My whole body has changed since I had my daughter in 2013 (shocking, I know) and I still don’t know if I’m wearing the best bras for my body and boobies. As gravity kicks in and my “two girls” continually try to say “hello” to my knee caps; I’ve realized those perky days are over. I’ve been measured many times, and still struggle to find bras that fit nicely.
I recently learned that fashionista Jené Luciani wrote The Bra Book about finding the best over-the-shoulder boulder holders–whether your cups are A’s or runneth over to DD’s. She shared some practical advice about bra shopping and ways to feel kick-ass about your post-baby boobies.
Pay attention to detail
You should still utilize the advice of the salespeople, says Luciani, but not rely on them completely. No one knows your body and what works for you like you do. “That said, you do want the bra to feel somewhat snug in the store, as it does ‘break in’ and loosen up as you wear it,” says Luciani. “If it’s too comfy, I can guarantee you it’s probably not giving you much support. Look at the bra’s back band–it shouldn’t be riding up your back–it should be horizontal across the middle of your back; the under wire shouldn’t be riding up the underside of your breasts, breast tissue shouldn’t be billowing out of the cups, and the bridge (piece between the cups) should be flush against your body not pulling away from it.”
Like clothes and shoes, depending on the brand, size varies
According to Luciani, the manufacturing process is so varied, that’s what makes it all so confusing for women. “Every bra brand uses a different ‘fit model,’ so there’s no consistency across the board, and even then, the sizes don’t make much sense,” she says. “For example, if you were buying a 34 band, you would think if you stretched it out and measured it, it would measure 34 inches, right? Wrong! Oftentimes, that isn’t the case. That’s why it’s truly trial and error.” Grrr.
You can’t reverse gravity, but you can fake it
“With so many great bra options on the market now you should never have to feel self-conscious. For many women, volume loss occurs in the lower part of the breast, so you can use a push-up bra with graduated padding to really push those puppies back up!” It might be ‘outside’ of the bra you would typically have opted for pre-baby but as we age and our bodies go through many changes, we women need to learn to adapt so we can always feel confident in the skin we’re in. “You can also opt for some silicone ‘chicken cutlets’ that slip right into the underside of the cup of any under wire bra,” adds Luciani. “That can make breasts appear more rounder and fuller like they were pre-pregnancy.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I dedicate this post to the survivors, the fighters, and the superwomen we’ve lost.