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Are You Wearing the Right Bra Size?

Are you feeling a bit uncomfortable in your bra? Perhaps, you've been wearing the same type of bra for years. You wouldn't believe the number of women who still wear the same type and size bras they wore in high school and expect the bra to fit the same. Wouldn't it be great if we did have the same body we had back in those high school days? Lets face it. A woman's body goes through a million changes over the years due to gaining weight, giving birth, losing weight. Women athletes and those who exercise a lot find that their measurements change drastically too. It is time to recognize the changes in our body and say no to discomfort and wearing the wrong bra size. Did you know that wearing the wrong size bra might lead to all kinds of additional problems down the line? This might include everything from from poor posture, discomfort, to just plain looking bad in clothing. Here are important tips on how to tell if you are wearing the right bra size along with finding your true bra size.

Too Large - Stand up and take a long look in the mirror at your bra. Are the bra cups wrinkled, sagging, drooping, puckered? Adjusting the strap or pulling the bra up is not going to fix this problem. This is a sign that you are wearing the wrong bra size and the bra cups are too large.

Too Small - Take a look at the bra you are wearing. Be honest. How does the bra feel against your skin? Are you experiencing a very tight and uncomfortable pressure against your breast? Is the skin under the arms and on the back pushing out of the bra? Then it is time to size up because the bra is too small.

Finding Your True Bra Size

There are several ways to measure the breast to find the correct bra size. I've tried them all. And some seem to work better than others. I will not go into them here. Why? Well, after a very precise measurement I soon discovered that manufacturers size their bras differently. Who knew? So, a 38D with one manufacturer fits perfectly while another manufacturer 38D is too tight. Ultimately, the best way to get a true and accurate bra fitting is to go to a professional bra fitter. Many retail stores have a bra fitter in their women wear departments. Check out your fav store and see if one is available.

Remember that fit varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is best to shop around to find the bra style that is most comfortable for your body type. Think about all the benefits to wearing a well fitting bra. No more adjusting uncomfortable bra straps. Feeling good in your body. Looking good in clothing. And did you know that wearing the correct bra size makes you look younger and slimmer?

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