How To Wash And Take Care Of Your Bras

Bras do not  last forever.  Washing and wearing will cause the elastic in the band to wear out.  (Remember, your band supplies most of your breast support).   How fast your bras wear out depends on how many bras you have in your rotation, and your bust size (the larger your breast, the more work and support your band has to supply on a daily basis).  I recommend that you replace your bras every 6-9 months.

1.  The best way to wash your bras is hand wash.  Fill your sink with warm water and a lingerie wash/soap.  Soak your bras for 30 minutes – 1 hour.  Rinse bras well, pat dry with a towel ( do not wring), and hang to dry (do not place in a dryer).

2.  Only wash in a machine if you use a lingerie bag, lingerie wash,  cold water, on the delicate cycle.  Hang to dry and never use the dryer.

3.  Molded cup bras should be stacked on top of each other in a drawer.  Do not fold the cups into each other.  This will destroy the shape and the fibers that make up the molding.   When traveling, use a bra travel case to protect the cups.

Are You Wearing A Bad Fitting Bra?

Here are some signs that you are in the wrong size bra.

1. Your cup wrinkles and caves in.

2. Your breast bulge out from the top of the bra.

3. Your underwire tip away from your body between your breast.

4. Your bra rides up your back.

5. Your straps dig into your shoulders.

6. Your strap fall off of your shoulders.

7. Your cup fits but your band is too big.

What Is A Bra Fitting?

The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide by Debra Sanders-Steele

A bra fitting is a private session between you and a woman who has been measuring women for bras as a full  time profession for awhile (5, 10, 15, 20 years or more).  With only your bra on, a tape measure is wrapped around your rib cage (to get the band size) and then wrapped around the largest part of your breast (to get the cup size).  If the band size is an odd number, round up to an even number.

There are no right and wrong ways to figuring out your bra size during a professional fitting.  Different opinions exist as well as different methods.  No matter how the professional fitter comes up with the numbers,  you will still have to try on many styles and brands.  How the bra fits will determine your final size.

For complete instructions on how to measure for your band and cup size, turn to page 5 of — The Ultimate Bra Fitting Guide.

P.S…….I also cover the different methods used to calculate  the band size.

Cup Sizes Are Not The Same

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Did you know that the cup size  36C is smaller than a 40C and a 42C is bigger than a 34C? 

As the band size changes, cup volume (size) changes.  Each bra size has an underwire size for the proportionate increase or decrease in cup volume and band size.  That is why it is very important that when you change your band size, you have to change the cup size, also.  If you go up a band size, you have to go down a cup size.  If you go down a band size, you have to go up a cup size.  (34D and 36C have the same cup volume.  34D has a smaller cup volume than 36D.)

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My Straps Dig Into My Shoulders And It Is Painful. What Can I Do?

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When the band (the number) of your bra is not giving you adequate support, the shoulder straps are forced into providing additional support. The most common reason for digging shoulder straps is the band size being too large. Full-figured women know the bra sizing game all too well. For example, if she is a 38E and the bra she wants only goes as high as a “D” cup, she will go up a band size and down a cup size and think it fits (40D). However, she has done a disservice to herself because going up a band size means her straps are going to have to make up for the support lost in the increased band size. To relieve shoulder strap pain, Do not go up the band size.

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