Bra Blunders: 3 Mistakes Every Woman Makes

Posted Thursday November 3, 2016 3:59 PM GMT
Photo Credit: Triumph

There’s nothing worse than dealing with underwire protruding into your skin all day, or feeling a strapless bra slipping down your waist at night. But we all deal with these bra blunders, because apparently, shopping for undergarments is a complicated chore.

No one knows how to deal with these discomforts better than the experts at Triumph Lingerie. Founded in Europe in 1886 and with over 125 years in the business of tailoring female confidence, the brand is a pioneer in the lingerie and shape wear industry. Now, for the first time ever, Triumph is available in the United States, lending their taste for fit, comfort and ease to our humble abodes.

We caught up with Isabelle Stahl, brand manager at Triumph North America, to find out where we’re going wrong with buying bras, and what we can do to fix it. Here’s what she had to say:

Mistake 1: Buying for the wrong occasion
We hear from a lot of customers that they simply didn’t consider what undergarments were necessary for their ensemble. Some outfits require totally smooth bras and panties with no visible lines, while others need a plunged décolleté or a racer back. If you’re shopping for a special occasion, we recommend bringing the dress with you and trying it on with the undergarments.

Mistake 2: Buying the wrong size
Women often buy their bras too big or too small. If the band around the bra is too big, the bra will rise up in the back, causing you to lose support. If the cup is too small, the breast can spill over the front, leaving an unattractive crease mark. Also, if it’s an underwire bra, the wire may dig into the breast, which can diminish support and cause serious pain. No matter how nice the bra looks on the hanger, if it doesn't fit, it will cause discomfort.

Mistake 3: Buying the wrong type of bra for your breast shape
While some women can wear everything, most have a distinctive breast shape. Because of this, some bras and cup sizes will enhance their silhouette better than others. For example, if you have fuller breasts, you can easily wear a balconnette bra. If not, you should buy a bra with fuller cup coverage to avoid an empty space between the fabric and your skin. Furthermore, if your body length is short, a balconette shape may not be the best option, as it can push the breasts up too high, making your curves disproportionate to your figure. On the other hand, longer torsos works well with balconette shapes. The key is understanding what brings out your personal best shape.

So how do you find the right fit?
We suggest getting measured at least every six months, as your body shape can change over time. A professional fitter should be able to help you identify what you want, what you need, and what best suits your body. Like shopping for any pair of jeans or shoes, try it on, and make sure it works for you. Good fitting lingerie is essential to feeling beautiful!

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