was not. Good bra tip - wear your bras on the middle OR widest end hooks at first, then go smaller as they "stretch." If you start out on the smaller/tighter notches, you have nowhere to go if they stretch a little with wear. I always hook in the middle and that seems to stay there until I'm done with the bra.

Anonymous said...

This is the best post - so much information - so well presented!!

Have a great 3 day weekend Sabina!!

Suzanne

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi just found you on Hidden in France.

I have been getting measured for a few years now, best thing I ever did. I live near Oxford (England) and go to Bravissimo..yes the bras are dearer, but worth every penny. You have to make an appointment if you wish to me fitted properly, and it doesn;t matter how long it takes, the assistant is yours til your sorted!

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