Like great foundation, a fab pair of shoes, and finding your perfect shade of lipstick (we heard it’s the colour of your nipples), getting the basics right can often mean the difference between ‘meh’ and ‘oh, HELL, yeah!’ This has never rung truer than when it comes to picking the perfect bra.
The perfect bra can make you look fantastic but, more importantly, it will leave you feeling boss AF. It’s a sad reality, then, that despite the fact that most of us will buy many a bra in our lives, we still don’t know WTF to look for. Here at COSMO, we’ve got your back (and your front), and have compiled five things to look for next time you shop for a bra.
1 Look at the position of your breasts
PSA: A bra is not only for support.
It should also hold your breasts in the correct position. If the bra fits you well, your girls should be positioned in such a way that the middle of your bust is halfway between your elbows and your shoulders.
2 Fit first, slay later
Bras come in a multitude of different styles, all with their own unique fit. Go to a store such as La Senza and try on one of each. It doesn’t matter how beautiful a bra is: if it doesn’t fit and it’s not comfortable, you probably won’t wear it.
3 Check what the bra looks like under your clothes
When you go shopping for a bra, try it on under a fairly tight-fitting top that doesn’t have a high collar. This will give you a good idea of how the bra will make your body look in similar outfits.
4 Make sure the bra fits firmly
A bra should always fit snugly, so don’t assume a loose-fitting one will be more comfortable. As a guide, a well-fitted bra will be tight enough so you can only fit two fingers under the band. Who knew?
5 Allow for stretching
Bras stretch over time. This is why they have three sets of hooks on the back – allowing you to adjust as needed. Going straight to the third hook cuts the life span of your bra in half. If the bra feels best on the third hook, you probably need to go down a band size and up a cup size.
6 Get your bra fitted by a pro
If you’re wanting to buy a new bra, head over to La Senza, where it can offer you an expert fitting service. It also helps that it has a range of bras for every bust, in just about every colour. ?
Don’t want to take any chances? Choose between eight amazing bra frames to find the perfect fit for your bust at the La Senza Bra Fit Event. Visit the store from 25 May to 21 June, and get a FREE pair of panties with any bra purchase.
Get R200 off with any full-price bra purchase from 1 to 30 June, click here to download your voucher.
Available at standalone La Senza stores and participating Edgars stores nationwide.
This post was sponsored by La Senza