A surprising number of women wears the wrong size when it comes to wearing a bra. To make matters even less alluring, certain styles of bras in poor quality lose their shape after regular wearing and washing, becoming completely useless.
And while this problem is acutely topical mostly for women with bigger busts, smaller bosoms, too, require correct framing, like this one.
We have collected the best tips from posture correction specialists and mammalogists on how to pick an ideal bra that relieves the strain on your back, lifts and shapes your bust, and has an overall positive effect on your wellbeing. With me currently being pregnant and noticing sudden growth with my own, I was specifically interested in this topic.
So let’s take a look…
Rule #1. Choose the right circumference build and size
The circumference is where the good bra starts: your underwear must sit firmly to be able to carry the bust. If the bra is hugging you firmly, but not too tightly, around your chest, it relieves the neck and back and then the shoulder straps do not have to take on most of the load.
If you are looking at your bra in profile, the band around the back should go in a straight vertical line. If the bra slides up, it has too large a circumference. This translates into the benefits of skipping the discomfort and pain from straps that, apart from cutting into the skin, put all the pressure of carrying your bosom on the shoulders.
Rule #2. Make sure the bra straps do not slide down on the shoulder
Of course, you can first try to tighten the bra strap so that it fits properly. But if the band still slips down, it may be because you have chosen an oversized cup. Try a smaller size. A posture corrector bra that is too loose will not, by definition, make your shoulders align or lift your bust.
Rule #3. Pick the cup that compresses without spillage
If you get so-called “double breasts” in your bra, or if they stretch out on the sides, you have a cup that is too small. If you choose a bra with extra padding and pushup, you may sometimes need to go up one size. However, a good posture corrector underwear will provide perfectly balanced shaping and 360-degree compression that will make your breasts rounder and more appealing alongside with relieving your back pain and making it straight.
Rule #4. Steer clear of uplifted middle section
If the small piece between the cups lifts from the chest, you have also chosen a bra size that is too small. It should rest between the breasts to provide the right support. In posture corrector bras, this section should be wide and balanced with the wide backside. Correcting underwear pieces traditionally have frontal closure, for a reason: the backside is reserved for providing support and shoulder alignment.
Rule #5. Ditch the bra with thin straps
It has nothing to do with the weight of the breasts if you get marks from your bra. It is not the shoulder straps that should carry the bust, but the strap around the back that should be broad, X-strapped, and provide a breathable support. If you get marks, you probably need a different circumference measurement on your posture-improvement bra. A good one will have wide padded straps.
Rule #6. Make sure your bra does not prevent free movement
Try to move around wearing a bra in the fitting room (think alongside of movements that imitate unloading dishwasher). Your bra should feel good and follow the body in the movements.
Rule #7. Choose resistant and durable materials that breathe
Polyester, elastane, spandex and various mesh materials for the backside are your go-to choice in a posture corrector bra. It should be able to last you in regular use, survive washing cycles, and to keep its shape to guarantee a reliable support for your breasts and optimal position of your back.
Remember, don’t just buy your bras in a rush. It’s all about taking into consideration the above points, seeking out quality, and supporting your body the best you can.