I was surprised to learn that the average American woman spends around $161 per month on clothes and shoes. It is clear from this figure that we care a lot about how we look.
Yet despite that around 80% of us are spoiling their overall look by wearing bras that are too small. So, the straps are cutting into us and creating unnecessary bulges, which means that we do not look as good as we could. With that fact in mind, I decided to put together this quick bra buying guide.
Bra Buying Guide
Shop with the right retailers
We are all shaped differently, so it is important to shop with a retailer that offers enough choice. As you can see here, they do exist. This retailer sells 14 different types of bra, in cup sizes the range between A and L. They are also a great place to buy other items of lingerie.
Take your time
You need to take your time when buying a bra. If you need to try on a dozen bras to find the right one that is what you need to do. Fortunately, there is a way of quickly narrowing down your options.
Choose the right cup shape
When narrowing down what type of bras you should be looking at understanding what shape breasts you have can help a lot. Not every cut and cup shape will work for you. This article explains the correct way to identify your breast shapes and identify the cuts that are likely to fit you the best.
Know your measurements
Most women make the mistake of thinking that they know their bra size. In reality, this is rarely the case. In fact, around 80% of women are walking around in the wrong size bra. Over the course of a few months, you can lose a few pounds or gain a couple. Both of which can change the size of bra you need to buy. As can changing up your exercise routine.
Measuring yourself before you go bra shopping is the best way to make sure that you get the sizing right. It is relatively easy to find out how to do this online. If you can get your partner or a friend to help you with the measuring process that is even better.
Bear in mind the clothes you are going to wear your bra with
It is also important to think about when and where you are going to be wearing your bra. If you know that you are going to be wearing more vest tops or strapless dresses this year, it makes sense to buy at least one multiway bra.
Think about laundering
Buying a good-quality bra is a bit of an investment. They are not cheap, so you need to look after them. Before making your purchase, check the laundry tag. If it says hand wash that is what you will need to do to keep it in good condition. That is not a problem if you have the time and inclination to wash it by hand. If you do not, it is usually best to put it back and select another one that you can put in the washing machine.
A few outfit ideas
If you would like to read more of my fashion-related articles, I suggest that you start with this one. In it, I share with you 5 stylish mom outfits that are making a bit of a comeback.