Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
No ethnic beauty wants to appear old-ish by wearing the wrong brassiere. Really, who wants bits swelling and ballooning out of their lingerie? No one; and no one wants her 'gurlz' hanging too low. If hoisted well, one's gurlz can appear perkier, and her torso will look leaner and longer. One can look smooth and soft. Therefore, let us pick up where we left off in the article entitled Bra Sense.
Let's discuss bra truths: size, fit, feel, and look. We can also share a bit of bra trivia.
Ethnic beauties, we need to be fitted. We don't want to wear the incorrect bra SIZE. This is easy to do, because breasts -- our gurlz fluctuate. When you're young 'n hot, they're firm and consist of glandular tissue. As we age, fat replaces tissue, and factors like: diminishing estrogen, pregnancies, illness, menopause, weight gain or loss, and diet and exercise may cause a reduction in firmness. That's why we should get fitted, preferably once a year, by a bra professional. They'll help us determine our correct bra size. Then try on a few bras. Decide what cut, style, and fit suits you. Remember to wear a garment that you can easily pull on or off. Then critically eye yourself while you make a decision. Don't forget that like clothing, bras also differ in size from one manufacturer to the next.
Ladies, when seeking the right FIT, if a bra doesn't cup you, but sits out, or wrinkles; that bra cup needs downsizing. If your cup runneth over, and you spill out, even from the bottom, that bra cup is too small. You need a size up. If your band lies straight, and is flat all around, especially across the narrowest part of your back, then congrats! You've got the right fit! If your bra hoists up in the back, then it's too big. You need a size down. For larger beauties, your cups should lift but not flatten your bazooms. The right bra should gently round and seat them a little bit away from your ribs.
If you can slip a finger beneath your band in the center front and in the back, if you can comfortably breathe, and if you FEEL fine moving, then your bra fits correctly. If your straps take most of the weight, this feel is incorrect. You don't want pressure, or gouging into the shoulders. A a bra's support should come from the band. If you have to heave up your straps, or pin them, the fit and feel are wrong. You need a new bra, because if that pin snaps, you're stuck, literally. Also the center of a bra, and the underwire should lie flat against your body. If they don't check the size, or opt for a different style.
When you're bra shopping, look for seamless lightweight materials like microfiber. Forget stuff with extra boning and visible seams. A bra with stiff uncomfortable granny-like mesh will LOOK all wrong. You don't want to appear pointy and hard beneath your clothing. Why not try bras in colors other than white. Try the nudes. These bras are flesh-toned and can be worn under white garments too. They look great and are nearly invisible. Ethnic beauties, check out The Nakeds by Victoria's Secret. They offer a multi-way bra that can be crossed in back, worn classically, or strapless. Talk about a few bras in one!
Oh, and remember, you need a couple of bras. If you wear the same one every day the heat from your body will cause the elastic to give. So let your bra 'rest' a day or so. You'll prolong its life. (Men/Husbands who don't seem understand: this is why we need quite a few!) Another way to lengthen your bra's life is to launder it in cool/cold water. If you don't choose to hand wash with mild detergent, then pick up a lingerie bag. Inexpensive and made of mesh, this little doodad will keep bras to themselves. Straps won't get
wrapped around other clothing or stretch out of shape. However, over time bras will stretch. This is why it's necessary to get the right fit, so that you can begin wearing your bra hooked on the first closure. Then as time passes, ease over, to the last closure, tightening your brassiere as needed.
Wear a sports bra for working out. They minimize uncomfortable bouncing, and wearing them will help you save your day/dress bras. Remember, when your bra fits perfectly, all you'll feel is comfort. With the right bra you may even appear slimmer too!
Pop on over to the Ethnic Beauty forum when you have a moment. There you can check out more bra tips and tricks. We'll be glad to 'see' you, and you'll be glad you did!