I remember the first “professional” bra-fitting I ever went for was at “Rigby and Peller” in the UK. They pride themselves as curators of luxury lingerie and at that time, they were the appointed lingerie supplier to the Royal Family. You don’t get more qualified than that, plus the service was FREE!
It was an eye opener to be sure! I never heard so many specific terms used about lingerie (and ahem - my girls) while I was being measured! Anyway, if you haven’t been professionally measured before, I highly recommend that you go and get your measurements done. Even if you have been measured before, go and get yourself measured again because well, as we grow and age, our breasts also change along with us.
Anyway, for today’s blog, let’s assume that all your bras are right sized for you. Here's the 5 bras you'll always need as part of your undergarment arsenal.
1. A Strapless Bra That Fits Like a Glove
Don’t settle for stretched-out elastic that slowly makes its way to your belly button by the end of the night. Make sure your strapless bra is comfortable enough to wear for long hours and won’t require any hiking up or adjusting. Our favorite trick is to buy one with a band size smaller and a cup size bigger than you would normally wear. Then wrap one of those spare straps around your ribcage. It works. Really!
2. An Everyday Bra That Feels Like Pajamas
Some call it a T-shirt bra, but you should be able to wear this baby with at least 90 percent of your wardrobe. Depending on your wardrobe colours, I recommend that you go for nude and black hues with zero embellishments to keep them versatile. Try them on with a variety of your existing clothing to be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
3. A Lace Bra That's Sexy Enough To Be Seen (If Need Be)
Whether it’s a lace bralette or embroidered balconette, you need a piece of lingerie that screams for attention. That might be in the form of a loosely buttoned blouse or a scenario for only behind closed doors. For those of us that are old enough to remember, think Demi Moore with Michael Douglas, in Disclosure. Enough said. Either way, you’ll be glad you have a feminine piece of fatal attraction ammunition on hand.
4. A Plunge Bra That's Strategic Enough Not To Be Seen
You don’t have to be J.Lo to need one of these babies. Ever tried to wear a wrap dress with a balconette? Yeah. Simply look for bras where the cups are set diagonally and the front wire is slim and minimal. That way there’s zero room for error. Or you can wear a lace bra with the wrap dress and show of some skin.
5. A Sports Bra That's Not From 1999
It’s easy to hang onto these exercise bra for years - decades even - simply because there's always something more obvious and exciting that we can spend our hard earned cash on. But there comes a time when you need to prioritize your girls and give them the support they deserve. Nowadays, sports bras come in an array of high-tech fabrics that wick moisture, breathe and won’t let your girls bounce an inch, so that you can exercise in comfort AND style.
So there you have it, my top 5 bras every woman should have in her drawer for maximum comfort and style. How many of these do you own? Are there other bras you would recommend? What are your undergarment woes? I’ll love to hear from you, but if you think you prefer a private conversation, go ahead and PM me your queries and I’ll get back to you.
Meanwhile, be beautiful, breathe and have a lovely week ahead!