Commonly Asked Bra Questions
What is the purpose of a bra?
_The purpose of a bra is to give your girls lift and support and to make you look good. Some people prefer not to wear a bra and it's totally your decision.
What is a reasonable price to pay for a bra?
Bras are priced from $10 upwards. A reasonable bra will be around $20 - $30, with sports bras being more than that.
How do bra sizes work? What is the difference between DD, E and F?
_DD is equivalent to an E cup and a DDD is equivalent to a F cup. In UK sizing bras, from smallest to biggest, the sizing goes D, DD, E, EE, F, FF, etc.
Is an AA size smaller than a size A?
Bras used to be in sizes A, B, C etc. then they had AA which is smaller than an A, and now AAA which is smaller than AA.
Can you buy cotton bras?
Here are some wire free cotton bras. Cotton helps your skin breathe, and they may be more comfortable.
What is the difference between an underwire and a wire free bra?
It used to be the case that if you wanted extra lift, or support for large breasts, then you needed an underwire bra. But in recent years wire free bras have improved to give you just as much support as underwire bras. They are softer and more comfortable to wear than underwire bras. To see my personal favorites for large breasts, go to this page.
How do I find my bra size?
Find your size on this page
How do I get my bra straps to stop slipping down my shoulders?
There are a number of reasons why your straps slip down your shoulders. They may just need tightening, or the cup size may be incorrect, or the fastener at the back is not in the right position.Or it could be that the bra is just the wrong style for your body.
Should you wear a bra in bed?
It is generally thought that wearing a bra in bed is not a good idea, but if you are rather well endowed, pregnant or nursing, you may want to give yourself some extra protection. You need a soft cup bra and never one with underwire or metal, and make sure it is properly fitted. You may want to consider a sleep bra
How often should you change your bra?
Many people change their bra every 2-3 days, or even once a week. If you sweat a lot or do sports, you may want to change every day. If you keep your bra clean and free from sweat, it will last longer.
What is the best wire free supportive bra?
Here are some suggestions for bras that support better than average:
Do your bra and panties have to match?
That's your decision. You may want to just match color if you don't want to restrict yourself to only buying sets.
My bra is too tight, what is the next size up?
If the strap is too tight then the size (number) should be one higher. If you are a 36D, then you should try a 38C (all D cups are not the same size). If the cup is too tight, the go to the next letter up.
What does a well fitted bra look like?
_The band should be at the same height at the front and at the back. The straps should be vertical and the girls should fill the cup, but not be falling out. Breasts should not be falling around, and they should look good with a tight shirt on top. See the end of the video on the right for what to look for when your bra is well fitted.
Should wearing a bra be uncomfortable?
Wearing a bra should never be uncomfortable. You should have a well fitted bra that you don't know you are wearing. It should look good and feel good, always.
What is a training bra?
Many people choose to wear a training bra as their first bra. They are often more like a t shirt or sports bra, but are soft and comfortable to wear so that the teen can get used to wearing a bra. They are usually cheaper than regular bras.
What is a t shirt bra?
A t shirt bra is a simple bra that looks good under a t shirt. It is often free from lace and more plain than most bras and as a result is often cheaper than other types of bra.
How do you know when a bra needs to be replaced?
The time to buy a new bra is when:
- it doesn't stretch any more
- when it just doesn't do its job
- when the back rides up
- when you are in the mood to go bra shopping
What is a good bra to wear during early pregnancy?
Often during pregnancy your chest size expands, but you are not ready to buy a nursing bra yet. One good solution are bra extenders.
When should I buy a nursing bra?
Go and get fitted for a nursing bra in the last 6 weeks of your pregnancy and buy one where the cup size is one size too big because you will increase in size once the milk comes in.
Why do my breasts hurt when I take my bra off?
_Breasts are often more tender around ovulation and just before your monthly visitor. Or you may have fibrocystic breasts. This is where there are lumps and sometimes pain in the breast. It is not a form of cancer. Make sure you do your regular self check and get your doctor to check too. Often one breast hurts more than the other. A good bra will support you and reduce the pain, so you lose that support when you take your bra off. If it bothers you at night, consider wearing a sleep bra.
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