How great your clothes look and how great you look in them depends largely on how well your undergarments fit. Your undergarments, bras, pants and hosiery are the foundation on which your final look is built.
Undergarments that fit well to not create budges, ripples or dig into your flesh. They are comfortable, offer the right amount of support and accentuate your body parts creating a slimmer look.
Of all undergarments finding the perfect bra sometimes seems like impossibility. Luckily, finding a good fitting bra is achievable.
If you are wondering if your are wearing the right bra, ask yourself these questions:
· Does the back ride up and the cups sag? If, yes, the bra is too small.
· Do you fill your cup or are there wrinkles? If, yes, the cup size is too big.
· Are you spilling out of your bra? Your cup size is too small.
Bra cups should be filled out so they fit smoothly. The band should fit but not cut into your skin and should not ride up in the back. If it rides up, try adjusting the straps. If this does not work you probably need a smaller band size.
Bra straps should be adjusted to give support to the bust without cutting into your shoulders. A good support bra will be large enough to support your breasts and have shoulder straps that have extra width, which is gentler on the skin. Choose a style that has under wiring and is well designed, lifts and separates.
Finding the perfect bra means finding the perfect fit. It starts by measuring to find your size and then re-measuring every few years to accommodate for changes in breasts from dieting, pregnancy, breast-feeding and aging. How do you find the perfect fit? Follow these guidelines:
· Start with the band size and measure around your ribcage, just below your bust. Add 5 inches to the measurement. A rib cage measurement of 30″ + 5″ equals a 35″ band size.
· Find your cup size by measuring loosely around the fullest part of your bust.
· Subtract your band size from the cup size. A difference of 1″ = A cup, 2″= B cup, 3″=C cup, 4″ = D cup 5″= DD Cup, 6″= E Cup, 7″ = F cup. 8″ = G cup, 9″ = H cup. For example, a cup measurement of 36″ – 35″ band size equals 1″ or an A cup.
If after you’ve measuring yourself, you realize that you have been wearing the wrong size bra, your next step is to seek out an expert. An expert will be able to help you choose the right bra for your size and advise you on the look you want to achieve.
©Copyright 2006 Sheila Dicks
Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a copy of her ebook “Image Makeover” at http://www.how-to-dress.com or go to http://www.sheilasfashionsense.com to get the Free Report “7 Things Your Girlfriends Wont Tell You About Beauty and Fashion.”